Amazon has been trying to establish itself as a power player in the TV market. Amazon Prime video streaming service offers a huge selection of movies and TV shows from around the world. Prime members can watch unlimited shows and movies as part of their membership fee. But Amazon is raising the bar by adding its own original programming into the mix too.
Amazon Prime has changed the way subscribers can view their originals and the rest of the movies and TV shows that they have available. In the past members had to pay a yearly subscription fee. But recently Amazon has changed that and let users pick either a monthly service fee or a yearly subscription.
Amazon doesn’t have quite the great track record that other services, like Netflix, have. But there are several Amazon Prime original shows that have gotten rave reviews from fans and high marks from critics. By focusing on telling the stories of groups that are traditionally overlooked in TV and movies Amazon is carving out a solid place in the world of original streaming programming. The top three Amazon Prime originals that you should be watching are:
Transparent has been called one of the best shows of the last few years. Amazon took a chance commissioning this drama about the head of a family who transitions to being a woman. All the family fallout creates drama for everyone as they look at their own lives and their own attempts to be happy and authentic. Transparent takes on issues facing modern families as well as the unique challenges that transgender people face. Transparent has gotten a lot of positive attention from critics. And fans genuinely love it. By creating a show that centers on a transgender character Amazon is breaking new ground for diversity in TV.
The Man In The High Castle
WWII spy drama The Man In The High Castle is another Amazon original show that is getting a huge following. Critics applaud the show for attention to detail and great storytelling while fans are riveted by the acting and the intense drama. Shows that center around war are always popular but Amazon has managed to create a show that has a very unique story and tells some stories that have never really been addressed for. The Man In The High Castle has been renewed for several more seasons and all of the seasons are available to stream now.
Mozart In The Jungle
On a lighter note Amazon has created a drama that tells the story of a symphony member trying to navigate the ups and downs of life as an artist in New York City. While the show doesn’t have the wide appeal of other shows that tell similar stories and are also set in New York City it does have a loyal following. As the seasons go on it is developing more of a unique voice and it remains one of Amazon Prime’s most popular original shows.
Amazon will continue to develop new shows and try to challenge Netflix when it comes to high quality and unique streaming shows. With services like Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu all trying to create more original content as well as fighting over the rights to older shows that audiences love TV is going through a bit of a change. More and more people are cutting the cable cord and relying on streaming TV to find great programming that will keep them interested and entertained.
Amazon Prime programming can also be streamed to TV through a smart TV or using an Amazon Fire tv stick so people can binge watch their favorite Amazon Prime shows on their TV.