I've been catching up with a show from a few years ago, just finished watching the first season of Veronica Mars. I missed at the time it was first shown (although some of my friends did recommend it to me then) and was recently reminded of after it was recommended a couple of times during Galactus' Buffy rewatch thread (I can understand why it was mentioned there, while describing it as Buffy without the supernatural elements isn't quite accurate, it's got some truth to it).
I thought it was a very enjoyable show. I think they did a good job of slowly unravelling the season-long mystery behind Lily Kane's murder and it was a clever resolution which I didn't see coming but which made perfect sense and in retrospect there was a lot of foreshadowing leading towards it. By comparison the Veronica's-case-of-the-week episodes could often feel a bit lightweight but in some ways it worked well as a counterpoint to some of the darker aspects of the series, she does go through some pretty horrible things during the season so the show could have felt a bit grim without some of the more humorous moments. I thought the characterisation was strong throughout and I liked that some of the characters who appeared least interesting originally such as Logan or Weevil who initially seem to be shallow antagonists became much more interesting and more sympathetic during the season. Kirsten Bell did a great job as Veronica and although the range of things she's good at sometimes threatens to verge on being implausible I think they gave her enough flaws (lack of trust, tendency to jump to conclusions and perhaps a bit too fond of vengeance) to counteract some of that.
Most importantly, I also now know where one the board's most hypnotic animated avatars comes from.
I just finished the first season of House of Cards
I've been a bit tempted to start watching that, but I'm also perhaps more tempted to watch the original version first. I can remember a few bits of the BBC version from my parents watching it when it was first on and even if I wasn't really watching it properly then I can still remember Ian Richardson's performance.