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  • aea_projection aea_projection Apr 3, 2013 9:02 AM Flag

    Why House of Cards is the best show on TV.

     

    I’m an early adopter, a cord cutter. I haven’t watched a single television series during its first-run broadcast since the final season of Seinfeld in 1998 – 15 years ago if you don’t want to do the math.

    And I’ve watched a lot of television shows since then.

    I was the first on my block to start watching TV shows on DVD, having spend hundreds of dollars on box sets of just about anything you’d associate with early–mid 00’s TV.

    After DVD it was iTunes; I became fascinated with the idea that I could keep an entire library of great TV shows on a hard drive and watch them whenever I wanted – and without commercials.

    For the past few years it’s been mostly Netflix for me – the next logical step from plastic discs to on-demand, commercial free content for TV series-loving people like myself.

    A few weeks ago I watched my first episode of House of Cards, a Netflix-exclusive show starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright; perhaps you’ve heard of it?

    House of Cards is the best show on television.

    I could echo the sentiments of many a reviewer here but that would be redundant. House of Cards is damn near perfect. It’s clever, it’s dark, it’s funny – it’s just about everything you’d want in a television drama without all of the sugary Aaron Sorkin awfulness that ruined later seasons of The West Wing.

    But none of that is why House of Cards is the best show on television.

    No, the reason I love House of Cards so much is purely selfish and technological. What Netflix has done with the show is turn the TV industry inside out. By releasing an entire season all at once, and completely devoid of commercials, they’ve demonstrated what I’ve known for the past 15 years…

    People would rather watch a series on their own terms, without ads, and they’re willing to pay a nominal fee to do so.

    Maybe I can appreciate the art behind a truly brilliant television drama and prefer to admire and enjoy it when I choose and when I can – and I very much appreciate Netflix spending $100 million to give me the opportunity to prove it.

    House of Cards isn’t just an excellent television show – and it very much is an excellent television show – it’s the future of television programming, right here and now.

    The time will come when it will seem ludicrous that we used to have to sit down like little lemmings and watch a TV show on a particular day and at a particular time. We’ll laugh at the good old days of being interrupted every 5 minutes for a fast food or car insurance pitch.

    And I think we’ll look back and remember House of Cards and Netflix as where it all began.

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