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The best TV shows to stream on Amazon Prime Video Singapore September 2020
Prime Video's launch brings with it some absolute bangers that might have flown under your radar; from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to Lore, these are our top 25 picks.
Rejoice binge-watchers! Amazon Prime is available on Singaporean shores and free with a Prime subscription. Better yet, you can take advantage of a 30-day Amazon Prime Video trial to sample what the service has to offer at no charge. You’ll soon feel like a kid in a candy shop, overwhelmed by sweets that will send you square-eyed. Here’s what we recommend you gorge on first.
What's in this guide?
- 1. The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team (2020)
- 2. Making the Cut (2020)
- 3. Hunters (2020)
- 4. Star Trek: Picard (2020)
- 5. The Expanse (2015)
- 6. Jack Ryan (2018)
- 7. Modern Love (2019)
- 8. Undone (2019)
- 9. Carnival Row (2019)
- 10. The Boys (2019)
- 11. NOS4A2 (2019)
- 12. Good Omens (2019)
- 13. The Widow (2019)
- 14. Downton Abbey(2011)
- 15. Homecoming (2018)
- 16. The Romanoffs (2018)
- 17. The Grand Tour (2016)
- 18. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
- 19. The Man in the High Castle (2015)
- 20. The Tick (2017)
- 21. Goliath (2016)
- 22. Patriot (2017)
- 23. Sneaky Pete (2015)
- 24. Bosch (2014)
- 25. Lore (2017)
1. The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team (2020)
- Justin Langer as Self
- Tim Paine as Self
- Nathan Lyon as Self
Cricket fan? This well-crafted docuseries will be right up your alley. The Test chronicles 18 months in the travails of the Australian Men’s Cricket Team as the squad was forced to reclaim its integrity following the ball-tampering scandal.
This in-depth show follows the team from the 2018 scandal in South Africa until they retain the Ashes next year in England. It highlights both the lows and highs of those troubled months, which makes it particularly immersive and addictive for sports fans.
2. Making the Cut (2020)
- Heidi Klum as Self
- Tim Gunn as Self
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back to helm Making the Cut, a fashion competition with a twist. This time around, the designers who enter the contest can’t rely on talent alone. They also need to figure out if they really have what it takes to run a fashion empire.
The show is both entertaining and emotional, featuring a cast of talented designers giving it their all to come up on top and hopefully expand their business to a global audience. Add in some delightful banter between the hosts and a few A-list judges (Naomi Campbell! Chiara Ferragni!) and you’ve got yourself a hit.
3. Hunters (2020)
- Al Pacino as Meyer Offerman
- Logan Lerman as Jonah Heidelbaum
- Jerrika Hinton as Millie Morris
This original Amazon production centres on a ragtag group of Nazi hunters in 70s New York. When they find out that high-ranking Nazi officials are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich in the US, the hunters set out to destroy their genocidal plans in spectacular fashion.
Thanks to the talented cast and intriguing premise, Hunters will keep viewers glued to the screen. It has style to spare and strong emotional moments to ground the action. However, it’s not recommended for the faint of heart.
4. Star Trek: Picard (2020)
- Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
- Isa Briones as Dahj and Soji Asha
- Alison Pill as Agnes Jurati
Set at the end of the 24th century, this Star Trek follow-up revolves around retired admiral Jean-Luc Picard. He is still deeply affected by the loss of Lieutenant Commander Data and the destruction of Romulus but is ready to step right back into action when a young woman asks for his help.
Star Trek: Picard is visually stunning and action-packed. It also benefits greatly from the undeniable talent of Sir Patrick Stewart. If you’ve been a longtime fan of the franchise, you won’t be disappointed.
5. The Expanse (2015)
- Thomas Jane as Joe Miller
- Steven Strait as James Holden
- Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
- Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Hundreds of years into the future, humans have colonised the solar system and Mars has become an independent military power. At the same time, rising tensions between Earth and Mars have put them on the brink of war. Against this backdrop, a detective and a rogue ship’s captain team up to investigate the case of a missing young woman.
