Choices from Netflix to combat boredom
By Shea O’Grady, Contributor
House of Cards, US, 2013
House of Cards is by far one of the best shows I have ever seen. The Netflix original series created by Beau Willimon is based off a BBC miniseries of the same title, but the Netflix adaptation far surpasses the original.
If you’re like me and were skeptical of the quality of content made especially for Netflix, you need not be. This show is brilliantly shot, scripted, and cast. It stars Kevin Spacey exactly how you would want to see him: playing Frank Underwood, an extremely skilled, cold-blooded, and slightly sociopathic political manipulator.
After being passed over for a promotion by a new president, Underwood, in his position as House Majority Whip, works to undermine the whole administration. As a result, the show unfolds in a brilliant, gripping, cynical, and honest masterpiece with Spacey leading the charge every step of the way.
The first season was absolutely riveting. I literally could not stop watching it, which is possibly the only downside to the Netflix model. Even if you’re not somebody who typically finds politics interesting, if you like drama, this is your show.
It is obvious that this show is a new heavyweight, and it’s worth watching even if you have to sign up for Netflix to get it. The second season is due out in early 2014.