OK, kidding. I’m not that sad. But I have been wondering what the next Game of Thrones-level show might be. And what I can fill my time with until that show makes itself known.
Fortunately, there are several quality shows to watch now and quite a few on the horizon.
Shows to Watch After Game of Thrones
If you’re looking for a suck-you-in binge watch, here’s a list of ten TV shows that are commonly known as some of the all-time best:
- Breaking Bad
- The Walking Dead
- Downton Abbey
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Americans
- Killing Eve
- Stranger Things
- Mad Men
And I’ll add in crime drama Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman. It doesn’t get a lot of hype – maybe because it’s a British show? – but it’s one of the best series I’ve ever watched.
Most Promising Shows Coming Out This Summer
Looking ahead, there’s a lot to get excited for.
Good Omens: I am pumped for this show! An angel and a demon must join forces to save the world as the end of time grows near with the approaching Armageddon. It stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen, with Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan! Streaming on Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019.
Black Mirror: Season 5 of this anthology sci-fi series features three new episodes and loads of guest stars. This is one of my favorite shows of all time and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into some new “near-future technology” stories. Streaming on Netflix June 5, 2019.
The Handmaid’s Tale: Also dropping in June is the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. I have yet to watch this show, so I can’t comment or research without learning a lot of spoilers. But so many people rate this show near the top of their favorites. Hulu, June 5, 2019.
Big Little Lies: I loved this show, but really don’t see a need for a second season. Let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint. HBO, June 9, 2019.
Pose: The second season of this critically-acclaimed series is set for June. This show explores the late 80’s New York City “ball scene,” and dives into life as an LGBTQ in the era of AIDS. Pose has set records for employing a large cast of transgender performers – not actors pretending to be trans. If you haven’t seen the first season, go watch it now on Netflix. FX, June 11, 2019.
Dark: Season 2 of this mind-bending, time-traveling, alternate universe – and maybe now apocalyptic? – Netflix series is coming soon. You will definitely want to rewatch Season 1 because this show really f*$!s with your brain. Also, check out Fadra’s post on Sorting Out the Timeline in Dark. Streaming on Netflix June 21, 2019.
Stranger Things: If you haven’t seen Stranger Things, you are truly missing out on a pop culture phenomenon. Season 3 drops on Netflix on July 4th, and it looks to have a strong “summer in the 80s” theme that any Gen-Xer will love. Streaming on Netflix July 4, 2019.
Future Shows to Look Forward to After Game of Thrones
The Witcher: This Netflix original series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia and it’s getting a lot of buzz as the “next Game of Thrones.” Geralt is the Witcher, or monster hunter, and he travels around the world searching for monsters. There are several big-name writers and directors attached to this show, so even though I’m not a Henry Cavill fan, I’m expecting great things. No release date has been announced, but the show is currently in the editing process and could be released as soon as late 2019.
Get your first look at Henry Cavill in The Witcher! pic.twitter.com/1O2eWS1MkP— Netflix US (@netflix) October 31, 2018
Untitled Game of Thrones prequel: It’s being called “The Long Night” by George R.R. Martin, though rumors of the title “Bloodmoon” are circulating. It’s likely these are production titles and the actual title will be something completely different. The series is just starting production, so we’ll not likely see it on TV until late 2020 or early 2021. Here’s HBO’s official description:
“Taking place thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure: It’s not the story we think we know.”
Untitled Lord of the Rings series: In early development, Amazon is developing a five-season series that will explore Tolkien’s Middle-Earth before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring. This is my bet for the next truly epic television series!