The US remake of the 1990s British political miniseries moves the shenanigans to Washington DC. After learning he won't be appointed to a coveted Cabinet position, House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire plan revenge on the administration he helped elect.
Q & A
Q: Does “House of Cards” mirror any past US political elections?
While Season 4 shows certain parallels to today's elections, the candidates of the 1948 and 1960 US Presidential elections align most powerfully with "House of Cards" characters.
Q: Why have television audiences fallen so hard for the anti-hero?
The anti-hero is a challenging character which boasts the unexpected. They allow for a more interesting, darker, exciting narrative.
Q: Which real-life president(s) does Frank Underwood from “House of Cards” most resemble?
In how he got to the office, Frank Underwood resembles Gerald Ford, but in how he wheels and deals with Congress, the "House of Cards" president reminds us of Lyndon B. Johnson.
Q: Was “House of Cards” inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays?
Robin Wright reveals that, before the show was written, she was told "you are Lady Macbeth to his Richard III.”
Q: Is “House of Cards” just contributing to our already cynical view of American politics?
Americans have shown a major distrust of government since Watergate. The portrayal of manipulative, even evil, politicians in "House of Cards" feeds into the public’s cynical view of modern-day politics.
Q: What’s the hidden significance behind the lighting color of the shots in “House of Cards”?
After a video on Slate described how every shot on "House of Cards" uses a uniform yellow-and-blue lighting scheme, eagle-eyed viewers became convinced there were hidden messages lying beneath the eerily similar shots.
Q: What do politicians in Washington, D.C., think of “House of Cards”?
Many politicians enjoy "House of Cards" for the same reasons that non-politicos do: the high camp and Kevin Spacey. But most don't consider it realistic.
Q: Why does “House of Cards” look so sterile? What’s the thematic significance of the set design?
The production design on "House of Cards" is extensive and deliberate. Designer Steve Arnold made the sets for the White House and other notable locations as accurate as possible. Beyond fidelity, more thematic motivations are at play.
Q: Is the product placement on “House of Cards” out of control or does it help the story?
Product placement runs rampant in "House of Cards" -- is this distracting, or does it serve the story?
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