makes it onto more End of Year lists celebrating 2015’s best TV shows, episodes, moments and even sex scenes.
Top 10 Television Shows of 2015, a list based on twenty-one critics’ top 10 lists.
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times (one of the critics featured in HitFix’s poll, interestingly enough) includes
in her compilation of “the best things to happen on the flat screen this year.” Of
season 5 she wrote, “HBO’s astonishingly ambitious series continued to be astonishing and ambitious. There is still nothing like it on television.”
Showing off the show’s incredible social media power,
came in as the #1 most discussed TV show in Facebook’s annual Year in Review. Other buzzworthy shows included
Neil Miller of Film School Rejects listed
at #4 on his 15 Best TV Shows of 2015 list, remarking that, “
. And it continues to reign as the biggest, baddest dragon in the land of televised entertainment.”
as the third best TV show of 2015, with critic Hank Stuever saying, “I remain in awe of how many ways ‘Game of Thrones’ works as an epic piece of entertainment for both the casual viewer and the full-on obsessive fan.”
on her list of the 20 Best Returning Shows of 2015. She notes the controversies and issues that occasionally plague the show, but says, “Still, when it’s firing on all cylinders, whether in poignant and spectacularly acted character moments or in epic battles like ‘Hardhome,’ it’s one of the most transfixing shows on TV.”
On more specific lists, Yahoo has ranked “Hardhome” as one of 2015’s 26 best television episodes, describing it as a “remarkable, action-packed
Game of Thrones episode that’s on par with any big-budget, big-screen blockbuster.” Buzzfeed crowned the White Walker resurrection scene from the episode as the #1 television moment of 2015.
Yahoo saluted Cersei’s walk of shame as the year’s 13th best TV moment, as “[t]he scene left your skin crawling, and made you feel something you never thought you would for Cersei — pity.”
in another list- Sam and Gilly’s sex scene lands at #23 on its list of the 25 Hottest TV Sex Scenes, Ranked from Worst to Best … oh my!
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Neil Miller encapsulated a lot of my feelings about S5 in that quote: “Thrones wasn’t perfect in season 5, but when it was on, it was way on. And it continues to reign as the biggest, baddest dragon in the land of televised entertainment.”
The show SO richly deserves the accolades but that doesn’t make it immune to thoughtful criticism. And GoT is still the only TV show I bother to watch live.
Well done, producers, cast, & crew. You earned it.
I am actually surprised at GoT’s rank (#3) given by the Washington Post. Cool. The pic accompanying the brief review has Dany speaking with Selmy (weep, weep).
And GoT is still the only TV show I bother to watch live.
Also, Jon Snow was named 2015’s best character by MTV!
I wouldn’t mind a White Walker sex scene to be honest.
These lists remind me of the ridiculous amount of great television that we have these days. It’s a golden age, really. And yes, certainly Game of Thrones wasn’t perfect this season and wasn’t the best show of 2015, but I have no doubt that “Hardhome” was the best hour of TV this year.
Game of Thrones dropped from about 10 for S4 to 32 for S5 on the Guardian list basically for too much inconsistency.
Actually HitFix’s list is based on 50+ critics lists. That’s why it is so important that GoT made it in the #6. It’s like a combination of all those lists out there.
Sam and Gilly’s scene was beyond cute and funny. I loved it.
Couldn’t stop luaghing for about 5 mins after ”oh my”.
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