6 Amazon original series you need to binge right now

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I Love Dick 

I Love Dick is an unusual, sensual, awkward, funny, and touching show about a struggling married couple who move from New York City to Marfa, Texas and become obsessed with a cowboy artist and scholar named Dick (Kevin Bacon).

Based on a feminist novel by Chris Kraus and written and directed exclusively by women, it is also unusual for the way that it gives the female gaze an outlet.

In film and television, we are used to seeing women portrayed as sexual objects as seen through the male gaze. In this case, Kevin Bacon is reduced to a sexual object as seen by the main character Chris.

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He is often filmed in sensual or seductive fantasies, the camera often segmenting him into his parts, fetishizing his body rather than taking him as a whole. It is so unusual to see men portrayed this way on film that it is almost disconcerting — perhaps also because it is erotic in a way specifically tailored for a straight woman’s perspective.

Unfortunately, there is the one and only season of I Love Dick, but that makes it a short and sweet binge.


Honorable Mentions

Considering the general quality of Amazon’s programming, it can be difficult to choose just six shows from its collection. I was initially excited to write about The Night Manager when I found out this wasn’t actually an Amazon Original.

Still, though, you should check that out. One that I had a hard time letting go of was a female lead British comedy called Fleabag, which is very funny, very unique, and a precious voice of female experience.

The same writer just premiered a female lead crime thriller on BBC America called Killing Eve that I hear would attract fans of Hannibal.

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Tin Star was another one that caught my eye, a crime thriller starring Tim Roth with a tense and bloody opening that draws you into the “one year earlier” main story.