My most recent Netflix binge wrapped up last night with season 3 of House of Cards. I haven’t enjoyed a show this much since Dexter, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black, and Bates Motel. Don’t judge. I work twelve-hour shifts and need at least two days to recover from each one.
(#1) Kevin Spacey as Francis “Frank” Underwood
What can I say? The dude is awesome. He brilliantly plays a character I love to hate. This isn’t an easy task for the writers and actor to pull off. Think of the Governor from The Walking Dead. He was just yucky and I had my fingers crossed he’d die a horrible zombie death in every episode he appeared. Frank isn’t like that.
Kevin Spacey did his research to prepare for this role and it shows. I might have even developed a bit of a crush on him. Sure, he’s close to my dad’s age, but Anna Nicole married her grandpa, so back off.
(#2) Even Capitol Hill is Obsessed with House of Cards
Leave it to Buzzfeed to keep me informed. Knowing staffers on Capitol Hill are also obsessed with this show makes me feel better about my most recent binge. I wish I had a personal connection to someone in the White House. I’d call and conduct a less-than-professional interview on the similarities and differences between TV and real life.
(#3) This Scene
One of the greatest scenes of the show. Right here. If this doesn’t have you running to your nearest Netflix streaming device, I don’t know what will.
(#4) Unexpected Words of Wisdom in Every Episode
“Pay attention to the fine print. It’s far more important than the selling price.” — Frank Underwood
“Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left.” — Frank Underwood
“When you’re fresh meat, kill and throw them something fresher.” — Frank Underwood
“A lion does not ask permission before he eats a zebra. Lions cannot talk and zebras will not listen.” — Frank Underwood
(#5) Robin Wright
It took me two full seasons to figure out Robin Wright, who plays Claire Underwood, is Jenny from Forrest Gump. She gained my complete respect as an actress in the House of Cards scene where she urinates with the door open. There are a few awkward and uncomfortable scenes, but this one made my list of “DID I JUST SEE THAT?” moments.
(#6) House of Cards Won an Emmy
It didn’t just win an Emmy. It was the first online-only television series nominated. I’d give it a bunch of Emmy’s if I could.
(#7) It Makes You Question the Government
Bill Clinton shared that House of Cards is a “99% accurate representation of the real Washington D.C.” (Taken from IMBd.)
Yeah, soak that in. You want to see how the United States runs? Don’t go turning on FOX and CNN. Watch House of Cards.
(#8) Lots of Cameo Appearances
The press plays a big part in the drama. You’ll see some well-known news anchors make appearances and interview the characters. It’s always an added bonus to see people like Rachel Maddow and Meredith Vieria pop up on the screen.
(#9) What Else Do You Have to Watch?
If you’re like me, and I’m sure you are, you are out of things to watch. You’ve probably already sat through all 96 episodes of Dexter, the Breaking Bad withdrawals are probably just now becoming tolerable, and we have at least seven months until the next season of Orange is the New Black. If you start now, you finish season 3 of House of Cards before The Following, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel add the most recent seasons.
(#10) You Will Not Want to Stop Watching
This is how it’s going to go: You’re going to watch the first episode and compelled to watch the second. The next thing you know, you will have gone 32 hours in the same clothes and haven’t showered. Your teeth will have forgotten what a toothbrush looks like. When you watch the very last scene, you will fly off the couch, and scream “NO” at the television, laptop, iPad, or whatever you’re watching. You’ll frantically Google “House of Cards Season 4 Release Date” and kick something so hard you break your big toe.
Because it doesn’t come out until sometime in 2016.
Until then, I’m just going to sit with a huge hole in my Netflix-loving soul and try to find something that will fill the void.