frank underwoodIt has now become commonplace to get excited every time a snowstorm rolls into town, because that gives us an excuse to binge-watch hours upon hours of Netflix's "House of Cards." The excitement is due to the show's main character, Francis Joseph Underwood. Whether Frank is devising some diabolical plan or reminding everyone just how much more smarter then them he is, we can't help but be intrigued. Here's five reasons why we love Frank Underwood:

1. He Gives the Best Advice
With his southern drawl and knack for spewing out hometown sayings (Gaffney, S.C., must have a lot of sayings), Frank just can't help but share his infinite wisdom with us. It doesn't matter if his speeches deal with the high pressure world of Congressional coups or he's simply working through a problem out loud, some of Frank's most captivating moments occur when he faces the camera to share a soliloquy. Some of Frank Underwood's best quotes are:
  • " Shake with your right hand, but hold a rock in your left."
  • "The only thing more satisfying than convincing someone to do what I want is failing to persuade them on purpose. It's like a Do Not Enter sign. It just begs you to walk through the door."
  • "She's right. I should take better care of myself. But it's the principle. I wont be a slave to anybody or anything you can order with a toll-free number."
  • "Never slap a man while he's chewing tobacco."
  • "I've always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs."

2. He Married Claire
They say behind every great man stands a strong woman. Well, Claire Underwood stands behind no one. Her cunning attitude and quick wits make her a perfect partner for Frank. More than once she's gotten him out of a jam. Claire can go from having an affair one minute to sabotaging her lover's life the next. She even managed to turn a scandal for a politician's wife (having an abortion) into a great moment for her personal and professional life (accusing her former college rapist, now a high-ranking military General, of being the reason she got the abortion in the first place). If there's one thing Claire Underwood has taught us it's that you don't rise to the rank of First Lady of the United States by just shaking hands and kissing babies.

3. He Gets Away With Murder
No one is safe with Frank Underwood around. Not even dogs (as we learned in the opening moments of the show). Frank has no gripes with murder, as long as it serves a purpose with getting him closer to his goal. Peter Russo was just a pawn in a game to force the Vice President out of the way. Zoe Barns just got a little too close to a story, and too close to a subway platform for that matter. Either way, all characters are forewarned. Frank knows how to cover his tracks.

4. Frank's Focus
Who didn't feel bad for Freddy the BBQ Guy when Frank tossed him aside like yesterday's baby back ribs. Or how about when Frank turned the shooting death of a child into a negotiation tool to stop a teachers' strike. Frank is resourceful. He will not let anything stand in his way. It's worked out so far. He's gone from the guy whipping votes in Congress to running the country from the White House (although there might not be a difference between the two). Without running a campaign, Frank has become President by outsmarting his opponents, Chiefs of Staff, Washington lobbyists, hired hookers included.

5. No One Messes With Frank
Hell hath no fury like Frank Underwood scorned. This all started from him getting screwed over right? All they had to do was make him Secretary of State like they promised. But then again, we wouldn't have a story to watch. Where would the nation's capital be without the thrill of Washington Herald reporters fearing for their lives, or a menage-a-trois with a secret service agent, or former waitresses/prostitutes knocking out Harry Stamper (Is he really dead?). Either way, the fact that Frank was wronged first is why we can't help but root for him. A small part of us wants him to win -- maybe not commit any more murders along the way -- but win nonetheless. Long Live President Underwood.