9 Captivating TV Shows Like Game Of Thrones That’ll Hook You Instantly
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TV shows like/similar to Game of Thrones
We get enough brain-dead TV shows every week. Every once in a while, though, a TV show like Game of Thrones lands on our screens that takes us to another world and makes us believe in its fantastical storylines.
It’s gripping, gory and beautiful, never failing to draw our attention towards tiniest of details. From dark dungeons to the snowy mountains, the contrasting landscapes are captivating, each with their own story to tell.
Yes, some scenes and acts can be hard to stomach for some people. if you can digest a lot of nudity (which is awesome), heart-wrenching deaths, and shocking betrayals, though, Game of Thrones is just the thing you are looking for.
With its strong narrative and jaw-dropping visuals, there is no wonder that it’s already breaking all sorts of records. Not to mention, Game of Thrones also happens to be one of the most pirated TV shows ever.
The acting might seem a little wooden at times, but this is perfectly in keeping with the medieval look and feel of the show. Yes, it is dark and gloomy, but again in keeping with the narrative.
No wonder they premiered the 6th season in 172 countries simultaneously - by far the largest TV simulcast ever! The only problem with Game of Thrones is that there isn’t enough of it. With only 10 episodes every year (there's going to be just 7 in 2017), we are left to crave more for rest of the year until the new season starts rolling.
It’s only fitting that a lot of people are looking for TV shows like Game of Thrones, including me. Being a huge fan, I decided to take a look around and compile a list of some other shows similar to GOT.
Rome - One of the best TV shows like Game of Thrones
Rome could easily have been what Game of Thrones is right now. It’s a shame that it had to be cancelled just after two seasons. For one, it was crazy expensive to produce. And Rome never got the audience it needed to keep it on the screen.
Good news is, you can still watch 22 episodes of this awesome series on HBO Go or Amazon on Demand. Everything you need to know is covered in those few episodes. It doesn’t feel unfinished. You’d know who is standing and who has fallen by the end of second season.
Rome lacks in nail-biting fights, but it more than makes up for it with its gritting storyline and some convincing acting. If you are looking for a good TV show like Game of Throne with a great storyline, Rome should be your best bet.
Vikings - A good action TV series similar to Game of Thrones
Vikings follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who ultimately becomes the king of Denmark, terrorizing France and England with his relentless raids. He is joined by his troubled brother Rollo, his first wife Lagertha, and the ship builder Floki in his quest. As far as the depiction of medieval Scandinavia goes, I’d say it’s pretty accurate.
Although it’s not Game of Thrones by any stretch of imagination, I still love its storyline that has managed to stay captivating for last 4 seasons. Over the course of time, you’d find yourself pulling for guys you loathed in the first season and vice versa. The plot and character development is spot on, transitioning from one phase to another seamlessly. If you love TV shows like Game of Thrones, but nudity and violence is too much to handle, you should defiantly give Vikings a shot.
Black Sails - One of the best pirate TV shows like Game of Thrones
Tons of sex, violence and nudity – I know this is not what most Game of Thrones’ fans are looking for, but it’s worth a mention. Airing on Starz, Black Sails doesn't lack in those elements.
Set as a prequel to ‘Treasure Island', the plot follows the adventure of one of the most feared and infamous pirates of golden age – Captain Flint. Overrun with thieves, pirates and prostitutes, Flint has quite a task at hand to maintain control of his island.
The first season helps you get acquainted with the characters and style of storytelling. You might think that everything is a tad flashy, but the second and third season would help change your opinion.
If you are looking for some good action TV shows like Game of Thrones, Black Sails should be a good bet.
House Of Cards - A political TV drama like Game of Thrones
House of Cards follows some politicians of various ranks and influence in Washington D.C.. With familiar faces like Kevin Spacey (House Majority Whip) and Kate Mara (who played a reporter), the whole cast thrives under Fincher’s direction.
Speaking of Fincher, it’s shouldn’t really be surprising that he has pulled off this drama in the best way possible. Taking a plunge of 13 episodes per season is not easy. Let’s not forget that it is supposed to be a serious political drama. What if someone is not into politics? Would they like it?
The short answer to the above question is ‘yes’. Even if politics is not your cup of tea, you should find House of Cards enjoyable. You just need to have the rudimentary idea of how everything works. The writing is to the point, sharp and accurate, never going on the top or being underwhelming, which makes everything pretty easy to follow.
