By Evan DeSimone
Amazon and Endemol Shine have reached an agreement to bring the critically acclaiming sci-fi series “Humans” to Prime subscribers.
Amazon will be the exclusive streaming home of all eight episodes of the show’s first season according to a statement released today by the e-commerce giant. Set in a parallel version of the present day, the series is an adaptation of the Swedish TV drama “Real Humans,” which follows the exploits of a group human-looking service androids as they struggle to find their place in the world after becoming self-aware.
Produced by Kudos in association with Matador Films, AMC and Britain’s Channel 4, the series stars William Hurt (“Into The Wild”) and Gemma Chan (“Exam”). It debuted on AMC in in June 2015 and received positive reviews and sufficient ratings to warrant a second season. AMC obliged, officially picking up season 2 of the series in July.
Amazon Prime members will be able to stream the entire first season starting this spring, ahead of the second season’s anticipated summer debut. The deal is the latest in a series of content grabs from Amazon, adding to the streamer’s array of original and licensed content to keep it competitive with rivals Netflix and Hulu. Yesterday, Amazon officially confirmed that it will be the home for “Trial,” the latest original series from legal drama veteran David E. Kelley. Its U.S. division also recently announced its first original series. Amazon continues to stress its Prime brand with the early release of the first episode of the second season its flagship original series “Transparent” to Prime subscribers.