By: Sarah Nordberg
House of Cards is a thrilling political drama that follows South Carolina Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright). The television show, created by Beau Willimon, premiered Feb. 1, 2013 as a Netflix original.
The show follows Underwood’s political aspirations and the steps he takes to gain political power in the federal government. In order to do this, he engages in corruption and commits other crimes while covering up countless scandals.
A main theme is the length people go to in order to achieve power and success. Viewers watch as Underwood climbs to higher positions and greater success while mercilessly taking down those who get in his way.
House of Cards is filled with political drama and controversy, with scandals that are thrilling to watch while it also shows a glimpse of how the U.S. government works.
Viewers should remember that the show is a dramatic portrayal of elected officials and their jobs, and while parts of the show are accurate, there are more aspects of the show that are not realistic.
The show received numerous awards and nominations for its first two seasons, including three Emmys: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series.
The third season of House of Cards will be released on Netflix on Feb. 27 in its entirety. This will allow viewers to binge-watch the season or space it out over a longer period of time.
The first two seasons of the show are also available on Netflix for those looking to start the series, which is available to watch at any time.
House of Cards deserves four out of five stars for its exciting storyline and incredible acting. This show keeps viewers glued to their seats for hours.