House of Cards is an American political thriller television series created by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same title and based on the novel of the same title by Michael Dobbs. The first 13-episode season was released on February 1, 2013, on the streaming service Netflix.
On October 30, 2017, following sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, Netflix announced that the sixth season would be the final season. On November 3, 2017, Netflix announced that Spacey was removed from the show. On December 4, 2017, Netflix announced that the season would consist of eight episodes and would start production in early 2018, without Spacey's involvement. It was released on November 2, 2018.
- "With Frank out of the picture, Claire Underwood steps fully into her own as the first woman president, but faces formidable threats to her legacy."
- —Netflix synopsis
House of Cards is set in Washington, D.C. and is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip, and his equally ambitious wife Claire Underwood. Frank is passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, so he initiates an elaborate plan to attain power, aided by Claire. The series deals with themes of ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, betrayal, and power.
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