• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    Is Game of Thrones one of the great HBO series? It's too early to tell, though judged purely as an immense yet improbably graceful narrative machine, I'd have to say yes.
  2. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 30, 2012
    100
    Game is a genuinely mind-boggling piece of adaptation, cast more or less perfectly (except for Kit Harington's Jon Snow, who relies too much on the soap opera actors handbook of serious faces), with expert control of the story lines, gorgeous and diverse settings, and such seriousness of purpose and consistent internal logic that I find the least realistic thing about it to be that the men of [N]ights Watch don't wear hats.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 30, 2012
    100
    Can. Not. Wait. [9 Apr 2012, p.39]
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 30, 2012
    100
    Once you get back in the rhythm of this enthrallingly sprawling, lusty and brutal saga, flaunting enough sex and violence to make a Hobbit faint, it's impossible not to succumb to Thrones' visceral, dark magic.
  5. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    With all its harsh realism and attention to detail it feels more authentic than a lot of the actual historical dramas on TV.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    Many heads bend over this adaptation, each belonging to a master of his or her craft, and what emerges is a truly new, and miraculously accurate, definition of epic television.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    The characters bring us into the action and, once there, we want to follow every development.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    This is a show worth watching, and worth the effort it might take for newbies to get up to speed.
  9. That Thrones remains so utterly unpredictable makes it even more mesmerizing.
  10. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    The Game is worth it. Really.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    TV's best (but do your homework before diving in).
  12. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 29, 2012
    100
    As the follow-up to an incredibly strong debut season, it's even more fun.
  13. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 28, 2012
    100
    Game of Thrones is so much more than a genre series, a fantasy epic. It's a series that doesn't need to feel dramatically inferior up against the likes of Mad Men or Breaking Bad, Justified or anything else.
  14. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 26, 2012
    91
    It's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 30, 2012
    90
    GOT is easily television's most ambitious drama for expansive storytelling, but it doesn't shirk its duty to tell smaller stories about individual characters. That the series manages to excel at both is rewarding and breathtaking in its achievement.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 28, 2012
    90
    The storytelling by executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and their writing staff is increasingly assured and judicious; the first-rate cast continues to mine the full depth of the material; and the show itself is visually commanding, especially in the hands of Alan Taylor, who directed the first two episodes of the season.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 27, 2012
    90
    HBO has the ingredients for a series that puts nearly every other genre offering to shame.
  18. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mar 23, 2012
    90
    Each week the story unfolds like a tapestry, its intricate stitches slowly creating not just a scene but a whole world. It's a world to get lost in, but not always easy to endure.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 29, 2012
    88
    This is a sprawling, exciting, blood-soaked story, filled with great set pieces and wonderful actors.
  20. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 29, 2012
    83
    It's all a lot to swallow, let alone digest. But Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.
  21. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 30, 2012
    80
    Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have so far done a remarkable job adapting a story with even more moving parts than the show's very cool title sequence.
  22. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Once you sort out all the teams and players, Game of Thrones falls together like a good Western. But you may need all 167 hours, at least at first, to do the sorting.
  23. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    Apr 2, 2012
    75
    Game of Thrones's second season is not as wholly engrossing as its first, and the blame for this rests solely on the source material, that, while commendable, isn't as altogether vital as the initial novel.
  24. Reviewed by: Daynah Burnett
    Apr 2, 2012
    70
    The new episodes present an almost a too intricate meditation on power. Game of Thrones demands that you pay attention or be left behind.
  25. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 2, 2012
    67
    Game of Thrones starts less like an epic and more like a session of "Medieval Sims."
  26. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 29, 2012
    40
    The new season of this dense medieval fantasy set in a land called Westeros serves up a whole bunch of wartime posturing, a seemingly endless number of would-be rulers and the usual sex and (sometimes in the same scene) violence. But it sure doesn't give viewers much to latch onto.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1379 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 127
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    10
    Game of Thrones is the best series in TV. The story is just astounding and addicting. If you see the first episode then you become a fan right away. Each and every single one of characters have a rich personality and amazing acting abilities. Full Review »
  2. Apr 1, 2012
    9
    This is easily the best show on TV right now, and one of the best of all time. The acting is consistently solid, the plot so intricate that it's nearly overwhelming, and the characterization is deeper, more realistic, and richer not only than any other show besides The Wire, but deeper/more realistic/richer than half of the real people I've met. Epic in every sense of the word, and just as likely to be surprisingly touching as it is to be gut-wrenchingly brutal. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2012
    10
    The greatest show on earth returns. The only thing better than this season will be next season. This show os the reason I live. The reason I breathe. The reason I dream.

    Superb acting all around though especially from Jack Gleeson. Story moves quickly but is easy to follow. Cannot wait for next week.
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