In the times when most of us are practising self-isolation at our homes, it has become essential to keep a list of TV shows and movies handy to get by the day. The 21-day lockdown imposed around India is something that could become challenging for people who thrive on social interaction. During such times, it becomes more than essential to find means that make the journey of self-isolation, a little easier. Keeping up with that, we bring you a wholesome list featuring movies and TV shows that are worth binge-watching on Amazon Prime Video.
Best TV Shows to Binge-watch on Amazon Prime Video
TV shows come across as most handy when practising self-isolation. With their extended seasons and cliffhanging episodes, it becomes more engrossing to spend waking hours chilling on the couch or a bed with eyes fixated on the screen for the next big reveal or plot twist. We give you ten best TV shows worth binge-watching on Prime Video right now. You’ll thank us later, dear readers!
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
For the ones who want a strong female lead and a gripping storyline, the Marvelous Mrs Maisel won’t disappoint you. The first episode may seem a little pushy but trust us, once you get to the main vibe of the show that spans towards the end of the first episode, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the protagonist and the supporting characters. Rachel Brosnahan’s performance as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on the 1950s-set comedy series will take your heart away. There are three seasons on Prime Video; the fourth one is expected to debut by the end of this year.
This one caters to the introspective and moody audience — the mix of dark humour and staring reality grips the specific audience. We can easily call Fleabag as one of the finest comedies, and its award for 2019 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series furthers our cause. Fleabag is the journey of the female lead known only as “Fleabag” who is a deranged woman balancing a feeble business and unfavourable personal life. The title ‘Fleabag’ instantly adjures pictures of trash, and the protagonist’s difficulties run farther than that. A selfish character with the traits of a compulsive liar, she chimes with the many antiheroes in the pop culture. Give Fleabag a chance; it is an acquired taste that is meant to impress you.
From the film to the TV series, this spy thriller debuted in 2018 starring John Krasinski as the lead. The series is based on the protagonist Jack Ryan who is a CIA analyst investigating continual international threats. Lost fame Carlton Cuse is the co-producer of this show and manages to bring the same charm to this one, keeping the audience at the edge of their seats. Currently online with two seasons, the third one is on its way. For the lover of actions and thrill, this one serves as a perfect fit.
A treat for those who crave for a good British period drama, Downtown Abbey is just what you need. It is an analysis of the politics and personal lives of an aristocratic Crawley family in the early 20th century. The show depicts their lives navigating through their phoney high-society social circles. The show also outlines the impact of historical events like th sinking of the Titanic, and World War I. One gets to see the struggles of an aristocratic family closely. There’s also a movie based on the series, which turned out to be a sleeper hit. We recommend watching that too alongside the series, a brownie point!
For the connoisseurs of psychological thriller, Prime Video brings you, Hannibal. The show based on characters from the best-selling Thomas Harris novels. It traces the journey of FBI profiler Will Graham and his struggles in catching serial killers while dangling on the verge of a mental breakdown. The plot twist is brought by his therapist, Dr Hannibal Lecter, who is a serial killer himself. One can imagine the level of psychological twists and turns weaved into this series. A recommended watch from our side!
For tech enthusiasts, Mr Robot is a delight to watch. The show builds on the impact of information technology on various aspects of our life. It shows the modern dystopian world in its prelude state from the eyes of a paranoid security engineer – a role essayed by Rami Malek – who is a vigilante hacker against dark motives. It is one gripping watch with anecdotes that hit a little too close to our modern virtually-abled society.
The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle is the show based on Philip K. Dick’s novel carrying the same name. The show explores the premise of what could have happened if World War II ended on a different note. It starts with the scenario where Imperial Japan governs the West Coast while the Nazis run the territory east of the Rockies. Intriguing, right? The show bravely answers all your “what ifs?” while maintaining the quality of story-telling. Hit the play button, already!
Yet another British series makes its way on our list with Orphan Black. The show is based on a woman named Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) who meets her look-alike. The discovery puts Sarah on a path to find multiple clones who are an output of an ongoing experiment. At the helm, the operations are run by a mysterious organization that wants to kill her. Sound engaging? Fire up Prime Video and start your binge journey right away.
If you liked the Game of Thrones, you will definitely like Vikings. A historical fantasy saga, Vikings follows the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and his rise from a menial farmer to a legendary warrior. Lothbrok sets sail around Northern Europe along with his warrior wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), and confederates. Although not historically accurate, Vikings keep up the fantasy genre uplifted — a worthy watch during the lockdown period.
