House Of Cards Vs. Scandal: Which D.C. Show Is Your Drug Of Choice?

  • Scandal

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  • House of Cards

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  • Homeland

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  • Veep

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  • Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal

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  • House of Cards Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

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  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in Veep

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  • Tony Goldwyn and Kerry Washington in Scandal

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  • Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara in House of Cards

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  • Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in Homeland

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  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Pasquesi in Veep

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  • Scandal President Fitzgerald Grant

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  • House of Cards President Walker

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  • Veep Jonah

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  • Homeland Vice President Wiliam Walden

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  • Scandal James Novak

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  • House of Cards Zoe Barnes

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  • Homeland Roya Hammad

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  • Veep Allison Janney

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  • Scandal’s Olivia Pope Drinks Wine

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  • House of Cards’ Claire Underwood drinks wine

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  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland

  • Veep Selina Meyer

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  • Scandal Fitz and Olivia

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  • House of Cards Frank and Zoe

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  • Homeland’s Carrie Mathison haivng sex

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  • Veep Selina Meyer and ex-husband Andrew

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After the coldest winter, Scandal returns tonight–hopefully with much more of Scott Foley in a towel. With a new season of House of Cards now available on Netflix and Homeland and Veep continually in the TV conversation, D.C.-centric shows are taking over our DVR. And we’re not exactly mad about that.

Whether it’s a chance to escape into a world of manipulation or live out your high school Model UN dreams, political plots and District-based drama have proven to be just as juicy as soaps set in fictional towns. Scandal is back after a nearly two-month hiatus, forced to reveal how it plans on handling Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. House of Cards Season 2 has been available for less than two weeks, and yet we totally understand if you couldn’t resist binging all 13 new episodes in one sitting. Veep returns on HBO this April and Homeland returns for a fourth season later this year, minus one character Jennifer Lawrence is very upset about.

Each show has its own tropes and memorable dialogue, but in terms of conflict, character traits and the overuse of cheesy patriotic terms, they’re very similar. (Don’t believe us? Try drinking whenever someone says “leader of the free world” on any of the four shows–and call us when you’ve sobered up). Use the gallery above as a guide to help keep your gladiators and your Jonads straight.

But which Washington-set drama is for you? Here are a few personality questions crafted to find out what should be put at the top of your Netflix queue. For example, what should you watch if you love wine? Trick question: all of them.

Spoilers to follow!

1. If you have some daddy issues…

Scandal

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2. If you’ve always wanted Kevin Spacey to look you in the eye…

House of Cards

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3. If you frequently want to scream about your coworkers’ incompetence…

Veep

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4. If you have no qualms about watching a stranger’s mental unraveling…

Homeland

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5. If you agree that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an underrated national treasure…

Veep

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6. If you enjoy montages set to Stevie Wonder, James Brown and other ’70s classics…

Scandal

7. If you think wine and popcorn make a substantial meal…

Scandal

8. If you think Jennifer Garner should feel bad about dumping Scott Foley…

Scandal

9. If you literally trust NO ONE…

House of Cards

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Scandal airs on ABC Thursdays at 10 pm.

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