We don't need the Golden Globes, Emmys or other TV award ceremonies to tell us that streaming TV shows have shifted the balance of television broadcasting in the last couple of years. But the fact that major, online-only series, such as House of Cards, Arrested Development, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, are scooping gongs left right and centre proves that streaming services are becoming significant players in the entertainment business.
Not only do they provide thousands of programmes and movies to watch on demand, they also make their own TV programming these days, rivalling the major networks in the UK and US. What's more, they are blinking good at it too.
Both Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video are jammed with a dizzying amount of original TV content, while Sky's Now TV service is the only way to watch some the satellite broadcaster's homemade and acquired series if you don't have Sky itself.
That's why we've decided to round up some of the best content available across the different major subscription services - partly to help you choose what water cooler show you'd like to brag about to your friends, and partly to give you an idea of which service to subscribe to if you don't already.
We've focused mainly on the content available on the UK versions of each service, but in the case of Amazon and Netflix, much of it is available in the US too.
All you need to do is flick through our gallery above to see all of our recommended shows and series, with explanations why they deserve to be in the running. Alternatively, you can hop straight to your streaming service of choice by clicking on the following links:
Undoubtedly, we will have missed off one of your favourite shows on the streaming platforms right now. That might be because we haven't watched it personally yet, or hadn't been tipped off. If there is a series absent that you think should be included, let us know in the comments below and we'll check it out for a future update.