Entertainment

Here Is Everything You Should Be Watching On Amazon Prime Video Right Now

By Beau Johns
20th Dec 2019

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has messy hair and is crying as the star of Fleabag. A mess, personified
Because there wasn't enough content for you to watch already, Amazon has stepped into the arena with more ways to waste your time. An underdog in NZ’s streaming wars, Amazon Prime Video is yet to make a big song and dance over its dip into the NZ market, but is already making a splash for those who are taking full advantage of its impressive library. It’s got tonnes of box-set shows you’ll love to relive, as well as a bunch of award-winning original content just waiting to be watched. 

Fleabag

Name a show when you’ve both laughed hysterically and ugly-cried in the same episode? A workout for your heart and soul, everyone can’t stop harking on about Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the things that are birthed from her wonderful brain. Tackling being a 20-something year old and screwing it up is all too familiar, but Fleabag brings a sense of relief in the knowledge that everything will turn out OK. A pervy, angry, dry-witted, grief-riddled and unfiltered woman is trying to heal whilst taking everything that life and London can throw at her. Experience it in all its glory here.

Rihanna: Savage X Fenty Show

Bitch better take my money. The queen of Planet Earth promised us new music in 2019, and with this decade's days being numbered, it’s not looking very likely. This might just be a filler for the RIhanna-shaped hole in your life, so until she makes good on her promise to our ears, let this one be a feast for your eyes. Known for never playing it safe, everything is ugly until Rihanna says it’s not. In this 50 minute special, she shares snippets of the creative process behind her latest lingerie collection, amidst a runway show and performances from A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Halsey, and Migos. Music, fashion and dance come together to celebrate diversity, so expect the unexpected with the full show here.

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel 

The perfect 1950s housewife, native New Yorker Midge Maisel is living the American dream. Brash, bold, witty and cheeky, Midge could be using these qualities for something bigger, yet she's completely loyal to her husband who moonlights as a stand up comic—with questionable material. Her perfect life is suddenly derailed in a night, and a drunk, unhinged Midge gets on stage and delivers a hilarious set about her predicament. With the show in real life taking home Emmys and Golden Globes, Midge’s own comedy career is about to hit the big time. Make sure you’re one of the people who can say you knew her before she was famous, with seasons one to three here.

Homecoming 

Has your mum recently wondered what Julia Roberts has been up to? It’s a very mum-thing to ask about celebrities as if they were a close friend you went to school with. Sigh. Use your initiative to tell her she’s the star of a recent psychological thriller, directed by the creator of Mr. Robot. Starring as Heidi, she was once a caseworker at the Homecoming facility, working alongside soldiers who are being reintegrated back into civilian life. Sometime in the future, she’s questioned about why she left the facility and comes to realise she’s believed a lie she’s been telling everyone else. Her story begins to unravel. Get it twisted with the first season in full here.

Undone

Amazon’s first foray into an animated original, it uses an exciting animation technique called ‘rotoscoping’. Scenes are filmed IRL, and then a digital artist draws over film creating a hyper-realistic-hybrid-animation. Starring Rosa Salazar as Alma, who, after a horror car crash, begins to be able to manipulate time and space. Acting alongside Bob Odenkirk (of Breaking Bad fame) who plays her dead father, she needs to learn to control her newfound abilities if she’s going to get to the truth behind his death. Binge it all here.

The Purge

Could something as ridiculous as The Purge work in real life? Probably not. If you haven’t seen the horror film starring Lena Headey, the TV show follows the same format—in bloody, gory fashion. In the not too distant future, crime numbers have dropped drastically when the USA allows everyone to let off a bit of steam with The Purge—for 12 hours once a year, no laws apply, meaning you can get everything out of your system and run amuck with zero consequences. In this series reboot, a group of people question the morality of The Purge, because on purge night, anything goes. Watch it here.

