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10 reasons to make 'House of Cards' your valentine

By Kate Bernot

RedEye

2:03 PM CST, February 11, 2014

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Unless you have a dinner date with a mash-up of Adam Levine’s body and James Franco’s face, there’s no reason not to spend Feb. 14 binge-watching Netflix’s second season of "House of Cards." I’m surprised people even need reminding that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a medium sausage pizza and a bottle of Trader Joe’s wine is the most romantic love triangle imaginable. For the skeptics, though, my Top 10 reasons to stay in with "House of Cards" this Valentine’s Day:

1. No dress code required

Yes, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) has an endless supply of incredibly tailored sheath dresses, but that doesn’t mean you need to wear more than sweatpants and a hoodie while watching. Dressing up for dinner out starts to sound … exhausting.

2. You can cook a themed dinner

Feeling ambitious? How about some barbecue a la Freddy (Reg E. Cathey) and a few mini-bar bottles of bourbon a la Peter Russo (Corey Stoll).

3. It gets your heart racing

Tell me those first dark, moody beats of the intro music—dum, dum, dum, trumpets—don’t make your pulse quicken.

4. Everyone on the show is outrageously (conventionally) beautiful

The acting is top-notch and the pacing is incredible, but if you’re just into ogling beautiful people on TV, “House of Cards” has that covered.

5. Frank Underwood’s accent

This deserves its own bullet point.

6. It’s a no-pressure date idea

Invite that cute friend over. Does he seem into the show? Into you? Bingo. Not so much? Then he has crappy taste, anyway. Forget him and continue ogling the pretty people.

7. It’s free, baby

Well, if you have Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix, I’d bet a cookie that one of your friends does. And even if you bring over a six pack of beer to thank that friend for letting you mooch, that’s still cheaper than dinner out.

8. It’s way more intriguing than real life

Suspend belief for a moment and travel to the steamy world of surreptitious art museum meetings, week-long trysts with foreign-born photographers and hazy shots of Zoe’s (Kate Mara) butt.

9. Frank Underwood’s accent

So nice I listed it twice.

10. Sabotage is sexy

Oh, the backstabbing! The power dynamics! The treachery in Louboutins! Frank Underwood himself said it in Season 1: “Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”

 

Kate Bernot is RedEye’s nightlife reporter. Her personal life is 1 percent as juicy as Zoe Barnes’.