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Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'House of Cards'?

Who among us doesn’t want to escape the non-stop dread of our current news cycle by spending some quality time with the best fictional politicians on the small screen? Governments big and small, brilliant leaders and careless idiots, streaming services have got it all—but which political TV show reigns supreme? First up, we've got talented, powerful women saddled with stupid-ass men who keep getting in the way of their superior plot lines. Which show is better: ”Scandal” or “House of Cards”?

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If you don't know at least part of the plot of "Scandal" I don't know where you've been living for the last six years, but I sure would like to go there! The show started as a saucy political thriller starring Olivia Pope, master coat-wearer and D.C. fixer. A senator's idiot son accidentally killed someone in a frat hazing ritual? Call Olivia! Found a manilla envelope of photos of yourself getting a little late night briefing from someone who isn't your spouse? Call Olivia! Also, she was boning the married President of the United States! 

But then we had to add subplots about Olivia's super spy parents and Scott Foley played a sort of bad guy and the writers thought B6-13 was more fun than just watching Kerry Washington wear coats, which it is not. Ugh, B6-13! I cannot muster the energy to care! Papa Pope can miss me with those dumbass speeches! 

Oh well, if we have learned anything from years of watching "Grey's Anatomy," it's that nothing in Shondaland lasts except for horrible toxic relationships between incredibly competent, inspirational women and egomaniacal, overprotective men. 

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I wish Whoopie Goldberg's character from "Ghost" could pop in and tell Olivia to drop Fitz, a.k.a. Patrick Swayze's horrible friend who gets him murdered, like he's hot. Which he's not. 

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We are ignoring anything involving Kevin Spacey! Moving on!

"House of Cards" is the steamiest hot garbage TV dressed up in prestige clothes. People are murdered with remarkable ease. Everyone has some horrible dark secret lurking in their background just ready for blackmail. And all this subterfuge is taken care of while wearing the highest heels on God's green Earth. The first few seasons of the show followed a D.C. couple on their quest to reach the highest seats of power—which they do very quickly. "House of Cards" makes it seem pretty easy to weasel your way into the presidency. Guess it seems a little prescient now.

But let's be real, Claire Underwood has always been the brains of this operation. Claire is steely, cold and smart as hell. Yes, she turns down a passionate, loving relationship with a hot photographer in order to stay in a loveless marriage in an effort to maintain her power. But that's the lack of sentimentality you want to see in your president! The way Claire ascended to power was....convoluted at best. There's some light election tampering, a little leaking from inside the White House, and a promised pardon that never comes. But who cares! It's President Claire Underwood's world and we're just living in it. 

Honestly, though, this is all so much better than the season where Doug Stamper stalked Mrs. Maisel. 

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Best Political TV Show: 'Scandal' or 'House of Cards'?
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamScandal
#TeamHouseOfCards