In our poll last week that asked our readers to name the best book-to-TV adaptation on television, two shows rose to the top: Starz’s “Outlander” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” None of the other TV programs in our poll — “13 Reasons Why,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “American Gods,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” — even came close to reaching the support of these two genre-based stories. Below, vote in our showdown poll that pits “Outlander” vs. “Game of Thrones.” Which adaptation is really the best?
Both series are currently in the midst of ridiculously long hiatuses — “Outlander” returns in September, while “GoT” comes back July 16. But thanks in part to the fact that they began decades ago in book form, both shows have extremely passionate fan bases that are willing to wait out the droughts.
“Outlander” is an eight-book romance/time travel series by Diana Gabaldon, who cameoed on the show back in Season 1, with the new season being based on the third novel “Voyager.” And “Game of Thrones” is based on the wildly popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” five-book series by George R. R. Martin, with the show having now surprassed the novels as the last one was published back in 2011.
When it comes to awards shows, the Emmys have made their choice clear. After six seasons, “Game of Thrones” is now the most awarded show in Emmy history with 38 trophies including Best Drama Series in 2015 and 2016. “Outlander,” conversely, is the reigning champ at the People’s Choice Awards with four victories including Favorite TV Show.
It’s clear that fans and critics love the Starz fantasy epic, so why not the Emmys? In its first two seasons, “Outlander” has only been nominated for three technical bids: Best Music Composition (2015), Best Costumes (2016) and Best Production Design (2016). Will Season 3 do the trick with Emmy voters? See the Top 11 “Outlander” Season 3 spoilers.
Be sure to make your Emmy predictions. Weigh in now with your picks so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our Emmy odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on July 13. And join in the fierce debate over the 2017 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums.