Amazon Prime Video – List of Best English Dramas

Amazon’s Prime Video service has come a long way since it first started offering free movies and TV shows to Prime members just seven years ago. With the inclusion of popular HBO and BBC programs, alongside a growing list of original content, Amazon now has something to offer nearly every TV fan. Here’s a list of Best English Dramas, one must not miss out on.

Top English Dramas:

Mozart in the Jungle

Creators: Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Alex Timbers
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, Bernadette Peters, Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows
Network: Amazon Video

Mozart is sweet and low key and to its credit, the stakes are never high — no one is beaten or murdered, but there are enough joyous, triumphant moments to remind us that television can still delight instead of punishing. Twice nominated as Best Comedy by the Golden Globes(winning once), it is a must watch.


Red Oaks

Creators: Gregory Jacobs, Joseph Gangemi
Cast: Craig Roberts, Jennifer Grey, Richard Kind, Paul Reiser, Ennis Esmer
Network: Amazon Video

Red Oaks is set in the 1980s and stars Craig Roberts (Submarine) as David, a college-aged tennis instructor working at a country club. He’s an aimless guy, and Red Oaks is as much about David figuring out what to do with his life as anything. His father (Richard Kind) wants him to become an accountant but David just wants to be a filmmaker. The series explores the challenges he confronts in an attempt to keep those around him and himself happy.


Fleabag

Creators:  Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Cast: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Ben Aldridge, Olivia Colman, Hugh Skinner
Network: BBC Three

Fleabag is a quick series to binge, but it packs an immense amount of comedy and aches into its short runtime. Fleabag always manages to lift itself out of its depths to make us laugh again. It’s truly one of the most distinctive, original comedies of the last several years.


The Americans

Creator: Joe Weisberg
Cast: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Keidrich Sellati
Network: FX

From that singular premise emerges one of the most exciting thrillers on the air today. The political intrigue is exciting, but what makes The Americans stand out is its focus on the Jennings’ marriage. In examining the tensions of married life, the show demonstrates that personal issues like spousal conflict can be every bit as exciting as a geopolitical maneuver. The series is a must watch.


Transparent

Creator: Jill Soloway
Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Judith Light
Network: Amazon Video

It’s a sprawling family drama that tells its story in a way that dignifies and humanizes even its most deeply flawed characters. No one is cast in a great light, but all of the characters transcend their foibles. It’s sad and tragic at times, and triumphant at others. It’s a light series with heavy themes, and truly one of the best currently running series on television.


Catastrophe

Creators: Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan
Cast: Rob Delaney. Sharon Horgan, Carrie Fisher Mia, Mark Bonnar Chris, Ashley Jenson
Network: Channel 4

Catastrophe is a romantic-comedy in reverse: There’s a pregnancy, then they get married, and then they get to know one another to see if they can fall in love. However, it’s the constant bickering and sexual disagreements between Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) that makes the series so exhilarating.


One Mississippi

Creators: Tig Notaro, Diablo Cody
Cast: Tig Notaro, John Rothman, Stephanie Allynne, Noah Harpster
Network: Amazon Video

One Mississippi can be best described as a guided tour through the grieving process, but Notaro has had enough separation from the events in her own life that inspired the story to infuse the show with plenty of levity. The death of her mother is heartbreaking — and the periodic flashback sequences give her mom dimension — but Notaro finds clever ways to find humour in the familiar.


Enlightened

Creators: Mike White, Laura Dern
Cast: Laura Dern, Mike White, Luke Wilson, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns
Network: HBO

Much like its volatile lead heroine, HBO’s Enlightened demonstrated a disorientating oscillation between intensely emotional naval-gazing and abrasive, cringe-worthy comedy. Having found the proper balance approximately halfway through the first year, showrunner/co-star Mike White found a groove. Perhaps more so than any show on TV, Enlightened episodes were driven less by plot and more by character’s interior lives.


Orphan Black

Creators: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett
Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Ari Millen
Network: BBC America, Bell Media

After witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her, Sarah assumes her identity. But she soon discovers a compelling conspiracy that changes her life forever. The show is as much about identity and motherhood as it is the consequences of technology. But none of it would work without the humanity Maslany brings to each of the clones she portrays in the show.


The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel

Creators: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Cast: Rachael Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Tony Shalhaub
Network: Amazon Video

If you want to watch a star being born, stop what you’re doing and immerse yourself in Rachel Brosnahan’s work as Miriam “Midge” Maisel on the 1950s-set comedy Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. Midge is a housewife who pursues a career in stand-up comedy after her husband, Joe Maisel (Michael Zegen), unexpectedly leaves her.


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