Season 8. 6 episodes.
Who's in the cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, countless others
What it's about: Presumptive, incestuous highborns squabbling for power in a medieval realm that's about to be attacked by a supernatural horde.
Why it's a good TV show: I mean, it's Thrones! After 73 episodes, a gajillion character deaths, and lots of intrigue, betrayal, and trauma, the show's watch has ended. Absolutely the worst of its eight seasons, with rushed plot resolutions, cloying heapings of fan-service, preposterously dimly-lit scenes, and a finale that sparked controversy and not a little bit of fury, Game of Thrones nonetheless captured what seemed like the entire world's constant attention for six weeks this spring. So why am I including it here? Because a lot of the very accurate and indisputable complaints about how it all wrapped up are ultimately outweighed by one thing no one gives Season 8 credit for: It exists. Boo-hoo all you want about how your high expectations weren't met instead of admitting that you should have never expected the show to end in an even remotely satisfying way without George R. R. Martin involved. This season completed a 73-episode run based on a book series involving dragons, wargs, giant wolves, perfectly detestable villains, trees with bleeding faces, zombies, a magical wall of ice, copious wine-guzzling, epic disses, and cave sex. Even its worst (again, by far) season is a miracle.
Who should watch: Completists