Watching House of Cards is like a mystery,the show never lets the viewer get ahead of the game.
Boring Washington has never looked so sleek, politics never so sexy, and the regular, if dastardly, functioning of government never so possible. For outrageousness, entertainment value, or wish fulfillment—real life could hardly compete says Ian Crounch in The New Yorker.
With House of Cards’ election cycle corresponding with the real-life primaries, the show comments on the process in a meaningful way.
At one point, the interplay between “House of Cards” and whatever we should call this mounting Republican fiasco became almost uncanny. There was Trump, at a press conference on the campaign trail in Maine, recalling how Romney had come to him for an endorsement in 2012: “I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees.”
And there, in a parallel universe on screen, in episode six of the new season of “House of Cards,” was Claire Underwood—with a better, more plausibly blond haircut—threatening the President of Russia during a backroom negotiation, “I’m done letting you have your dignity. The truth is, you’re a beggar, on your knees, and you will take whatever we shove down your throat.” At least Claire had the grace to make her bullying, insinuating remarks in private.
Even President Barack Obama is a self-professed fan of Netflix‘s hit D.C. drama. He himself has said in 2014 of the show’s main character, Francis Underwood, “Man, this guy’s getting a lot of stuff done.” Even President Obama does not like spoilers for this political thriller.
The Emmy-nominated drama is also a favorite of other Washington politicians, and its twist and turns with presidential and Supreme Court plotlines.
Even House Speaker Paul Ryan got into the fun of it on Friday, taking on the “House of Cards” motif with a “House of Ideas” recap of what the real-life House of Representatives is doing. Some believe House of Cards is less vulgar than American politics.