House of Cards
Developed by: David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Beau Willimon
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara
Premiering: Friday, February 1 on Netflix.

There are many reasons to look forward to House of Cards, not the least of which is the talent behind it (more on that later), but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new Netflix Original Series, one that distinguishes it from, well, all non-Netflix-related shows, is that the entire first season will be released on a single day. That's right, instead of stringing Season 1 out over three months, the streaming video service will upload all 13 installments of the David Fincher and Beau Willimon adaptation starring Kevin Spacey on February 1.

Joining Spacey in front of the camera are the equally great Robin Wright, Kate Mara and Corey Stoll. And there's that aforementioned talent, not to mention a late Friday night. Will it be good enough to forgo sleep and marathon the entire freshman year? The first trailer says 'yes!' (as do all the ensuing spots) and you'd have a tough time finding a better pair to bring House of Cards to American small screens (Michael Dobbs' novel of the same name has already been adapted for British television by the BBC) than Academy Award nominees Fincher (The Social Network) and Willimon (Ides of March. The series is set in Washington D.C., dealing in the dark and shady underbelly of American politics. The surface of politics is despicable enough, imagine what is going on behind the scenes? Well, the tagline says it all, "Bad, for a greater good."

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