Game of Thrones has topped an in-depth study commissioned by Samsung to find the most binge-worthy television series of all time. Although the term "binge watching" is a relatively recent addition to cultural lexicon, the practice itself has been around ever since the introduction of DVD box-sets made it easy for television fans to purchase and watch entire seasons in just a few sittings. The advent of on-demand services and online streaming providers such as Netflix have not only made this cheaper and easier, but have also introduced the art of binge-watching to a broader spectrum of people.
One of the most frequently binged series in recent years has been HBO's Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice and Fire book series. Critical acclaim and word of mouth has helped Thrones' audience grow with each passing season, morphing into a genuine cultural phenomenon. Of course, only a small minority of the show's fanbase can claim to have been watching since the very first episode aired in April 2011. Instead, many fans were introduced to Game of Thrones in later years and caught up on previous seasons by binge-watching DVDs or online services.
However, a study has now revealed what many TV fans likely already suspected - that Game of Thrones is the most binge-able show in history. Commissioned by Samsung U.K. (via The Independent), the research collated data surveyed from 2000 adults' television viewing habits and compiled a list of the Top 20 most binge-able shows. The full list reads:
- Game Of Thrones
- Breaking Bad
- Downton Abbey
- The Walking Dead
- The Sopranos
- Sex and the City
- Other (as in survey participants selected "other" as an option, not NBC's 2000 paranormal series The Others)
- The Wire
- Peaky Blinders
- Orange Is The New Black
- House Of Cards
- True Blood
- Gossip Girl
- Sons Of Anarchy
- Spooks (MI-5)
- Desperate Housewives
Many of the entries on the list are unlikely to come as a huge shock, particularly those taking up the top five spots. Fans of The Wire may argue that the highly-rated crime drama deserved a higher placing and it's somewhat surprising to see Lost rank so strongly after a well-documented dip in quality during later seasons. Some shows, such as Friends and Stranger Things, are conspicuous by their absence but since the survey was conducted among the United Kingdom population only, there's a strong possibility that cultural preferences played a part in the results.
While it's worth taking the study's results with a pinch of salt, few would argue that Game of Thrones isn't a deserved winner. No small-screen tale has had the huge worldwide impact that the political, bloody, incestuous adventures of Jon, Dany, Tyrion and friends have. But whether you concur with the findings of the study or not, one thing that the results make clear is that the last decade has provided an embarrassment of television riches for audiences to enjoy. Quality series are now cheaply available on-demand across a wide variety of genres and platforms, with both new productions (OITNB, House of Cards) and older classics (Sex and the City) ready to binge at the touch of a button.
Game of Thrones season 8 is expected to premiere in 2019.
Source: Samsung U.K. (via The Independent)