American Horror Story
Here’s something for the lovers of the Horror genre, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology is a perfect fit for days of isolation. We recommend a little caution for those who live alone; some episodes of the series can spark fear and could lead to sleepless nights. Each episode of the series brings a new story, characters, and fear. Easter eggs like Lady Gaga also await you in the series, leaving you prepared to be blown by the level of performances that are delivered. The show leaves you with memorable scenes that would often leave you with a feeling of cringe.
For the ones who are looking for Hindi-language shows to binge on Prime Video, we suggest watching Mirzapur, The Family Man, Made in Heaven and Four More Shots Please.
Best Movies to Binge-watch on Amazon Prime Video
Movies are a one-time commitment as a mode of entertainment. We bring you ten gripping and entertaining flicks available on Prime Video.
A Simple Favor (2018)
The dynamic duo of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively cook up a storm with this unseemingly thriller. The movie at first may come across as a comedy, but within minutes, it will take you into its grasp with a storyline that is absolutely unpredictable. The story revolves around a vlogger mommy, Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) and a cooler-than-you mommy, Emily (Blake Lively) who goes missing after a short stint with Stephanie. The rest of the story unfolds as Stephanie leaves no stone unturned in finding her ‘friend‘.
A Quiet Place (2018)
This one came across as one of the rightful hits of 2018. An unusual story that quite literally keeps the audience at the edge of their seats. Based on the aftermath of an alien invasion, A Quiet Place plays with your mind. The premise settles on a world post-alien invasion with predators walking the grounds of the Earth armed by an extraordinary hearing prowess that equips them to kill humans. The movie follows the ordeals of the Abbott family amid the zero noise survival requisite.
The story is about a giant train running across the Earth in a post-apocalyptic world infested by ice age blizzard. The movie essays the aftermath of a global warming experiment gone wrong. Chris Evans stars the lead role with a zeal of a survivor who refuses to give up as a back-of-the-train resider. The movie follows his struggle to bring himself to the front of the vessel while fighting the class divide at the hands of a Deputy-Minister Mason.
Midnight Special (2016)
The movie is set on the premise of how far a parent could go for his/her child, especially when the child has got supernatural powers. The story traces the journey of Roy (Michael Shannon) and his son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) as they are on the run from law enforcement and a religious group. Infused with sci-fi elements, this one makes for a worth watch on a dull day.
You Were Never Really Here (2018)
The title itself sets the ball rolling for this one. This thriller is based on the life of an NYC-based hitman Joe, played by the Joker fame Joaquin Phoenix. The story revolves around his contract of finding the kidnapped daughter of a senator and wiping out the captors. The entire plot is paced brilliantly, and the audience could not have asked for better performance. Watch this one for a gripping story and stellar performance.
One of the most critically-acclaimed horror movies, Hereditary, is not for the weak-hearted. The compelling mix of family issues, claustrophobic miniature panning sets, and best performances, this one is a must-watch. The story revolves around a woman who is grieving the death of her mother, tormented by unexplainable happenings unfolding in her family around her husband, daughter, and son. This one will present you with some bone-chilling scenes.
Under the Skin (2013)
This British masterpiece is filmed in the unusual locations of Glasgow to get the feel of a true sci-fi flick. Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson in the lead who is an extraterrestrial camouflaged as a troubled young woman, tempting men into her Transit van. We won’t tell you what she does with these men because that would be a spoiler. Tune in to Prime Video now to find what transpires the events post luring into the van by an extraterrestrial.
Carol is an adaptation of the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The movie puts a fresh perspective on LGBTQ relationships. The story encompasses Cate Blanchett as a rich housewife who gets charmed by a shopgirl. The meeting transpires into a friendship that soon shifts to an affair. The entire 50s setting of the movie is quite impressive, and the performance by lead actors takes the heart away.
Ghost World (2001)
This one is a comic book adaptation that essays the lifetime school and college journey of central characters. Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are entering adulthood with different ideas for their respective futures. The story talks about the length of their friendship with some light and hard moments and the burning question if it survives the test of time. A compelling watch for those who want to spend their day watching a balanced flick.
The Lost City of Z (2017)
This one is based on the 2009 book carrying the same name. The story revolves around British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) who visits the Amazon in the 20th century. On his journey, he unearths the traces of an obscure and superior civilisation that used to exist in the region. Fawcett takes the evidence to British scientific and historical establishment, but nobody believes him. Charged with the will to prove himself, he heads back to the Amazon and discovers the Lost City of Z.
Well, this brings us to an end of the article. We hope you get to finish most of the series and movies from this list. Don’t forget to leave your reviews for each in the comments section below. You can also suggest us other series and we will include them in our next instalment of Prime Video shows and movies to watch.
On another note, Woovly requests the countrymen to stay inside their houses and follow the guidelines issued by the government. In these times of need, please help the needy and do whatever is under your capabilities to help the country.