Winter has finally decided to be winter, which means more time to snuggle under the covers and do some quality streaming. Plus, you're probably itching to make the most out of your new Amazon Prime membership. I'm so there with you. But there are so many great movies and TV shows to stream on Amazon, that, much like it's jungle moniker, you might need a guide if you decide to go exploring — so, you know, you don't get lost and overwhelmed by all there is to see. Not because you might get attacked by wind animals. That's probably not going to happen.
I've combed through hundreds, nay, thousands, of shows and movies so that you don't have to spend as much time deciding what to watch as actually watching it. Not to say Amazon's search isn't useful. It is. There's just so much to chose from. So, I'm going to walk you through 25 streaming essentials that cost zero dollars to watch, so long as you have a Prime membership. All you need now is some hot chocolate, some fluffy unicorn slippers (I own these, don't be jelly), and possible a cat or adorbs partner to keep you warm. Oh, and make sure you have your underpants situation on lock. No one wants to stream in uncomfortable underpants. Just saying.
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Maybe the thought of a dystopian society, and the struggles to bring it down, make you feel better about your own life. Maybe you just want to stare at your BFF J-Law (in a non-objectifying way). The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 got your back.
2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Let's be realsies. One is not enough. More Panem! More Peeta! More everything.
3. Escobar: Paradise Lost
While we're on the subject of Peeta, here's something he, well, Josh Hutcherson, did with Benicio Del Toro in 2015. Plus, it has a high star rating. And a lot of very serious faces.
Transparent is that show everyone was talking about at one point. Get up to speed! Get yourself thinking about Trans issues. Oh, and it's an Amazon Original, so you can feel smug because all your Netfix and Chill people don't have access.
While we are on the subject of Amazon Originals, Catastrophe was just nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Critics' Choice Awards. Sexy, funny drama. Yesplease.
6. Sex and the City
I feel like I don't even have to say anything about this modern classic. Whether you're on the side of people who can't get enough or the side of people who love to critique it for its sometimes great and sometimes problematic feminism, the point is, there are six seasons on Amazon.
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
Who cares if you don't have kids. You know half the jokes in this show are for adults anyway. Plus Spongebob's love is for life. It's not fleeting and tragic. It's real. You know I'm right.
8. American Horror Story
Personally, this show makes my insides feel like rotten meat. But that's kind of the point, right? Plus, you can perfect your "I'm scared" moves, even if you're just practicing the on your cat.
9. True Blood
I raced through these books like Seabiscuit, and I was just complaining that this show wasn't on Netfix. Well, be still my book nerd heart.
10. Monzart In The Jungle
I haven't seen this one, but it cleaned up at the Golden Globes. And I mostly just win awards for participation. So we should totally check it out and talk about it on Twitter. Those things are definitely related.
11. It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
I love this show. It's so wrong, on so many levels. And sometimes after a hard day of feministing, or adulting, it's absolutely the cure for what ails me. Terrible people doing terrible things? Brilliant satire? Yassss.
If you don't like this movie, we can't be friends. Just kidding! I still like you! But Amelie is quirky done right. It's just the best.
13. Chasing Amy
This is a perfect movie to use to help you better relate to your cool older cousins, or, gasp, parents, who were totally awesome, moody Generation X 90's kids. That, and Reality Bites (not free). Well, unless you're old like me. If so, it's just good fun.
We all have that one (or one hundred) romantic comedy that we go to whenever we need to sort out some feels. They're like the comfort food of entertainment. This is about as good as it gets, in my opinion.
15. A League Of Their Own
There's no crying in baseball! Who am I kidding. There is crying in everything. But often, it's happy crying!
16. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
I don't think you can live your whole life not knowing if this is a kick-ass reboot of a childhood classic or a weird alien-faced pile of entertainment blasphemy. Watch, pick a side.
Thunercats are go! I won't tell if you won't. No matter how many times you watch it in your underwear as you eat cereal out of a measuring cup.
18. Six Feet Under
Everyone I've ever known has told me that this is the best show ever and my life is so incomplete if I haven't seen it. And now I'm passing that on to you.
19. RuPaul's Drag Race
You betta werk. It's basically Project Runway meets American Idol in drag. There's nothing better.
Aren't we all... If you don't have cable, you can can catch up on all the antics and revel in kindred spirithood.
21. Orphan Black
Because you're a total grown up and you can watch this alone with the lights off and everything. *wink*
You had me at Sci-Fi Western set in the future. Nathan Fillion is just a bonus.
I dunno. It might be too soon. R.I.P. Finn. But if you feel you're ready, Glee is on Amazon Video.
24. The Neverending Story
Before Beyonce demanded you to "say my name," there was the princess from The Neverending Story.
25. The Last Unicorn
I mean, you already have your unicorn slippers on, so you might as well...
There you have it. A tiny peek behind the Amazon Video curtain of awesomeness. May the sloth be with you.