Netflix Vs Amazon Prime: Which streaming service has the best new shows this autumn?

Jeremy Clarkson takes on Marvel's Luke Cage as rival sites battle it out for your subscription

Luke Cage
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The 2016 autumn television season is underway, with the two big players in the streaming market, Netflix and Amazon Prime, battling it out for your attention.

If you're struggling to decide which one to pay for - or just want to know what shows to watch – here's our list of the best new shows on each.


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The Grand Tour

Fans of the BBC's motoring show Top Gear in its Jeremy Clarkson days have a new date in their diaries: The Grand Tour starts on Amazon Prime on 18 November, starring Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

Transparent season 3

Jeffrey Tambor delights once more as college professor Morton who confesses to his family he has always identified as a woman. While his female self feels unburdened by the revelation, her grown-up children are thrown into disarray. The comedy-drama won two Golden Globes last year. Season now started.

Crisis in Six Scenes

Film veteran Woody Allen's first venture into television has been largely kept under wraps - and the director himself told the LA Times: "It was a catastrophic mistake. I expect this to be a cosmic embarrassment." His six-part comedy, which will run for one season only, is set in the 1960s and follows a suburban couple (Allen and Elaine May) whose conservative beliefs are challenged by a free-wheeling young hippie (Miley Cyrus). Starts 30 September.

One Mississippi

Following the positive reception of the pilot show last year, Amazon now has a full series of this dark comedy-drama about a Los Angeles woman (stand-up comedian Tig Notaro, playing a version of herself) who returns to her small hometown in Mississippi after her mother dies. Available to watch now.

Good Girls Revolt

Set in 1969, Good Girls Revolt follows a group of young female researchers at a US news magazine who demand equality and bylines. Based on Lynn Povich's book The Good Girls Revolt, the series fictionalises events and characters at Newsweek, while featuring real-life characters such as Nora Ephron. The trailer hints at a Mad Men vibe. Starts 28 October.

The Collection

This new drama follows the not-so-pretty goings-on behind the glossy surface of a Parisian fashion house in 1947. Crossbones and Coupling star Richard Coyle leads the cast as an ambitious young designer determined to make a name for himself. There's backstabbing, hissy-fits and, of course, romance. Dr Who's Michelle Gomez also stars. On now and new episodes are released each Friday.


Luke Cage

Debuting this week, Luke Cage takes a Marvel comic-book character and turns him into a potent force for exploring explosive social issues. Mike Colter stars as Luke Cage, "the bullet-proof black man" who made his first outing in Netflix's Jessica Jones. Cage is a former convict who developed superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after a sabotaged experiment and now uses his abilities to fight crime. The full series of 13 episode is available from 30 September.

Black Mirror season 3

Just in time for Halloween come six new episodes of Charlie Brooker's technology thriller. Episodes feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James Norton and Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn while themes include social media gone wrong and video games. Available 21 October.

The Crown

This new series from acclaimed screenwriter Peter Morgan, of the Oscar-winning The Queen, traces the life of the UK monarch from heir-in-waiting to the present day. Premieres 4 November.

Haters Back Off

Comedian Colleen Ballinger's fictional YouTube singer, dancer, actor, model and magician Miranda Sings makes her Netflix debut in eight half-hour shows. Viewers will learn about Miranda's life with her mother and uncle in Tacoma, Washington, before she became an internet star famous for her dubious singing skills and eccentric use of lipstick. Debuts 14 October.

Designated Survivor

24's Kiefer Sutherland makes his small-screen return playing Tom Kirkman, a low-level bureaucrat suddenly promoted to president after an attack wipes out everyone above him. Thrust into the spotlight, Kirkman must deal with a potential terrorist threat and the scrutiny that comes with being leader of the free world. Available to stream now.

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