If you type in the letter “a” into your search bar on the internet, chances are the first suggestion is Amazon. It’s our go-to for everything. Well, almost everything.
I’m guilty of never using Amazon Prime video. I mean never. Not even looking at the shows available. I frequent between Netflix and Xfinity… but lately I have ran out of good television shows to watch. (Okay side note, can we even call a television show a television show if you don’t watch them on a TV?)
I kept reading reviews for an Amazon show so I figured I’d log on and see what it is all about. Let me tell you, wow. Amazon Prime Original shows are incredible. Below is a list of my favorite hidden gems:
1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
If you like Gilmore Girls this one is for you! I couldn’t stop laughing at this fun and equally dramatic show. There’s so many similarities between GG and MMM. There’s no shortage of fast-talking, laughter, independent women and coffee.
Here is a description from Amazon: “In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel’s life is on track- husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls).”
2. The Last Tycoon
A MUST WATCH!!
I finished this show last night and can’t seem to find the words to describe how incredible this was. If you are a fan of Great Gatsby, enjoy period pieces and have a love for Hollywood – this show is f will become your new favorite.
The Last Tycoon shows how The Great Depression and Hitler’ Germany impacts Hollywood. We are often taught that nearly everyone struggled during this time period, and though the characters in the show did indeed struggle, they were still living lavishly. This was the first time I experienced woman working in the early 1900’s where they were given equal opportunity to men without having to fight for it.
From Amazon: “From F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last work, The Last Tycoon follows Monroe Stahr, Hollywood’s Golden Boy, as he battles father figure and boss Pat Brady for the soul of their studio. In a world darkened by the Depression and the growing influence of Hitler’s Germany, The Last Tycoon illuminates the passions, violence and towering ambition of 1930s Hollywood.”
3. Good Girls Revolt
I’ve been into period-pieces lately and this one is perhaps my favorite. Based in the late 1960’s, we this show features a group of young women planning to revolt against their newspaper for the chance to be reporters. The first episode was a bit slow, but things start coming together in the second episode. Good Girls Revolt provides a unique perspective of the women’s movement and will leave you motivated to chance your dreams. Bonus: a majority of the actress’s wardrobe are styles popular right now!
Taken from Amazon: “In 1969, while a cultural revolution swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. Good Girls Revolt follows a group of young female researchers at “News of the Week,” who ask to be treated fairly. Their revolutionary request sparks convulsive changes and upends marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships.”
4. Red Okas.
I could share this show was filmed in the 1980’s it seems so realistic. Unlike the others, this show has 3 seasons and has been in production since 2015. There’s many complicated plot lines mixed into this entertaining show but is still so relatable to the every day person. Red Oaks is centered around country club and it’s college-aged employees living the summer you probably always dreamed of.
The shows description on Amazon: “It’s the summer of ’87 and change is in the air at Red Oaks. David is chasing his dream to become a director in NYC. Wheeler and Misty have taken their relationship to the next level but face unforeseen obstacles. Getty is making lemonade out of lemons in prison and Sam and Judy are finding new and unexplored passions. Meanwhile, back at Red Oaks, Nash finds that the club’s future is in danger.”