Five Valentine’s Day Appropriate Alternatives to House of Cards on Netflix

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Look, I’m as excited for House of Cards as much as the next guy, but I have to admit if you DO have a significant other, it’s not exactly the most romantic or upbeat show to watch on Valentine’s Day. I mean who doesn’t want to watch, lying, murder and constant spouse-cheating on Valentine’s Day? My wife, for one.

Anyway, I though I’d hunt through Netflix and suggest a few more “appropriate” shows for the holiday. If both of you are super satisfied watching House of Cards then by all means, don’t let me stop you. But here are some alternatives in case it’s too dark for your tastes.

1. Parks and Recreation

Probably one of the happiest shows on earth, and though the romances contained within aren’t particularly compelling, you simply cannot watch this show without smiling throughout. Skip season one when the show was still trying to be an office clone, and dive into later seasons where things start to get good.

2. New Girl

Again, this show struggles with critics and in the ratings, but I honestly have no idea why. New Girl makes me laugh more consistently than anything on TV, and has without question my favorite comedy ensemble cast. Like Parks and Rec, it gets better as time goes on.

3. Friday Night Lights

We don’t have to only stick with comedy to set the right mood. Friday Night Lights is far and away one of my favorite shows of all time. You don’t have to like football or even Texas to enjoy the touching, funny, sweet, sad, exciting drama of Friday Night Lights, and it’s without question one of the best shows streaming right now.

4. Sherlock

The right mix of intellectual comedy and a surprising amount of heart, each episode of Sherlock is like its own little mini-movie. I would argue that the two seasons streaming right now are indeed better than the third, so you have access to all the best eps at your fingertips. Don’t let the opportunity go to waste.

5. Freaks and Geeks

I could have put Undeclared or Arrested Development here, but I think the sweetness and humor of Freaks and Geeks is the best match for Valentine’s Day. Through in a healthy dose of ’80s nostalgia and it really is a perfect comedy and precursor to so many others we see today. Plus, you get to see the show that launched the careers of James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel, which is pretty neat.

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Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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