I don’t know if you’ve been watching House of Cards, but I feel like it is probably safe to assume that you either have been or will be at some point in the near future. This means that, inevitably, you will reach HOC withdrawal once you binge through the new season. Even if you start at the beginning like I have and watch all the old episodes again- there are only three seasons. HOC withdrawal is unavoidable. But I am here with a solution.
Are you missing Claire Underwood’s impeccably structured dresses and also all the murder in the show? Then The Fall is for you. I could write up a whole post on why I love this show and why you should watch it in a cheerful room with all the lights on and some tea close at hand, but suffice it to say that Gillian Anderson is a wonderful actress and Jamie Dornan is really into bondage. It is gritty and terrifying and delves deeply into the motivations behind men who commit acts of violence against women. It should fill some parts of your HOC withdrawal for sure.
Do you miss the dark and convoluted desires that drive people to do unspeakable things? Check out Top of the Lake. It is set in New Zealand and is thus absolutely beautiful in a way that has nothing to do with elves running around the hills. Elisabeth Moss is the strong, smart, gorgeous, damaged woman in this particular dark gritty drama. Like Gillian Anderson in The Fall she is a detective attempting to deal with violence against a woman, although this time the woman is a girl- a 12 year old pregnant girl. The show is fantastic but you should definitely know that’s what you are getting into before hitting play on Netflix. And Faramir is in it! Couldn’t get out of New Zealand without at least one Lord of the Rings actor popping up.
Are you missing the political maneuverings that crush good people like insects on the windshield of greed and progress? The Honourable Woman is absolutely going to be for you. I feel like all I should have to say is “It has Maggie Gyllenhaal in it” in order to convince you to watch it. But if you need a bit more to get you there: The Honourable Woman is about an Anglo-Israeli diplomat who genuinely wants to help bring peace between Israel and Palestine but is blocked at every turn by the greed, corruption, mistrust, and general screwed-up nature of the region she is trying to make better. The show also deals heavily with the issues that all of these deal with: rape culture, violence against women, pyschopathy, and empathy.
I highly highly highly recommend all three of these. But have some tea and maybe some chocolate and a stuffed animal near you. Like House of Cards, these shows know how to stick the knife in with perfect precision. I hope that gets you through at least this Wednesday. Seen any of these? Leave me a comment about what you thought of them (no spoilers for HOC please! Or any of them actually).