Best Shows on Amazon Prime Video to Watch Right Now (September 2022)

Here’s the thing about the Golden Age of television. How do you have time to do anything else? There are so many downright excellent series out there, and even more that are just great, you could stream, stream, stream all day long and still have more good television to burn through. With that in mind, I hope you weren’t planning on doing anything productive with the rest of your day, because we’ve put together a list of the best TV on Prime Video.

For more streaming recommendations, check out the Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now and Best Movies on Prime Video Right Now.

Editor’s Note: This post was last updated on September 16th to include I Love Dick.RELATED: How to Watch ‘Reacher’ Season 1: Where It’s Streaming, Episode Details, and More


Outer Range

Created by: Brian Watkins

Cast: Josh Brolin, Lili Taylor, Tamara Podemski, Tom Pelphrey, Imogen Poots, Lewis Pullman, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos

For the viewers who were super into Yellowstone but want a lot more sci-fi in their Westerns, the good news is there’s a show for that now! There’s a different family at the heart, this one anchored by a patriarch played by another acting powerhouse in Josh Brolin — and one who is attempting to keep his family together in the aftermath of a significant loss. When a mysterious hole appears on their land, one that appears to be unending and leads to a possibly different place in time, the Abbotts may have more than just their own universe to contend with. As Collider’s Chase Hutchinson wrote in his review of the season, « For a show to embrace the strange elements of the cosmos and intertwine them with everyday life as well as Outer Range does is worth praising for that alone. It is both creative and cathartic, revealing much about the family at its center even as it finds splendor in the overwhelming awe of the unknown. » – Carly Lane

I Love Dick

Created by: Sarah Gubbins, Joey Soloway

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne, Roberta Colindrez, Lily Mojekwu

The Hahnaissance is upon us, and to celebrate, the first order of business is to watch this underrated gem. In addition to Kathryn Hahn, the series stars a fantastic Kevin Bacon and A League of Their Own scene-stealer Roberta Colindrez. The series centers around Chris (Hahn), an unsuccessful, New York-based artist who accompanies her husband Sylvère (Griffin Dunne) to a research fellowship in the small town of Marfa, Texas. There, she becomes infatuated with his fellowship sponsor (Bacon), leading her to write a series of explicit letters she never sends. Touching on themes of marriage and what it means to be an artist, I Love Dick is sophisticated, complex, and riveting. – Taylor Gates


Created by: Tracy Oliver

Cast: Meagan Good, Grace Byers, Shoniqua Shandai, Jerrie Johnson, Tyler Lepley

Fans of shows like Insecure and Sex and the City are sure to love Harlem, a series about four thirtysomething women who have been friends since college working to find love and establish their careers in the Big Apple. Though the premise doesn’t break any new ground, the writing is genuinely hilarious, and the cast is endlessly charming with great chemistry. Created by the writer of the 2017 hit Girls Trip and produced by Amy Poehler, Harlem is refreshingly comedic, relatable, and joyful. – Taylor Gates

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Creator: Patrick McKay, John D. Payne

Cast: Morfydd Clark, Nazanin Boniadi, Peter Mullan

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a thrilling prequel series taking place in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth universe, revealing mythology from thousands of years before the events of Lord of the Rings. Created by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne, The Rings of Power sees the creatures of Middle-earth encounter new, as well as previously defeated, evils. Exploring a dark and mysterious history are new, as well as some familiar, characters in The Hobbit world, played delightfully by Morfydd Clark, Nazanin Boniadi, and Peter Mullan. – Yael Tygiel

Making the Cut

Creators: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum

Cast: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum

Reuniting Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and supermodel Heidi Klum, Making the Cut is a reality competition series. Each season of Making the Cut gathers ten fashion designers, inviting them to battle for a chance to elevate their brands. The opportunities presented to these emerging entrepreneurs are immensely life-changing, especially for many who travel across the globe to take their names to the next level. The abilities revealed throughout each season of Making the Cut, as the designers face challenges while creating breathtaking creations, prove that the selected ten are ready for anything and deserve their moment in the sun. – Yael Tygiel

A League of Their Own

Creator: Will Graham, Abbi Jacobson

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden

Inspired by the movie, A League of Their Own follows a selection of young women in the all-American women’s baseball league during World War II. Co-created by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson, who also stars in the series, A League of Their Own reveals a more accurate depiction of history than the original film, emphasizing the diverse women who played ball in the league, including a large number of queer women. This adds context to much of the original film and allows the story to expand beyond the beloved Rockford Peaches. Joining Jacobson on the field are D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Melanie Field, and Kelly McCormack (Sugar Daddy). – Yael Tygiel

