One of the first things we did to save money when on maternity was to cancel our Sky subscription service and sign up to some streaming services. Trials are great for these as it allows you to test drive a service before you commit. Prime has to come out as the winner for me. I pay around £7.99 a month for an Amazon Prime subscription which I can cancel at any time. It means I can get almost anything I want from the Amazon store on next day delivery too. I found that so useful when getting out with a pushchair was still a battle. Even now, with a shopping can be a nightmare with a tot.
I am in love with a few Amazon Prime shows at the moment. It you’re looking for something to watch once the kids finally go to bed, or when you’re up doing night feeds with the baby, then these are worth checking out in my humble opinion. Click on the affiliate advert at the end of this post to get a 30 day free trial.*
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel
This award winning show has just wrapped up it’s first season and I hear that it’s been commissioned for two more. This comes from the makers of the Gilmore Girls and this has all the sharp, quick tonged exchanges you’ve come to expect from them. The titular character, Midge is a well educated, well groomed Jewish wife who finds herself performing in the world of underground stand up in New York when her husband leaves her. Set in the 1950s it weaves in issues about equality, urbanisation, race and more beautifully. There’ something in her stand up that reminds me of the late Joan Rivers. I put off watching this for a while as I thought it might be a bit twee, but be prepared to see boobs and foul language. Loving it!
Parks and Recreation
I cannot believe I only discovered this recently. Over the past six months I’ve watched every single season, twice. If you like the sharp writing of Saturday Night Live and The Office, this is for you. It’s a great ensemble piece which develops even more of time as the characters gel. It’s main focus is Lesley Knope, a mid level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation department with dreams of making it to the White House. It’s witty, clever and occasionally slapstick. Chris Pratt largely owes his career to this.
This drama series is up there as one of my favourites of all time and I don’t say that lightly. Three seasons are available on Amazon Prime and I’ve recently learned that the decision was made by the production company not to make any others. Don’t let that put you off though. Although there is still more story that could be told in my view, it does have a sense of completeness and part of me welcomes that it won’t be milked to death.
The drama centers around a spirtual movement called Meyerism, which takes inspiration from multiple belief systems. Aaron Paul is the central character for the most part, a man who has been committed to the movement and raised a family, but beings to question his beliefs following the death of the leader. It has so many layers – it’s genius!
This is like a master class in acting and writing, seeing stellar performances from Hugh Dancy and Aaron Paul as two of the main protagonists. Often on opposing sides, they form part of a knockout ensemble.
Lucifer Morningstar, the actual devil down on earth running a nightclub in LA! What’s not to love as a concept. This is like Angel but for the grown ups, if Angel had gone bad and was a little bit saucy that is. When he gets caught up in a murder case he turns detective and ends up consulting with the police. There’s drama, romantic tension and a huge amount of irreverence. Of course, it’s also lovely to see fellow Welshmen, Tom Ellis, doing so well. I’m disappointed that after four seasons it has been cancelled but there is work going on to find another network.
The Walking Dead
I’m sure I don’t need to say ANYTHING about this. If you’ve been waiting to rewatch Rick Grimes battle the zombie apolocalypse again, here is your chance. You don’t need to have pay for a Sky subscription, Amazon Prime now has it all on their platform. They also have Fear the Walking Dead (for purchase) which is currently only available to BT TV subscribers.
Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) goes to live with his grandmother and uncles after the death of his mother, a drug addict who has been estranged from them for a while. Surfing, crime, high octane drama, sex. This has it all and so far I’m hooked!