If you happen to have Amazon Prime — mostly likely for that sweet, sweet free two day shipping — then you've probably already taken a peek at its streaming video selections, maybe watched a few of the biggest hits, or purchased some of your fave movies. But have you noticed all the hidden gems Amazon Prime Video has to offer? Because if not, brace yourself — and get ready to never close your laptop again.
There are countless movies and TV shows just waiting to be binge watched. Under the "Included with Prime" tab are Prime Originals (like Forever and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), classic TV shows (like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Sex and the City), a multitude of comedies, plenty of reality TV shows, and countless popular movies both new and old. Even if you're a long-time fan of Amazon Prime Video, you may have overlooked these goodies, since there are just so many.
Whether you're in the mood for something old or something new, something funny or something super dramatic, there's bound to be an option that'll catch your interest. Here are a few hidden gems that are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, as long as you have that membership.
Starring everyone's SNL favorites, Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, Forever is about a married couple who live a very sweet and loving — but very predictable — life in the 'burbs. They decide to shake things up by taking a trip to a cabin in the woods, and a more exciting story unfolds from there.
The Disaster Artist, by James Franco, tells the story of how the cult-classic movie, The Room, came to be. During filming, everything goes wrong. But friendships are made, dreams are pursued, and a wonderfully horrible movie now exists, as a result.
Arrival is the alien movie you didn't know you needed. Amy Adams, an expert language translator, boards a strange vessel to speak with beings from another realm, to try to figure out what they want and why they're here.
This hilarious series follows the life of a witty, sexual, grief-riddled woman named Fleabag as she navigates modern life in London. When people try to help her, she turns them away. And she lets everyone know exactly what she's thinking.
Lady Bird is a classic coming-of-age story about a young girl who's getting ready to graduate high school. She fights with her mom. She hangs out with her best friend. And she thinks a lot about what she wants for her future. This sweet movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, will bring you right back to 12th grade.
The Big Sick is based on the true story of how Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani met his wife, grad student Emily Gordon, and how they fell in love in spite of her illness and coming from very different cultures.
From the Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls fame, comes everyone's new favorite series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It follows Midge Maisel through 1950s New York as she throws her perfect family life aside to give standup comedy a try.
Season one of The Amazing Race begins in New York, and follows contestants as they travel to Johannesburg, South Africa. Of course, each of the 30 seasons on features plenty of arguing as the teams try to figure out how to get where they need to go in order win one million dollars
For a classic comedy, check out Harlem Nights, which is about a nightclub owner named Sugar Ray and his son who have to fight to keep New York City police, and others, from shutting down their business.
This series takes place in the city of Baltimore, where a new police detail is created in order to investigate a drug-dealing operation. (If you ask your friends what the best TV show is, there's a good chance they'll recommend this.)
After a young woman commits suicide, an inspector is sent to question her family. And as he does, it's revealed that they may have played a larger role in her death than they originally want to let on.
Watch three guys try delicious foods at three different price points: affordable, mildly pricy, and luxury. At the end of each episode, they decide which foods were "worth it" and which ones weren't. It's the perfect series for anyone who enjoys staring at heavenly-looking foods, which is pretty much everyone. Right?
The Americans is an intriguing period drama set in the Reagan era, which follows two KGB spies who are posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC. Keri Russell was nominated for an Emmy for her role, so you know it's got to be good.
If you love comedian Tig Notaro, then you have to check out her new show, One Mississippi. The dark comedy is about her trip home to her small town, where she deals with her mother's death and her own mortality — among many other things.
Whether you've seen these shows and movies before, or are watching them for the first time, there's no denying how much fun they are. And even better, that they're all streaming now for your viewing pleasure.