When you think of Amazon, you probably think of their shopping and shipping services. However, Amazon is also in the entertainment business. In fact, Amazon’s Prime service is connecting viewers with a variety of original shows and programming.
Ranging from the hilarious to the harrowing, the series from Amazon Prime are some of the most diverse in the world of entertainment today. Therefore, there is some kind of program for everyone to enjoy. The following are just some of the Amazon Prime originals that you need to see.
“The Man in the High Castle”
What if Germany and Japan had won World War II? That is precisely the question asked by “The Man in the High Castle.” Based upon the 1962 novel of the same name, “The Man in the High Castle” takes place in a divided United States. The eastern half of the country is controlled by Germany, while the western half is controlled by Japan.
The second season, which was recently released, only adds more mystery and drama to the dystopian setting, showcasing the darker side of the American resistance as well. With a third season on the way, viewers will have to continue guessing where this alternate future is heading.
Perhaps Amazon’s most highly-rated original program, “Transparent” revolves around the often overlooked transgender community. Jeffery Tambor stars as Maura Pfefferman. Maura was born Morton, but she always identified as a woman, which comes as a shock to her three children. Maura’s children face issues of their own, and the Pfefferman family soon learns to rely upon each other for support.
While each member of the main cast has received praise for their role, Tambor especially stands out. In fact, he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role as Maura.
One of the latest dramas from Amazon Prime, “Sneaky Pete” revolves not around Pete, but rather his cellmate Marius. Recently released from jail and on the run from some dangerous people, Marius adopts the identity of Pete and meets up with his cellmate’s estranged family.
However, Marius soon discovers that Pete’s family members harbor some dark secrets of their own. Now he must rely upon his trickery and skills to get him out of tight situations. More dire situations await Marius, as Amazon Prime has renewed the series for a second season.
“Mozart in the Jungle”
Part comedy, part drama and all entertaining, “Mozart in the Jungle” explores the mayhem of the modern world of music. Aspiring oboist Hailey hopes to achieve her dream of playing for the New York Symphony. Her quest to do so brings her face-to-face with Rodrigo De Souza, the eccentric conductor of said symphony.
Tension builds between Rodrigo and the New York Symphony conductor emeritus, Thomas Pembridge, who is played brilliantly by veteran actor Malcolm McDowell. Of course, the acting chops of Gael García Bernal, who plays Rodrigo, cannot be denied, either. After all, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series for his role.
“The Grand Tour”
If you are a fan of “Top Gear,” then you will definitely be a fan of “The Grand Tour.” A reunion between former “Top Gear” hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, “The Grand Tour” follows in the footsteps of the British automotive program.
Clarkson, Hammond and May bring their comedy skills and knowledge of all things automotive to various locations across the globe. There are even more places for the trio to explore, as the second season of “The Grand Tour” is scheduled for November of this year.
If any of these series sound right up your alley, then don’t hesitate to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription and start indulging in these entertaining programs.