Washington, D.C. is where the term dog-eat-dog world was invented. The city that breaths politics, backroom negotiations and secrecy. Where the people democratically picked to represent you work to make big decisions on your behalf.
In all seriousness, I visited D.C. once and I would love to go back. It is a wonderful city, full of history and meaning at every corner. It is where the dollar is made,the worlds most valuable trading currency, what more could you want?
So while you don`t take those vacation days that you probably desperately need, watching some D.C. inspired TV show sets the deal.
Political dramas have been around for quite a while, but only recently it became mainstream. At first I was skeptical, but after watching House of Cards it quickly became my favorite genre. The plots are usually very realistic but at the same time very far fetched, or not? This doubt of what could be based on reality or not is what keeps you coming back for more. Bottom line, political dramas offer up a fun mixture of thrill and insight to the backrooms of the government, usually the stuff that you would not see being played out on your favorite news channel.
Riding this post-inauguration wave when all eyes are turned to the country`s capital and the newly minted President Trump is causing daily media frenzy, here are my favorite white house based dramas to watch out for in 2017 .
House of Cards
This critically acclaimed show will keep you on the edge of your bed as Frank Underwood, played to perfection by Golden Globe winner Kevin Spacey, and his wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, battle their way to the top of the city`s food chain. There are currently three seasons available, the fourth season will be released May 2017. The filming technique used on most scenes where Frank Underwood pauses looking straight at the camera giving spectators a welcome insight into the character`s inner thoughts, those that are not part of dialogue make the show even more thrilling and original.
Olivia Pope is my spirit animal. You have surely seen this phrase on Pinterest prints, and it`s true. It is every women`s dream to be as fierce as Ms. Pope. Presenting a very strong female lead that holds her own in a city predominantly powered by men, the show follows Olivia and her team of gladiators as they offer up high-profile crisis PR services on domestic and international matters to very high profile clients around the city. Her most important client? The leader of the free world. Netflix currently streams up to season 5.
Fun fact about the show is that it was inspired on Judy Smith (a.k.a real life Olivia Pope) and her time spent serving as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush. Today she spends her time between consulting for the USA show and running her own real life strategic and crisis communications firm Smith & Company in one of it`s two locations in D.C. or Los Angeles.
This is the most light spirited show of my three picks because for the most part the main characters have good intent and no major underlying dark interest in power and influence, which makes you literally let out a sigh of relief knowing that not all is lost and your faith restored. Despite still being in it`s first season, this show captured my attention from episode one. It has an original plot set in an apocalyptic future where Tom Kirkman, played by Kiefer Sutherland, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after being the sole survivor of a terrorist attack on capitol hill during the previous president`s State of the Union speach. This show is not available on Netflix – yet- and airs on ABC channel every Wednesday at 10|9c.