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31 Best Shows On Amazon Prime In 2021

In the war for streaming dominance, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and other platforms constantly jostle for dominance. The top dogs have massive catalogues of content available to subscribers, with plenty of new productions arriving every day. But one streamer has a clear edge when it comes to size: Amazon Prime Video is home to more content than any other streaming platform (via Insider). From searing sci-fi to historical sagas, their library has it all.

However, there is a downside to having the most options: With more wheat comes more chaff. Finding a series to dive into among so many choices is a major challenge, even for the savviest streaming fan. Luckily, we're here to help, with this list of the 31 best shows available on Amazon Prime in 2021. Whether you're looking for a brief and intense binge-watch or your next long-term obsession, you're sure to find a new favorite among these spectacular shows.


"Fleabag" shines as one of Amazon Prime Video's highest-rated series. Few productions have such a clearly defined voice and perspective as "Fleabag" does: With irreverent humor, clever fourth-wall breaking, and a diverse cast of memorable characters, it's a truly original series. Mastermind and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge gives an incredible performance in the lead role, while Hugh Dennis (the bank manager), Andrew Scott (the priest), and Olivia Colman (the godmother) are all notable highlights in the supporting cast. Waller-Bridge's unnamed main character attempts to hold her life together as she deals with the death of her best friend, keeps her café afloat, and suffers through family drama.

"Fleabag" began as an acclaimed one-woman show Waller-Bridge performed live at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. While Season 1 was extremely well-received by critics and audiences, Season 2 rose to even greater heights. Despite large public interest in bringing the character back for another season, Waller-Bridge has decided to let the show be — for now. The door remains open for a revival down the road: When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Waller-Bridge said, "I do have a fantasy of bringing her back when I'm, like, 45 or 50."


"Catastrophe" follows heavily fictionalized versions of co-stars and co-creators Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan as they find themselves in a tight spot: A week-long hookup while Rob is in town on a business trip results in a pregnancy. With plenty of dark humor, this winning series proceeds to explore love, relationships, and parenting. None of them come easily.

"Catastrophe" ran for four seasons before calling it quits in 2019. All four seasons received glowing critical responses, which praised Delaney and Horgan for their multifaceted work on the series. "Catastrophe" is also notable for containing one of Carrie Fisher's final performances: She played Mia, Rob's mother. Fisher passed away after wrapping up work on Season 3 (via Vulture).


"Invincible" draws viewers in with its old-school art style, then hooks them with its adult tone, complex characters, and extreme violence. Mark is the teenage son of the world's most powerful superhero, Omni-Man. Obviously, he's got some huge shoes to fill. Is he up to the challenge? Maybe — but it's going to be harder than he ever realized.

"Invincible" is based on the comic series of the same name, which is written by Robert Kirkman. Kirkman is perhaps most famous as the writer of "The Walking Dead" comic series. That's not the only big name behind "Invincible" — many celebrated actors lend their voices to this animated adventure, including Gillian Jacobs, Mark Hamill, Sandra Oh, Walton Goggins, J.K. Simmons, and Steven Yeun. Together, they bring this brutal, clever, and dynamic superhero saga to life.


"Undone" is wildly different from any other series you're likely to see. After Alma Winograd-Diaz survives a nearly-lethal car accident, the rules of time and reality begin to distort. What follows is a surreal murder-mystery served with a hefty dose of magical realism. "Undone" prefers abstraction over strict narrative, and uses animation to further its audacious aims. If you're interested in something dizzyingly beautiful and profoundly bizarre, this is the series you've been looking for.

The striking visual style of "Undone" was created with rotoscope animation, which cinephiles might recognize as the same approach used in films like Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly." The series also boasts a number of big names, including Daveed Diggs, Rosa Salazar, and Bob Odenkirk. This combination of style and talent paid off: "Undone" earned major critical praise from a wide variety of outlets.


