The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, was first seen in the last days of 2019 in Wuhan, China.
The virus is unbelievably transmissible and spreads quickly via person-to-person transmission. It has swept across the globe, causing over 9.4 million infections and 479 940 fatalities.
One of the only ways of controlling and preventing the virus’s spread is through social distancing measures. Therefore, most of the world’s population was, and still is, under varying degrees of lockdown or stay-at-home orders.
What is Amazon Prime?
Even though global governments are working towards lifting the strict lockdown orders in an attempt to reboot the economy, many people are choosing to stay at home because the global infection rates are still rising rapidly.
As a result, they are turning to paid online music and video subscription services like Amazon Prime. Statistics quoted by Statista.com show that, by January 2020, Amazon Prime had more than 150 million subscribers worldwide. And May 2020’s numbers show that Amazon Prime’s subscription revenue increased by 28% in the first quarter of 2020 as a direct result of the global lockdown. Ergo, more and more people are relying on Amazon’s paid video subscription services for their evening’s entertainment.
The best Amazon Prime shows to watch
At this juncture, it is essential to note that because geolocation restrictions mean that certain shows are not available in every country, it is often necessary to use a VPN like the Amazon Prime VPN, to facilitate the ability to view shows that are not accessible in your geolocation.
Now that the possible geolocation challenges have been addressed and solved, let’s look at 10 of the best Amazon Prime shows to watch from home:
The protagonist, Leslie Knope, wants to improve the quality of life for the resident of Pawnee, Indiana. However, the residents are not as enthusiastic, resulting in a challenging journey for Knope, not least caused by Knope’s incompetence. Fans of small-town American adult comedy-drama will enjoy this series.
This series explores the social hierarchy in England during the post-Edwardian era both inside the Abbey and outside as major historical events take place. Downton Abbey has attracted over 9.9 million viewers across the world and has become a cultural phenomenon. Therefore, its fanbase consists of a vast cross-section of a global society.
This series is created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on her one-woman show first performed in 2013, and features a spirited, sexually active, angry and confused, and audacious woman from London who tries to make sense of life after the death of her best friend. Fans of dark humor and British comedy-drama will enjoy this series.
Jack Ryan is a political thriller based on the literary character of the same name developed by Tom Clancy. In summary, Jack Ryan is a CIA financial analyst who leaves his desk job for the field where he hopes to end the schemes of a terrorist. Fans of action-packed spy adventures will enjoy this series.
Grim is an American supernatural fantasy drama series that focuses on a homicide detective, Nick Burkhardt, who must keep the peace between the human race and the mythological Wesen. It is perhaps interesting to note the series’ characters are inspired by the Grimms’ Fairy Tales characters. Fans of horror-themed supernatural fantasies will appreciate this series.
Vikings is a historical drama about Norse farmer, Ragnar Lothbrok, who rises from his humble beginnings to become the Viking’s leader. Lothbrok is one of the most well-known and notorious Norse heroes. This series follows his life as well as that of his sons. Fans of historical dramas and accurate reenactments will enjoy this series.
Mr. Robot is about a cybersecurity engineer and hacker with clinical depression and a social anxiety disorder. By day, the protagonist works as a cybersecurity specialist. By night he is a hacker who is trying to bring down his company’s main client under the guidance of Mr. Robot. Fans of dark and suspenseful cyber-thrillers will appreciate this series.
In 2033, Nathan, a computer programmer, decides to transport to a virtual afterlife. He can do this because humans can upload themselves to a virtual afterlife of their choosing. Nathan’s new life presents many exciting adventures. However, he soon learns that there is a dark side to his new virtual afterlife. Fans of sci-fi and comedy-drama will enjoy this series.
The protagonist is supposed to be the quintessential Jewish American 1950s housewife living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her husband moonlights as a comedian and leaves her for his secretary. She becomes a standup comedian and finds a way to care for her family and maintain her home. American period comedy-drama aficionados will enjoy this series.
Poldark, a British historical drama series, based on the books by Winston Graham, features the captain, Poldark, returning to his Cornwall home after fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Upon his return, he discovers that his father has died, his estate is in ruins, and his childhood sweetheart is engaged to his cousin. Fans of historical dramas will enjoy this series.
These shows are just a snapshot of the wide variety of shows and other entertainment options that Amazon Prime offers its paid subscribers. All are worth watching and are a useful way to alleviate the stress of waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to settle down and for the ever-increasing infection rates to slow down. Finally, the “New Normal,” or the post-COVID-19 era, is slowly emerging, which in itself can be anxiety-inducing. This is another reason to watch these quality shows on Amazon Prime, rather than allowing the legitimate stress, fear, and anxiety to become all-consuming and overwhelming.