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House Of Cards, The Best Show Not On Television

house-of-cardsIf you are a Netflix subscriber, then there is no reason why you should not have watched, or are watching Netflix’s Original Series, House of Cards. It is not only one of the best offerings on Netflix, but one of the best in all of television. House of Cards has recently made history by receiving nine Emmy nominations with not a single episode actually airing on television.

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House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood. He is a tenured Congressman and wields a bit of sway on The Hill. Within the first few minutes of the first episode you will not only get an understanding of Frank, but you will also be introduced to one of the trademarks of the series, Frank will often break the “Fourth Wall” and speak to the audience directly, in a way letting them in on how or what he is thinking about at a given time or scenario. It is a good tool that is used very well. After the first few minutes, you’ll either love Frank, respect him, or hate him. And even if you hate him, you may still end up watching the show, just because as a character, he is quite engaging.

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The plot of the show is set off by the fact that the President of the United States (Michael Gill, “The Good Wife” and “All My Children”) snubs Underwood for appointment to the position of Secretary of State and Frank sets off to get revenge on those who betrayed him. That sets the stage for some good political intrigue and excellent drama. The show also stars Robin Wright (Jenny from “Forrest Gump”) as Underwood’s wife. The cast is littered with other recognizable faces and you will see this show has gravitas. I cannot recommend this show enough. I saw it on Blu-ray in a store, so if you are not a Netflix customer, you can still watch it at home on whatever media you prefer. From the very good story, to the excellent acting, you will find something to keep you watching. And when you’re finished, you’ll be just like the rest of us, restlessly waiting for the second season to return in early 2014.

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