At least that’s the premise for this brilliant sci-fi series, which Amazon saved after SyFy cancelled it in 2018. Thankfully, the show navigated the move between networks without missing a beat and is just as clever and addictive as ever. The Expanse is immersive, epic and visually compelling. In other words, a must-watch for sci-fi fans.
6. Jack Ryan (2018)
- John Krasinski as Jack Ryan
- Wendell Pierce as James Greer
- John Hoogenakker as Matice
- Abbie Cornish as Dr. Cathy Mueller
Based on characters from the fictional Ryanverse created by Tom Clancy, Jack Ryan is a spy series that revolves around a CIA analyst who is wrenched from the security of his desk job into the field after discovering a string of dubious bank transfers.
The show features an appealing cast and excellent action sequences, has enough humour to counterbalance the thrills and offers a fresh take on the iconic character. Addictive and very binge-able, Jack Ryan will more than satisfy spy thriller fans.
7. Modern Love (2019)
- Anne Hathaway as Lexi
- Tina Fey as Sarah
- Andy García as Michael
- Dev Patel as Joshua
A rom-com anthology, Modern Love is based on a weekly column published by The New York Times. Each episode follows a different story, but they all revolve around one thing: love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic and self-love. So while one episode revolves around a marriage at a turning point, another will focus on an unlikely friendship. You get the idea.
Modern Love’s charming cast makes it a blast for anyone, as each episode has something unique and memorable to offer. If you’re looking for a feel-good show that might make you shed a few tears, give this one a stream immediately.
8. Undone (2019)
- Rosa Salazar as Alma Winograd-Diaz
- Angelique Cabral as Becca Winograd-Diaz
- Bob Odenkirk as Jacob Winograd
- Constance Marie as Camila Diaz
Undone is a peculiar little animation. It follows Alma, a 28-year-old woman who nearly dies in a car accident. Following this experience, she finds that she has a new relationship with time and she plans to take advantage of it to find out the truth about her father’s death.
Cryptic? Kind of. But as far as this series is concerned, it’s best to go in blind and simply enjoy the ride. Created by some of the same people responsible for Netflix’s acclaimed show BoJack Horseman, Undone is engaging, disorienting and absolutely wonderful. The visuals alone should be reason enough to give it a stream.
9. Carnival Row (2019)
- Orlando Bloom as Rycroft Philostrate
- Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss
- David Gyasi as Agreus
- Karla Crome as Tourmaline
This wacky show takes place in a world where a growing population of mythological immigrant creatures struggles to coexist with humans. But when a serial killer makes their mark in Carnival Row, it’s up to a war-hardened investigator to maintain the fragile peace. Maybe with the help of a faerie refugee?
Carnival Row is gorgeous to look at, as well as gripping enough to ensure that viewers will be tempted to binge the whole thing in record time. The pacing is uneven at times, but fans of dark fantasy will surely appreciate the world-building. Plus, it stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, which should be reason enough to tune in.
10. The Boys (2019)
- Karl Urban as Billy Butcher
- Jack Quaid as Hugh “Hughie” Campbell
- Antony Starr as John/Homelander
- Erin Moriarty as Annie January/Starlight
Developed by Eric Kripke, the man behind popular shows like Supernatural and Revolution, The Boys follows a team of vigilantes as they try to counter super-powered individuals who abuse their abilities. In other words, it gives viewers a worthy pack of antiheroes to root for.
Based on the comic book series of the same name, the Amazon series is bold and addictive, featuring a strong cast and some clever writing. A refreshing take on the superhero genre, it makes for an immensely satisfying binge.
11. NOS4A2 (2019)
- Ashleigh Cummings as Vic McQueen
- Zachary Quinto as Charlie Manx
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Bing Partridge
- Jahkara Smith as Maggie Leigh
Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, NOS4A2 is a vampire story with a twist. The series follows Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who can find lost things. This supernatural ability puts her at odds with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx, who just happens to feed off the souls of children.
