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House of Cards review: less innovative in its narrative than in its distribution

27 February 2015 8:41 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Season three of the Washington procedural launched on Friday, but the lack of ratings pressure on Netflix seems to have led to a lack of attention to tension

Breakfast television in Britain has traditionally meant a faux-married couple on a sofa interviewing celebrities between the news headlines. However, the decision of Netflix to release new seasons of its subscription-only hit House of Cards at midnight Los Angeles time meant that the American political drama became available in the UK at 8am, offering as alternative muesli viewing the spectacle of Kevin Spacey subverting American democracy.

Launched Friday morning, the third series picks up Spacey’s Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood after six months in the White House. Having conspired to gain the vice-presidency in the first run and the presidency during the second, the politician seems set to spend his third TV term desperately plotting to hold on to the Oval office.

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