Game of Empires – The Best TV Series of 2011

This was not an easy year for those who have not seen ’80s Italian Mafia series La Piovra. Even if we like it or not, the year’s most interesting moments in television were those related to the death of several major characters. We will not deliver you too many spoilers, but you will know what we are talking about when we tell you the name of the series: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and least but not last Two and A Half Men, the Charlie Sheen version. Almost all the shows killed important characters in the last episode of the season. The prize for originality goes to Fringe, for a true revelation: they didn’t simply killed one of the main characters, they completely deleted him from the history! If that’s not cool, than what is?
Without many warnings about what you can see in the shows, here are the trailers and some words about the best of them.
Game of Thrones – This is the equivalent of The Lord of The Rings or Harry Potter movies for television. The most surprising aspect is that we don’t notice a big difference in production values. If that’s not enough to make you interested, let us add some other details: they kill what appeared a major character by the end of this first season, they present a lot of sex scenes with actresses like Lena Headey (known from 300 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) or Emilia Clarke, and they will have to do at least 7 season to show us the whole story from the books by George R.R. Martin, and the most impressive battles are yet to come.

Boardwalk Empire – When Martin Scorsese directs the first episode from a series created by a Sopranos alumni you know you’re in for a feast. And what a feast this is! Simply put, the best television show ever. Watching Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Mayer Lansky’s evolution is a dream come true. For all of those still fascinated with the bootleggers era, Prohibition, gambling, risky businesses, crime, mafia, and the history of immigration this is a must watch. Did I mentioned Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson? Well that’s just part of the show that’s every bit as impressive as Rome.

Breaking Bad – Considered to be the best TV show today. Well this is a position for series like Twin Peaks, The X Files, Sopranos, Lost, Prison Break. Need we say more?

Borgia – This is not the Showtime – Jeremy Irons version, but the Canal + version with unknown cast done by some of the producers of Rome. Probably the best European show of the last years. Too bad we have to watch two identical shows. It’s just the POV that is different between the two productions.

Fringe - Best season finale of the year. They simply erase a character from history.

The Big Bang Theory – Best geek comedy. This year Johnny Galecki gets the Golden Globe nomination he deserves.

Californication – Our favorite writer. We can’t write about him. You just have to watch it. Here is the trailer for the next season.

Modern Family - Ed O’Neill lives the life he just dreamed about when playing Al Bundy. Now he has the wife that’s 20 years younger and all the money he needs. Enough gags to get lots of awards.

Episodes - Matt LeBlanc’s first serious role after Joey from Friends and Joey Tribbiani. It is a short show, but one that will make you laugh a lot.

How I Met Your Mother – It’s like a soap, but addiction it’s hard to cure.

We also had to watch the last hours of some of our favorite shows, so R.I.P. Entourage.

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