When it comes to the streaming game Netflix are the undisputed champs but that doesn’t mean that their closest rivals Amazon are too far behind. They don’t have the same amount of success, or varied programming but there are a few gems waiting to be discovered. Here are five Amazon originals that demand to be watched.
1. Mozart in the Jungle
A dramedy about the inner workings of the New York symphony may seem like a hard sell for some but Mozart in the Jungle has a lightness of touch and a tendency to experiment that make it a singular pleasure to watch. Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the show is brought to the screen by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers, and stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, and Saffron Burrows. Three seasons in the show has proved to be a hit for the streaming site even winning Golden Globes for best comedy and Best Actor, for Bernal.
For all of Netflix’s varied programming, including the diverse Orange is the New Black, and Sense 8, none compare to Transparent. The jewel in Amazon’s streaming crown, Transparent has garnered huge critical acclaim as well as multiple Emmy’s and Golden Globes. Jeffrey Tambor plays Mort who is transgender, with the show investigating the effect that has on her and her family. Created by Jill Soloway, and based on her own family, Transparent is a sensitive, often brilliant look, at LGBT stories as well as familial drama. This is the show that every network, or streaming platform wish they had gotten to first.
3. The Man in the High Castle
If you’re looking for a Philip K Dick adaptation to keep you going until the release of Blade Runner 2049 you could do a lot worse than The Man in the High Castle. Based of Dick’s Hugo Award winning novel, The Man in the High Castle presents an alternate version of history in which Germany and Japan won World War Two. The show follows various revolutionaries, government employees, and intelligence agencies in an America that has been split into German, and Japanese territories. ~The show is packed full of drama and intrigue, and an especially great performance by Rufus Sewel, but the real draw is the world the show inhabits. The image of America controlled by the Axis powers is never stops being unsettling.
Based on Michael Connelly’s novels Bosch brings one of crime fictions greatest and most troubled detectives to the small screen. With three seasons under its belt, Bosch stars Titus Welliver as the perfectly cast lead, who must investigate the seedy underbelly of the City of Angels. Created by The Wire’s Eric Overmeyer, Bosch shares the older show’s novelistic structure making it perfect from binge-watching. With news that it has been renewed for a further two seasons there is plenty of opportunity to follow Bosch into the dark side of LA.
Created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) and Jonathan Shapiro Goliath is a legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed up lawyer. With Kelley, who is the king of American legal drams, and Thornton involved, Goliath has a great pedigree which it uses well in this story of one man’s fall from grace. With huge critical acclaim, and a Golden Globe for Best Actor for Billy Bob Thornton, it’s no surprise that the show has been renewed for a second season, so now is the time to catch up.