Though Amazon Prime created a handful of original comedy and kids shows in the preceding years, "Bosch" became the streamer's first original dramatic series when it premiered in February 2014. It remains one of the best Amazon Original Series, and one of the finest shows on the entire platform. It follows the titular LAPD detective as he works to solve complex cases. A variety of murders are investigated over the course of the series, as are the backstories of its main characters. After seven critically acclaimed seasons, "Bosch" came to a conclusion in 2021. The series goes out on a definite high note, making it a thrilling watch from beginning to end.

Uniquely, "Bosch" explores layered mysteries that unfold over the course of entire seasons, rather than sticking to the episodic approach more common to crime shows. Fans of "The Wire" are also likely to enjoy the series, as it reunites several actors and key behind-the-scenes players from that HBO classic, including Jamie Hector, Lance Reddick, and Eric Overmyer.

A Very English Scandal

With just three episodes to its name, each running roughly one hour long, this miniseries can easily be devoured in a single sitting. Based on John Preston's 2016 novel of the same name, "A Very English Scandal" centers around the Jeremy Thorpe scandal of the 1970s, which saw Thorpe, leader of the United Kingdom's Liberal Party, accused of conspiring to murder a man he had a romantic past with. Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw star as Thorpe and the ex-lover, respectively.

"A Very English Scandal" was so warmly received, it earned a second installment: "A Very British Scandal." Rather than being a direct follow-up, this season transforms the production into an anthology series by exploring the 1963 scandal surrounding Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll. Claire Foy and Paul Bettany are set to star (per Deadline).

One Mississippi

"One Mississippi" is a celebrated dark comedy starring comedian Tig Notaro as a fictionalized version of herself. Tig has returned to her hometown, following the death of her mother. Being forced to deal with being back in a place where no one understands her is tough enough, but it's not the only issue Tig has to contend with — she's got health issues of her own, plus plenty of family secrets to uncover. Notaro co-created the series alongside screenwriter Diablo Cody, who is known for films like "Juno," "Jennifer's Body," and "Young Adult." Playing the role of Kate, Tig's girlfriend, is Stephanie Allynne, who is married to Notaro in real life.

Amazon canceled "One Mississippi" after two seasons. Though saddened by the cancelation, Notaro also described a feeling of relief at the news (per The Daily Beast), saying, "I'm happy to move on from that." This relief stems from comedian Louis C.K.'s involvement with the show as an executive producer, and Notaro's desire to cut ties with him following the revelation of his sexual misconduct. The future may still hold a sliver of hope, however, as Notaro remains interested in the story and the plans she had for the third season. "If some crazy world happened where Amazon or FX was like, 'We gotta bring back this show, reboot 'One Mississippi,” I would happily do it," she remarked, "and I would have a million things to say."

Sneaky Pete

Following in the footsteps of "Bosch," Amazon's first crime-centric drama series, "Sneaky Pete" takes the point of view of the ne'er-do-well. Though it might not have run as long as the aforementioned "Bosch," "Sneaky Pete" received a similarly warm reception from critics for each of its three seasons.

The series follows a con man who adopts the identity of his former prison cellmate. This doesn't solve all his problems, however — he's still on the run from a ruthless gangster. The talented Giovanni Ribisi stars in the title role, and the impressive supporting cast is filled with the likes of Marin Ireland, Peter Gerety, and Margo Martindale. "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston plays the villainous Vince, but he's actually far more involved behind the camera: Cranston co-created the series alongside "House" creator David Shore. He also serves as executive producer for the entirety of the 30-episode series, and even directed an episode of Season 1.

The Tick

"The Tick" is a superhero property that has enjoyed many different incarnations over the years. The titular, muscular, mentally questionable crime fighter first appeared in print in the 1980s, and has gotten a revival roughly once per decade. In the '90s, "The Tick" became an animated series as part of the Fox Kids lineup. "The Tick" was then adapted into a live-action series in the 2000s, but was canceled after just nine episodes. In the 2010s, this comedic character returned once again, just in time for the streaming revolution.

