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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
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  • Summary: The Seven Kingdoms are at war with three kings claiming the Iron Throne: Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Robb Stark. Jon Snow and the Night Watch seek to discover who the mysterious people living north of The Wall are. In the East, Daenerys Targaryen plans her move to return to Westeros and claim the throne for herself. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 29, 2012
    The characters bring us into the action and, once there, we want to follow every development.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 30, 2012
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 26, 2012
    It's another level of pop culture wizardry to make such storytelling seem so vivid, so vital, and just plain fun.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 27, 2012
    HBO has the ingredients for a series that puts nearly every other genre offering to shame.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 29, 2012
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 29, 2012
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 127
  1. Apr 7, 2012
    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. Expand
  2. Apr 30, 2012
    Thrones is far and away the best show currently on television ("Mad Men" is about workaholics and, uuugh, work). This show is why you love HBO, and why you (along with the rest of us) probably agree that the best, most artistic and creative work on the planet is currently done not in fiction, and certainly not in movies, but takes place in small oases of creativity just over the border from network television. Thrones is the rare show that works both as compelling drama and fun entertainment. I am completely in awe of the show's achievement.

    P.S. The professional critics rate this show only one point above "Girls," while the users are far more accurate in their collective opinions. If you ever needed to know which group has a better, more discerning handle on the entertainment you will find more enjoyable/edifying, go no further than these comparisons.
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    Simply fantastic. I have read the books, and it is slightly different, but equally good. To the fans who think it's blasphemy for them to change anything from the books, remember that they're WORKING WITH MARTIN. He is helping them along the way, and just because something takes a different path to get to to same result, doesn't make it bad. I liked some scenes better in the books, some better in the show. It's a happy trade off, and more exciting to watch than a word for word adaption to the screen re-telling exactly what I read. Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    I didn't like Rome or Spartacus much but this show gets beyond just violence in olden days and delves into an Earth like middle ages where men are men and power rules, and the women are pretty amazing too. It's dark, well scripted, characters are deep, and morality raises it's head on occasions. Almost all the actors are from the UK (save Dinklage, who is my favorite character), and that's the way it should be. They have access to so many varied english accents. Expand
  5. Apr 6, 2013
    The epic saga continues. The nudity and sex scenes were excessive to the extent that they were offensive, distracting and often unnecessary, causing much annoyance and at times shame for continuing to watch the series. Sex in season 1 was occasional, erotic and surreal; and painted a vivid picture of the society and characters. Roles of some secondary characters were expanded just so that they could show their breasts, like Margaery and the woman who replaced Jeyne Westerling. The rest, however, was handled pretty decently. The changes from the book were understandable and even better suited in some cases. A Clash of Kings, upon which this season is based, was my favorite book of the series tying with the third, but the season was a step down from the first. Expand
  6. Dec 10, 2012
    Almost as brilliant as season 1 but not quite. The show keeps giving amazing performances to awesome writing, beautiful scenery and stunning directing. Some parts were a bit drawn out though, and a little confusing for people who haven't read the books. It is still the best show on TV anywhere. Expand
  7. Jul 19, 2012
    What a great disappointment. A lot of things have been changed from the books to accommodate the sentiment of the viewers the publishers are trying to woo. 1/10 for this compromising piece of **** Expand

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