"House of Cards" made its thrilling debut in February 2013, and it's certainly no ordinary show. It can't be found on regular cable TV because it's a Netflix original series. If you don't have Netflix at this point, I think it's worth the whopping seven bucks a month or so to check out some of its streaming TV series.
What's great about Netflix's TV series is that they release the entire season at once. They know their audience likes to binge.
The first season of "House of Cards" introduced us to a greedy politician, Frank Underwood, as performed immaculately by the great Kevin Spacey. He's a no-nonsense, straight-laced politician who will do anything, and I mean anything, to get the political power he desires in the dog-eat-dog world that is Washington, D.C.
A promo shot for “House of Cards”?shows Kevin Spacey as greedy politician Frank Underwood
The level of deceit that Frank Underwood displays in this show is terrifying not only because his actions at times provoke utter disbelief, but also because several politicians - including our own president - have openly stated, with that sort of joking-but-serious laugh, that "House of Cards" is not too far off from the practices of the real-life political soldiers that run our country at this very moment. Unsettling indeed.
The second season was just released on Valentine's Day - and if you have already seen the first season, be ready for a jarring start to the second season, near the jaw-dropping level of shock that the "Red Wedding" episode in "Game of Thrones" provoked.
One of the main reasons I watched "House of Cards" to begin with is because it was created by one of my favorite directors, David Fincher, the mastermind behind dark, gritty films like "Seven" and "Fight Club." He brought on board the older sister of Rooney Mara, who gave an Oscar-nominated performance in Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - one of my favorite films.
Seeing how Rooney's sister, Kate Mara, would perform in comparison to her sister, intrigued me, and she does not disappoint.
Kate Mara performs flawlessly as a highly intense journalist, Zoe Barnes, who from the start shows that she will go to any lengths to climb the journalistic ladder and out-perform her peers, even as a rookie. She quickly does so while breaking many ethical "rules" of journalism to get a good scoop.
She bonds with Frank Underwood in more ways than one, and we see a scary and provocative story unfold as a journalist and politician who have no moral boundaries, use one another to get precisely what they want. For Barnes, a story the truth, for Underwood, power.
However, Underwood crosses a line that even the dirtiest of politicians in present-day Washington I hope would never cross, and it's up to Barnes to solve the puzzle and out Underwood for his dirty deeds.
But with season two - we are immediately introduced to a shocking new development that may upset some, but for others, it introduces a new level of a Tarantino-esque revenge, and we can only hope that Underwood eventually gets what he deserves.
Check out "House of Cards" now on Netflix.