Top 5 Shows to Watch on Amazon Prime Right Now (February)

If you?re trying to figure out what to watch next, a great place to start are the Tipstor? Top 5 shows on Amazon Prime Video right now, and none of these titles are currently available on Netflix.

1.?Catastrophe

The British sitcom is essentially?You?re the Worst?if the couple at the center of it were 10 years older. Like the FX series, it?s another anti-romcom romcom, although this one involves pregnancy, children, and culture clash (he?s an American wanker, she?s an acerbic, potty-mouthed Irish school teacher). However, the constant bickering and sexual disagreements between Rob (Rob Delaney) and Sharon (Sharon Horgan) are what makes?Catastrophe?so exhilarating. A more apt name for the series would be Amazon?s other series,?Transparent, because the relationship between Sharon and Rob ? warts and all ? is the most open and honest in television, and maybe the funniest. The only downside to?Catastrophe?is that its three seasons are each only six half-hour episodes long, and nine hours is not enough time to spend with these characters.

2.?Counterpart

J.K. Simmons stars in this sci-fi thriller which blends a whole bunch of genres as it tells the story of a clueless U.N. employee, who discovers his agency is hiding a world-altering secret. Simmons plays said employee, Howard Silk, who uncovers a parallel universe that?s engaged in a covert war with our own, and he meets his A.U. self, a top spy intent on destroying him. It?s trippy stuff.

3.?Transparent

Amazon may not stack up favorably against Netflix in the original series department, but?Transparent?is as good or better than most of Netflix?s original series. It sees Jeffrey Tambor decide, late in life, to transition into a woman, and we see how that decision affects her family in the most hilarious and poignant ways imaginable. It?s a light series with heavy themes, and it has racked up 28 Emmy nominations and eight wins, so far.

4.?Hannibal

Bryan Fuller?s?Hannibal?is a perfect series to binge-watch, as the ability to watch the episodes back-to-back evens out some of the slow pacing.?Hannibal?is dark, macabre, and brilliantly creative, and while it has many of the same characters viewers know and appreciate from the movie/book series, it also has an entirely different and unique tone (some would even say better). The murder scenes are equally gruesome and gorgeous, the series? long arc is as disturbing as it is engrossing, and the acting from Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelson, and Laurence Fishburne is superb. It?s a slow, morbidly addictive burn, and viewers?must?stick around for Michael Pitt?s Mason Verger in season two, if only for one of the most beautifully unsettling sequences ever seen on network television.

5.?Goliath

Goliath?is an old-school legal thriller from an old-school television writer, David E. Kelley (The Practice,?Boston Legal), who is still the reigning king of legal dramas. It?s a meat-and-potatoes show driven by an entertaining storyline and compelling, flawed characters led by Billy McBride, a character played Billy Bob Thornton, who won a Golden Globe for the role. McBride is an alcoholic has-been lawyer who, in typical Grisham fashion, has a case against a big tech firm fall into his lap. On the other side of the case is McBride?s former firm, his ex-wife (Maria Bello) and his old legal partner turned nemesis (William Hurt). There?s nothing new or novel about?Goliath?except for the fact that it doesn?t try to be new and novel: It?s an old-fashioned, well-made, well-acted and gripping television show with bad guys, morally questionable good guys and a strong supporting cast that also includes Olivia Thirlby, Kevin Weisman (Alias), Dwight Yoakum, and Harold Perrineau.