The 7 Best TV Themed Slots & Where to Play Them

A seasoned slot game player may notice that there are quite a few branded games online and in land-based casinos. Some of these brands belong to television series, bringing the characters and scenes from the show right to our favorite games through tv themed slots.

This doesn’t happen without major contracts and business deals, as slot developers must pay for the right to use the name and character likenesses of a television show. So, when that developer releases that game, it must be to the brand’s satisfaction to ensure the usage license remains valid.

With that difficult process involved, one may think that developers would stay away from brands. But the name recognition often makes it worthwhile.

Here are the top seven TV themed slots for Canadian players:

  1. Game of Thrones by Microgaming

As one of the most popular television series ever to air on television, Game of Thrones has been popular all the same in Canadian online casinos and beyond. The show is internationally famous and delivered record viewership in just about every market.

Microgaming licensed the Game of Thrones brand from HBO to launch its online slot game by the same name in January 2014. It has been a massive hit ever since. The 5×3 game offers 243 ways to win and 15 lines, but more importantly, it is set in Westeros and features the Baratheon, Lannister, Stark, and Targaryen Houses for features.

For Canadian players, it is available at most online casinos, including Jackpot City.

  1. Tarzan by Microgaming

Most young people today don’t know that Tarzan was a famous television show (based on a series of novels) that aired in the 1960s. Famed actor Ron Ely played Tarzan, and alongside Jai and Cheeta, they ruled the jungle.

There are many versions of online slots that use the Tarzan character and name, but the most popular is the one released by Microgaming in 2017. The 5-reel slot offers 40 paylines, several unique features, and the chance to win up to 2,750x the bet.

Bodog is currently featuring Tarzan in its online casino.

  1. Vikings by NetEnt

Throughout history, Norse Vikings have fascinated people. It only made sense, then, that the History television channel produced a television series featuring Vikings, and it ran for six seasons from 2013 on. Interestingly, the show was most popular in Canada.

NetEnt licensed Vikings in 2018 and developed an online slot game featuring its characters, like Ragnar Lothbrok and Lagertha. The expanding grid starts with 243 ways to win but increases as high as 78,125. It offers the potential to pay out 10,000x the bet.

Vikings is available at quite a few Canadian-facing online casinos, though many choose to play it at 888casino.

  1. Narcos by NetEnt

As one of the first Netflix-exclusive television series, Narcos was a cult favorite that ran for three years before offering a spinoff called Narcos: Mexico. The show was filmed and based in Colombia and set in the 1970s to tell the story of famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

NetEnt licensed the show’s name and character likenesses to develop its online slot version of the game, and it remains one of the most popular TV show-based games online. The 5-reel slot has 243 paylines and pays homage to the show’s theme with features like the Drive-by and Locked Up.

Narcos is featured on numerous online casinos, including LeoVegas.

  1. Love Island by Microgaming

This reality television show aired in the UK in 2005 and 2006 but became a viewer favorite. The demand for more seasons was so high that it returned in 2019 and 2020. There were also spinoffs from the original show, such as Love Island: Aftersun.

Microgaming licensed the show and created a game using software by Storm Gaming Technology. It is a 5-reel video slot with 243 ways to win and an impressive 2,083.33x win potential. The game tries to be as edgy as the series and brings fun characters into play.

All Slots Casino was one of the first casinos to feature Love Island.

  1. Beverly Hills 90210 by iSoftBet

This television show became a favorite for two generations. Its initial run started in 1990 and ran for 10 seasons. Depicting the lives of kids who grew up in Beverly Hills, California. The fictional drama was insanely popular in the 1990s. It even made a comeback with some of the same characters in 2019. Beverly Hills 90210 is the reason that people around the world know the town’s zip code.

iSoftBet took the name and produced a game that featured the characters and the beach background setting surrounded by palm trees. Hollywood stars surrounded some of the grid symbols, and the 5-reel game offers 243 ways to win. And, of course, there are clips of the show featured in the game.

Beverly Hills 90210 is played regularly at Casino Chan.

  1. 24 by iSoftBet

The action-packed television show called 24 – referring to 24 hours in a day and 24 subsequent episodes in a season – featured Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. The Fox show premiered in 2001 and won numerous awards in its nine seasons.

Another solid choice by iSoftBet, the company bought the rights to use the name and characters in a new slot game. It has been popular as a 5-reel slot with 10 paylines, but it is the bonus feature that players want to see. Players help Jack shoot terrorists or diffuse bombs for prizes.

Many players find 24 at Playamo Casino.

TV Themed Slots Deserving Mentions

Several other games based on television shows are available on a few casinos online. Highlander, Battlestar Galactica, and Dallas to name a few. Britain’s Got Talent is mostly offered in UK-facing casinos.

Quite a few other games have been licensed and developed for slot machines in land-based casinos. That list is long and includes recent television series like Sex and the City, Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy. Also Big Bang Theory, American Dad, American Idol, South Park and Friends. Some games are a bit on the retro side, like I Dream of Jeannie and the Love Boat.

Did we miss any of your favorite tv themed slots?

What shows would you like to see in online casinos?

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

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