Amazon Original Series | Our Top Picks for July 2017

By Nathaniel Dalby - Wed 12th Jul 2017 Features

The cast of Preacher

Amazon Instant Video is Amazon’s video streaming service, allowing users to watch films and TV for a contract-free monthly fee. Since its inception, Amazon has offered a range of titles to choose from, such as US shows you might not find elsewhere alongside exclusive film content. Much like Netflix, Amazon also hosts a number of Original series, which it has produced to be available exclusively on the platform. Amazon also features exclusive series that don’t air anywhere else in the UK. Here’s the best of what Amazon has to offer this month.

Preacher Season 2 

The second season of this comic book adaptation is airing exclusively on Amazon Prime Video right now. Based on the hugely popular graphic novel series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher follows Texas priest Jesse Custer as he’s given supernatural powers and tasked with finding God, who has escaped heaven and decimated his hometown. 

Season 1 saw critical acclaim despite some fan reservations, with season 2 already making a name for itself with a faster pace, ultra-violence and clever adaptation of the source material. Whether you’re a die-hard Preacher reader or just looking for a slice of stylish, violent, supernatural fun, now is the perfect time to get stuck into this series. New episodes are available to stream every Tuesday, with the full first season ready to watch now. 

Le Mans: Racing is Everything

Telling the story of the world-famous annual 24-hour race, this documentary charts the 2015 race in both its preparation and execution. Filmed in blistering 4K, Le Mans charts the 6 teams competing in the race, including Nissan, Audi, Porsche, Toyota and Aston Martin, giving viewers unprecedented access into the way motor racing teams operate.

Amazon Prime has stepped up to match the number of quality original documentaries Netflix has created within the past few years. Le Mans is a fascinating watch for racing fans and non-fans alike, with stunning visuals, interesting footage and exciting race coverage. Catch the full series now on Amazon Prime Video.

StartUp

Another Amazon Exclusive, StartUp takes the Silicon Valley setting that many modern shows and movies have used and turns it into a thrilling crime story. When a desperate banker needs to launder stolen money, he teams up with a Haitian gang lord and a hacker with a brilliant idea to create a fledgling tech business.

Starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Fargo), StartUp is a wholly original drama that takes cues from stylish crime thrillers such as Breaking Bad, Billions and Mr. Robot. Fans of sharply crafted drama peppered with great actors and clever plotting will love StartUp. You can watch the entire first season via Amazon Prime Video now.

Outlander

This Amazon Prime Exclusive show is a British and American co-production that follows the story of Claire Randall, a combat nurse in WW2 who is swept back in time to Scotland in 1743 where she meets a young warrior and must traverse an unknown world in order to get back to her original time.

Despite the bonkers-sounding premise of Outlander, the show takes its theme serious, mining some genuinely good drama out of a high-concept idea. Outlander airs on Starz in the US, with Amazon having the exclusive rights to the show in the UK. You can watch the first 2 seasons of Outlander on Amazon Prime Video right now. 

What is Amazon Instant Video?

Amazon Instant Video is Amazon’s video streaming service, offering both one-off payment content and a subscription service. Users can buy or rent individual movies or shows or sign up to Amazon Prime Video and enjoy a range of films, TV and Original content at no extra cost. Amazon Prime Video comes with an Amazon Prime subscription or on its own.

What’s on Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video offers a range of both TV shows and films. A subscription allows you to stream any of these whenever you want. Amazon offers a good mixture of US shows you might not have seen, BBC shows you can catch up on and its own Original drama and comedy. You can also choose from a range of films that is updated frequently. 

What is an Amazon Original Series?

An Amazon Original series is a show that’s been commissioned by Amazon to be shown exclusively on their platform. Original series make up the bulk of Amazon’s TV offerings, with the company making a huge amount in recent years. Amazon also offers ‘Exclusive’ shows, which have been aired in the US on standard TV but are exclusive to Amazon in the UK.

How can I get Amazon Instant Video?

Simply go to Amazon Prime Video, choose whether you want to pay monthly or yearly and you’ll be ready to dive into the huge amount of entertainment on offer. 

What can I watch Amazon Instant Video on?

Amazon Instant Video supports a large amount of devices. Users can watch straight in their browser or on a smart TV with the Amazon Video app. Amazon also offers their own Fire TV devices, allowing you to turn a standard TV into a smart one. Amazon also supports games consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as smart devices like smartphones and tablets. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets also have the Amazon Prime Video app already installed.