Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to bring you these guides to the best viewing options, broken down by streamer, medium, and genre. Want to know why we’re so keen on a particular show? Click the links for some in-depth coverage from The A.V. Club’s past. And be sure to check back often, because we’ll be adding more recommendations as shows come and go.
The following are our recommendations for the best television dramatic series currently streaming for Amazon Prime Video customers—minus science-fiction, horror, and fantasy shows (we’re saving those for a later list) and not including anything that comes with a Prime Video Channel subscription (otherwise, the picks would be overwhelmed with vintage cartoons and MTV reruns). Don’t have Prime? Here are our guides to the best shows on Netflix and Hulu. Not into Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon? Here are shows you can stream for free, with limited commercial interruption.