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Intriguing, smart and creepy: If you’re yet to watch it, House of Cards’ fifth season won’t disappoint

When Netflix announced it, even the most avid House of Cards binger struggled to muster enthusiasm. But it has turned out to be a sophisticated, riffing accompaniment to view alongside the Trump presidency

By Lucinda Smyth  

Frank Underwood, portrayed by Kevin Spacey. Photo: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

When the first season of House of Cards aired on Netflix in 2013, it marked the beginning of a new golden age of television. This was a pedigree show we had not seen the likes of since The Sopranos. With a Hollywood cast, an eloquent script, an astronomical budget ($100m for the first two seasons), and David Fincher at the directing helm, it sailed onto laptop screens in one thirteen-episode drop. The new golden age presented a revolution not only in terms of…

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