In April 2014, Amazon and HBO announced an exclusive deal under which the online retailer's all-you-can-eat Prime Instant Video service would carry HBO shows, including titles "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire," and "The Wire."
Though there will be no "Game of Thrones" (yet), the additions lend further ammunition to the growing arsenal of quality shows on Amazon's unlimited-streaming service.
Here are some of our picks for the best shows, HBO and otherwise, on Prime Instant Video, which, of course, requires a Prime membership.
Yes, it may be, as one reviewer called it, "the shaggiest dog story ever", but this is the show that both launched the career of Jason Segel ("Freaks and Geeks" notwithstanding) and revived that of Neil "Doogie" Patrick "Howser" Harris. Come for the story about the mother; stay for the tangled relationship between the five friends.
This BBC America show about human clones had us hooked from the beginning thanks to strong performances from Tatiana Maslany (playing six different roles, natch), surprising plot twists, and a nuanced exploration into identity, genetics, and family.
It's named after a drink
Amazon exclusive: Yes
Campy? Yes. Gory? Very. Hilarious? Often. HBO and Amazon have announced that only the first few seasons will be available on the streaming service, but that's OK, as they're easily the best.
When it comes to creator Joss Whedon, it's sometimes a little too much ("Dollhouse"), or simply not enough ("Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog"). Firmly in the latter camp, the prematurely terminated "Firefly" is one of the few shows that bears repeat watching, and that's because of the strength of both the writing and the cast.
"Battlestar Galactica" is one of the most binge-worthy shows on all of the Internet. Though the second season doesn't make much sense, this is still a very consistent and non-techie science fiction show. "So say we all."
It's about an outlaw motorcycle club -- what more do we have to say? The writers have an uncanny knack of capturing and keeping your attention -- usually with a sprinkling of grueling moments and shocking cliff-hangers -- that compels you to watch the next episode.
"Glee" is a show you either love or you hate. While it's mostly an opportunity for Jane Lynch to sneer her way to another Emmy nomination, there are also plenty of squeaky-clean teens from the wrong side of the tracks performing "modern" takes on pop songs.
Set in real time, this is the show that proved driving and parking in LA is easy and that it's possible to last a whole day without going to the bathroom. Oh, and there are some plot twists and Elisha Cuthbert too.
This Gene Roddenberry classic was our version of Cartoon Network growing up. As young kids dreaming of traveling through space and beaming up via the transporter, we'd catch rerun after rerun. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" continued and expanded on the original's greatness 30 years later.