1. Veronica Mars
A long time ago, we used to be friends… and you used to be able to stream Veronica Mars on Netflix. But those days are long gone and on Jan. 9, Amazon Prime Instant announced that it had secured exclusive streaming rights to all three seasons of the UPN/CW sleuth series. And what perfect timing to get caught up (or refresh yourself) on all of the intrigues in Neptune: The feature film sequel opens on March 14, marshmallows.
2. Downton Abbey
Episodes of Julian Fellowes’ well-heeled period drama — which airs Stateside on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic and centers on the Crawley clan and their servants — can only be seen on Amazon Prime Instant these days. Downton’s first three seasons are available for streaming on the platform, while the series’ fourth just premiered earlier this week on PBS.
3. Under the Dome
Season 1 of CBS’ often maddening adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name— about a group of disparate inhabitants of a small town who suddenly find themselves trapped under a transparent dome of unknown origin — is available only on Amazon Prime Instant, thanks to an early deal between the network and the platform to secure the streaming rights. Season 2 will kick off on CBS this summer and episodes will again be available to subscribers four days after they air.
The first four seasons of FX’s gunslinger drama — which centers on trigger-happy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), forced to return to his old stomping ground of Harlan County, Kentucky — are yours to stream on Amazon Prime Instant. (Season 5 just kicked off on FX on Jan. 7.)
5. Falling Skies
TNT’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama — about a ragtag group of survivors fighting back against alien invaders — has its first three seasons available to stream. (Interestingly, this is the second of three Steven Spielberg-executive produced dramas on this list, along with Under the Dome and the upcoming Extant. Coincidence?)
Even a Blutbaden can’t sniff out Grimm on Netflix: The first two seasons of NBC’s Portland-based fantasy drama are available for streaming on Amazon Prime Instant instead. (Season 3 is currently airing on NBC; Amazon subscribers can purchase episodes for download before they become available for streaming later this year.)
7. Covert Affairs
Three seasons of USA’s butt-kicking espionage drama Covert Affairs — which stars Piper Perabo and Christopher Gorham — can be streamed today on Amazon.
You probably haven’t even heard of Extant because the Halle Berry-led CBS thriller doesn’t even start until this summer — as part of the network’s continued push into year-round original programming — but Amazon Prime Instant Video has already locked down exclusive streaming rights to the show, which stars the Oscar-winning actress as an astronaut who returns from a mysterious space mission after being away for a year. Episodes will be available four days after they air on CBS.
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