It takes place in modern-day Washington DC, with Kevin Spacey playing the main character, Frank Underwood. Underwood is a Democrat congressman from South Carolina (has a terrible accent) and is the Majority Whip. If you are like me and had no idea what being the Majority Whip means, you would find out that they enforce important party protocol and procedure and assist the Speaker of the House and Majority leader. And if you are truly like me, you still have no idea what being the Majority Whip means.
Anyway, he wants to be the Secretary of State, but he gets passed over. Rather than take his defeat and continue on with life, he decides to take revenge on everyone who betrayed him in his journey to become Secretary of State. And being that he has the dirt on a lot of politicians, he will stop at no end to ruin them.
The first couple of episodes are sort of slow, as they set up the background and nature of the show. It's definitely more in depth than my usual slapstick shows, so it's not something I could watch while playing around the internet. But if you shut the computer and pay attention, it quickly sucks you in and shows its promise.