With the days getting shorter and autumn taking hold, it’s time to retreat to the great indoors with some highly addictive TV. Not sure what to watch? From comedies about aging with your besties to cult classics, here are 20 series you and your friends can binge this fall on Amazon Prime Video.
The Golden Girls
In some ways, it was revolutionary at the time in how it approached topics like ageism, racism and sexuality, and some of the themes continue to resonate today. Whether you're a Dorothy, a Rose, a Blanche or a Sophia, there's nothing like celebrating the power of female friendships, realizing that there's life beyond the age of 50, and cheesecake always makes everything better.
What would happen to the world if superheroes were real and instead of being benevolent helpers of humankind, they're actually tools of an American conglomerate that wants to rule the world? You get Vought International, the antagonists in comic book adaptation The Boys, and a group of vigilantes — with and without powers — who try to take them on. The top-notch cast is led by Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, head of the vigilantes, and Antony Starr as Homelander, the leader of superhero collective "The Seven." It's the show to watch for some catharsis given the current state of the world, or if you're suffering from superhero fatigue. Seasons 1 and 2 are available now, and Season 3 is currently in production.
Before Rami Malek won an Osacr for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, he brought the role of hacker Elliot Alderson to life on Mr. Robot. This dark tale about a group of hacktivists called "fsociety" who are trying to take down E Corp, the largest conglomerate in the world, was critically acclaimed for its visual style, soundtrack, and portrayals of mental illness. Starring alongside Malek are Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday and BD Wong in some of the finest performances to grace the small screen. With the fourth and final season of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series just added, you can binge Mr. Robot from beginning to end.
With The Joker out of the way, Harley Quinn (Kaley Cuoco) is trying to reach supervillain status on her own and join the Legion of Doom. Among Harley's new crew is Poison Ivy (Lake Bell), her ride or die BFF that she also has romantic feelings for. It's darkly funny and quite violent, but one heckuva ride. You can watch Seasons 1 and 2 now through STACKTV on Prime Video.
When 40 year old Liza (Sutton Foster) decides to restart her career after being a stay at home mom for years. With the help of her friend Maggie, she pretends to be 26 and lands a job at one of New York's top publishing companies. Hilary Duff co-stars as her co-worker and friend, Kelsey, in this dramedy from Darren Star, creator of Sex and the City, Melrose Place and Beverly Hills, 90210. All six seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video for your binge watching pleasure.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
High school is hard enough. Imagine living above a hellmouth and being the chosen one, tasked with fighting vampires and other forces of evil on top of it all! Such is the life of Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the game changing supernatural teen drama that first premiered in 1997. With all seven seasons streaming now, fall is the perfect time to gather your Scooby Gang and relive every angst-filled moment — Angel versus Spike, anyone? — or introduce it to the next generation of fans.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
From Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino comes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series about a 1950s New York housewife who becomes a stand up comic. Rachel Brosnahan stars as Midge Maisel, the woman who appears to have the perfect life — a gorgeous apartment, two beautiful kids, and a husband she adores — until she discovers she's being cheated on. Her comedy career starts accidentally but with the help of her manager, Susie, she becomes a rising star. Three seasons of the Amazon Original are available to watch now, and a fourth season is in production.
You couldn't go anywhere in the 90s without someone talking about The X-Files. The sci-fi drama series about two FBI agents — Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), the believer and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the skeptic — follows the duo as they investigate unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena, especially aliens. Amazon has the original nine season run plus the 2016 and 2018 revivals.
One of 2020s most pleasant surprises was Upload, the Amazon Original about a young man, Nathan (Robbie Amell), who has his consciousness uploaded to a virtual world following his untimely death. While trying to navigate the afterlife, he befriends his real-world handler, Nora (Andy Allo), and starts to question if his death wasn't an accident. Created by Greg Daniels, best known for Parks and Recreation, this half-hour dramedy was renewed for a second season within a week of its premiere.
