Updated: 18th February 2018

Game of Thrones to Sherlock your most overrated TV shows

Is Game of Thrones simply Coronation Street with swords and nudity? Our readers on the programmes that arent all theyre cracked up to be

Readers reacted with fury, trolling and occasional agreement when we published an article about overrated television shows last week.

Thousands of commenters took to our threads to argue whether Seinfeld was overrated, underrated or just terrible; and whether Mad Men was one of the most profound series of our time or a big ol waste of the precious hours of human existence.

They also came up with their own nominations. Here are five of the most compelling suggestions.

We apologise in advance if your favourite show is included below.

1. Game of Thrones

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Corrie with nudity Game of Thrones. Photograph: HBO

Serious academic question: is Game of Thrones a gateway drug into the world of fantasy? Has the shows popularity led to a surge of interest in Warhammer and dark elves? Or is everyone just in it for the naked dragons?

Game of Thrones = Coronation Street with swords and nudity, said ThamesSider.

And thats as complimentary as I can get.

2. Breaking Bad

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Excruciatingly dull Breaking Bad. Photograph: Frank Ockenfels/AP

It is a shibboleth that Breaking Bad was good and important, coming at a time when critics considered US television drama to be going through a patch more purple than Prince in a purple suit mid-way through a performance of Purple Rain.

On the other hand …

Breaking Bad was a telemovie thinly spread over five excruciatingly dull seasons, said TheKernel.

Utterly, disproportionately loved by TV pseudos everywhere.

3. The X-Files

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Went on at least a decade too long The X-Files. Photograph: Channel 5

As a teenager, I loved the X-Files. Adored it. It was very much of its time, a kind of post-Fukuyama, post-enlightenment romp of conspiracy theories, aliens and monsters of the week.

But it did go downhill and fast after a couple of seasons. Was it the 1990s version of Lost?

If youre not a fan of wasting years of your life on pointless conspiracies, then surely The X-Files deserves a place on the list, said Steven Hyde.

That show went on at least a decade too long.

4. The Wire

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/aug/02/game-of-thrones-to-sherlock-your-most-overrated-tv-shows

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