The Outlaws

Created by: Elgin James, Stephen Merchant

Cast: Rhianne Barreto, Darren Boyd, Gamba Cole

As hilarious as it is thrilling, The Outlaws centers around seven very different people with one thing in common: they have to do community service together. From a young Oxford applicant with strict parents to an older former conman, a right-wing business owner to a progressive activist, it’s an eclectic group. Things get even more complicated when they discover a bag full of money – the owners of which are very dangerous people. Though the entire cast is fantastic Christopher Walken (who was just nominated for an Emmy for his turn on Severance) steals the show. – Taylor Gates

Paper Girls

Creator: Stephany Folsom

Cast: Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Sofia Rosinsky, Ali Wong

Based on a comic book and set in both the 1980s and modern day, Paper Girls is a fun and exciting science fiction series that was adapted for television by Stephany Folsom (Toy Story 4). In the lead roles are four relative newcomers: Camryn Jones (Pete the Cat), Riley Lai Nelet (Altered Carbon), Sofia Rosinsky (Fast Layne), and Fina Strazza. The series follows the four young paper delivery girls as they somehow find themselves fugitives through time. Ali Wong (Always Be My Maybe) also stars as the grown-up, modern-day version of Nelet’s Erin. Bursting with action and beloved science fiction flourishes, Paper Girls is an absolutely delightful adventure. – Yael Tygiel

James May: Our Man in Italy

Directed by: Tom Whitter

Looking to get away but can’t exactly afford a big vacation or have time to leave your house? Look no further than James May: Our Man in Italy. James May is known for his charmingly comedic hosting skills, and this show is no different. After the success of his Japan series, May heads off to showcase the fascinating culture of Italy. From the quirky traditions of Sicily to the famous pizza of Naples, the ruins of Rome to the fashion scene of Milan, May takes us through it all. The definition of edutainment, you’re sure to learn about the dazzling country – and have a blast doing it. – Taylor Gates

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Created by: Sara Goodman

Cast: Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju

I Know What You Did Last Summer is a fun, campy teen horror series in the vein of the novel and movies by which it’s inspired. The show centers around a group of teenagers who are hunted by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal car accident on the night of their graduation. It’s not a particularly deep show, and there are a fair amount of stereotypes and cliches, but if you’re looking for a silly slasher with a compelling cast, look no further. – Taylor Gates


Created by: Alice Seabright

Cast: Erin Doherty, Billy Howle, Pippa Bennett-Warner

Starring The Crown standout Erin Doherty, Chloe is an intriguing psychological thriller about a woman named Becky who becomes obsessed with the suicide of a childhood friend named Chloe. In order to find out what happened, she assumes a new identity to talk to one of Chloe’s closest friends Livia (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Things get complicated, however, when her two lives collide. Chloe is both a riveting mystery and character study grounded by excellent performances. With unexpected twists and shocking revelations galore, it’s a show that keeps you guessing – and on the edge of your seat. – Taylor Gates

The Terminal List

Creator: David DiGillio

Cast: Chris Pratt, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch, Riley Keough, Arlo Mertz, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Based on the novel by Jack Carr,The Terminal List is an intense action-thriller series starring Chris Pratt as Lt. Commander James Reece, a Navy SEAL. After his team is ambushed on a covert mission, Reece goes home to his family, confused about what actually happened and his part in what went down. As more and more pieces start to snap into place, it becomes clear that there’s a powerful force working against him, endangering both himself and the people he loves. Fans of shows like Reacher and Jack Ryan will find lots to like. – Taylor Gates

The One That Got Away

Hosted by: Betty Who

Craving a reality dating show in the vein of Love is Blind or Married at First Sight? The One That Got Away may just be exactly what you’re looking for. The premise of the show is relatively simple: six people reunite with someone from their past, whether it be an old classmate or a fleeting connection from a work conference. However, what ensues after is not. With big personalities comes big drama. Throughout the soapy season, some contestants learn it’s good to give things a second chance, while others find history can make things too complicated for a future. – Taylor Gates

Downton Abbey

Created by: Julian Fellowes

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Rose Leslie, Elizabeth McGovern

Another well-known period drama, Downton Abbey takes place in the 1910s and ‘20s focusing on the Crawley family of aristocrats. Starring Maggie Smith as the matriarch, Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, with Hugh Bonneville playing her son Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, and Michelle Dockery as her granddaughter Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey shows the drama and social maneuverings of the upper class, contrasted by the everyday duties and challenges that the full staff of the Downton Abbey estate go through while working for the Crawleys. The show has an extensive cast of talented actors that includes Dan Stevens, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Lily James, and more. Overall, there are six seasons of Downton Abbey and two films. — Devon Forward

