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House of Cards 

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Series (2013–2018)
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A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

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Beau Willimon
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6   5   4   3   2   1  
2018   2017   2016   2015   2014   2013  
Top Rated TV #91 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 32 wins & 215 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robin Wright ...  Claire Underwood 73 episodes, 2013-2018
Michael Kelly ...  Doug Stamper 72 episodes, 2013-2018
Kevin Spacey ...  Francis Underwood 65 episodes, 2013-2017
Justin Doescher ...  Frank Underwood Security / ... 1 episode, 2014-2018
Derek Cecil ...  Seth Grayson 49 episodes, 2014-2018
Jayne Atkinson ...  Catherine Durant 38 episodes, 2013-2018
Nathan Darrow ...  Edward Meechum 35 episodes, 2013-2016
Mahershala Ali ...  Remy Danton 33 episodes, 2013-2016
Boris McGiver ...  Tom Hammerschmidt 30 episodes, 2013-2018
Paul Sparks ...  Thomas Yates 27 episodes, 2015-2018
Molly Parker ...  Jackie Sharp 25 episodes, 2014-2016
Neve Campbell ...  Leann Harvey 25 episodes, 2016-2017
Jeremy Holm ...  Nathan Green 25 episodes, 2014-2018
Michel Gill ...  President Garrett Walker / ... 24 episodes, 2013-2017
Marla Aaron Wapner ...  WH Press Corp / ... 7 episodes, 2013-2017
Nini Le Huynh ...  Claire's Assistant / ... 21 episodes, 2015-2018
Gregory Divers ...  White House Press Corps / ... 10 episodes, 2013-2018
Elizabeth Marvel ...  Heather Dunbar 20 episodes, 2014-2016
Larry Pine ...  Bob Birch 21 episodes, 2013-2017
Campbell Scott ...  Mark Usher 19 episodes, 2017-2018
Sakina Jaffrey ...  Linda Vasquez 18 episodes, 2013-2018
Constance Zimmer ...  Janine Skorsky 19 episodes, 2013-2018
Rachel Brosnahan ...  Rachel Posner / ... 19 episodes, 2013-2015
Curtiss Cook ...  Terry Womack 18 episodes, 2013-2017
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Majority House Whip Francis Underwood takes you on a long journey as he exacts his vengeance on those he feels wronged him - that is, his own cabinet members including the President of the United States himself. Dashing, cunning, methodical and vicious, Frank Underwood along with his equally manipulative yet ambiguous wife, Claire, take Washington by storm through climbing the hierarchical ladder to power in this Americanized recreation of the BBC series of the same name. Written by Jacob Oberfrank

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Drama

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Gerald McRaney, Molly Parker and Kim Dickens all appeared on HBO's TV series Deadwood (2004). See more »

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[first lines]
Francis Underwood: There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that's only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.
[strangles dog]
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Spoofed in DInner for one a la Netflix (2016) See more »

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5 Seasons Of Highly Addictive Political Drama And Darkly Funny Satire
6 December 2015 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

I love spectacular TV-shows with amazing production values like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, but I have to say: although House of Cards has little interest in jaw-dropping images or gruesome make-up effects, it delivers just as many dark thrills to keep you glued to your seat as the action-heavy flagships of HBO and AMC. It's a testament to the writers', directors' and actors' talents that a show which mostly consists of people talking is as much a prime candidate for binge- watching as the shows I've mentioned before, so for those of you who haven't started watching it yet, be warned: House of Cards is highly addictive.

The show is based on the acclaimed BBC mini-series of the same name from 1990, but while the original show focused on the inner workings of British politics, the remake is entirely US based and concentrates on the rise of power-hungry congressman Francis Underwood who is played by Kevin Spacey. On the surface, the show might appear to be a political drama - which it certainly is - but it's also so much more than that. House of Cards combines a vast number of genres; it's a thriller, a love story, a black comedy and a satire - and a very interesting lesson in US politics, which, given creator Beau Willimon's profound knowledge on the subject (he used to work as a campaign aid for Hillary Clinton, Bill Bradley and Howard Dean), is probably a lot more accurate than what we would like to believe.

It's also worth mentioning that House of Cards was heavily inspired by certain works of William Shakespeare. The character of Francis Underwood is a combination of Richard III and Macbeth, and in true Shakespeare manner, he often addresses the audience directly to inform us of his evil schemes. As in the bard's two famous plays, the villain is also the protagonist and - to a certain degree - the person you root for. And what makes him so much fun and so compelling to watch here, is - regardless what you think of him as a person - Kevin Spacey's performance. Spacey's portrayal of a charming but deadly predator is simply perfect; despite the character's obvious willingness to go to extreme lengths to get what he wants, Spacey always keeps him believable and avoids the temptation of making him appear like a caricature or as over-the-top as Richard III in the play. But many of his co-stars are just as impressive; some of them actually downright outshine the famous oscar-winner, and especially Robin Wright gives an amazing performance as Underwood's equally ambitious wife and partner in crime (yes, season 6 is a let-down, especially the final episode, but that's not Wright's fault).

To sum up my overall impressions: Under the guidance of David Fincher (who serves as an executive producer on the show and also directed the first couple of episodes), Beau Willimon has developed one of the smartest and most entertaining TV-shows - with one of the most impressive casts - contemporary television has to offer. Seasons 1-5 are highly recommended.

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1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)
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