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Season 3 was accidentally released to Netflix two weeks before the official release. It was taken down around 17 minutes later.
The first two seasons together cost $100 million.
Michel Gill (President Walker) and Jayne Atkinson (Catherine Durant) are married in real-life.
First original Netflix production to win an Emmy.
In season 3, Doug Stamper's (Michael Kelly) niece and nephew are played by his real life children, Franke and Clinton.
Production was based in a 300,000+ sq. ft. warehouse in the fashion industrial district in Joppa, MD. The set is actually part of an older Macy's distribution center, and all the driving scenes were performed in a green screen room, which served as a refrigerator for fur coats. Inside the building the following sets can be found: Oval Office, the Underwood home (upper lower and main levels), House of Representatives, various state representative's offices, South Carolina governor's office, various plush hotel suites.
Production of this original Netflix series is virtually unique for the extraordinary creative freedom permitted filmmakers to write/direct/produce without undue supervision or second-guessing, major factor that drew Oscar nominees like David Fincher to the project.
Fincher stated that every main cast member was their first choice. In the first read through, he said "I want everybody here to know that you represent our first choice - each actor here represents our first choice for these characters. So do not *beep* this up."
Each season has 13 episodes. One episode per card in a suit of playing cards.
During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Kevin Spacey was asked, "What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?" His answer was, "Politics."
The first democratic whip was appointed in 1889 and named Oscar Wilder Underwood
Netflix won the bidding war between the rest of the networks to produce the show because they committed to do two seasons directly.
David Fincher offered the role of Claire Underwood directly to Robin Wright, with whom he had just worked on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). He convinced her by promising she would have input in the creation of the character.
In 2015, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich launched his campaign to become Missouri's Republican gubernatorial candidate with a speech exposing what he characterized as corruption among the state's Republican Party establishment. That establishment responded with a subtle and not-so-subtle smear campaign against Schweich; tactics included spreading the (incorrect) rumor that Schweich was Jewish and airing an advertisement in the style of "House of Cards," complete with narration by a southern-accented Kevin Spacey sound-alike that smeared Schweich's character, called him "a weak candidate for governor," and sneered that "he could be easily confused for the deputy sheriff of Mayberry." Not long after this smear campaign started, Schweich committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot. After Schweich's suicide, his campaign's media director, Robert "Spence" Jackson, again denounced the corruption in the state Republican Party that he said was partly to blame for Schweich's death; about a month after that, Jackson also committed suicide.
An adaptation of the original BBC drama series House of Cards (1990) , itself based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, a British politician and author.
In May 2015, the Kansas City Star reported that Missouri House Speaker John Diehl, a 49-year-old conservative Republican with a wife and three sons who ran on a platform of "family values," had been engaging in an exchange of sexually explicit text messages with a House intern who was a college freshman. Various sources also reported that the intern saved Diehl's number in her phone's contact list under the name "Frank Underwood."
The first teaser trailer for Season four premiered during the Republican Party debate on CNN which featured a mock Presidential campaign advertisement.
Netflix online company's second original production for online streaming following Lilyhammer (2012).
Uncredited 'hacktivist' Gregg Housh worked closely with actor Jimmi Simpson (Gavin Orsay) on the Baltimore set for 6 months as a computer hacker-advisor.
In the third season the name of Russia's president is Viktor Petrov, V. and P. as in Vladmir Putin.
In February 2016, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., started displaying a painting of Kevin Spacey by the British artist Jonathan Yeo. Although the NPG often exhibits portraits of actors (among other prominent Americans), the gallery is also well-known for its portraits of the U.S. presidents and bills itself as "the nation's only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House." In that vein, several sources (including Vulture and the official twitter feeds for both the TV show House of Cards and the National Portrait Gallery) reported on this new portrait as though it were actually a painting of President Frank Underwood instead of the actor who portrays him.
The "king of barbecue", Freddy, portrayed by Reg E. Cathey has appeared in a recurring role in four of the five television series that are or have been filmed in Baltimore, Maryland. Besides House of Cards he has appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner, and The Wire. The only show that he has not been part of is Veep.
