House of Cards (U.S. TV series)

House of Cards is an American web series that is broadcast since February 2013 in the United States of Netflix streaming. The political thriller series was created as an extended U.S. adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, in turn based on the novel A house of cards.

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The series takes place in Washington, D.C. In the center is Francis "Frank" Underwood ( Spacey ), an intelligent, experienced and power-conscious congressman of the Democratic Party. As Majority Whip of the Democrats, it is his duty to bring the delegates to party or government line. When the coveted and already promised post of foreign minister, however, denied him the new president and party colleague Garrett Walker, Underwood seeks revenge. Through intrigue and ruthless approach it increases its political influence, supported by his wife Claire also calculated. Frank now uses his intimate knowledge of the political establishment in Washington and exploited, among others, an ambitious reporter for his goals.

Special stylistic devices in the presentation is the repeated breaking of the fourth wall by the protagonists, and this directs his often sarcastic remarks directly to the audience.


Main Characters

Production and broadcasting

The video -on- demand provider Netflix secured the rights to the competition of the U.S. cable channel like HBO, Showtime and AMC and immediately ordered two squadrons with a total of 26 episodes. In industry circles, the commitment of Netflix is considered groundbreaking, thus as an internet service runs for the first time such a large-scale project whose costs are expected to amount for two seasons on supposedly around 100 million dollars. Netflix introduced on February 1, 2013, all 13 episodes of the first season at the same time for retrieval. This cultural phenomenon of binge watchings is favored. Beginning in February 2014 extended the series to Netflix for a third season with another 13 episodes, which is currently in the writing process.

For Germany, the pay-TV channel Sky Atlantic HD has secured the broadcast rights, and sent the first broadcasts of the first season from February 4 to April 29, 2013. In Free TV the rights belong to the ProSiebenSat.1 Media. The first episode was shown on November 6, 2013 in ProSieben Maxx in the original version with German subtitles as a preview, from 13 November, two episodes ( including the first ) are regularly sent per week. On Sat.1 and one ORF is the dubbed version since November 10, 2013 aired on Sat.1 ended broadcasting on 29 December 2013. In Switzerland it shows SRF1 bilingual since 11 November 2013.



House of Cards was praised in advance of the broadcast. In various meetings, the series received good reviews.

"In" House of Cards "by David Fincher, the politicians are all ruthless psychopaths. The bitter opus with Hollywood star Kevin Spacey is the finest U.S. series fabric - and a milestone because with Netflix an Internet service for the first time so propped a mammoth project. [ ... ] For " House of Cards " could mark a turning point for the entire industry, because the political drama is in the United States can not be seen in the classic television, but initially only on the Internet. "

" Kevin Spacey gives the evil puppeteer with stunning charm: " House of Cards " shows the political Washington in the tradition of Shakespeare's history plays. "


House of Cards is the first single broadcast via streaming service series, which was nominated for best drama series Emmy. Overall, they received nine nominations. In three of the nine categories, the series received an award.

She was also nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award and the TCA Award.

Robin Wright won the 2014 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actress - Drama.

DVD and Blu -ray releases

  • Season 1 was released on June 11, 2013.
  • Season 1 was released on June 10, 2013.
  • Season 1 was released on June 27, 2013.
  • Season 1 was released on 17 December 2013.