Remember when the new Harry Potter books would come out at midnight bookstore openings, and local news would track down the first 12-year-old kid in town to finish the book the following evening? I wonder who will be the first to finish House of Cards.
House of Cards, the new David Fincher/Kevin Spacey political drama that is the lynchpin of Netflix’s new streaming original content strategy, has gone live on Netflix, with all 13 episodes of the first season becoming available simultaneously. Netflix announced Friday, according to Deadline, that it is making the first episode of the series available to non-subscribers, as an inducement to subscribe.
The show, a remake of a British series from the early 1990s, stars Spacey as a ruthless, powerful Congressman, and the cast also includes Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll and Reg E. Cathey. Fincher directed the pilot, with writer Beau Willimon the primary creative force.
Early reviews have been mostly positive, with Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall, despite some reservations, writing that the series is for to “a very promising start, at a minimum,” and praising Spacey’s “great, theatrical performance.” The AV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff called the show “compulsively watchable, slow-moving and poorly structured as it is.”