Along with the fourth season of Arrested Development (2003) and Hemlock Grove (2013), became the first original Netflix production to be nominated for an Emmy.
During a meeting with Peter Russo, Francis Underwood offers him a drink. Peter accepts the drink and asks Francis if he is going to have one, to which Francis responds that it is too early to be drinking. Kevin Spacey also plays Dave Harkin in Horrible Bosses, where he does the same thing to Jason Bateman's character.
Robin Wright revealed on a recent interview (May 2016) that when she found out she was getting paid less than Kevin Spacey, she somewhat channelized her character of Claire and threatened the producers of going public with the salary injustice if they didn't fix it.
Most of the characters incorrectly pronounce Xander Feng's family name as "Fang". Only Raymond Tusk pronounces it correctly as "Fung" which makes sense since he is the only western character who speaks Chinese. Xander, however, would not be his given Chinese name, but it is common for Chinese people to select western names.
Director list in the first 3 seasons includes famous names such as David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, Jodie Foster and actress Robin Wright, who plays Francis Underwood's wife, Claire.
The first Congressional Democratic Party Whip (Frank's position) in U.S. history also had the surname Underwood, and also hailed from a Southern state: Oscar Underwood of Alabama, in 1889. Also, the U.S. Senate's first Democratic Whip, John Worth Kern, had the same surname of the character selected for Secretary of State over Frank.
Starting on season 4, a new terrorist threat appears as the Islamic Caliphate Organization (ICO), a not so subtle reference to the real life Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Kevin Spacey, Jayne Atkinson and Derek Cecil also appeared in the 2008 HBO movie Recount, another political thriller that was based on actual events surrounding the 2000 presidential election.
In season 1 episode 1, Francis is seen playing Killzone 3, Kevin Spacey is also a voice actor in one of the Call Of Duty(advanced warfare) Games, also a first person shooter.
Lead characters in British and American versions share the same first name, Francis. While the American surname Underwood has a similar meaning to the British protagonist Urquhart's surname, which has been translated from Gaelic as "near the thicket."
Michael Kelly (Doug Stamper), Jimmi Simpson (Gavin Orsay), Elizabeth Marvel (Heather Dunbar), Sebastian Arcelus (Lucas Goodwin), Reg E. Cathey (Freddy), Boris McGiver (Tom Hammerschmidt) and Al Sapienza (Marty Spinella) also play important roles in "Person of Interest": Mark Snow, Logan Pierce, Alicia Corwin, Matthews, Davidson, George Hersh and Detective Raymond Terney respectively.
It is shown that Claire is from Dallas Texas, not so interestingly Robin Wright (who plays the character of Claire) was also born in Dallas, Texas.
Actor Jimmi Simpson plays a computer hacker in both House of Cards and White House Down. Both of these have to do with the president and the White House.
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Robin Wright's character, First Lady Claire Underwood, was born in Dallas, Texas, which is where Wright was actually born.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Kate Mara was told from the beginning that Zoe was going to die eventually, but to keep the secrecy before the second season premiere, Mara couldn't tell anyone that she wasn't part of the show anymore, so she would lie when someone asked how was the shooting going.
Chapter 52 (Season 4, Episode 13) is the first time Claire Underwood ( Robin Wright ) breaks the fourth wall.
Members of the Russian punk rock/political activist group Pussy Riot have a cameo appearance in the third season to protest against (fictional) Russian President Viktor Petrov. In real life, the group has protested against the actual Russian president, Vladmir Putin, with whom Petrov shares the initials VP.
Creator Beau Willimon told Michael Kelly that Doug survived the attack of Rachel and would be back to season 3 right after shooting the second season finale.
Both House of Cards and The West Wing (1999) are TV shows about Democratic presidential administrations. Each also feature a White House Chief of Staff who is a recovering alcoholic, and an assassination attempt on the president.
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In the third season,the Russian president's name is Viktor Petrov.Current president of Russia had a brother named 'Viktor' Putin who passed away early.

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