The Amazon Original Shows You Should Be Streaming Right Now

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.