Number of noms: 23 (including Outstanding Supporting Actress In a Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor In a Drama Series, and Outstanding Drama Series)
Why we love it: Escapism. Starting with the opening credits, viewers are truly transported to another time and place, where families fight for power, dragons soar through the sky, and, yes, blood spills freely. While the graphic content may not be for everyone, the characters are so richly developed and the storylines are so intricate, that it is hard to stop after a few episodes. As an added bonus, there is no shortage of strong, complex female characters on Game of Thrones. Yes, there is a fair amount of nudity on the show, but with each passing year, the women of Westeros become increasingly more complicated, nuanced, and powerful. It’s no wonder Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) were all nominated for outstanding supporting actress.
Favorite episode: “The Rains of Castamere” (Season 3, Episode 9). It’s practically impossible to pick only one top episode from this consistently strong show. While the latest season delivered two equally epic, game-changing (pun intended) moments—the season finale, “The Winds of Winter,” and “Battle of the Bastards”—Season 3’s “The Rains of Castamere” brought the Red Wedding, one of book series’ most iconic scenes, to life in all of its brutal, bloody glory. As if fans needed a reminder, no one is safe on Game of Thrones.
Number of seasons: 6
Where you can binge: HBO Go