Game of Thrones in the past has been widely regarded as the best show on television. Airing on HBO affords it an amount of creative license that network TV simply hasn’t been able to compete within recent years.
This collection of shows have stepped up to challenge Game of Thrones:
10. Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead actually has been around for one season more than Game of Thrones. Many people wondered if TWD could really drag it out much longer than normal. In the Season 6, the introduction of an infamous villain from its source material, graphic novel has breathed new life into a series that was desperate need of a Hail Mary.
9. Sleepy Hollow.
Sleepy Hollow has seen a decline in recent episodes. There’s no denying that its first season it was pure fantasy magic. It’s the freshness retelling of the Headless Horseman story we’ve all seen. A spectacular performance by Tom Mison as the time-traveling Ichabod Crane. Season 1 is where the real gold can be found anyway.
8. The 100.
The story is about 100 teenage criminals sent down to an irradiated Earth in the not-so-distant future and their quest for survival. The 100 has followed a path opposite to that of Sleepy Hollow. The first season was followed by two seasons of growth. Putting the show in a pantheon of prestige TV could have predicted it would reside. It’s turned into one of the best progressive sci-fi shows ever made. There are no signs it’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Fargo It’s American dark comedy-crime drama television series inspired by the 1996 film of the same name. The review aggregator from the website Rotten Tomatoes currently reports a 98% “certified fresh” critics. Fargo presents more characters and a new storyline that is executed with lot dark humor.
6. Orphan Black.
The web of lies and deceit goes deeper from there. Tatiana meets a host of clones identical to her in appearance, but very different in personality. She plays five different characters in any given season. A strong argument can be made for her being the hardest working actor on TV now.
The History Channel is another network known for the high quality of its offerings, with the one exception of Vikings. The show tells the story of the legendary Ragnar Lothbrok, a figure from Viking lore rumored to have been the scourge of 9th Century England. The humble beginnings of Ragnar as a raider, who soon becomes the leader of a big force across the water into the Great Britain.
4. Penny Dreadful.
If you like more fantasy and supernatural drama than historical stories, then we recommend trying Penny Dreadful. Coming to us from Showtime, it features an A-list cast of Eva Green, Joshua Hartnett, and Timothy Dalton. We also get a chance to see figures from literature and sci-fi, including Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray, Mina Harker, and tons more.
3. The Americans.
So maybe sci-fi, fantasy, or Viking legends aren’t your thing. Then how about watching a Cold War spy drama on for size then? The Americans are about a family of Russian spies in deep cover, as they try and reconcile their trust to the Soviet Union with their new life in the United States.
Its four seasons, it’s been recognized as one of the best shows on all of the time on television. It’s certainly a worthy opponent in Game of Thrones in terms of engrossing political intrigue.
2. House of Cards.
If backstabbing and political intrigue are what you love most about Game of Thrones, then House of Cards is just for you. The show follows politicians of different rank and influence in Washington D.C. With faces like Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara, the cast thrives under Fincher’s direction. Fincher has pulled this drama in the best possible way, taking the plunge of 13 episodes in one season is not easy. One of the best things about this show is the removing of the fourth wall, which makes it better than getting.
After being marooned for Five Years on a remote island, former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira (Susanna Thompson), much-beloved sister Thea (Willa Holland), and best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) welcomes him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.
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