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House of Cards: The Complete First Season (2013)
1 12 2014 | moi

Posted on 01/12/2014 9:29:11 AM PST by dennisw

First off I despise Washington DC and how it is grabbing power that belongs to the states and to the citizens.

so..... For a long time I refused to watch this series. I was wrong. As far as I can tell only the Democrat Party is in this. It shows the Democrat operatives, Senators, President, Congressmen and skullduggery they engage in to keep and exercise power

This gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. Lots of dark humor and sexual activity outside the marriage. Lots of undermining of rivals. Lots of horse trading.

So far I have not seen these inside the Beltway Democrats do one useful thing. All they do is blow the taxpayers money to buy votes


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
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1 posted on 01/12/2014 9:29:11 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Great show. Spellbinding, great acting. Yes, it’s prejudiced against conservatives, but it also shows such malevolence and corruption among the do gooder libs too. The evil wife. Kevin spacey is excellent.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 9:32:34 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: dennisw

One of the best shows in a long time if you ask me!


3 posted on 01/12/2014 9:33:55 AM PST by battletank
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To: dennisw
Don't watch the British 3-episode version from the '80s.

Unless you want to know how it ends.

4 posted on 01/12/2014 9:36:57 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Yaelle

I want to smack that artist guy.... OK he is a photographer with an English accent who finally gets the main figure’s (Kevin Spacey as Congressman and Democrat Whip) wife into bed. The guy who plays him is gay


5 posted on 01/12/2014 9:39:35 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Yaelle

Funny you should say that. I thought the opposite, especially with the wife as head of that environmentalist-wacko group. I thought Frank was supposed to be a Democrat.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 9:44:30 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: dennisw

Don’t remember that guy. I’ll have to re-watch it right before season 2 starts on 2/14. I was getting it sort of mixed up with story lines in The Americans and Homeland, when it was good. I like how Netflix dumps the whole season at once.


7 posted on 01/12/2014 9:47:04 AM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: dennisw
I bought the complete first season on DVD for 6.99 this past month (after Christmas sale). Also purchased the complete Firefly show series (syfy) for 4.99

Just finished watching the House of Cards season last night. Kevin Spacey is quite the manipulator, and his wife (Jennie from Forrest Gump) is his near equal.

8 posted on 01/12/2014 9:49:10 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: dennisw
The guy who plays him is gay.

The guy who plays Frank Underwood is gay too. ;>)

9 posted on 01/12/2014 9:52:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: dennisw

Is there a link to it? YouTube, maybe?


10 posted on 01/12/2014 9:59:05 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: dennisw

It is a show that shows how evil liberals can be in real life.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 10:03:10 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: dennisw

I was quite surprised that they made Frank Underwood a democrat, especially when you consider that:
A) Francis Urquhart from the original UK series was a Conservative,
B) Kevin Spacey is a big lib
C) Reed Hastings is a big lib


12 posted on 01/12/2014 10:11:24 AM PST by rhinohunter (Freepers aren't booing -- they're shouting "Cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuz")
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To: carriage_hill

Youtube has some tidbits as in teasers and trailers.

NOTE There is an older BBC series called House of Cards that the American version is based on

You can buy the set on DVD or your library might have it. Mine does.

13 episodes 55 minutes each


13 posted on 01/12/2014 10:11:56 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: rhinohunter

Reed Hastings is a big lib>>>>>>>>

News to me!! Just going by this series I figured he was conservative or libertarian. It does not show the DC Democrats in a good light


14 posted on 01/12/2014 10:13:31 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I loved the old UK version

I have less than ZERO interest in watching this version


15 posted on 01/12/2014 10:22:09 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: FrdmLvr

lot of Republican wives are avowed leftists apparently


16 posted on 01/12/2014 10:22:42 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

It’s well done, and it’s not a duplicate.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 10:28:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: dennisw

IIRC, Season 2 starts on Netflix in February.

Netflix is doing some very good ‘original’ series.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 10:46:59 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Firefly was not Syfy show. It was a prime time series on Fox before they killed it.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 11:07:49 AM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: dennisw

Thanks.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 11:16:57 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: dennisw

Looks like they have Season 1, Full Episodes 1-2-3-5-6-7-9-10-11-12-13 online now...

http://www.youtube.com/show/houseofcards


21 posted on 01/12/2014 11:24:16 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: rhinohunter
I was quite surprised that they made Frank Underwood a democrat

I watched the first season back-to-back over Christmas on Netflix.

My first impression was similar to yours, but as I proceeded through the episodes, it began to seem dated.

I think the story is based on the politics of the Carter and Clinton administrations; the theme being skullduggery (small scale compared to what goes on today) in the service of doing good. Today's Washington operates on a completely different order of skullduggery.

In short, it's nostalgia.

22 posted on 01/12/2014 1:06:43 PM PST by tsomer
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To: Yaelle

Yah, I think it’s terrific. And there is not that much prejudice against conservatives. It shows the real seamy side of liberals.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 1:07:31 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: carriage_hill

PSAT. Project free tv. Do a search for it.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 1:15:03 PM PST by sheana
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To: dennisw

For decades and decades “political” themed dramas were regarded as box-office poison by Hollywood. Even in television in the 60s, the few examples, like “Slattery’s People,” or the tv-version of “Mr. Smith goes to Washington” were basically bombs.

I guess things have changed somewhat. Still, even if the drama is good, I can’t imagine wanting to see ANY series with a Washington/political backdrop. I just have too deep a loathing for politicians and the whole political culture.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 1:32:20 PM PST by greene66
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To: tsomer; rhinohunter
I think the story is based on the politics of the Carter and Clinton administrations

Or even earlier. I sort of got that impression too. The idea of a (White) South Carolina Democrat having that much power is anachronistic. Pretty common fifty or sixty years ago. Unheard of today.

The original British series came across as very, very anti-Tory, very, very anti-Thatcher. I was surprised to find out that the novel was written by a top Thatcher staffer. I don't know how the BBC may have distorted his work, but it seems like he was interested in creating a character and a story than in scoring political points.

I thought it was wise to make Spacey's lead character a Democrat. It's too easy for Hollywood to make Republican jokes. Knee jerk sniping at the GOP gets in the way of doing anything else.

Cartoonist Garry Trudeau took Charles Schumer's rooming with Dick Durbin and turned it into a series about four Republican Senators living together. I haven't seen it, but it sounds pretty awful. Trudeau goes all the expected places.

26 posted on 01/12/2014 1:32:51 PM PST by x
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To: dennisw

I haven’t seen this version but was hooked on the British version cause I hoped the main character would be offed eventually.

What a shocker the US version protrays Democrats as crooked scum...I actually like that.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 2:06:51 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Yaelle

>>>Great show. Spellbinding, great acting. Yes, it’s prejudiced against conservatives, but it also shows such malevolence and corruption among the do gooder libs too. The evil wife. Kevin spacey is excellent.<<<

Bingo! I love the show, too. In fact it almost looks like pro-conservative considering democrats bashing them there.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 10:49:49 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: chae
Firefly was not Syfy show. It was a prime time series on Fox before they killed it.

You are confused, I meant syfy as in science fiction, not the SyFy station. Check this Wiki Link.

29 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:58 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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