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In my previous article on reasons to get Amazon Prime that aren’t “free 2-day shipping,” I mentioned that Amazon Prime includes a massive library of TV shows and movies that you can stream on-demand.
There are so many awesome titles available, enough to pay for the price of Amazon Prime many times over. As a nerd and/or geek, here are some of the best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video that you’ll probably enjoy.
1. The Expanse
Why you should watch it: The Expanse is a contender for best sci-fi TV show of all time. This epic space opera is rife with political intrigue, twisty plotlines, a sprawling cast of characters, beautiful cinematography, and most of all, it treats the “science” in science fiction seriously.
Why you should watch it: After The Expanse, Battlestar Galactica is probably the second-best sci-fi drama TV series of all time. Where The Expanse has a much wider scope with lots of mystery, Battlestar Galactica is a military-political action-oriented story about the survival of the human race, with tons of plot twists along the way.
Why you should watch it: An everyday guy who works for a fictional version of Best Buy’s Geek Squad accidentally ends up downloading a top-secret government program into his brain, turning him into a world-class spy for the CIA. Chuck is a highly underrated comedy-drama series that’s both hilarious and engrossing.
4. Mr. Robot
Why you should watch it: Mr. Robot is one of the most unconventional hacker drama thriller TV series ever made. It’s dark, grimy, and disorderly as it follows a mentally unstable hacker who joins a group that aims to destroy all of the debt records held by the world’s largest conglomerate. It’s not an easy watch, but definitely a trip.
5. The Tick
Why you should watch it: Remember the comic books from the 1980s? Or the animated TV series from the 1990s? The Tick is a live-action remake about the blue-suited superhero who fights crime and needs to uncover the mystery of The Terror, a supervillain who was thought to be dead. It’s funny, silly, and a joy to watch.
Why you should watch it: Often seen as a generic version of Black Mirror, Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology series inspired by the works of prominent author Philip K. Dick. While it falls short of Black Mirror’s narrative power, it isn’t terrible by any stretch. Definitely worth a watch if you’re craving for a dark sci-fi fix.
Why you should watch it: Imagine an alternate history where Germany and Japan won World War II and subjugated the United States, with the west of the Rockies belonging to Japan and the east belonging to the Nazi Reich. And in this alternate history, what if the truth of the world was hidden from everyone, and a rebel group was aiming to uncover that truth? Compelling stuff.
Why you should watch it: In the near future, artificially intelligent robots called “synths”—who are physically indistinguishable from humans—are created and integrated into everyday life. What kind of impact would this have on society, culture, and the psychology of man?
9. The X-Files
Why you should watch it: This sci-fi horror/mystery TV series hasn’t exactly aged well, but it’s essential watching for any TV geek. It incorporates monster-of-the-week episodes with an overarching alien conspiracy, and was a huge inspiration for Fringe, one of the best sci-fi procedurals to ever grace broadcast television (also available to watch on Amazon).
10. Doctor Who
Why you should watch it: Doctor Who is a sprawling series about “The Doctor,” a Time Lord who goes around exploring the universe and helping civilizations in need. The Time Lord also reincarnates every so often. It’s quirky, it’s British, and has developed a cult following among sci-fi geeks.
11. Red Oaks
Why you should watch it: Red Oaks may not be sci-fi or fantasy, but it’s about a dorky suburban 20-year-old who isn’t exactly living his best life yet. There’s a lot to resonate with in this underrated comedy TV series, not to mention it’s just plain funny and highly watchable.