Best Netflix original drama: 'House of Cards' or 'Narcos'? | The Tylt
Best Netflix original drama: 'House of Cards' or 'Narcos'?
Netflix has come a long way since it launched its streaming service in 2007. Since its early days as a pioneer in streaming TV and movies online, Netflix has grown to over 125 million subscribers. But the streaming service's growth isn't just from making TV fanatics happy by binging their favorite shows online, it’s the original content that seals the deal.
Netflix launched its first original series "House of Cards" in 2013, and ever since, has launched tons of more original content: sci-fi shows, crime shows, TV comedies, adult cartoons, animated kid series, movies and more. But it all started with that first political drama and Netflix has been a leader in TV dramas ever since. The Tylt wants you to vote on which Netflix original drama you believe is the best.
In our second round, we have "Orange is the New Black" versus "Dark and "House of Cards" versus "Narcos." Which show is the ultimate Netflix original drama?
Don't forget to cast your vote for our other "Netflix original drama" debate below!
Below is the synopsis of "House of Cards," per IMDB.
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
Netflix built its fleet of original series off of the success of "House of Cards," which is the very first original series by the streaming service. But that's not the only groundbreaking thing the dark and thrilling political drama has ever done. "House of Cards" is the first web-only show to be nominated, and win, at the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series has garnered many award show nominations and wins over the years.
Some would argue "House of Cards" may be tainted by Kevin Spacey's sexual assault allegations in the era of the #MeToo movement. But Spacey has been fired from the series, his character Frank Underwood is expected to be killed off and season six will be the show's last. Die-hard fans are happy that Robin Wright will be leading the show in the final season.
"House of Cards" fifth season holds a 72 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Wright is expected to lead the Netflix original series into glory. Thrillist's Sean Fitz-Gerald wrote:
House of Cards will only soldier on to its final season because Claire (played by Robin Wright) can carry the show on her own. She's definitely returning. And barring Spacey, the core survivors from Season 5 -- Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly), Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson), Jane Davis (Patricia Clarkson), Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer), Seth Grayson (Derek Cecil), Mark Usher (Campbell Scott), and Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver) -- will be back.
A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.
"Narcos" is told through the lens of a drug lord who built an empire off of cocaine from the late '70s to early '90s, and the DEA agents tasked with bringing him down. The show also chronicles the rise of other drug lords of the era.
The series has been nominated for two Golden Globes and three Emmys since its premiere. The biographical crime drama remains a critically-acclaimed smash, holding a 96 percent fresh rating in its third season on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics argue that the complex crime show keeps getting better and better each season. Indiewire's Liz Shannon Miller wrote:
“Narcos” has never been a simple show to process, especially for someone not embedded in this universe — there are many players, many complications, speaking in many languages, operating decades ago.
But it is one of the great examples of shows that have improved thanks to the opportunity to grow and evolve, and Season 3 continues that journey with an investment in human storytelling.