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Created by: Jenny Han, Gabrielle Stanton

Cast: Lola Tung, Jackie Chung, Rachel Blanchard, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno, Sean Kaufman, Alfredo Narciso, Minnie Mills, Colin Ferguson, Tom Everett Scott

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before fans, rejoice! There’s a new series based on Jenny Han’s fantastic writing: The Summer I Turned Pretty. The series follows Belly (Lola Tung) as she spends the summer at a family friend’s beach house – and finds herself in a love triangle between brothers Jeremiah and Conrad. Both romantic and relatable, this is the perfect show for lovers of authentic coming-of-age stories. – Taylor Gates

Night Sky

Created by: Holden Miller, Daniel C. Connolly

Cast: Sissy Spacek, J. K. Simmons, Chai Hansen, Adam Bartley, Julieta Zylberberg, Sonya Walger, Rocío Hernández, Kiah McKirnan, Beth Lacke, Stephen Louis Grush, Cass Buggé

Starring the incomparable Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons,Night Sky is a delightful addition to the sci-fi genre. The show revolves around the York couple, who has a portal in their backyard that leads to a deserted orange and purple planet. Things get more complicated, however, when they realize they’re not the only ones who can access this portal. Night Sky explores themes of grief, aging, and unexpected connections in a surprising and beautiful way. – Taylor Gates

Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls

Directed by: Nneka Onuorah

Presented by: Lizzo

Though technically a competition series, Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls is far from your average reality show. Sure, drama can be fun (and that’s not to say this show is completely devoid of it – there are still high stakes and strong personalities galore), but this series focuses on more positive things like self-love, confidence, and friendship. Lizzo is a household name – and for good reason: she has a powerful voice and some serious moves. She’s endlessly fun to watch as she selects a group of incredible, diverse dancers to come on tour with her. The talent is off the charts, and it’s impossible not to root for the contestants after hearing their amazing stories and ambitions. – Taylor Gates

With Love

Created by: Gloria Calderón Kellett

Cast: Emeraude Toubia, Mark Indelicato, Isis King, Vincent Rodriguez III, Rome Flynn, Desmond Chiam, Benito Martinez, Constance Marie, Todd Grinnell, Birdie Silverstein

Those of us (and we are legion!) who are still mourning the cancellation of One Day at a Time (again!) are going to have our hearts somewhat soothed by the presence of another diverse and lovable family in the Diazes, the unit at the heart of Gloria Calderón Kellett’s newest series for Prime Video, With Love. The series (which was just renewed for a second season!) follows a close-knit unit of relatives through a series of holidays (the first season consists of 5 episodes titled after celebrations like « Valentine’s Day » and « Día De Los Muertos »), but it’s also brimming over with delightful rom-com elements in addition to charmingly earnest characters. – Carly Lane

As We See It

Created by: Jason Katims (based on On the Spectrum by Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman)

Cast: Rick Glassman, Albert Rutecki, Sue Ann Pien, Sosie Bacon, Chris Pang, Joe Mantegna

Katims returns to television with his first series since NBC’s Rise, and this one has a slightly more personal angle for him; in speaking with Collider’s own Christina Radish, the writer and showrunner said that he was inspired to approach a remake of the original Israeli series because of his own son, who is on the autism spectrum. But what As We See It does is offer a very compelling and heartfelt narrative around people with autism and how they approach many of the familiar issues of everyday life — having a job, dating, dealing with adult roommates. With Season 1 already having come and gone, it feels like the series has only scratched the surface in terms of the types of stories that are possible. Here’s hoping that As We See It will get plenty more runway to continue telling them in the future. – Carly Lane

The Boys Presents: Diabolical

Created by: Simon Racioppa (based on The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson)

Animated anthologies seem to be where it’s at these days in terms of creating supplemental stories that not only build out an established world but allow different storytellers animators to strut their creative stuff. That said, none of the existing series out there are doing it quite like The Boys Presents: Diabolical, which consists of eight snack-sized animated shorts for the sole pleasure of our consumption — which will also more than adequately tide you over until the long-awaited Season 3 premiere of the main Prime Video series. As Chase Hutchinson wrote in his review of Diabolical for Collider, « It is a show that revels in the squeamish yet hilarious, disemboweling the darker aspects of the superhero genre to reveal its blood and guts that it subsequently throws everywhere. You may be tempted to watch this ambitious package of shorts in a single sitting, though these animated appetizers are worth savoring for how rich with creativity they are. » – Carly Lane

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