‘Game Of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Among Obama’s Favorite Shows

Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire are among President Obama’s favorite shows.

The President of the United States of America spends a lot of time watching HBO original programming. Two of the cable network’s most popular endeavors were counted among Mr. Obama’s favorite choices this year. However, apparently oversexed vampires aren’t the President’s cup of tea; True Blood failed to make the cut.

When he isn’t watching the sex and violence associated with Game of Thrones, President Obama finds time to work his way through the DVD box set of Breaking Bad. According to The New York Times, he’s also extremely interested in getting his hands on the second season of Netflix’s House of Cards.

While he is obviously quite busy, when President Obama isn’t running the country or spending time with his family, it appears he kicks back with a TV show or two. Although the aforementioned shows would quickly soak up anyone’s free time, he also devotes some time to Showtime’s Homeland and the acclaimed drama Downton Abbey.

But wait, there’s more! The POTUS also finds the time to catch episodes of Mad Men on DVD. TV Guide reported last year that he counts The Wire among his favorite television shows of all time. That’s definitely a lot of TV for anyone to consume.

However, Mr. Obama doesn’t just spend his time watching the dark and dreary programs television has to offer. When he’s hanging out with the family, the President watches stuff like Modern Family and Parks and Recreation. All of this is in addition to SportsCenter.

Since President Obama is such a huge fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the pay cable channel probably wishes he’d do something about the rampant internet piracy surrounding the show at the moment. The award-winning drama was the most pirated show of 2013, followed closely by AMC’s Breaking Bad.

Also included in this year’s most-pirated list was The Walking Dead, though all of that naughty illegal activity did little to dampen the program’s substantial viewership. The zombie-oriented drama was easily the most popular show on television this year. However, producer Gale Anne Hurd is still a little bothered by the idea.

“There’s a mistaken belief by many of my peers that piracy is somehow good, that viewers will develop a habit to pay for it. I’m not sure they really understand other than anecdotal evidence that their ratings go up that the people who pirate are not then going to choose legal downloads or legal viewing in the future,” she said.

Are you surprised that President Obama spends a fair amount of time watching television programs like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad?