At a time of absolute saturation of series, where it is impossible to keep up with everything that is released in transmission, we are in danger of missing out on some gems that sometimes pass without receiving much attention on platforms such as Amazon Prime Video. In this list we try to bring together some of those series that you should recover, series that perhaps did not have as much impact as they should, that premiered at a bad time or simply that we want to claim despite the fact that they did have support (such as ‘The Terror’, which has two highly recommended seasons) among the public or at awards season. Wow, amazing series you should watch if you haven’t already, especially if you’re looking for your new obsession on the small screen.
Prime Video is a platform as interesting as it is eclectic to find series capable of hooking us, falling in love and also discovering new ways of telling stories and new stories to discover that the seriéphile world has no limits. That is what many of the proposals on this list show us. There is ‘Undone’, a revolutionary series that uses the technique of rotoscoping (as in ‘A Scanner Darkly’ or ‘Waking Life’: it consists of real images on which animation is created) to tell a fascinating story about the complex relationships between fathers and daughters, where the effects of loss are explored and where it all hinges on one big question: is the fantasy we see the product of the world’s best kept secrets or just a hallucination created by a schizophrenic mind? Spoiler: there are no correct answers. This series, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (creator of ‘Bojack Horseman’; you see where the shots are going) and Kate Purdy, is a real gem to discover as soon as possible on the platform. But she’s not the only one.
We delve into this dozen serialized recommendations for those who want to venture beyond familiar terrain. With titles like ‘The Underground Railroad’ (adapted from Colson Whitehead’s novel by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins), ‘Too Old to Die Young’ (madness made into a series courtesy of Nicholas Winding Refn, director of films like ‘Drive’ ) and the recent ‘As we see it’ (a fantastic dramedy starring young people on the autism spectrum), we’re looking for those series that are going to surprise you in the best way.
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as we see it
This series looks for light in the dark places and laughter in the dramas of life. And that’s what makes it so special, and perhaps one of the best series on Amazon Prime Video. ‘As we see it’ follows the lives of three roommates on the autism spectrum who find a way to live together and strive for similar things in their day-to-day lives..
Using the rotoscope technique (that is, a real image captured in animation form), ‘Undone’ immerses us in an incredible world that we don’t know if it’s really magical or if it’s created by the mind of its unstable protagonist. Rosa Salazar brings to life a young woman who begins to connect with her deceased father (Bob Odenkirk) and discovers that perhaps his death hides more secrets than she thought..
the underground railway
In the days of slavery in the United States, in the 19th century, the expression ‘underground railway’ was used to refer to the clandestine network that helped slaves escape from plantations. However, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by Colson Whitehead, and adapted to the small screen by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (‘Moonlight’), that railway becomes a reality, mixing historical reality with fantasy in one of the best series of 2021.
too old to die young
When a great film director crosses over to series, the result can be something as wonderful as this. And if on top of that that director is Nicolas Winding Refn (‘Drive’, ‘The Neon Demon’) and the result is this imposing and mysterious ‘Too old to die young’, rarities and neon lights are guaranteed. A neo-noir that mixes revenge, criminals and even yakuzas, in a night that hides too many dangers for its young protagonist.
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If seeing Kevin Bacon dressed as a cowboy holding a little white lamb isn’t enough, this series created by Joey Soloway (‘Transparent’) still has plenty of other tricks up its sleeve. The actor becomes the ‘muse’ of the protagonist, played by Kathryn Hahn (the Agatha Harkness of ‘Scarlet Witch and Vision’), who will endanger her marriage to achieve what has been eluding her: inspiration.
It has already become a classic series (and with a second season, also available on Prime Video, which is also quite interesting), so it’s time to pay off this series debt. Snowbound on a ship, the crew members are forced to survive with limited resources, and the threat of something lurking outside that could spell their doom..
What lies beyond death? We don’t know at the moment, but according to Greg Daniels (creator of ‘The Office’), in the not too distant future it will be what we choose. ‘Upload’ takes us to a future in which life after death takes the form of a luxury hotel where all imaginable desires are satisfied, but, as the protagonist will see, every paradise has its imperfections.
You do not expect what Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen have prepared for you. Life in the middle-class suburbs seems suffocating for this married couple, who after more than a decade of marriage begin to question the true meaning of love. And if your routine is anything like that idea. His new adventures to give his life a little action will have unexpected results…
Comedy has never been as bitter as in the hands of Marti Noxon, who offers here an x-ray of modern obsessions with aesthetic canons and fatness. And it is not a friendly story: there is violence, black humor (very black) and an implacable anger that is part of the DNA of our contemporaneity. AMC canceled it after its first season, so take the opportunity to see why they were so wrong.
Following in the footsteps of ‘Let me out’, but in a much darker and grittier tone, ‘Them’ is a terrifying look at racism through a plot of supernatural touches. It all begins when an African-American family moves to a predominantly white neighborhood only to discover that their new home is the epicenter of something terribly evil.
For surprises, the ones that writer Neil Gaiman knows how to create with his overflowing imagination, who teamed up with Terry Pratchett in the 90s to write a novel about the end of the world. Almost thirty years later, his follies straddling heaven and hell, between the Antichrist and the Bikers of the Apocalypse, come to life on the small screen.
Friday night lights
Judging by the photo, we might think that this is one of those American series with large doses of American football, clichés and patriotism that we do not want to see. Or perhaps we confuse its title with that of the comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’. But be careful: it is one of the most interesting, emotional and iconic series on the platform. If you didn’t know her, give her a try!
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