Now played by Peter Serafinowicz, the big blue bug's second live-action outing fared better. Amazon's "The Tick" boasts two full seasons — though it too wound up getting the axe eventually. Despite this abrupt end, the series was a critical hit: Season 1's glowing reviews were actually topped by Season 2's, which outright sparkle. Many critics noted this ante-upping, such as The Verge, which hailed Season 2 as "even stronger" than its predecessor.


"Forever" debuted in 2018 with an eight-episode Season 1. Despite strong critical reception, the series was not renewed. "Forever" Season 1 remains one of the most original shows on Amazon Prime, however, and certainly one of the most well-crafted. Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph star as Oscar and June, a married couple whose relationship has begun to stagnate. From this familiar setup, "Forever" takes off in an unexpected direction — namely, into the afterlife. By the end of Episode 2, both Oscar and June are dead. "Forever" proceeds to tackle philosophical and supernatural questions regarding love, happiness, and marriage.

Critics praised "Forever" for its dark tone, distinct sense of humor, and the spectacular performances of its two leads, as well as Catherine Keener in a supporting role. Though some went into the series expecting a straight-up comedy, sticking around revealed something much deeper. The New Yorker called the series "a profound exploration of the wondrous perils of falling in love," and celebrated its examination of "common questions in an uncommon situation."

The Expanse

"The Expanse," which is set hundreds of years into the future, revolves around a large group of characters as they navigate the conspiracies, alliances, wars, and secrets of the fully-colonized Solar System. Season 1 earned solid reviews, but each subsequent slate of episodes received even more positive notices. This is especially impressive, as the show had a lot to live up to — it's an adaptation of the long-running "Expanse" book series.

As an original series on the SyFy channel, "The Expanse" gained many passionate fans. Sadly, the network wound up canceling the series after three seasons (via Deadline). After a vocal outcry from fans, however, "The Expanse" was picked up by Amazon, where it snagged an additional three seasons. As Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly a huge fan of the series, it's safe to say that everything worked out in the end for "The Expanse."

The Underground Railroad

Based on Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, "The Underground Railroad" makes the titular network literal. This magically-realist twist sees young Cora flee slavery on actual steam engines, which chug through underground tunnels hidden all over the United States and Canada. This intriguing choice is certainly attention-grabbing, but it's no gimmick. Cora's railroad journey explores history, injustice, and freedom with new depth.

Barry Jenkins of "Moonlight" and "If Beale Street Could Talk" fame created and directed the series, which stands as yet another scintillating addition to his body of work. Jenkins also serves as the executive producer, and wrote or co-wrote four of the 10 episodes. Though it didn't win in any of its categories, "The Underground Railroad" earned seven nominations at the 2021 Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Casting. It also received an ocean of rave reviews.

Mozart in the Jungle

Set in the intense world of classical music, "Mozart in the Jungle" earned warm reviews for its sterling performances, clever writing, and genuine depth. Gael García Bernal and Lola Kirke star in this winning series: Bernal plays a radical conductor who takes charge of the New York Symphony, while Kirke plays a hopeful young oboist. Seasons 1 and 2 take a little bit of warming up, but 3 and 4 were both universally beloved by critics, who hailed it as a delightful, romantic triumph.

After four seasons, "Mozart in the Jungle" was canceled. In an interview with Metro, Bernal said that he did not know why the show came to such a sudden end. "Whatever explanation there is," he remarked, "I am not the one to give it, because I am the one that wants it to keep going. It is Amazon that needs to answer to that." Ardent fans share his enthusiasm and disappointment, but at least they have four fantastic seasons to enjoy.

Ordeal by Innocence

"Ordeal by Innocence" comes courtesy of the BBC, and consists of three hour-long episodes. A murder-mystery set in 1954, it begins with the strange death of wealthy philanthropist Rachel Argyll on Christmas Eve. Jack, her son, is arrested for the murder, but he claims innocence. How, then, did his fingerprints end up on the murder weapon? This marvelous miniseries is adapted from the novel of the same name, written by the queen of the genre herself, Agatha Christie.