Thanks to an ambitious premise and a strong cast, NOS4A2 has all the qualities that are likely to appeal to fans of the supernatural/horror genre. Creepy and suspenseful, the series gives both Cummings and Quinto a lot of room to showcase their acting chops. Plus, the world-building is wonderfully done – to the point where you’ll find yourself completely enthralled by the story.
12. Good Omens (2019)
- David Tennant as Crowley
- Michael Sheen as Aziraphale
- Sam Taylor Buck as Adam Young
- Adria Arjona as Anathema Device
Based on the cult novel penned by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens follows an angel and a demon who have been friends since the very beginning of time. When the Antichrist is set loose into the world, Armageddon is upon us, so the two have to work together to prevent the end of times.
Delightfully funny, Good Omens is a faithful adaptation, which means that fans of the book will be more than satisfied. Newbies don’t have to worry though – there’s enough greatness here to keep you glued to the screen for all six episodes. Stream it when you crave an epic TV bromance.
13. The Widow (2019)
- Kate Beckinsale as Georgia Wells
- Alex Kingston as Judith Gray
- Babs Olusanmokun as General Azikiwe
- Charles Dance as Martin Benson
This engaging thriller centres on Georgia, who believes that her husband died in a plane crash three years ago. Ever since, she’s been living as a recluse, away from civilisation. That all changes when she catches a glimpse of her husband on the evening news, a revelation that shocks Georgia to the core and sends her on a dangerous path to prove that he is still alive.
The Widow is a well-acted mystery thriller, showcasing Kate Beckinsale’s tremendous skills as an action star. The series will keep you guessing, delivering an intriguing story and plenty of twists meant to both dazzle and confuse. It’s the kind of series you’ll want to binge, so prepare accordingly.
14. Downton Abbey(2011)
- Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley
- Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley
- Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
- Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley
A beloved and acclaimed historical drama, Downton Abbey follows the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. We start in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic and slowly progress through the decade, seeing how great events in history have an effect on the Crawleys and on the British social hierarchy.
Soapy plotting and witty dialogue make this British series a must-see, with twists and drama that will satisfy even the most demanding of viewers. Not to mention the fact that the series is stunning to look at, with lavish costumes and sumptuous sets. With a Downton Abbey film coming up, now’s the perfect time to catch up.
15. Homecoming (2018)
- Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman
- Bobby Cannavale as Colin Belfast
- Stephan James as Walter Cruz
Homecoming stars Julia Roberts as Heidi, a former caseworker at a facility meant to help soldiers transition back to civilian life. She is currently working as a waitress; but when a Department of Defense auditor approaches her to ask questions about her time at the facility, Heidi starts to wonder about what really happened back then.
Tense and breathtaking, Homecoming has plenty of twists and thrills for only 10 episodes, each lasting 30 minutes. The show makes for a quick and highly satisfying binge, with Julia Roberts delivering a mesmerising performance. Repeat viewings may be necessary to truly appreciate this Amazon original show.
16. The Romanoffs (2018)
- Diane Lane as Katherine Ford
- JJ Feild as Jack
- John Slattery as Daniel Reese
Coming from the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is an anthology series featuring eight captivating stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the infamous Russian royal family.
The show had a huge budget and was filmed on location on three continents, which should be more than enough to pique your interest. If not, know that the acting is amazing, with each new story more unpredictable and captivating than the last. Plus, The Romanoffs covers some evergreen themes like infidelity and mortality, so there’s enough melodrama to keep you glued to the screen. Pace yourself with this one – the episodes are not connected, so you can really take your time to savour the stories instead of binge-watching to see what happens next.
17. The Grand Tour (2016)
- Jeremy Clarkson as himself
- Richard Hammond as himself
- James May as himself
Essentially, The Grand Tour represents the presenters from Top Gear giving the BBC a great big middle finger. Unwilling to have their unique (often politically incorrect) creativity stifled by a dour public service broadcaster, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hooked up with Amazon and took their automobile-based shenanigans out on the road.
