Black Sails: The Pirate Saga Rivalling Game of Thrones on Netflix

Discovering a new classic in the age of streaming.

by Nouman Rasool
Black Sails: The Pirate Saga Rivalling Game of Thrones on Netflix
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Netflix subscribers have recently unearthed a 'hidden gem' in the form of 'Black Sails,' a series some are touting as superior to the iconic HBO series, 'Game of Thrones.' 'Game of Thrones,' which streamed from 2011 to 2019, remains a benchmark in the realm of epic fantasy, captivating audiences with its intricate tale of political intrigue and power struggles within the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

However, 'Black Sails,' a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic 'Treasure Island,' is rapidly gaining attention for its compelling portrayal of pirate life in the West Indies.

Flint's Pirate Reign

The show, which aired from 2013 to 2017, spans four seasons - albeit half the duration of 'Game of Thrones' eight-season run.

'Black Sails' centers around the notorious Captain Flint, portrayed by Toby Stephens. Flint, known as the most cunning and feared pirate of the Golden Age, navigates through treacherous waters and equally perilous political landscapes.

The resurgence of 'Black Sails' popularity can be largely attributed to its recent availability on Netflix, sparking a new wave of enthusiasm among streaming audiences. On X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, users have been vocal in their praise, with curated tweets by LADbible reflecting the growing fanbase.

"Black Sails is finally on Netflix and if you haven't seen it, it's better than Game of Thrones, it's a proper 10/10 show," one fan enthusiastically tweeted. Another added, "I'll never stop recommending Black Sails. It's basically Game of Thrones but with pirates." Set to be available for streaming on Netflix UK from January 1, 'Black Sails' is expected to captivate a new audience, potentially rivaling the viewership of 'Game of Thrones.'

This newfound popularity of 'Black Sails' showcases Netflix's ability to breathe new life into series that may have previously flown under the radar, reaffirming its position as a premier streaming platform with a knack for uncovering and reviving hidden television treasures.

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