Netflix Hopes That Love and Politics Mix


Netflix's Emmy-winning series returns next February. Source: Netflix.

Forget about taking your sweetie to the movies next Valentine's Day. Netflix would rather you order in and binge watch season two of House of Cards, its Emmy-winning original series.

There's likely to be less at stake this time. Orange Is the New Black ranks as Netflix's most-watched original series, while Arrested Development has earned raves. Here's a closer look at how critics view Netflix's slate of original shows:


Rotten Tomatoes Rating (Critics / Viewers)

Studio Partner

Arrested Development
(season 4)

77% / 87%

Imagine Entertainment, The Hurwitz Company

Hemlock Grove
(season 1)

27% / 50%

Gaumont International Television, ShineBox SMC

House of Cards
(season 1)

81% / 96%

Media Rights Capital

Orange Is the New Black
(season 1)

89% / 100%

Lions Gate, Tilted Productions

Sources: Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia.

Not bad when you consider that Orange Is the New Black ranks higher than HBO's Veep (85%) and is within spitting distance of HBO's Boardwalk Empire (90%) and Girls (93%). Game of Thrones, which earned approval from 100% of the 33 critics rating season 3, is HBO's top show.

Can we expect gains when season 2 of House of Cards airs on Valentine's Day? So far, showrunner Beau Willimon has proved tight-lipped about his plans. Meanwhile, Netflix's teaser is tantalizing in its opacity:

Robin Wright will return as Claire Underwood in season 2 of House of Cards. Source: Netflix.

Maybe that's for the best. With a growing subscriber base and an aggressive plan for expanding its original programming slate, Netflix -- unlike the politicians it satirizes -- no longer needs to lobby for audience support.

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