If William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth got turned into a Hollywood-run political drama, it would be called House of Cards.
Based off the BBC miniseries and author Michael Dobbs’ novel of the same name, House of Cards is one of today's most popular and most anticipated shows, having debuted its fourth season this month. Filled with political intrigue, scandal, and sometimes murder, we follow Congressman Frank Underwood (portrayed by Kevin Spacey) as he climbs the ladder from House Majority Whip all the way to United States President with the help of his beautiful wife Claire Underwood (played by Robin Wright). Even if you don't understand politics, you are captivated by these two evil players as they manipulate their way through Washington- all for the taste of power.
Since its debut on Netflix, it has gotten much critical acclaim for its writing, production, and stellar performances. Heck, it's so good Kevin Spacey, as Frank Underwood, crashed CNN’s Republican Debate to announce the release date of the current season, which says a lot about the political climate in America today and how our pop culture is affected by it. Today, shows like Homeland, for example, reflect the international and domestic issues that plague our country and its politicians. House of Cards reveals mainly Washington’s darker side, which may be the reason why it's so fun to watch. In fact, there's so much that goes into the Netflix original that most fans are unaware of.
13 The Network Battle For The Show
12 Fincher Chose Robin Wright Specifically for Claire
11 Fincher Had Some Choice Words for the Cast
10 Yes, the Politics in the Show Are Real
9 It's One of President Obama’s Favorite Shows
8 Frank Underwood Is Based On A Couple of People
7 The First Netflix Show To Win an Emmy
6 President Walker And the Secretary of State Are Married?
5 The Show Shares Similarities With "The Wire"
Fans of the critically acclaimed HBO drama The Wire are sure able to spot the similarities between that and House of Cards. Most notably, they are both shot in and around Baltimore, Maryland. There's also some familiar faces on House of Cards, such as Reg. E. Cathey who portrays Freddy. Freddy is the proud owner of a BBQ hangout. He also appeared on The Wire for two seasons. The Stamper, a diner located in Baltimore, was also featured on The Wire.
4 Very Popular in China
3 Millions in Tax Credits Were Spent on Production
2 Rachel Was Supposed To Only Have 5 Lines
1 Underwood’s Portrait is in the National Portrait Gallery
Sources: www.mashable, wikipedia, imdb
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