Game of Thrones: Season 1 Reviews

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August 11, 2021
Watching every Game of Thrones episode involves a completely empty schedule and dedicated binge-watching skills...
July 28, 2021
Its early seasons felt revolutionary for how they subverted audience expectations, it propelled much of the show's female-centric cast to stardom, and its VFX may very well be the best we've ever witnessed on TV.
May 3, 2021
With its shocking plot twists, dark themes and giant budget, Thrones became a phenomenon and a cultural touchpoint.
September 3, 2020
[E]vents that feel bold and shocking based on what we've been trained to expect from television pop up regularly. ... [I]t means that we cannot trust what our instincts tell us about what television cannot or will not do.
February 12, 2020
[T]here is a deep and bitter socio-political study at the core of Game of Thrones, and quite a good one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 16, 2019
Maybe the series goes someplace more interesting eventually, but the pilot's lack of imagination, and lack of faith, bodes ill for a fantasy tale.
May 23, 2019
if you replace the gladiators with a Lord of the Rings aesthetic, it's like a classier Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. And praise doesn't come any higher than that.
March 13, 2019
What's striking now is how coherent the vision for such a sprawling tale was from its very beginning.
March 7, 2019
Martin's saga goes to considerable lengths to create alternatives to the narratives of male growth.
May 11, 2018
As an über-fan of the books, this scratched most of my itches just perfectly. The casting is brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 3, 2018
Game of Thrones may be epic in its scope and often disconcerting in its content, but it's a strong production that handily delivers what George R.R. Martin fans have been waiting for. Now bring on Season Two!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2017
Special praise to Peter Dinklage's sardonic dwarf Tyrion, Michelle Fairley's Stark mother-bear Catelyn, and Sean Bean's super-Beany silent glower as Ned Stark.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2014
It's the stuff of fantasy geek heaven; a gritty period drama with letter-perfect clothes, weapons and lingo, yet unencumbered by historical facts or the weight of real events.
February 7, 2014
The series was created with such care, it has so many intricate elements that brings this world alive. It's like peeking into a microcosm!
February 7, 2014
What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what's on the page.
February 7, 2014
The main accomplishment of Game of Thrones is that, while it should keep the hard-core fans satisfied, even viewers who don't care whether Theon is a Greyjoy or a Tully can play along and have a good time.
April 17, 2011
If Game of Thrones can find its place in the personal (in the power, corruption, and integrity to be found in individual souls), then it can transcend the ugly social and historical dynamics that it so casually relies on and reproduces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 17, 2011
There are several things to recommend HBO's rendition of the story, most notably the cast and many of the visuals.
April 17, 2011
Even for the most open minds, Game of Thrones can be a big stein of groggy slog.
April 17, 2011
Game of Thrones is a show worth watching based on a book worth reading.
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