Amazon Prime Original Shows and Movies to Watch This Fall
Five years after first starting to produce television, Amazon Prime’s library of original content has gotten pretty fantastic, with some of their great shows including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Bosch, The Man in the High Castle and Sneaky Pete. This fall, as each of the major TV networks debuts its new slate of shows, Amazon Prime, too, has a lot in store for subscribers.
Let’s take a look at the Prime original shows (and one movie) that are worth keeping an eye out for this fall. There may be some others that Amazon hasn’t given a release date to yet, but we’ll be focusing mainly on shows and movies that are definitely coming out in the next few months.
Forever – September 14th
Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph star in the new Prime comedy Forever as a boring married couple whose lives change forever when they go on a ski trip.
If you’re a fan of Master of None, you may want to check out Forever, as it comes from the same co-creator, Alan Yang. Armisen and Rudolph also produce. The first season will debut on September 14th.
King Lear – September TBD
This new adaptation of King Lear will be set in a fictional present day and star Anthony Hopkins in the title role. Emma Thompson will also be starring as Goneril, while Emily Watson plays Regan.
Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) directed this film, which is a co-production of Amazon and BBC. It already aired in the United Kingdom earlier this year and received mostly positive reviews. Amazon has not yet given King Lear a premiere date other than saying it will come out in September.
The Man in the High Castle Season 3 – October 5th
Along with Transparent, one of Amazon Prime’s first hit shows was The Man in the High Castle, which began in 2015.
The dystopian series takes place in an alternate universe in which the Axis powers won World War II, and therefore what was formerly the United States has been turned into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States. However, early on in the series, the characters begin to realize that there’s an alternate reality out there.
The third season of The Man in the High Castle will premiere on October 5th. Don’t worry about it ending on a cliffhanger that isn’t resolved, as Amazon has already announced a fourth season.
The Romanoffs – October 12th
Few would dispute the fact that Mad Men is one of the greatest television dramas of all time, and now creator Matthew Weiner is back with a new show.
The Romanoffs is an anthology series where every episode will revolve around different characters who say that they are descendants of the Russian royal family, the Romanovs.
Because each episode has a different set of characters, the show has assembled a phenomenal cast, including Aaron Eckhart, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Diane Lane, Ron Livingston, and John Slattery. Whether Weiner will be able to successfully follow up Mad Men remains to be seen, but we’ll find out when the episodes go live on October 12th.
Homecoming – November 2nd
Amazon Prime already started turning podcasts into TV shows with Lore last year, and now, the streaming service is doing so again with this fall’s Homecoming.
Based on the fiction podcast of the same name, Homecoming is a new thriller which centers around a caseworker at a secret government facility. Julia Roberts stars in the lead role, which is a big deal since this is her first time ever starring in a TV show in her entire career. Also starring are Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigham, and Alex Karpovsky.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 – TBD
Amazon hasn’t yet announced an official premiere date for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but it’s likely to be released sometime this fall. After all, Season 1 came out last November, and the first trailer for Season 2 was recently unveiled.
One of the very best shows of last year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows a housewife who decides to become a stand-up comedian after her husband leaves her. We follow as she slowly and somewhat reluctantly builds a career for herself in the New York comedy scene, also spending a lot of time with her ridiculous parents, played by Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle.
The series won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy earlier this year, and it’s expected to do quite well at the Emmys next month, with Rachel Brosnahan being considered the frontrunner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. With a third season already having been ordered, now’s the perfect time to catch up ahead of Season 2.