Game of Thrones is an American fantasy television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, broadcast from April 17, 2011 to May 19, 2019 on the HBO cable channel for 73 episodes in eight seasons. It originated as a television adaptation of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novel cycle.
The series tells the adventures of many characters and is set in a large imaginary world consisting mainly of the Western continent (Westeros) and the Eastern one (Essos). The political, economic and religious intrigues of the nobles leave the population in poverty and degradation, while the world is threatened by the arrival of a winter different from the previous ones, which awakens forgotten legendary creatures and brings out dark and magical forces.
Game of Thrones attracted record viewership to HBO and generated an exceptionally large and active international fandom. The series has garnered widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its acting, complex characters, storyline, scope, and production quality. However, the series has also attracted some negative criticism for the frequent use of naked actors and physical violence, as well as for some narrative choices in the last season.