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House of Cards is an American political drama about a U.S. politician who risks his career to make the ascension to the role of Commander-in-Chief. Based on a 1990s BBC series of the same name, the American version of House of Cards is produced exclusively for the video streaming network Netflix.

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey in his first series work since the mid-1980s. Spacey portrays Congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat who has the role of Minority Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives. In exchange for the assistance in the most recent presidential election, the incoming Garrett Walker (Michael Gill) promises Underwood the position of Secretary of State in his new administration. However, right before Walker is sworn in, his Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez (Sakina Jaffrey) reneges on the offer and informs Underwood that they will nominate Senator Michael Kern in his place.

Underwood is not happy about this sudden change of plans by President Walker. In fact, he is so furious he decides not only to undermine Kern's nomination, but discredit Walker in the process. He's aided in the process by his environmental activist wife Claire (Robin Wright), who is also ticked off by the underhandedness of the Walker administration after her and her husband put so many hours into the President's campaign.

No one is safe in the path of Underwood's reign of terror. His first target is Representative Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), who is given a second chance by Underwood as long as he plays his way. While Russo reluctantly sides with Underwood in the beginning to derail Kern's nomination to Secretary of State, the representative eventually becomes a pawn in Underwood's plan. He also becomes Underwood's potential downfall after word gets out to investigative reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) about the Majority Whip's nefarious deeds.

House of Cards was developed by Beau Willimon and produced by Willimon as well as Kevin Spacey, Eric Roth, and John Melfi, among others. Media Rights Capital is the production studio for the program. House of Cards premiered on February 1, 2013 on Netflix.

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4 Seasons, 53 Episodes
February 1, 2013
Drama, Family, Mystery
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  • As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

  • Frank asks Will to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.

  • Frank ups the ante on the war on terror to counter Conway's public show of strength. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

  • As Frank deals with a new threat to his candidacy, Claire has doubts about their plan. Claire faces a difficult decision concerning her mother.

  • At the convention, Frank and his team publicly push for Catherine Durant to be chosen as his running mate, but privately pursue a different agenda.

  • Formidable as ever, both Underwoods have their eyes on the big picture as they manipulate a potential running mate and push the gun bill.

  • Frank and Claire adjust to their new reality. The search for Frank's running mate begins. Frank starts a campaign to weaken Conway's strong support.

  • Claire clashes with the Secretary of State over her involvement in negotiations with Russia. Dunbar must choose between her campaign and her ethics.

  • Claire advises Donald Blythe on dealing with Petrov. Further investigations of Lucas Goodwin dredges up his accusations against Frank.

  • Claire threatens Frank. Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia. An event at a campaign stop changes everything.

  • Claire joins Frank as he stumps in South Carolina, but he doesn't trust her. A disastrous scandal blindsides Frank's campaign on primary day.

  • Claire's absence causes problems for Frank on the campaign trail amid rumors of a marital rift. Claire tries to strike out on her own.

  • In the midst of the Iowa caucuses, Frank and Claire must confront hard truths about each other.

  • Heather Dunbar goes for the jugular, forcing Claire to confront her worst fears. The rift between Frank and Claire widens.

  • Things turn ugly when Frank, Jackie, and Heather square off during their first debate. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

  • Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one while Claire tries to preserve the peace-keeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.

  • The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos just as Frank's campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets disturbing intel and counsels him.

  • A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast and Frank must make a difficult choice.

  • Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.

  • Frank declares war on Congress to jump-start his jobs program. Claire spars with the Russian Ambassador.

  • Claire bypasses Russia at the U.N. Frank tries to outmaneuver a potential challenger and ends up face to face with a higher power.

  • The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills, and some punks heat things up.

  • Claire's U.N. bid runs into trouble. Frank fights off mutiny with a bold address to the country.

  • A rocky start for the Underwood Presidency. Frank wants to introduce an ambitious jobs program, while Claire sets her sights on the United Nations.

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