The end result is a familiar format, a mix of pre-recorded television films and live-audience segments presented in a large tent to an audience of about 300 people. And, as always, this is a pretty hilarious concoction of weird challenges taken on by the members of our triumvirate along with (slightly) more serious critiques of the hottest cars available to super-rich racing enthusiasts. Trust me, even if you have only a passing interest in four-wheeled conveyances, the A1 banter will keep you hooked.
18. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017)
- Matilda Szydagis as Zelda
- Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel
- Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson
- Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel
Now here’s a no-brainer watch for fans of Gilmore Girls. This period comedy-drama series, also created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, has been showered with Golden Globes and other awards since airing late last year. As you’ve probably already surmised, it centres on Miriam “Midge” Maisel. She’s a housewife living the 1950’s dream, thanks to a wonderful apartment in New York’s Upper West Side, two kids and a (hackish) comedian hubby. However, that safe reality soon gets thrown into disarray, and Midge discovers a hidden talent for stand-up comedy.
A fish-out-of-water quest to make a name for herself ensues and Midge is whisked from comfortable Upper West Side down into the edgy nightclubs and cafes of Greenwich Village. She definitely has the raw talent to earn herself a spot on the Tonight Show couch but standing in her way are disapproving Jewish parents, a colourful cast of industry frenemies and the sexism of the era. Nevertheless, Midge is effortlessly charming and watching her make jaws drop is indeed marvellous TV.
19. The Man in the High Castle (2015)
- Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain
- DJ Qualls as Ed McCarthy
- Joel de la Fuente as Inspector Kido
A truly terrifying vision of an alternate timeline, The Man in the High Castle imagines what the world would be like under the boot heel of a thousand-year Reich. In this Philip K. Dick inspired dystopia, 1960’s America is nowhere near united. Hitler’s goosestepping hordes control everything east of Oklahoma, all land west of Idaho belongs to Japan and a vertical stripe of neutral zone runs through the Rockies.
You’re about to sign up for a thriller filled with double agents, a desperate fight to rekindle the fires of resistance and some salient (and sadly topical) reminders of the horrors of fascism. Season one starts us off with the Colorado collision course of Julianna, a San Franciscan in search for her sister’s killer, and a fledgling New York resistance recruit named Joe. The twists and binge-watch addiction start early, folks. There’s stuff I guarantee you’ll Nazi coming.
20. The Tick (2017)
- Peter Serafinowicz as The Tick
- Griffin Newman as Arthur Everest
- Joshua Schubart as Frank
- Valorie Curry as Dot Everest
Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever predicted that The Tick, an incredibly niche cult-hit cartoon from 1994, would be given the live-action TV treatment. I just never dared to hope that an exec would understand the brilliance of this Saturday morning staple that makes fun of other superheroes.
Because that’s very much what you’re getting in this modern reboot. In a world where superheroes and villains are blasé, Arthur, a shy and powerless bean counter, gets thrust into the middle of an apocalyptic battle between good and evil. Certain that a global supervillain is running the city from a protected position of assumed death, Arthur is widely derided as a kook. The one anthropomorphic ectoparasite on his side is The Tick, a lantern-jawed, near-indestructible hero who screws up about as much as he saves.
21. Goliath (2016)
- Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride
- Tania Raymonde as Brittany Gold
- Nina Arianda as Patty Solis-Papagian
- Diana Hopper as Denise McBride
If you said Billy McBride is going through a rough patch, it’d be quite the understatement. Once a powerful and much-feared lawyer, he’s since been divorced and told to hit the bricks by the firm he helped build. The mighty have fallen very low indeed. Billy is basically a down-on-his-luck, alcoholic ambulance chaser.
Fortunately, a chance at redemption, or at least the opportunity to get some sweet revenge on the former colleagues that ditched him, arrives in the form of a wrongful death case. The path back from disgrace isn’t going to be an easy one, however. A minefield of trumped-up arrests, harassment and death threats surround the truth of this case. Make no mistake, this Amazon original about the little guy taking on a conspiracy woven by billionaires is gripping as hell. Goliath boasts an excellent cast, led by Billy Bob Thornton’s standout performance which earned him a Golden Globe.
