15 Shows You Can Watch on Amazon Prime from Start to Finish This Weekend
The bite-sized marathons are perfect for your days off.
With the weekend comes free time, and how better to use it than to watch a really good TV show and finish it with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment? Sure, you could start chipping away at a show with lots of seasons, but sometimes you want something that won't bog you down. To help you choose your next weekend-length marathon, we've rounded up the best one- and two-season shows streaming on Amazon Prime. You'll have no problem knocking one (or a few!) of these bad boys out by the time you have to go back to work next week. Read on for those recommendations, and for more, here's The Best TV Show of 2020, According to Critics.
Modern Love adapts the beloved New York Times column of the same name, dramatizing every type of attachment you can think of, from the familial to the romantic. An anthology series, each episode tells a different love story with a new fresh cast of stars—Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, and Andrew Scott among them. For more to add to your list, here are 17 TV Shows You Can Watch on Hulu From Start to Finish This Weekend.
It's Lost meets Gossip Girl in The Wilds, an Amazon Original about a group of teenage girls who survive a plane crash on the way to a women's empowerment conference. Unknown to each other and coming from different walks of life, the young women have to work together to survive. Little do they know that someone is watching them do it.
Frank of Ireland
Did COVID force you to cancel that trip to the Emerald Isle? If so, Frank of Ireland may help to fill that void. Created by actor brothers Brian and Domhnall Gleeson, this comedy follows an aspiring singer-songwriter who's in a state of suspended adolescence as friends and family try to compel him into growing up. For more gems to add to your queue, here are 18 TV Shows You Can Watch on HBO Max From Start to Finish This Weekend.
If you're starting to resent the supremacy of comic book movies at the box office, then you should definitely dig into The Boys. Yes, it's also based on a graphic novel, but, in this series, superheroes are the bad guys—which is why a group of regular citizen vigilantes are hunting them down. To see how those blockbusters this show satirizes stack up against each other, we're Ranking Every Marvel Movie, From Worst Reviewed to Best.
Anyone looking to get existential over the weekend should check out Undone, a beautifully animated series about a young woman (Rosa Salazar) who gains the ability to travel mentally through time after a car accident. After a warm critical reception, there's supposedly a second season on order, though no drop date has been announced yet.
In the tense and trippy psychological thriller Homecoming, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail adapts a popular narrative podcast about a mysterious facility for recent war veterans. Julia Roberts and Stephan James star as the facility's therapist and one of her patients, who together begin to unravel the secrets of the program. The show's second, equally bingeable season, centers around a new character played by Janelle Monáe. And for more recommendations sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
A Very English Scandal
With just three episodes, this miniseries based on a real English scandal goes down easy. Hugh Grant stars as Jeremy Thorpe, a member of Parliament who hires a man to kill his former lover (Ben Whishaw) to keep him from exposing their affair. While it sounds soapy, the drama also explores the effects of the criminalization of homosexuality in Britain.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has collected heaps of praise for her innovative comedy about a sex-obsessed woman mourning her mother and her deceased best friend, and it's all deserved. Both (short!) seasons of Fleabag are groundbreaking, though the second is a little lighter and features a beautiful, unexpected love story between our witty heroine and… a priest (Andrew Scott). If you're looking for Netflix suggestions, here are 16 Netflix Shows You Can Watch From Start to Finish This Weekend.
Comedian Tig Notaro co-created and stars (as a character named "Tig Bavaro") in One Mississippi, another moving, character-driven comedy. Loosely based on Notaro's life, the story follows a radio host who moves back to her hometown to deal with her mother's death and her own cancer. But it's actually funny, we promise!
The Night Manager
Based on the John le Carré novel, The Night Manager centers on the eponymous hotel employee and ex-soldier (Tom Hiddleston) who is tasked with infiltrating the inner circle of an arms dealer (Hugh Laurie). Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki round out the intimidatingly talented main cast.
J.K. Simmons plays dual roles in this Cold-War-inspired science-fiction series: Howard, a mild-mannered office worker with a repetitive job and… also Howard, his counterpart in a parallel universe that most of the population has no idea exists. With two 10-episode seasons total, you can learn all there is to know about the multiverse in just a weekend.
To say anything more about Forever would be to spoil it, so suffice it to say that this gone-too-soon series stars Saturday Night Live alums Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen as your average couple next door.
The fantasy-thriller Carnival Row isn't easy to summarize in a sentence. It involves mythical creatures and humans and a war and characters named things like Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne). If you're in the mood for something dark and also whimsical, it should be on your docket this weekend.
The cult-favorite 1967 sci-fi series The Prisoner has likely influenced many of your recent favorites—that's how beloved it is by those who've seen it. And Amazon has all 17 episodes of the show, which begins when a man (Patrick McGoohan) finds himself held captive in a creepy small town with no idea why.
In Good Omens, the most recent adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's comic-fantasy novel, the delightfully paired David Tennant and Michael Sheen are a demon and an angel, respectively, who develop a friendship over their eons among the mortal—as well as a great appreciation for Earth. When they realize that both of their sides are done with the human world, they join forces to help save it.