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* If you’re looking for a new show to binge watch, Amazon’s program options are endless
* Amazon’s streaming service has a slew of original programming
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In this Golden Age of binge-watching television that we’re basking in at the moment, how does one go about choosing the next show to watch amidst all of the ever-accessible options available? If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in streaming options, Amazon is one of the best options on the market to get the most bang for your buck. Here are the top five Amazon original shows we’ve spotted that you should be watching.
1. Mozart in the Jungle
Mozart in the Jungle pulls back the curtain on the turbulent world of classical music at the New York Symphony. Starring Gael García Bernal in his Golden Globe Award-winning turn as eccentric, wunderkind conductor Rodrigo De Souza, Mozart in the Jungle also follows the journey of Lola Kirke’s hopeful oboist Hailey Rutledge to seek her place in the spotlight. The new season just started and is expected to feature guest stars including Debra Monk, Masi Oka, Michael Emerson, John Cameron Mitchell and others.
Drawing from her father’s own journey coming out, Jill Soloway crafted the plot of Transparent. The first series from a streaming service to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Series, Transparent has sparked conversation since its debut on February 6, 2014 on what it means to identify on the basis of gender and its impact on the family. Transparent has also been lauded for its “transformative action program,” which endeavors to make the set of the show a safe space by favoring transgender hires over cisgender ones.
3. Red Oaks
Set in the 1980s, Red Oaks is a comedy about discovering who you are, chronicling NYU junior-to-be David Myers who is working as a tennis pro at the prestigious Red Oaks Country Club for the summer. Starring Submarine‘s Craig Roberts as David, Red Oaks is a series that The New York Times describes as a dream scenario where “the spirits of John Hughes, Harold Ramis and the young Richard Linklater had all gotten together to consult.” Amazon picked up a third and final season of the series in January.
Fresh off his 2017 Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Billy Bob Thornton stars in the latest legal drama from veteran writer-creator David E. Kelley, whose HBO limited series Big Little Lies made quite the impression this past awards season. Thornton plays Billy McBride, who was once a hotshot lawyer, but lost his way after an acquittal gone wrong. But a new case against the law firm that he helped create, pits him against the biggest Goliath yet.
Catastrophe is a British series written by and starring Rob Delaney as a Boston ad exec, and Sharon Horgan as a London schoolteacher. The comedy chronicles their relationship after Horgan’s character realizes she’s pregnant when their week-long romp ends, and Delaney’s character moves to London to be with her as a result. Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Catastrophe has its fourth season scheduled for release in 2018.