6 Shows That Prove Political Corruption Makes for Good TV

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Politics can be two parts messy, one part petty, and seven parts scheming cleverness — and that’s even before TV has its way with it. Ultimately though, portrayal of the darker side of politics does seem to crop up in a lot of highly popular television series, proving that there’s an audience for the more cut throat chess games of politics. Of course, political dramas can also be driven by all the passions and policy idealism that we see in real life as well, but it doesn’t change the fact that we clearly enjoy what feels like a forbidden glimpse under the surface of political machinery into its seedier workings. Let’s take a look at a few shows that scream corruption to viewers collective pleasure.

1. House of Cards

Netflix’s (NASDAQ:NFLX) highly popular political drama, House of Cards, puts the backstabbing, manipulative, and cleverly self-serving P in political. Not to mention the series has three Emmy awards under its belt for casting, directing, and cinematography. The show follows Francis and Claire, a political partnership that’s enough to make you shiver at times.

Kevin Spacey plays Francis, the ruthless politician, while his wife Clair is played by Robin Wright. Both have just the right degrees of suave elegance and creepiness to pull it off, and when they come back for the second season in 2014, it seems likely they’ll be up for the task of dealing with old crimes being unearthed by persistently nose reporter — played by Kate Mara.

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