Game of Thrones
“Game of Thrones may be the best soap opera on TV,” Gawker announced soon after the series premiere last year, dubbing it “Dynasty with zombies.” Two seasons in, we still agree. Like many soaps, the show is structured around a handful of powerful families jockeying for dominance, a set-up that necessitates a huge cast, tons of political and romantic intrigue, and some creepily eroticized brother-sister incest to stimulate HBO viewers’ unceasing hunger for more and weirder sex. Now, if only we can convince George R.R. Martin to keep writing the Song of Ice and Fire series for the rest of his life, we’re sure the events of Westeros could sustain an All My Children-esque four-decade run.