Game of Thrones is one of television’s most successful dramas by any measure — particularly its record-breaking Emmy haul. (No scripted show has won more of those trophies.)
But TV critics weren’t all on board when the HBO drama premiered six years ago today, on April 11, 2011.
Some praised the show’s morally complicated characters and lavish production values, others decried its violence and gender politics.
In this gallery, see excerpts from 15 of these reviews, arranged from worst to best, per Metacritic’s ranking.
Game of Thrones Season 7 premieres on Sunday, July 16 on HBO.
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