"Ordeal by Innocence" has been adapted multiple times in a variety of mediums: A 1984 film starring Donald Sutherland and Faye Dunaway and a 2007 episode of the television series "Agatha Christie's Marple" are among the most prominent takes. This time around, Anthony Boyle, Alice Eve, and Bill Nighy star, among other talented performers. Writer Sarah Phelps steers the story to great success, which comes as no surprise — she's something of an Agatha Christie expert. Phelps has penned several TV adaptations of Agatha Christie stories, including "And Then There Were None," "The ABC Murders," and "The Witness for the Prosecution."


"ZeroZeroZero" is one of the most recent television series to make this list: All eight episodes of the Italian drama aired on Sky Atlantic in 2020 before arriving on Amazon Prime. "ZeroZeroZero" explores the full circuit of the cocaine industry with a globe-trotting sense of scale, from cultivation to transport to distribution. This complex and thrilling tale demanded shooting in multiple countries, and features dialogue spoken in several different languages.

"ZeroZeroZero" was created by Mauricio Katz, Leonardo Fasoli, and Stefano Sollima. Fasoli and Sollima previously worked together on the hit 2014 show "Gomorrah." Dane DeHaan and Andrea Riseborough lead a large international cast, which includes Gabriel Byrne in an important supporting role. Critics hailed the series as a gripping exploration of crime, drugs, and power. Though some might wish for a follow-up season, Sollima has been very clear that "ZeroZeroZero" is a standalone miniseries (via Variety). Fans will have to comfort themselves with the creative team's many other gritty crime sagas.


"Vikings" began as one of the History channel's first scripted series. It proved to be a hit, and earned more and more praise with each successive season. Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking sons are at the heart of this expansive saga, which eventually sees the legendary leader become king. "Vikings" ends on a high note, and by choice: In an interview with Variety, series creator Michael Hirst said, "We stopped shooting the final episode in November last year and I felt that I'd said all I needed to say about Ragnar and his sons. I told my saga ... I had no reason to want to continue it beyond that."

Though the main storyline has concluded, there are plans to continue exploring the world of "Vikings" in one form or another. A spinoff (though Hirst prefers "continuation") entitled "Vikings: Valhalla" will hit Netflix in 2022. This will not explore the Valhalla of Norse myth, which Hirst took pains to make clear. As he told Variety, "At some point 'Valhalla' became an in-joke with the studio, that I seemed to be killing off so many major characters that I would have to do another show called 'Valhalla' and bring back all the people I'd killed off." Such a series wouldn't work, he argued, because Valhalla is said to be an endless cycle of bloodshed and merriment — not exactly the stuff of long-running drama.

Red Oaks

"Red Oaks" is a coming-of-age dramedy set in a Jewish country club of the 1980s. Craig Roberts stars as David, a young college student and employee of the club trying to figure out what he wants from life. The core supporting cast includes the likes of Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, Oliver Cooper, and Ennis Esmer, among others. The show's notable talent isn't limited to who's in front of the camera, either: "Red Oaks" boasts an impressive roster of acclaimed directors including Hal Hartley, Amy Heckerling, Nisha Ganatra, and David Gordon Green.

After three seasons, "Red Oaks" came to a close in 2017. Seasons 1 and 2 consist of 10 episodes each, while Season 3 was reduced in scale to just six episodes in total. Though some might assume this means "Red Oaks" diminishes in quality over the course of its run, that isn't true. Season 1's decent reviews were topped by those earned by Seasons 2 and 3, which enjoyed widespread acclaim.

The Wilds

"The Wilds" premiered in 2020, making it one of the more recent additions to this list. It follows a group of people stranded on a deserted island, in the vein of books like "Lord of the Flies," movies like "Castaway," and TV shows like "Lost." What sets "The Wilds" apart from similar stories is its cast of characters, and a unique twist in its premise involving a social experiment.