Yes, 12 Monkeys is a really good film, but this TV adaptation is some of the finest sci-fi to grace the small screen. The premise may be a bit heavy for some viewers — a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future is trying to find and eliminate a plague that wipes out most of the human race — but it's told in such a compelling way that will have you hooked. Plus, it features stellar performances from Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Todd Stashwick and Schitt's Creek's Emily Hampshire as a gender-swapped version of the Brad Pitt character from the film. All four seasons are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
In this modern adaptation of the hit 1989 film starring Steve Martin, we follow the Bravermans, a multi-generational family living in the San Francisco Bay area. Among the Braverman clan is patriarch Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), matriarch Camille (Bonnie Bedelia), and their grown children, Adam (Peter Krause), Sarah (Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham), Julia (Erika Christensen) and Crosby (Dax Shepard). Each episode is a roller coaster of emotions, but if you love shows like This is Us, this six-season series is a must-watch.
Based on the novel by Lev Grossman, The Magicians is about a group of students who discover magic is real — and very dangerous — after they're recruited to Brakebills University, a secret academy. It begins when Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) enrolls at Brakebills to study magic while his childhood friend, Julia (Stella Maeve), is denied entry and looks elsewhere for a magical education. The fifth and final season wrapped this past spring, so you can watch it all right now from beginning to end.
If you love Shaun of the Dead or any of Edgar Wright's other films, you have to watch Spaced. Written by and starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, it's about a pair of 20-something singles looking for somewhere to live who pretend to be a couple when they find a place they can afford. The comedy, which ran for two seasons, also stars frequent Pegg sidekick, Nick Frost. This fall really is the perfect time to watch since Pegg and Frost have an Amazon Original premiering in late October called Truth Seekers.
A remake of a hit British series from 2013, Utopia may feel a bit too real right now for some, but if you enjoy getting caught up in a conspiracy-laden thriller, add this to your list. The Amazon original sci-fi drama -- created by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) and released in late September — is about a group of people who meet online and get hold of a cult underground graphic novel. This makes them both a target of a shadowy organization, and the only ones who can save the world from a deadly virus.
There was something special about Downton Abbey that captured the hearts of viewers across the world. Six seasons and feature-length film later, fans are still enthralled by the Crawleys, a family of British aristocrats and their servants dealing with a changing world in the early twentieth century. It's the series that made Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens bona fide stars, but also gave us Dame Maggie Smith as the quick-witted Dowager Countess of Grantham.
Supernatural's 15 season run comes to an end later this fall, so why not catch up on the first 14 seasons? Starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki as the Winchester Brothers, a duo of hunters continuing their family's legacy as they fight the forces of evil, the show has taken viewers to hell and back many times over, and even gone head-to-head with God and Lucifer. It's sometimes frightening, always entertaining, and has one of the best classic rock soundtracks of any series in history. You will never hear "Carry On Wayward Son" without thinking of Sam and Dean Winchester ever again!
Written by BoJack Horseman's Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, this animated Amazon Prime Original is unlike anything else you've ever seen on TV. Season 1 tells the story of Alma (Rosa Salazar), a woman who discovers a new relationship with time after surviving a horrible car accident. It's part mystery, part journey of self-discovery, and entirely binge-able in an afternoon. Directed by animator Hisko Hulsing, it has a reality-bending quality that enhances the story. And Season 2 is in the works.
The Vampire Diaries
From the moment The Vampire Diaries premiered, it became a pop culture phenom. Based on the hit YA novels by LJ Smith, it told the tale of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teen girl living in Mystic Falls, Virginia who is torn between two vampire brothers: Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Get cozy indoors this fall and binge all eight seasons while the wind howls outside and the leaves fall to the ground.
Based on the series of novels by Kathy Reichs, Bones is about forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), a team who investigates cases largely based on the human remains of the victims — and eventually falls in love. The crime procedural ran for 12 seasons, and you can binge them all on Amazon Prime Video. Oh, and in case you have a weak stomach, you might want to skip the snacks for this one!
When a group of young offenders doing community service is struck by lightning, they begin to develop superpowers. During its five season run, Misfits won a BAFTA award for Best Drama Series and launched the careers of several young stars including Lovesick's Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon, best known as Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones. Intense yet hilarious and often naughty, you'll immediately get caught up in the outrageous lives of these characters.