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The best Amazon Prime TV series coming soon

‘Outlander’, ‘Mr Robot’ and ‘Transparent’ are back, and there's a big budget adaptation of an F Scott Fitzgerald classic – these Amazon Prime TV shows will have us hooked in 2017

By Time Out Film
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If you can navigate the maze that is the Amazon Prime website, its 2017 TV alone will make your subscription worthwhile. Some old favourites are back, including ‘Transparent’ and the epic, addictive bodice-ripper ‘Outlander’. And new for 2017, ’80s superhero The Tick gets an small-screen outing, plus there's a new series based on F Scott Fitzgerald's Hollywood-set final novel.  

Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot
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1. Mr Robot

Release date late 2017

What is it? This gripping cyber conspiracy thriller is one of Amazon’s best-reviewed shows. Newcomer Rami Malek plays a computer-geek crimefighter who catches child pornographers and cheating husbands from the comfort of his bedroom. Christian Slater is Mr Robot, the anarchist who recruits him to join his gang of hacktivists on a mission to bring down corporate America.

Why watch? It’s an original, compelling drama and the twists are genuinely brilliant.
Transparent
Transparent
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2. Transparent

Release date 2017 

What is it? One of the best things on TV, ‘Transparent’ is brilliant and big-hearted, and it’s back on Amazon in 2017 for a fourth season. Written by Jill Soloway, the show follows the transitioning of retired professor Mort (Jeffrey Tambor) to Maura. In season one, Maura finally came out as a woman to her narcissistic kids in LA.

Why watch? This is one of those shows that covers it all – gender, families, identities, siblings, life, the works.
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Outlander
Outlander
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3. Outlander

Release date late 2017

What is it? One of Amazon’s most streamed shows, ‘Outlander’ has been called ‘the feminist “Game of Thrones”’ and ‘sexier than “Poldark”’. It’s adapted from the series of bestselling novels by Diana Gabaldon that mash up romance, sci-fi and adventure. Caitriona Balfe is time-travelling Claire, the tough, determined WWII nurse who goes back to the eighteenth-century to have adventures and hot sex.

Why watch This bodice-ripper reverses clichéd gender roles.

Lucifer
Lucifer
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4. Lucifer

Release date 2017

What is it?
The ridiculously silly but entertaining crime procedural has a twist: the cop in question is Satan, who’s traded in hell for life in Los Angeles. Back on Amazon this year, ‘Lucifer’ is loosely adapted from a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman. Welsh actor Tom Ellis (you’ve seen him on ‘Miranda’ and ‘EastEnders’) is a total charmer as Lucifer Morningstar.

Why watch? The one-liners are ace and Ellis chews the scenery with abandon.

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The Tick
The Tick
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5. The Tick

Release date 2017

What is it? This is the third outing for The Tick, the bright blue Spandex-ed buffoon created in 1986 by teenager Ben Edlund as an alternative to deadly dull superheroes. Peter Serafinowicz is The Tick, whose clangers in the pilot episode were hilarious (‘Evil wears every possible mitten’). Griffin Newman plays his loyal sidekick.

Why watch? The pilot didn’t serve up any surprises. But Serafinowicz is spot-on casting for The Tick. 

The Last Tycoon
The Last Tycoon
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6. The Last Tycoon

Release date 2017

What is it? This new Amazon show is set in LA in the 1930s, and is loosely based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s last, unfinished novel. Matt Bomer is young studio exec Monroe Stahr (the role played by Robert De Niro in the 1976 film version). The story follows attempts by the Nazi government to throw its weight around in Hollywood.

Why watch? The pilot felt mediocre, but the starry cast (‘Frasier’ himself, Kelsey Grammer, is Stahr’s boss and mentor) and old-time Hollywood period detail could save the day.

 

 

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