We are now at what looks like day 1,347 of the social distancing of coronaviruses You watched “Tiger King” on Netflix. You are caught by “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu. You are very close to watching videos of cats who watch excessively on YouTube.
With so many of us staying at home, people are turning to home delivery, ordering everything from gardening tools to board games. If you use one of the most ubiquitous services, Amazon Prime, you also have access to so many movies, old TV shows and original series that you can spend hours watching without feeling guilty.
Here’s a look at some of the most notable original TV shows that air on Amazon Prime Video (which you can also watch on your TV if you’re a Comcast subscriber). The first 30 days are free and you can cancel at any time. Membership for Amazon Prime costs $ 12.99 per month, or $ 119 per year.
“Make the cut”: A recent first, this new fashion competition features veterans of “Project Runway” Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, as well as an international group of designers trying to show that they can establish themselves as a global brand. It’s an entertaining distraction, though footage of the carefree Klum and Gunn strolling the streets of Paris – the series was filmed before coronavirus blockages around the world – will make you melancholy. The stakes for competitors are high, because the winning designer will get $ 1 million to invest in his brand.
“The wonderful Mrs. Maisel”: Rachel Brosnahan plays a leading female comic in this sparkling concoction by designer Amy Sherman-Palladino (“Gilmore Girls”). The clothing and production design of the late 1950s is a treat, as is the cast – Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle and more – who bring this New York saga to life in its three seasons.
“Jack Ryan from Tom Clancy”: If you’re in the mood for action, this globetrotter adventure stars John Krasinski as a CIA officer who uncovers terrorist plots, illegal arms deliveries and more. Two seasons are available.
“Flea bag”: Phoebe Waller-Bridge created and stars in this dramatic comedy about a young woman who tries to avoid dealing with grief and her own feelings of guilt in an easy-to-knock show (there are only six episodes in his two seasons). The show became a bit of a pop culture phenomenon, for its spirit, its frankness and a second season which, in my opinion, was an improvement compared to the first. The capable cast includes Andrew Scott as anointed “hot priest” on the Internet in season 2.
“Bosch”: The Michael Connelly novels series based on the homicide detective LAPD Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) may not attract the attention of the awards of “Fleabag” or “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, but “Bosch” has quietly constituted a loyal fan base. Six seasons are available.
” Back home “: Julia Roberts, Stephan James and Bobby Cannavale are the stars of a curvy series inspired by the popular podcast, on a mysterious installation that supposedly helps soldiers make the transition to civilian life. Dark, and sometimes very funny (especially in the scenes of Cannavale), it is a captivating drama and well played.
“A very English scandal”: A very good three-part mini-series based on the true story of Jeremy Thorpe (Hugh Grant), a British politician whose efforts to hide his homosexuality were upset by an ex-lover named Norman Scott (Ben Whishaw). The details of the 60s and 70s period, superb performances, an intelligent script by Russell T Davies and a beautiful staging by Stephen Frears make it one of the best miniseries of recent years.
“Catastrophe”: Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan created and acted in an adult comedy about a Yank and a Brit who have casual sex in London, but when an unexpected pregnancy ensues, the two get into a safe relationship. Four seasons are available.
” Fact “: The strangely realistic but not quite realistic Rotoscope animation technique is used in this unusual series, which tells the story of Alma (Rosa Salazar), who, after a serious car accident, finds that she can communicate with her long-dead physicist father Jacob (Bob Odenkirk), who tells her that she can get there in time. Could Alma have prevented Jacob’s death years earlier? The series is created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (“BoJack Horseman”) and Kate Purdy. One season is available.
“Modern love”: An often touching series of anthologies with episodes inspired by the New York Times “Modern Love” columns. The talented cast, which brings to life examples of love and affection of various kinds, includes Tina Fey, John Slattery, Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel and Andrew Scott (this “burning priest” of “Fleabag”). One season is available.
“Hunters”: Al Pacino gives a live performance as an aging leader of a group of Nazi hunters in New York in the 1970s in this uneven but energetic thriller by Quentin Tarantino. One season is available.
“Good omens”: Michael Sheen and David Tennant play respectively angelic and devilish entities which appreciate the Earth so much that the prospect of an imminent Armageddon incites them to act. The comic-fantasy miniseries is based on a novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and impressive casts include Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Adria Ariona, Frances McDorman and Jack Whitehall.
” Forever “: Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play the role of a married couple stuck in a rut until unexpected – very unexpected – developments re-examine them. The series doesn’t quite work, but it does have moments of melancholy humor that seem appropriate right now. One season is available.
” The boys “: Karl Urban and Jack Quaid are the stars of a comic book series inspired by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, about a group of vigilantes seeking justice who run into corrupt superheroes. One season is available.
“Hanna”: A series based on the 2011 film, this Esme star Creed-Miles as a girl who possesses deadly abilities. Generally considered a disappointment compared to the original film, the series presents at least a good cast, including Joel Kinnaman as father of the girl and Mireille Enos, Kinnaman costar of “The Killing”, as agent just as deadly. One season is available.
“ZeroZeroZero”: Andrea Riseborough, Dane DeHaan and Gabriel Byrne act in a police drama on the international cocaine trade, organized crime in Mexico and Italy and a shipment of cocaine. One season is available.
“Carnival Row”: Orlando Bloom and Cara Delavinge play in a dramatic / fantastic time over a series of murders, a government that does not care about its helpless citizens, an investigator and fairytale refugees. Critics have been mixed, but the series certainly aims to offer something different. One season is available.
“Transparent”: When it premiered in 2014, the dramatic comedy about the Pfefferman family, and the revelation of the patriarch that Mort would now be Maura, a trans woman, “Transparent”, were revolutionary. But in late 2017, everything exploded after Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning leader who played Maura, was charged with sexual misconduct. Tambor left the series and after four seasons the series ended in 2019 with “Transparent: Musicale Finale”, a special extended musical farewell to the Pfeffermans. Four seasons and season 5 “Transparent: Musicale Finale” are available.
“Goliath”: Billy Bob Thornton stars in a drama as a successful lawyer who hits the skates, then returns to the courtroom to fight powerful forces who are trying to use the system for their own benefit. Three seasons are available.
“Absentia”: Wondering what Stana Katic has been up to since the end of “Castle”? She is executive producer and star of this series on Emily Byrne (Katic), an FBI agent who went missing and was presumed dead while on the trail of a serial killer in Boston. But six years later, Byrne appears alive, unable to remember what happened to him. As if that didn’t bother her enough, her husband remarried and Emily became suspect in a series of new murders. Two seasons are available.
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– Kristi Turnquist
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