With so many streaming services available at our fingertips these days, the sheer volume of choice means that it can be difficult to sift through the hundreds of titles to find something worth watching. (God be with the days when our only problem was picking something random on Netflix and hoping for the best.)

We've already given you selections on RTÉ Player and Netflix, for starters - here, we pick five of the best shows on Prime Video that are worth your time.


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There are several top-tier series on Prime Video, but we'd go as far as to say that The Boys is almost worth the subscription fee alone. If you’ve heard of the show - which has been one of Prime’s biggest successes to date - and were turned off by the ‘superhero’ element of it, don’t worry: this is as far from Marvel territory as you can get. Based on Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s comic book of the same name, ‘The Boys’ is set in a world exactly like our own, it follows the fortunes of ‘The Seven’, a particular group of humans born with superpowers - or ‘supes’, as they’re known - who have become beloved-yet-corrupt cultural icons, thanks to a shady corporation called Vought International. ‘The Boys’ are the vigilantes, led by Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) who hold a grudge against Vought and will do whatever it takes to tear their empire down. The sharp script is superb, the acting is wonderful, and in the character of Homelander (Antony Starr), it has one of the best villains ever seen on TV. It’s dark, it’s violent and it’s certainly not for the faint of heart - but across three seasons, it has been endlessly entertaining.


Even if The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (note the American English spelling) wasn’t a joy to behold in terms of its writing, storyline and acting, it is one of the most visually gorgeous shows on TV at the moment. The costumes! The sets! Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it tells the story of Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, a housewife and mother-of-two in New York who finds that she has a hidden talent: stand-up comedy. Needless to say, becoming a successful comic during that era wasn’t easy for a woman (there is speculation that Joan Rivers was an inspiration). Over the course of four seasons, we see how Midge tries to pursue her dream, navigating both the male-dominated comedy world and her turbulent personal relationships in a bid to ‘make it’. It’s stylish, witty and seriously sharp - and Rachel Brosnahan, who plays the titular Mrs. Maisel, is superb.


If you're looking for a comedy series that will fill a gap and entertain you without being too much of a drag on either your time or your brain capacity, 'Hacks’ is the one. The 30-minute-long episodes have both comedy and pathos in abundance. Troubled young comedy writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) is out of work and out of favour after tweeting a dodgy joke that landed badly; her frazzled manager pairs her with fictional comedy legend Deborah Vance (the brilliant Jean Smart), whose own long-running Las Vegas residency is on the rocks. After initially clashing in a variety of amusing manners, the pair come to a grudging understanding of each other, as they work to find a partnership that is mutually beneficial for both of them. There is so much to love about this multifaceted two-season show, not least the occasionally dark turn it takes; just give it a go.


A sci-fi western series set on a cowboy ranch in Wyoming? It sounds slightly preposterous, but Outer Range is one of the most original and brilliantly-told dramas you'll watch this year. Josh Brolin plays rancher Royal Abbott, a man attempting to keep his grown-up family (his wife, two sons and granddaughter) together following the recent unexplained disappearance of his daughter-in-law. One day, an enigmatic drifter called Autumn shows up asking to camp on his land; soon after, Royal discovers an otherworldly black void on one of his pastures, and his world begins to unravel when one of his sons brings serious trouble to his door. Many sci-fi shows require a suspension of disbelief, but Brolin and his castmates - not to mention the excellent directing and writing - make Outer Range that rare beast: a series that is equal parts unsettling, mysterious and compelling.


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If you're looking for an easy watch with some familiar faces in the mix, Modern Love will be right up your street. An anthology series developed (and mostly directed) by Dublin’s own John Carney (Once), these stories are based on the long-running New York Times column of the same name and explore love in all its forms: romantic love, platonic love, familial love, lost love, rekindled love, all based in the Big Apple. They are sweet, short and well-made standalone stories, little capsules of feelgood television perfect for turning on when you want to switch off. Big names including Dev Patel, Anne Hathaway, Ed Sheeran, Minnie Driver, Tina Fey and Kit Harington turn up across its two seasons, while you’ll recognise a few Irish faces, too - from Jack Reynor to Don Wycherley and Andrew Scott.