Episode 60: House of Cards, House of Cards VS. The West Wing, Top 5 Anti-Heroes

House of Cards, Season 3

“Money gives power, well, a run for its money.” We discuss Netflix’s House of Card: Season 3! What happens to Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood when the power he craves remains out of his reach? Does House of Cards successfully pivot to character and policy stories? And what’s the deal with Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood this season? We caucus for our favorite Washingtonian political drama as House of Cards and The West Wing enter the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER. It's a deliciously evil top 5 as we share our favorite anti-heroes. Special guest, policy wonk Lowen Baumgarten

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 - 12:12: House of Cards: Season 3 (non-spoilers)
  • 12:13 - 42:00: House of Cards: Season 3 (spoilers) 
  • 42:01 - 1:10:29 INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER: House of Cards VS. The West Wing
  • 1:10:30 - 1:51:19: Top 5 Anti-Heroes


Top 5 Anti-Heroes


  1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  2. Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment)
  3. Tony Soprano (The Sopranos)
  4. Rorschach (Watchmen)
  5. Salieri (Amadeus)


  1. Rorschach (Watchmen)
  2. Beatrix Kiddo ("The Bride") (Kill Bill)
  3. Don Draper (Mad Men)
  4. Raymond 'Red' Reddington (The Blacklist)
  5. Nancy Botwin (Weeds)


  1. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
  2. Q (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  3. Catwoman (Batman: The Animated Series)
  4. Don Draper (Mad Men)
  5. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)