Best Netflix original drama: 'House of Cards' or 'The Crown'? | The Tylt
Best Netflix original drama: 'House of Cards' or 'The Crown'?
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. And the Tylt wants you to vote on what you believe to be the best Netflix original drama.
In our first round, we have "Stranger Things" versus "Dark," "Orange is the New Black" versus "13 Reasons Why," "Narcos" versus "Mindhunter," and "House of Cards" versus "The Crown." Which show is the ultimate Netflix original drama?
Don't forget to cast your vote for the rest our "Netflix original drama" debates 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 original 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.
Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
"The Crown" remains a respected political drama after two seasons. The series won Best Television Series - Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama at the 2017 Golden Globes. "The Crown" also won two SAG Awards and three Primetime Emmys in 2017.
The political drama has already been nominated for plenty of awards following the season two premiere in December 2017, proving the series remains an awards darling. Season two holds a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and some critics enjoy it even more the second time around. Collider's Allison Keene wrote:
The Crown’s second season is, like Elizabeth, more sure of itself this time around, and it again provides a luscious period backdrop for its royal tales (written in full once more by Peter Morgan), as well as a sumptuous aesthetic regarding its costuming and setting. It thrives on visual and tonal juxtapositions, but there’s an emotional energy even in expected comparisons, like Margaret’s wild motorcycle ride with her hipster photographer boyfriend compared to Elizabeth’s affairs of states and going to bed in a room separate from her husband. Yet where it really shines is in the quietest moments, such as its brief nod to Elizabeth’s fondness for the Evangelical preacher Billy Graham, and an examination of her Christian faith regarding forgiveness.