Amazon has curated a pretty tight list of original shows for Prime Video, which stands in contrast to Netflix’s “throw everything at the screen and see what sticks approach” or Hulu’s early efforts (which have since improved dramatically).
Some of that might come down to Roy Price, who from 2014 to 2017 was the head of Amazon Studios. But Price resigned in October 2017, one of many in Hollywood accused of sexual misconduct.
Price has been replaced by the former president of entertainment at NBC, Jennifer Salke. What this means for the future of Amazon Originals, we can only speculate. Amazon is not afraid to cancel a show. It’s moving away from prestige dramas and cerebral comedies (like Good Girls Revolt and One Mississippi) with things like a Lord of the Rings prequel TV series (for when 9 hours of Hobbit movies isn’t enough) and a series about Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Why? Leaked internal documents show that at least 5 million people got Prime just to watch video. And shows with broader interest, naturally, get more streams (and more Prime members). Thus, a LotR show—or whatever it takes for Amazon to find its own Game of Thrones-esque mega-hit.
For now, check out the very best Prime Video has to offer. You won’t regret it. The further down the list you go, the happier you’ll be.
(Oh, and be aware: with Prime Video, you can’t just add a show to your watch list and get all the seasons—you need to add each season individually. Very, very annoying, Mr. Bezos.)