Network: HBO
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Thrones might be a streaming universe's last One TV to Show to Rule Them All, having slashed and scorched its way to weekly Super Bowl status, and it carried itself as such this year. HBO’s seventh go-round—The One Where Jon Meets Daenerys—followed its best season with such prolonged confidence in the beginning that even when it walked sternly in the wrong direction, it wound up in the right place. Points docked for brevity (seven episodes? Seven hells!), points then un-docked for weaving in six years worth of characters naturally and significantly. —Zach Dionne

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