By Ben Cramer
Netflix – the wonderful video streaming service that fueled our culture’s golden age of television – has produced their own original shows this for the first time last year. Their premiere show was House of Cards, created by Beau Willimon (The Ides of March). The show originated from the works of British author Michael Dobbs, who in 1989 published a novel titled House of Cards. It became the first novel in a trilogy following the amoral ascension of British politician Francis Urquhart. The trilogy was adapted as a BBC miniseries in 1990 by Andrew Davies. In 2013, Netflix decided it had enough of a devoted audience to make original content. The entire first season of the show was available for streaming on February 1, 2013. It quickly gained an audience and several Emmy nominations. House of Cards received 9 of the 14 nominations Netflix received for last year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Actress Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Dramatic Television Series. Director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) won a Golden Globe as well for Best Direction (he directed the first two episodes).
All in all, everyone with a Netflix account has the opportunity to watch this fantastic show, so why not start now?
Season two came out on Valentine’s Day and if the rest of the season is as good as the first two episodes, then it’ll top season one. It’s not too bold to already say that Netflix’s House of Cards will be collecting the Emmys and Golden Globes for this season.