The stranded innocents of "The Wilds" are teenage girls from many different walks of life. It's no accident they wind up on this island together: A mysterious band of people are manipulating their ordeal from afar. This intriguing set-up keeps the show's well-worn premise fresh. "What's so impressive about 'The Wilds,'" legendary critic Richard Roeper wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times, "is how creator Sarah Streicher and the deeply talented young cast members immerse us in this world so quickly and create an almost instant interest and empathy for these eight teenage girls." Many other critics echoed this praise.


"Patriot" takes a decidedly skewed and darkly comedic look at the world of international espionage. The series follows an undercover intelligence agent as he attempts to foil a nuclear threat without compromising his cover as a mundane everyman. Michael Dorman stars in the lead role, while Michael Chernus, Terry O'Quinn, and Kurtwood Smith round out the supporting cast. After two seasons, Amazon made the decision to pull the plug on the series, following a leadership shuffle (via Deadline). While long-time fans are doubtlessly frustrated, Seasons 1 and 2 remain entertaining watches worth anyone's time.

"Patriot" was created by Steven Conrad, who is best known for writing "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith, and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," starring Ben Stiller. "Patriot" was among his first forays into television, and has proven to be far from his last. He went on to create "Ultra City Smiths" for AMC+ and co-create "Perpetual Grace, LTD" for Epix.

The Boys

"The Boys," based on the comic series of the same name, is an extremely cynical take on superheroes capable of pleasing fans and non-fans of the genre. The supposed good guys in capes are really the villains in "The Boys," while the vigilantes attempting to take them down are the true heroes. After his girlfriend is accidentally killed by one of the world's most popular superheroes, everyman Hughie gets mixed up with said band of vigilantes, led by Billy Butcher. They're intent on taking down the Seven, a satirical take on the Justice League. This subversive yet crowd-pleasing series functions both as an entry into the superhero media canon, as well as a biting critique of it.

Long-time collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg serve as producers on "The Boys." This isn't the first time they've adapted a comic series written by Garth Ennis into a TV show: They're also part of the development team behind AMC's "Preacher." This experience has paid off – "The Boys" has been well received by critics and audiences alike. Praise for Season 1 was topped by the acclaim earned by Season 2, which made the show into a genuine phenomenon.


"Transparent" is a groundbreaking comedy-drama that shines a loving spotlight on the lives of transgender people. The show begins with Maura Pfefferman, who surprises her family by coming out as a trans woman. Over the course of the entire series, the family's reactions, experiences, and choices are explored in tremendous depth. "Transparent" ran for four full seasons, and was renewed for a fifth. However, the creative team decided to scrap initial plans for Season 5 and end the series with a feature-length "Musicale Finale."

This altered ending came about after Jeffrey Tambor was dropped from the show, following allegations of sexual harassment (via The Hollywood Reporter). This unfortunate revelation does not dim the series' creative success, however, nor the positive strides it makes in terms of representation. Series creator Joey Soloway, who previously worked on shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Six Feet Under," and "United States of Tara," is currently in pre-production on the film "Mothertrucker," starring Julianne Moore.

Vanity Fair

The title "Vanity Fair" probably calls the famous magazine to mind. But this TV series is actually based on the 1848 novel of the same name, written by William Makepeace Thackeray. A seven-part miniseries, 2018's "Vanity Fair" tracks the lives of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Becky, an orphan in straitened circumstances, endeavors to climb the social ladder by any and all means at her disposal — including the wealthy Amelia. 

"Vanity Fair" was developed for the UK's ITV network by Gwyneth Hughes, who also wrote all seven episodes. Critics bestowed much praise on Olivia Cooke's performance as Becky, with many citing her as the greatest strength of the series. Time Magazine called Cooke "magnetic ... Cooke's performance alone is enough to convince us of its relevance; her Becky Sharp is a woman ahead of her time." This series might be based on an old story, but such talent and skill behind and in front of the camera makes it feel brand new.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" follows 1950s housewife Midge Maisel as she embarks upon a career as a stand-up comedian. She faces plenty of adversity along the way, but also finds plenty of laughs and success. Season 1 of this Amazon Prime Original debuted in 2017 to tremendous acclaim and a huge slate of awards. Subsequent seasons have earned similarly sparkling notices, as well as more trophies and ever-increasing word-of-mouth. 

