House of Cards (2013–2018)
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Chapter 1 

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
Corey Stoll ... Rep. Peter Russo
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
Boris McGiver ... Tom Hammerschmidt
Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
Dan Ziskie Dan Ziskie ... VP Matthews (as Dan Ziske)
Elizabeth Norment Elizabeth Norment ... Nancy Kaufberger
Reed Birney ... Rep. Donald Blythe
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Storyline

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Reg E. Cathey, who plays Freddy, also starred in Se7en (1995) as an autopsy doctor. In that same movie Kevin Spacey starred as John Doe, the villain. Both were directed by David Fincher. See more »

Goofs

The characters are seen taking a Washington Flyer taxicab around D.C. This cab company exclusively serves Dulles International Airport. See more »

Quotes

Linda Vasquez: I know he made you a promise, but circumstances have changed.
Francis Underwood: The nature of promises, Linda, is that they remain immune to changing circumstances.
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Connections

References The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No. 2
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Netflix is horning in on HBO's action with this one
15 June 2017 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

Between the wide aspect ratio and the scrolling credits, it's clear that this show's goals are loftier than just television. It's a skillfully made episode, especially for an opener. And when you need an actor to play the wronged (read: vengeful) career politician, Kevin Spacey is your go-to, there is no question; the rage just simmers underneath, man.

With how Netflix has redefined TV schedules, there's a relaxed pacing to this that kinda surprised me. But it's got the attention-getters where they count and ends on just the right note of menace.

Frank Underwood is not to be trifled with.

7/10


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