House of Cards (2013)/Season One

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Season One
House of Cards (2013)
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Season Release February 1, 2013
Episode Count 13



Season Two

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Season One (2013) of House of Cards premiered exclusively on Netflix's instant streaming service on February 1, 2013. Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards tells the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a prominent and powerful Democrat Congressman from South Carolina who gets passed over for Secretary of State despite helping elect a President who promised him the title. Throughout the season, Frank Underwood frequently breaks the fourth wall to talk to the viewers in an inner monologue as he details his methods of exacting revenge on the D.C. insiders who betrayed him. In parallel stories, the first season also follows Underwood's wife, Claire (Robin Wright), who runs a non-profit organization often at odds with the political ambitions of her husband. Other intertwining storylines highlight Peter Russo (Corey Stoll), a Congressman attempting to control his drug addiction and Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara), an up-and-coming reporter searching for her first big break.

Making use of Netflix's novel delivery method, executive producer David Fincher decided to have all 13 episodes of the first season available to stream immediately.[1]



Main Cast

Supporting and Recurring Cast


The season was produced by independent studio Media Rights Capital who obtained the rights from the original BBC adaptation. Executive producer David Fincher pitched the idea to several networks, including HBO, AMC, and Showtime, but all three were outbid by Netflix, who used the first season as a launchpad for Netflix original programming. The staff writers for this season were Beau Willimon, Keith Huff, Rick Cleveland, Sarah Treem, Sam Forman, Kate Barnow, and Gina Gionfriddo. The directors were Fincher, James Foley, Joel Schumacher, Charles McDougall, Carl Franklin, and Allen Coulter. Each director filmed two consecutive episodes, with Foley directing an additional episode afterward.


# # Title Written By Directed By
1 1 Chapter 1 Beau Willimon David Fincher
2 2 Chapter 2 Beau Willimon David Fincher
3 3 Chapter 3 Keith Huff &
Beau Willimon
James Foley
4 4 Chapter 4 Rick Cleveland &
Beau Willimon
James Foley
5 5 Chapter 5 Sarah Treem Joel Schumacher
6 6 Chapter 6 Sam Forman Joel Schumacher
7 7 Chapter 7 Kate Barnow &
Beau Willimon
Charles McDougall
8 8 Chapter 8 Beau Willimon Charles McDougall
9 9 Chapter 9 Beau Willimon &
Rick Cleveland
James Foley
10 10 Chapter 10 Sarah Treem Carl Franklin
11 11 Chapter 11 Keith Huff &
Kate Barnow &
Beau Willimon
Carl Franklin
12 12 Chapter 12 Gina Gionfriddo &
Beau Willimon
Allen Coulter
13 13 Chapter 13 Beau Willimon Allen Coulter



With nine nominations, House of Cards is the first online original programming television series to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Robin Wright, and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for David Fincher. On September 15, 2013, Eigil Bryld won a Creative Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series and Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert picked up Creative Emmy Awards for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. On September 22, 2013, Fincher won an Emmy for Oustanding Directing for a Drama Series ("Chapter 1").


Netflix has not released official viewing figures for House of Cards, but an official spokesperson has stated that Netflix is “happy with the reception the show has gotten in the media, on social media and from our members in reviews.”[2]

Media Releases

Online, House of Cards is exclusive to Netflix. In the United States, the season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 11, 2013 and was available for rental through Redbox. Director's commentary was added to all 13 episodes on January 3, 2014.


  1. "'House of Cards' On Netflix: Inside Intel on Kevin Spacey's Dark Drama," Huffington Post.
  2. "House of Cards: Netflix's experiment in binging pays off," The Telegraph.

House of Cards (2013) Seasons
Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3 | Season 4 | Season 5 | Season 6