In 2013, Netflix ventured into producing original content with the release of its first original series, House of Cards. The political drama stars Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey as Claire and Frank Underwood, a Washington, D.C. power couple with their sights set on the highest levels of political power. Throughout the series, the two let nothing – even each other – stand in their way as the climb the D.C. political ladder through any means necessary.
The first four seasons earned House of Cards actors and crew six Emmy Awards and 46 Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. With such critical success behind it, Netflix surely has high expectations for today’s release of season five of House of Cards.
Already, critics have praised the new season for its gritty portrayal of cutthroat modern politics. Fortune writes that season five of the series has struck a chord with viewers who have found parallels with America’s current political situation:
Netflix’s House of Cards is more relevant than ever–for what it says about the real seats of American power and for the challenges it poses to viewers. House of Cards seems to have locked into a firm engagement with the current political climate, sometimes in accidental ways.
Likewise, Variety writes that “the fifth season of House of Cards premieres under such shockingly different circumstances from what it faced just a year ago that it’s hard to not read into its antiseptic, amoral portrait of a coolly power-hungry Washington, D.C.” Clearly, it would be impossible for any political drama not to reference the current controversy-laden political landscape, but doing so without borrowing from today’s headlines could be a challenge. From the reviews of season five so far, newly-named showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese seem to have found a way to stay relevant while still retaining the show’s gripping drama and artful character development.
The thirteen-episode fifth season of House of Cards is now available to stream on Netflix.