If you don’t have HBO Go or HBO Now, an Amazon Prime subscription ought to look very appealing to you because — other than HBO — Amazon is the only place you can stream some of the best series in HBO’s back catalog, like The Wire, Rome, Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers, Oz, In Treatment, and Eastbound & Down. In fact, if you don’t have HBO and you order from Amazon more than once twice a month, Amazon Prime is probably the best deal going on the internet, being that you’ll get free shipping on Amazon orders, plus HBO’s back catalog, and the hundreds of movies and television series you can already watch on Netflix (that are also on Prime). There’s a lot of crossover between the two streaming series, although that’s becoming less so. Netflix is moving more toward original content, and Amazon Prime (and Hulu) are picking up the slack, winning exclusive rights to more and more television series.
Netflix is still the place to go for British television series, and original series, but if you don’t have cable, Amazon Prime is quickly becoming a very competitive alternative. Part of that reason is because of these 18 series you can’t watch on Netflix or HBO:
18. Downton Abbey (3 of 5 seasons): Only the first three seasons are on Amazon Prime so far, but you honestly need only see the excellent, addictive first season, and enough of the second season to know that the excellent addictive quality burns out quickly. For one season, however, Downton was superb television, even if — like me — you’re not into period or costume dramas. I do wish it could have maintained that quality, but as cast members were killed off and plotlines grew increasingly preposterous, Downton fizzled into an average soap opera with amazing costumes.
17. Bosch (1 of 1 season): Not an exceptional series by any stretch — save for the strong performance from its lead, Titus Welliver — Bosch is nevertheless very good television, if you’re into the pace and formula of police procedurals but more interested in a longer story arc. Essentially, Bosch does what The Killing attempted to do, which is to tell the story of one man’s pursuit of a serial killer (Jason Gedrick) while fighting police corruption in his own department, as well as a civil case hanging over his head for shooting an unarmed man. It’s a solid show, but don’t expect much depth or any exciting twists along the way. It’s basically the citified version of Longmire, and that’s not an insult.