“House of Cards” (2013-)
Created by Beau Willimon
Based on the BBC mini-series of the same name, Netflix’s “House of Cards” is a turbulent political drama starring Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a congressman who, after discovering he will not become the next Secretary of State, exacts revenge on everyone who has double-crossed or betrayed him politically. Spacey, who was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role, gives his best performance in a decade. He’s calculating and unafraid to speak his mind. As his equally conniving wife, Robin Wright is superb. Like all witches, she possesses you, making you hate her and love her whenever she wills you to. She deserves accolade. The drama is intense, the action heart-pounding, the twists unpredictable. Sex, murder, betrayal; but it’s not a soap opera. It’s an intelligent, cerebral thriller that’s always one step ahead of you. As the Washington journalist willing to sleep for a story, Kate Mara is the scrappy youth this middle-aged story needs. But there’s so much diversity, in age, race, etc., that you can’t possibly help but relate to the stories. If you have Netflix, watch “House of Cards.” It’s that simple. And make it fast; Season 2 hits the web on Valentine’s Day. What’s not to love?