Starring: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Janelle Monáe, Joan Cusack
Description: Adapted from the podcast of the same name, “Homecoming” follows Heidi Bergman. Portrayed by Julia Roberts, Bergman tries to piece together the reason behind leaving Homecoming, the treatment center for veterans she worked at as a therapist. Years later, working as a waitress, Heidi realizes that there’s a lot more to the story than what she’s been telling herself.
Why it’s a keeper: “Homecoming” is a well-executed mystery that avoids a lot of the pitfalls of mystery shows. It is a visually aesthetic exploration of trauma and the conflict between the human heart and mind.
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Angelique Cabral, Siddharth Dhananjay, Daveed Diggs, Bob Odenkirk
Description: A reality questioning, funny, compelling, and heartbreaking story about Alma, who was involved in a near-fatal car accident. After waking from the coma she was in, she has gained the ability to communicate with her late father, Jacob, who says he was murdered because he researched time travel.
Why it's a keeper: "Undone" is Amazon's first episodic TV series to utilize the surreal technique that is Rotoscope animation. Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy created a series that, put simply, has it all. "Undone" is so good it's hard to stop watching - bring on the binge!
The Boys (BEST)
Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Tomer Kapon
Description: The show follows a world where superheroes are commodified into action figures and take part in heroic publicity stunts so that the powerful corporation that owns them can market and monetize on them.
Why it's a keeper: Let's be real, who doesn't love superheroes misbehaving? "The Boys," based on the comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, introduces an eclectic cast of supernatural humans. Ahead of the show's premiere, Amazon renewed "The Boys" for a second and third season.
Starring: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick, Sarah Clarke, Madison Lintz
Description: "Bosch" is a police procedural television series produced by Amazon Studios, starring Titus Welliver as LAPD detective Harry Bosch. His investigations of a sadistic serial killer become an escape for the officer, who is also an Afghanistan veteran. As the series progresses, his investigations also serve as a healing process.
Why it's a keeper: "Bosch" manages to maintain the series' mastery over mystery throughout its seasons. Thanks to its solid acting and breathtaking moments, the series was renewed for a seventh and final season in early February 2020.
Starring: Sharon Horgan & Rob Delaney
Description: "Catastrophe"'s leads portray two single people who are forever intertwined when she accidentally becomes pregnant following a fling while he's in London on a business trip. The show is a rom-com in reverse; there's a pregnancy, then a marriage, and then they get to know each other to see if they can fall in love.
Why it's a keeper: Amazon knew what they were doing when they bought the exclusive streaming rights to the British sitcom. "Catastrophe" involves an ever-so-obvious culture clash -- he's American, and she's British -- and the constant bickering between the two makes the show all the more enjoyable.