The wait is finally over. Today, Netflix drops all 13 episodes of the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey political drama House of Cards. Although it's not the first Netflix original series to premiere (think Lilyhammer), it's definitely the biggest budget series to debut on the streaming platform.
As is becoming tradition, Netflix has made all 13 episodes available at once. Anyone up for a marathon?
House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as a the House Majority Whip, a master politician who sets his sights on much higher office. Here's the official synopsis:
Based on the British miniseries, ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern D.C. Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”) and Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) costar in the first original series from David Fincher (“The Social Network”) and Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”).
House of Cards is the true first punch to the traditional cable model for Netflix, but it's definitely not the only one they have in store. In May, the long-awaited new season of Arrested Development will debut on Netflix - you guessed it, all at once. And just a few weeks before that, the original series Hemlock Grove from horror master Eli Roth will make its debut.
Yesterday we learned that Microsoft will unlock the Netflix app to all Xbox LIVE users (not just GOLD members) this weekend with the expressed purpose of getting House of Cards into more living rooms.