22. Patriot (2017)
- Aliette Opheim as Detective Agathe Albans
- Jolie Olympia Choko as Myna Albans
- Michael Dorman as John Tavner
- Kurtwood Smith as Leslie Claret
No, this isn’t a TV serialising of that movie Mel Gibson made in 2000 – you know, the one where he shamelessly cut and pasted Braveheart into the American Revolutionary War? What we have instead is a pitch-black comedy about John Tavner, a sketchy intelligence officer who’s just not into it anymore. His brother and old man are deep into politics and the spy game respectively, and it’s this pressure, along with a need to fund a wife who’s out of his league, which keeps John punching that clock.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking Patriot is just an out and out spy thriller, however. There’s some Cohen brothers’ quirk as well as a weird plot divergence going on here. What starts as a mission to undercut Iranian nuclear ambitions (via some undercover derring-do) delightfully derails into random comedy and a series of unfortunate events. Ultimately, Patriot is an odd duck that’s centred less on Mission Impossible and more on home-grown deceptions, familial obligations, awful amateur folk music and wonderfully weird supporting characters.
23. Sneaky Pete (2015)
- Giovanni Ribisi as Marius Josipovic
- Marin Ireland as Julia
- Shane McRae as Taylor
- Libe Barer as Carly
Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) is a jailbird grifter who desperately wants to turn over a new leaf. His counterproductive means to achieve this clean slate is to steal the identity of his cellie, Pete. It has been 20-odd years since real-Pete last visited his elderly family members, and so the switch goes off without a hitch. Yes, sir, it’s all smooth sailing until Marius realises he’s willingly integrated himself into a family with eccentricities extreme enough to get him killed.
Fortunately for us in the audience, when a professional liar gets caught in a lie, they just build a bigger lie – watching Marius try to dig himself upwards out of a number of different holes makes for damn good viewing. Better yet, Pete’s family are a fascinating bunch of crooks who may know more than they’re letting on. And who isn’t excited about watching Brian Cranston play a recurring gangster antagonist?
24. Bosch (2014)
- Titus Welliver as Harry Bosch
- Jamie Hector as Jerry Edgar
- Amy Aquino as Lt. Grace Billets
- Lance Reddick as Irvin Irving
Absolutely not a documentary about home appliances, Bosch is, in fact, a good old fashioned police procedural that draws inspiration from the detective novels written by bestselling author Michael Connelly. Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch is a hard-boiled detective who’s been with the LAPD for 20 years (and he’s seen his fair share of military action, too). If that sounds like a cliché from the get-go, that’s because it is – Bosch is an unapologetic love letter to pure procedurals like Dragnet.
There are thin subplots on offer, but the heart of Bosch is its in-the-trenches crime-solving. Grilling perps, sniffing through financial records, combing scenes, tailing suspects and getting upset whenever the case goes cold. Go in expecting a frenetic, Jack Bauer pace and you’re going to be disappointed. Commit to a long-term investment and you’ll be wooed by solid acting, gritty atmosphere and some rousing, suspenseful turns.
25. Lore (2017)
- Aaron Mahnke as Narrator
- Steven Berkoff as Dr. Kristoff Brehovy
- Josh Bowman as Jack Parsons
- Paula Malcomson as Mary Webster
When writer Aaron Mahnke launched his podcast Lore in 2015, it became the most listened to thing on all of iTunes. Now, that audio program has made the leap to TV series as an anthology that, like the original article, focuses on deciphering a person’s darkest fears by identifying the real-life events that triggered them. The format here is pretty unique – a blending of animations that complement some truly addictive storytelling and narration.
Be warned, however, as this isn’t for the squeamish. The executive producers of this have strong roots in the horror genre, thanks to their prior involvements in The X-Files and The Walking Dead. Lore is unsettling at best.