What show features a modern day Macbeth?

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House of Cards is quite similar to Shakespeare's Macbeth. The show is about a ruthless politician (Frank Underwood) who does whatever it takes to become president. When the show begins, he is a representative from South Carolina. Using a series of strategic moves, Mr. Underwood becomes Vice President and finally, President of the United States. He resorts to lying, manipulation, and even murder in order to get to the top. One difference between Mr. Underwood and Macbeth is that Underwood seems much more able to hide his anxiety. Underwood comes across as cold, calculating, and with no remorse. Macbeth, on the other hand, is psychologically troubled from the start and other people notice this. Early on, Underwood hides any psychological turmoil he goes through. 

His wife, Claire, is also quite motivated to see Frank get to top in political life. Therefore, she is quite similar to Lady Macbeth who is Macbeth's primary motivator. Like Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Frank and Claire work together as a political team. Both couples are willing to use corrupt means to reach higher positions of power and authority.