Modern Love

The format of this show is music to the ears of people who write blogs. The New York Times’ ‘Modern Love’ column is a space for writers to share stories of love, loss, happiness and heartbreak, so we can empathise, judge or just feel something, damn it. Eight essays from writers have been used as the basis to explore Modern Love in a Love Actually style anthology series, minus the Christmas (thank god). With an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Julia Garner, Andrew Scott and more, believe in love again when you binge it all in one go here

Forever

Same shit, different day. Famed for their hilarious, spot-on impressions of Prince and Beyoncé during their beloved tenure at Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph return to the screen in their own right to deliver belly-roaring laughs amidst dreary, everyday normalcy. With a twist. Oscar and June have seen 12 years of marriage turn into a mundane coexistence. Their life is ground-hog day as they follow the same routine, have the same conversations and eat the same food, day in/day out, for the rest of their lives. June tries her best to liven things up in a bid to save her marriage, until things take a turn for the worst. Til death do them part. Take the step towards the first day of the rest of your life here.

Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean and Teddy finally have a home on a streaming platform, and it is a dose of welcomed nostalgia you didn’t know you needed. Rowan Atkinson’s fruitful career has seen him play the most memorable characters: from his early days in Blackadder, the OG voice of Zazu in The Lion King, the maniacal gift wrapper in Love Actually or Johnny English, for most millennials, Mr. Bean is our guy. He’s a simple man who finds completing everyday tasks is anything but simple, often getting himself into funny predicaments. He’ll need to use all two of his brain cells to solve the problem. Bless. Catch all 14 episodes here

Tokyo Girl

Big fish, small pond. Not a show you can sit back and mindlessly absorb, the show is all in Japanese with support from English subtitles, requiring your full attention for an engaging viewing experience. Following Aya from age 23 to 40, she comes from a small village called Akita. Having visited Harajuku as a teenager, she dreams of a bigger, bolder life for herself in Tokyo, but when she gets there, is it everything she dreamed of? Feeling her small-town values clashing with the people of one of the biggest cities on earth, Aya learns to navigate life, love and all the challenges that arise in the big smoke. Watch it here.

Asami Mizukawa wearing pink in Tokyo Girl

Parks and Recreation

Calling all beautiful, tropical fish (Parks and Rec fans will get this reference): who knew local body politics could be such a riveting affair? Surrounded by her crew of wholesome co-workers, Leslie Knope is the deputy director of Pawnee’s Parks and Recreation department. Working to make the public spaces in her town wonderful for all the weirdos who live there, she has a goal in mind to turn an abandoned lot into a beautiful park for everyone to enjoy. Met with bureaucracy and hilarious predicaments at every turn, the way these things play out could only ever happen in the fictitious Indiana town of Pawnee. Even though we’ve seen this show from start to finish, we’re unsure if they ever actually manage to build a park. Find out and let us know? Drop by Pawnee with all seven seasons here.

Amy Poehler stars as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation

30 Rock

If you know anything about Saturday Night Live, you’ll know the weekly sketch comedy show is stressfully pulled together in five sleepless days. Based on her experiences as head writer at SNL, Tina Fey offers us mere mortals a satirical glimpse into the hectic world of late night variety shows as Liz Lemon, show-runner of fictitious The Girlie Show. Named after NBC’s New York studios, 30 Rockerfella Plaza, where SNL (and The Girlie Show) is filmed, Liz supervises the cast and crew to bring the show to air. Competing with high-brow shows such as ‘MILF Island’ and ‘America’s Kids Got Singing’ ratings are steadily going down the toilet and she’s forced to hire controversial actor Tracy Jordan in a bid to bring the show back on the strait and narrow. Make like SNL and consume all seven seasons in five days here.

The cast of 30 Rock

Heroes

Has anyone ever noticed that Zachary Quinto really knows how to play a psychopath? He’s almost… too good at it. Lots of shows try to get down to the skin and bones of what makes a hero and what makes a villain, but it’s a lot more exciting when they have super powers. When ordinary people from around the world discover incredible abilities, their stories become intertwined in a plot ripped straight from the pages of a comic book. Save the world. Or end it.
Save the cheerleader, save the world with all four seasons here.

The cast of Heroes

Friday Night Lights

Consider yourself ‘sports-adverse’? Same, but Friday Night Lights will make a convert of you, even if all that means is not groaning as loudly when the channel gets switched over to sports. Set in a small town in Texas, Friday Night Lights follows a community involved with a high school football team, where the plays which happen off the field are the ones which matter most. Taylor Kyle (hot, grumpy bomb-defuser-guy from an episode of Grey’s Anatomy) takes the lead as Coach Eric Chandler, teaming up with Connie Briton (who needs no introduction) as his rock and wife, Tami. Get your head in the game with all five seasons here.

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