Game of Thrones (2011-)
Look, if you’re still not watching this, I can’t help you. You’re missing out on some of the best television currently airing. No, you don’t have to be a fantasy fan to enjoy this. There are surprisingly few fantastical elements in this show. Yes, it is ridiculously racist at times. (Oh, you’re kind of non-white looking; you must be a savage or a slave!) But the intrigues! The power plays! The mindblowing plot twists! The mercilessness!
For non-readers of the book the show may actually be quite confusing: too many storylines, too many “Houses” and how they are all linked through marriages, wars, feuds, allegiances. But that is also what makes the series special: it creates an entire universe for the viewer to explore and complex characters to get invested in (at your own risk…). With the amount of great television that is being produced these days, there are very few shows that make me truly sad when the season ends. Sunday nights have become a ritual you share with friends and other likeminded GoT fans that fervently discuss the most recent episodes in relevant forums. It’s like having to put an engrossing book down, but not for an afternoon but for a whole year. For those suffering from withdrawal during the off-season, here’s a secret tip: The 100. Trust me.