One of the biggest advantage House of Cards has over other weekly TV shows is that one can watch one episode after another without any commercial breaks or programming schedules. You can watch the whole season in one sitting (wouldn’t really recommend it), if that’s your thing. On top of that, you can watch everything without needing any flashbacks or recaps, thus freeing up significant time and leaving it for more stories, more conspiracy and more of the action that makes it one of best TV shows like Game of Thrones.
However difficult it is to get used to this kind of program scheduling, once you start paying attention, House of Cards grows on you. One of the best things about this show is removal of the fourth wall. You’ll find Frank Underwood talking to camera every once in a while – talking to you. It’s an unique way of telling a story while expressing a personal opinion on some things that need further explanation. And Kevin pulls those scenes off in style.
The Tudors - One of the best Historical TV shows like Game of Thrones
The Tudors is the story of Henry VIII’s reign over the whole England. It’s about his political control over the region.
Just like Game of Thrones, this show is all about politics and the struggle for power. It might not be historically accurate, but it still is a lot of fun to watch all the 4 seasons. If you’re looking for historical accuracy, this might not be the show to go for. Then again, I don't think historical accuracy is a big deal for a Game of Thrones' fan. You’re here for some serious, gritty drama, and The Tudors has plenty of that in its store.
The Spartacus is a series crammed with some intense action, violence and drama – everything you’d expect from a TV show like Game of Thrones. Though this show doesn’t really dwell in fantasy like Game of Thrones does, it has gladiators with swords. Did I mention that there are tons of plot betrayals? You can stream the entire thing on Netflix.
Boardwalk Empire - One of the all-time best TV shows like Game of Thrones
Taking place in the Prohibition era where the political landscape was laced with more violence and corruption amidst a thriving illegal alcohol business, Boardwalk Empire is a story about Nucky Thompson, a politician who also happens to be a mobster, playing both sides to his leverage. Due to his lavish lifestyle, Federal Government starts looking more into him, making things a little bit more difficult for our man than it already is.
What really surprised me is how far they were willing to go with every little detail. It’s beyond accurate. Every furnishing, every corner, every street looks and feel authentic, as if everything was shot in the same era. A new standard is set for storytelling with everything far beyond perfect. With a talented and experienced cast, amazing cinematography and twisting storylines, Boardwalk Empire cements its place as one of the best historical shows to ever air on TV.
The Bastard Executioner - A new TV serial similar to Game of Thrones
The Bastard Executioner is a new show that started airing last September. After watching the whole season, I was convinced that this medieval epic deserved its own place in the list of shows like Game of Thrones.
It costed a whopping 10 million dollars to air the 2 hours premier on September 15, 2015, and the subsequent episodes cost almost 2 million dollars each. Judging by the quality of content and ratings, though, I’d say it’s money well spent. FX is reaping the rewards of placing their faith in a show like this that could have gone either way.
The story is set in Wales somewhere around 1300. It’s about Wlikn Brattle, a soldier who has had enough of the war and is looking to live rest of his life in peace. Unfortunately, he finds out that he has no option but to pick up the sword again, this time as a badass executioner.
The first few episodes don’t reveal much, but it’s certain that The Bastard Executioner isn’t going to be a weekly execute-bad-guys episode. It’s trying to tell a larger story, thus asking everyone to stay committed to this series for a long term.
This might be the ultimate cure of GoT withdrawal you’ve been searching for so long. Less fantasy, and perhaps less nudity, but we have a lot of gore, blood and violence crammed in every episode. And not to mention, a strong storyline.
UPDATE - It stands cancelled after first season.
The Last Kingdom - A TV show set in 10th centuary
It’s a shame that most people don’t know much about this series or about the novel its based upon. Just like GOT, The Last Kingdom is based upon a series of novels called ‘The Saxon Stories’
Set during 10th century AD in the England – at the time when Viking invasions were at its peak - The Last Kingdom is a story about Uhtred, an orphan born in Northumbria, who must choose between the people who raised him or his native country.
Eye-gouging, beheading, stabbing, crucifixion amongst other things – everything is there for your pleasure. As with Game of Thrones, there are a lot of bone-crunching battles with ever so satisfying clings of swords. The only thing lacking is explicit nude scenes - something we have grown accustomed to in TV shows like Game of Thrones. It’s not really surprising as the show is being aired on BBC, which is not a premium channel. Still, a show well-worth your time.
There are tons of other new shows I might have missed out on. Are there any other TV shows like Game of Thrones that should have been on this list? Let me know in the comments sections, and I’ll be sure to check them out!