House of Cards

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drama / Net­flix

‘The Amer­i­can peo­ple don’t know what’s best for them – I do,’ said Pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood (Kevin Spacey) in the trailer for this fifth sea­son of the dark po­lit­i­cal drama. As we be­gin, Un­der­wood, need­ing to dis­tract the pub­lic from an ex­plo­sive Wash­ing­ton Her­ald ar­ti­cle about him, is deal­ing with the fall­out from the hostage cri­sis at the end of sea­son four, and gets go­ing with an out­stand­ing rant to Congress. But how long can he keep this strat­egy up? Also back are Chief of Staff Doug (Michael Kelly, look­ing more and more like a very tired vam­pire), and icy First Lady Claire (Robin Wright) – and amid the Machi­avel­lian drama, there are a few wince-in­duc­ingly top­i­cal mo­ments.

‘One na­tion, Un­der­wood’: Frank and Claire meet their pub­lic

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