RANKED: All of Amazon's original shows from best to worst

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Over the last two years, Amazon has tried to challenge Netflix in creating original shows.

While Amazon's first few attempts didn't make much of an impact, it scored its first blockbuster hit with 2014's "Transparent," a comedy-drama about a family trying to make sense of a father's transition from man to woman. The show won two Golden Globes last year, for best actor and best TV series in the musical or comedy category.

This year another Amazon show, "Mozart in the Jungle," which chronicles the scandalous lives of classical musicians, was just nominated for two Golden Globes ("Transparent" was nominated for 3).

But are the rest of Amazon's shows any good? Amazon doesn't release figures on how many people are watching, so it's hard to tell how popular a show is. You can gauge by how much its being talked about in the media, but that isn't necessarily a reliable indicator of quality.

To understand how Amazon's eight shows ranked against each other, we turned to reviews aggregator Metacritic, which pulls in critic (and audience) reviews from all over the world. As we did with our recent look at Netflix's original shows, we excluded shows acquired from other networks and shows made for kids. We just looked at how the dramas and comedies compared to each other.

Through the data it becomes clear that Amazon is getting better at making shows as time passes - although it has had one epic flop this season. Here are Amazon's original shows, ranked based on their critical reception:

Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through hispersonal investment company Bezos Expeditions.

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8. "Hand of God" — 44/100

8. "Hand of God" — 44/100

Average critic score (19 critics): 44/100

Audience score: 6.8/10

Amazon description: "A psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice."

7. "Alpha House" — 68/100

7. "Alpha House" — 68/100

Average critic score (18 critics): 68/100

Audience score: 6.8/10

Amazon description: "They work in the Senate. They live in the house - Alpha House."

6. "Betas" — 69/100

6. "Betas" — 69/100

Average critic score (8 critics): 69/100

Audience score: 7.5/10

Amazon description: "Trey and his guys have an app, and a plan — now they need an investor. It's party-crashing time."

5. "Red Oaks" — 70/100

5. "Red Oaks" — 70/100

Average critic score (21 critics): 70/100

Audience score: 7.0/10

Amazon description: "A coming-of-age comedy set in the 'go-go' 80s about a college student enjoying a last hurrah before summer comes to an end — and the future begins."

4. "Bosch" — 71/100

4. "Bosch" — 71/100

Average critic score (17 critics): 71/100

Audience score: 7.8/10

Amazon description: "Based on Michael Connelly's best-selling novels, Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), an LAPD homicide detective, stands trial for the fatal shooting of a serial murder suspect — just as a cold case involving the remains of a missing boy forces Bosch to confront his past. As daring recruit, Julia Brasher (Annie Wersching), catches his eye, and departmental politics heat up, Bosch will pursue justice at all costs."

3. "Mozart in the Jungle" — 73/100

3. "Mozart in the Jungle" — 73/100

Average critic score (20 critics): 73/100

Audience score: 7.9/10

Amazon description: "What happens behind the curtains at the symphony is just as captivating as what happens on stage. Brash new maestro Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) is stirring things up, and young oboist Hailey (Lola Kirke) hopes for her big chance."

2. "The Man in the High Castle" — 77/100

2. "The Man in the High Castle" — 77/100

Average critic score (30 critics): 77/100

Audience score: 6.5/10

Amazon description: "Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States."

1. "Transparent" — 91/100

1. "Transparent" — 91/100

Average critic score (28 critics): 91/100

Audience score: 7.5/10

Amazon description: "When the Pfefferman family patriarch makes a dramatic admission, the entire family's secrets start to spill out, and each of them spin in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become."

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