Rachel Brosnahan stars as the titular Mrs. Maisel, who must navigate her complex divorce, the gender norms of the 1950s, her parents' disapproval, and the indignities of life on the road. She's joined by a tremendous supporting cast of all-star talent, including Tony Shalhoub, Alex Borstein, and Kevin Pollak, among others. Notably, Luke Kirby plays real-world comedy legend Lenny Bruce, who meets Midge after they're both locked up for their boundary-pushing comedy. It's the beginning of a long, complicated, and beautiful friendship.


"Upload" is a sci-fi comedy unlike any other. Nathan lives in the near future, where human consciousness can be uploaded to a virtual afterlife following death. After his sudden demise, he ends up in the digital great beyond — but not everything is as it seems. While this is a premise fit for a "Black Mirror" episode, "Upload" plumbs the weirdness of the computer age for laughs, rather than existential despair.

Some might be tempted to write the show off as a rip-off of "The Good Place," which coincidentally happens to feature a similar premise. Those who stick with it, however, will find it to be a horse of a different color. "Upload" was created by Greg Daniels, who has been instrumental in the success of several extremely popular television comedies, including "The Simpsons," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and "King of the Hill." In addition to "Upload," Daniels is also busy as the co-creator of the Netflix original series "Space Force," which is currently ongoing.


"Britannia" is set all the way back in 43 AD, though the series makes no attempt at historical accuracy. This is a fantasy series, packed with dealings in magic and supernatural forces. As a result, "Britannia" is often compared to "Game of Thrones." Though "Britannia" lacks the extravagant budget of the latter series (via The Guardian), it makes up for that with sheer, unbridled audacity.

David Morrissey and Eleanor Worthington-Cox headline the expansive cast, which also includes the likes of Mackenzie Crook, David Bradley, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Annabel Scholey, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and Liana Cornell. In this fantastical Britain, the Roman army marches to war with the Celts. Their conflict is far more brutal, strange, and complex than they ever could have imagined. "Britannia" was created by James Richardson and brothers Tom and Jez Butterworth. The brothers' previous work includes the Johnny Depp-led gangster film "Black Mass," the James Bond film "Spectre," the Tom Cruise sci-fi film "Edge of Tomorrow," and the television series "Tin Star."

I Love Dick

This provocatively titled series from 2016 stars Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, and Griffin Dunne as three denizens of a small Texas town engaged in a strange love triangle. Bacon plays the titular Dick, a man the husband-and-wife couple of Hahn and Dunne develop an unhealthy obsession with. Like "Transparent," "I Love Dick" is an Amazon Original Series from Joey Soloway. This time around, Soloway co-created the show alongside Sarah Gubbins, who would go on to write and produce the series "Better Things" and the film "Shirley."

"I Love Dick" is adapted from the novel of the same name, written by Chris Kraus. Though the book is fiction, the story has a basis in reality: Kraus and her husband really did develop a fixation on a man named Dick. When speaking to The Guardian, Kraus said, "Everything that happens in ["I Love Dick"] happened first in life, but that doesn't mean that it's a memoir." The television adaptation of this oddball book consists of eight episodes unlike anything you've ever seen.

Doctor Thorne

"Doctor Thorne" is an adaptation of the 1858 novel of the same name, written by Anthony Trollope. Though this is actually the third book in the six-part "Chronicles of Barsetshire" series, the "Doctor Thorne" television show can be enjoyed as a standalone story. We begin with Mary Thorne, a destitute girl who grows to womanhood under the care of her uncle, Doctor Thorne. Set during the reign of Queen Victoria, "Doctor Thorne" encapsulates that era's social complexity, inflexible norms, and deeply-felt storytelling.

