Kevin Spacey’s bingetastic political drama is the crown jewel of Netflix original series programming. Naturally, with four seasons in circulation, some stand out more than others. In the first season, one which is nearly flawless, the audience watches as Frank Underwood masterfully plots and executes his climb to power from Speaker of the House to eventual Commander-in-Chief. Season two is equally well done. By episode one of season 2, I knew I was in for many more seasons to come–it was not just a one hit wonder!
As is usually the case, however, the series hits a few speed-bumps along the way, most notably in season three when Underwood and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) turn on each other. It made for great drama, but the viewer had to wrestle with the uncomfortable and somewhat unrealistic moments it created. House of Cards is best when the two are plotting, errr,….working together, and as the series moves into its fifth season, the writers find themselves with less room to craft plausible scenarios.
Still, the series is never short on twists, turns, and the occasional grand surprise! NetflixAndChill eagerly awaits Season 5 (May 2017), where the Underwoods are sure to yet again wiggle out of the mess they find themselves in. Plenty of sly Underwood machinations awaits us, to be sure. Check out the latest discussion of Season 4, and what we can expect in season 5 taking place with yours truly on our “Upcoming” page.
Number of Seasons: 5
Available on Netflix: 4
Created by: Beau Willimon
Notable supporting cast: Molly Parker, Michael Kelly, Reg E. Cathey, Constance Zimmer, and Corey Stoll.
Awards: 33 prime time Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor for Spacey, and Outstanding Lead Actress for Wright, for each of its first four seasons! WOW! It is the first original online-only web television series to receive major Emmy nominations. The show also earned eight Golden Globe Award nominations, with Wright winning for Best Actress and Spacey winning for Best Actor.