Amazon Originals are a group of new programs developed by Amazon Studios. Viewers can stream the pilot of each program, and submit their votes for their favorites. Amazon then takes the pilots that received the most votes and turns each into an exclusive series that is then available for streaming only by Amazon Prime members.
Dramatic Amazon Originals
Original Amazon shows come in a variety of formats, and there is something for every viewing taste. Here is our list of the top 11 original Amazon shows with pilots that viewers can stream now, separated by genre.
This show was developed by Chris Carter, the creator of the X-Files. It stars Aldis Hodge and Andrew Howard and is set in a post apocalyptic world that defies easy description and explanation. The show follows the exploits of eight strangers who are suddenly thrown together and must find a way to cope and survive in this new, indescribable and difficult reality that includes violence and supernatural elements.
This show is returning for its second season, and stars John Goodman. It is a political drama with comedic moments. The plot follows the lives of four housemates who try to cope with living together as well as working together — the twist — in addition to renting a house together in Washington D.C., the four also work together in the U.S. Senate. The easiest way to explain the premise of this show is to consider what would happen if you put four politicians together in a frat house.
This show is based off of the popular Harry Bosch series of crime novels by Michael Connelly, who is also one of the script writers of the show. The series follows the story of a LAPD Detective who is trying to find the killer of a 13-year-old boy while also defending himself against accusations that he brutally murdered a serial killer in cold blood. It stars Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector.
Funny Amazon Originals
An hour-long dark comedy about the dysfunctional dynamics in an L.A. family. The show opens with the family’s patriarch unveiling a lifelong secret to his three adult children. Actor Jefferey Tambor stars as the dad, with actress Judith Light in the role of his ex-wife. The show also stars Jill Solloway, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass.
Mozart in the Jungle
This half-hour comedy takes an in depth, witty look at what goes on behind the scenes in a symphony orchestra, and features a heavy dose of complicated relationships, drug use and sex. The series stars Malcom McDowell, Bernadette Peters Gael, Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke and Peter Vack.
This tech heavy show follows the funny trials and triumphs of four friends who believe they’ve discovered the perfect algorithm that’s integral to their invention that could improve the lives of 6 billion people. Now they just need to overcome the handicaps of their eccentric natures and quirky personalities to sell it. The entire first season of Betas is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, but the status for future seasons is currently unknown.
Amazon Originals for Kids
Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street
Designed for kids ages 6-11, this show is a live action series that follows the adventures of three suburban tweens and the odd characters and unusual events they encounter in their day-to-day lives.
An animated series that develops children’s creativity and curiosity through crafts, stories, music and dance.
Designed for preschoolers, the show follows an adorable little blue fox named Fig on his adventures in a colorful and magical land.
This show makes learning fun for young children. It follows the story of a budding young scientist named Anne, her best friend Nick, and three robot assistants that are built by Anne to help her with various science experiments that she conducts in her father’s junkyard.
This is another animated series for preschool aged children. The heroine of the series is Bianca, who seems like a regular, every day, normal girl, except for one tiny exception — she has the ability to make wishes come true.
Most of the Amazon Originals on our list only have the pilot available for streaming at the moment, with more episodes to be posted in the near future. Exceptions to this caveat include Alpha House, which has two seasons of shows available for streaming, and the first season of Betas.
Many believe that the original programming that Amazon is currently developing is to be more competitive with other vendors of streaming content. A notable example is Netflix, which is known for creating House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Lilyhammer and other new shows exclusively available on their platform.
If you’ve watched any of the new shows available on Amazon, Netflix, or another streaming vendor, let us know what you think in the comment section below. How do Amazon Originals such as Alpha House, Betas, The After or Bosch compare with original shows available from other streaming content vendors? Do these new shows make it more likely that you’ll become an Amazon Prime member or buy the new Amazon Fire TV to make it easy to stream content to your HDTV?
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