Just when you thought it was safe to get off your couch and head out into the sunshine, we’ve wrangled up a new crop of streamable Amazon shows for you. This time, we’re talking about the Amazon originals. While Netflix may get all the glory for its original programming, Amazon has a lot to offer as well, and the Golden Globes to prove it. So put away the sunscreen and enjoy the soft glow of your computer screen for a bit with these
If you haven’t met Maura Pfefferman yet, it’s time. Jill Soloway’s brilliant, Golden Globe-winning series Transparent is not to be missed. Jeffrey Tambor stars as the aforementioned Maura (formerly Mort), a 70-year-old divorcee dad who comes out as transgender, and begins living life as a woman. Maura’s adult children (Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, and Amy Landecker) grapple with the change, but also come with their own drama. Yes, there’s family dysfunction and secrets to boot.
There’s a second season coming sometime in 2015, so catch up while you still can.
Before there was Silicon Valley, there was Betas. The half-hour comedy — Amazon’s second original series — only survived a season on Instant but is still worth a watch. In Betas, four nerdy dudes develop a social networking ‘hookup’ app, and are desperately seeking an investor for the new startup in California’s famous tech region.