What to Watch on Amazon Prime Video Right Now
From foreign films to thrilling series, there’s something for everyone to stream.
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’re probably already aware of all the ways the service has simplified your life over the past few years. But if you’re also an Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad user, you probably have one small remaining complaint: there’s no way to watch the free movies and TV shows you can stream with the service on your device. Well, according to Apple, a fix will be available very soon. The tech company announced at the 2017 WWDC keynote that it was teaming up with the shipping-monolith on an Amazon Prime app that will become available for iOS users later this year.
In honor of this news, RealSimple.com reached out to Amazon to see which original movies and TV shows were popular with Amazon Prime customers. Though Prime subscribers will still need to wait to watch it on their Apple TVs and other iOS devices, it’s a good idea to get your to-watch list ready, so you can binge right out of the gate.
Amazon imported this British sitcom about the accidental start of a family after a visiting American businessman (comedian Rob Delaney) and an Irish-Londoner (actor and writer Sharon Hogan) have a one-night tryst. The third season just premiered on Amazon Prime video in April, and the fourth season is scheduled to premiere in 2018—perfect timing for Apple TV users to enjoy it on the big screens.
This 2015 adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s debut novel stars Kate Winslet as Tilly, a woman returning to her rural Australian hometown after she was banished after being accused of murdering her classmate. Now an accomplished, stylish designer, she returns as an adult to take care of her mentally declining mother (Judy Davis), despite the ferocious gossip about her among the townspeople. Winslet’s stellar performance is reason enough to check out this comedic-revenge period piece.
At 34, Steve Gleason, former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints, is diagnosed with ALS and given at most five years to live. Then, two weeks later, his wife finds out she is pregnant. This touching 2016 documentary follows Gleason’s attempts to capture all the lessons he wants to teach his unborn son via a video blog, knowing that his time is limited.
The Man in the High Castle
Ever wonder what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost WWII? This highly stylized television adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi novel explores a United States under control of Japan and Germany in a thrilling, thought-provoking, and seriously addictive manner.
Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan’s emotional powerhouse follows a Boston janitor returning to his working-class, seaside Massachusetts hometown after his older brother unexpectedly passes away. Memories of his life in the town rise to the surface after years of trying to escape as he deals with grief for his brother and the unexpected responsibility of taking care of his teenage nephew.
A day before he is set to get out of prison, con-man Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) receives a call from a gangster (Bryan Cranston) who really wants the money owed to him. In order to buy himself time, Marius takes on the identity of his cellmate, a man by the name of Pete Murphy, and returns to hide with Pete’s estranged family on his childhood farm. However, Marius’s past life soon sneaks up on him as he finds his new life isn’t that innocent either. The season has been renewed for season two, while the first season currently has a 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
After their father comes out as a transgender woman, each member of the Pfefferman family must come to terms with the messy nature of their own lives and what it means to be a modern family. Transparent is Amazon’s most highly acclaimed series, winning eight Emmy awards, two Golden Globes, a Peabody award, among others. Season four will premiere this fall.
Not everything to stream on Amazon Prime is for adults—they have plenty of kid-friendly shows, too. Try Tumble Leaf, an adorable series for preschoolers that follows Fig, a blue fox, and Stick, his caterpillar friend, discovering the world around them. Both parents and children alike will be mesmerized by the gorgeous stop-motion animation.