Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)

SEASON:

Season 1
Game of Thrones

Critics Consensus

Its intricate storytelling and dark themes may overwhelm some viewers, but Game of Thrones is a transportive, well-acted, smartly written drama even non-genre fans can appreciate.

90%

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Critic Ratings: 40

96%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 6771
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 17, 2011
2
Air date: Apr 24, 2011
3
Air date: May 1, 2011
4
Air date: May 8, 2011
5
Air date: May 15, 2011
6
Air date: May 22, 2011
7
Air date: May 29, 2011
8
Air date: Jun 5, 2011
9
Air date: Jun 12, 2011
10
Air date: Jun 19, 2011

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Get in the 'Game'! Experience the first season of this visionary HBO series set in a mythical world whose inhabitants vie for control of the Iron Throne. But in a land where seasons can last a lifetime, winter is coming...and an ancient evil has awakened.

Cast

Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Owen Teale
as Allister Thorne
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Dar Salim
as Qotho
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
Mia Soteriou
as Mirri Maz Duur
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Wilko Johnson
as Ilyn Payne
Clive Mantle
as Greatjon Umber
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
David Bradley
as Walder Frey
Finn Jones
as Ser Loras Tyrell
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
John Standing
as Jon Arryn
Rob Ostlere
as Waymar Royce
Simon Lowe
as Wine Merchant
David Michael Scott
as Beric Dondarrion
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Eros Vlahos
as Lommy Greenhands
Andrew Wilde
as Tobho Mott
Gerry O'Brien
as Lord Bracken
Susie Kelly
as Masha Heddle
Vinnie McCabe
as Rickard Karstark
Simon Stewart
as Lannister Messenger
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News & Interviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Game of Thrones, one of the supposed biggies this spring, is a big letdown. Why is it so convoluted and punishing? It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway.

Apr 17, 2011 | Full Review…

But the story at hand regularly slows to a crawl, making HBO's at times pokey but otherwise magnificent five-hour Mildred Pierce re-do seem like a 100-meter sprint in comparison.

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fans of the acclaimed Game of Thrones books, or even fans of fantasy realms in general, will find much to admire and enjoy here.

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen Lord of the Rings.)

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

There is the sense of intricacy having been confused with intrigue and of a story transferred all too faithfully from its source and thus not transformed to meet the demands of the screen.

Apr 17, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are several things to recommend HBO's rendition of the story, most notably the cast and many of the visuals.

Apr 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Martin's saga goes to considerable lengths to create alternatives to the narratives of male growth.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…

As an über-fan of the books, this scratched most of my itches just perfectly. The casting is brilliant.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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!

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1

  • 11h ago
    Took two goes to get into as the world and story has such depth but by the end of the second episode - totally hooked.
  • 3d ago
    The biggest battle was me trying not to fall asleep while watching the first and only season I viewed. I will never understand how this show became the force that it did
  • Oct 11, 2019
    Early Game of Thrones wasn't just good. If the show could've maintained this level of storytelling for perhaps 9 or 10 seasons, it would've been hard to deny it was the greatest TV show made. Epic fantasy made personal, gritty, and believable.
  • Oct 06, 2019
    An introduction into one of the greatest series of all time
  • Oct 03, 2019
    Really good, can be a bit boring in parts.
  • Sep 23, 2019
    Dark, intelligent, and occasionally funny, Game of Thrones Season 1 kicks off this spectacular franchise. The story telling and atmosphere is unlike anything I've seen on tv before, the cast and acting is absolutely too notch. The one negative is the slow pace, but everything else just kinda snuffs that out.
  • Sep 22, 2019
    esta serie es brutal
  • Sep 09, 2019
    A perfect adaptation of one of the best works in the fantasy genre! A must watch for anyone, especially those who are fans of the fantasy genre! So much can be said about this series. This season does a great job introducing all the regular fantasy archetypes that are used later to subvert fantasy tropes. Personally, this is my favorite season, as many of the first episodes provide a sense of comfort and escapism that is quickly replaced later by well-written political intrigue and tense plotlines. Both the ending of the first episode and the first season overall definitely work to hook the viewer into watching the entire series.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Television perfection.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    People say that this is the TV show of all times for a reason. The start is genius and episode 9 is one of the best episodes of the TV show. The best TV shows I have ever seen :)

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