With just four episodes to its name, "Doctor Thorne" is a quick watch. Tom Hollander plays the titular Doctor Thorne, while the full cast includes the likes of Alison Brie, Ian McShane, Rebecca Front, and Richard McCabe. The series was directed by Niall MacCormick, who specializes in miniseries: His filmography includes work on "Hidden," "The Game," "The Victim," "The Sister," and "Deceit." "Doctor Thorne" was written by Julian Fellowes, who is perhaps best known these days as the creator and head writer of "Downton Abbey."


"Goliath" is a legal drama starring Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride, a lawyer who has taken a hard fall from the top. Season 1 of this Amazon Prime Original landed on the streaming platform in 2016, while Season 4 was released in 2021. Thornton is the main draw: He turns in a magnetic performance as Billy. The supporting cast is no less impressive, boasting big names like Bruce Dern, William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons, David Cross, and more.

"Goliath" was created by the team of David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro, who have collaborated on television projects like "Mr. Mercedes," "The Undoing," "Boston Legal," and "The Practice." On his own, Shapiro also worked on shows including "The Blacklist," "Life," and "The Firm." Kelley is the powerhouse responsible for "Nine Perfect Strangers," "The Crazy Ones," and "Big Little Lies." Season 4 of "Goliath," which earned dazzling reviews, is the final season. As Thornton told Newsweek, "We knew that this season was very strong and it seemed right to end it here."


"Flack" stars Anna Paquin as an American living in London, where she works for a ruthless public relations company. The series has had two six-episode seasons so far, with Season 2 arriving in 2020. Though "Flack" is a drama series, it mixes in plenty of comedy. This won't come as a surprise to fans of show creator Oliver Lansley: He's previously worked on a number of comedy and comedy-drama series. Half-hour sitcoms "FM" and "Whites" were both co-created by Lansley, and star a bevy of British comedians. Lansley is also an actor: In "Flack," he plays the role of American Mike. 

Season 1 of "Flack" was met with a bit of a lukewarm reception. Critics found its acerbic wit intriguing, but ultimately too much to take. Season 2 fared much better: Plenty of commentators noted a significant improvement in the show's balance of pathos and satire. What results is an incredibly entertaining and unabashedly biting look at one of the most brutal businesses around.

Tales From the Loop

"Tales From the Loop" mixes science fiction with small town drama. The "Loop" of the title is a cutting-edge research facility located in Mercer, Ohio. Through its experimentation, townsfolk are subjected to an altered, retro-futuristic version of reality. The series adopts a quasi-anthological structure, with each episode following a different perspective. Paul Schneider, Rebecca Hall, and Jonathan Pryce star, among other impressive talents.

There are many television shows adapted from novels and comic books out there, especially nowadays. But "Tales From the Loop" is unique: It's loosely based on a collection of sci-fi paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag (per The Hollywood Reporter). Series developer Nathaniel Halpern has expressed his wish to create further seasons of "Tales From the Loop": When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, he said, "There's many more stories to come if there is an appetite for a second season." Given the critical praise Season 1 received, fans might just get to see those stories unfold.

Comrade Detective

"Comrade Detective" is a comedy series packed with over-the-top action. The show presents itself as a 1980s Romanian production, made to further communist ideals. It's dubbed by a star-studded Hollywood cast including the likes of Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jenny Slate, Chloë Sevigny, and Nick Offerman. Of course, the supposed Cold-War era cop show does not exist — all of the footage was created for "Comrade Detective," which hit screens in 2017. However, there are still effectively two different versions of the show: One dubbed and one un-dubbed.

Despite a warm reception from viewers and critics, "Comrade Detective" was not renewed. The series consists with just one eight-episode season, though the show's co-creator, Brian Gatewood, had expressed interest in continuing it. When speaking to Bustle in 2017, Gatewood said, "If they let us [continue] it, we will absolutely be doing it and following Gregor and Iosif on another mission." Director Rhys Thomas concurred, saying, "There's so many avenues we feel confident we can go down with these guys, and I think we're all eager to keep living in this universe."