Review: House of Cards episode 1.01

Netflix’s first original series, “House of Cards,” is a good first entry.

Kate Mara

Kevin Spacey plays House Majority Whip Rep. Francis Underwood, who has his sights set on the nation’s top job.

He finds out from the president’s chief of staff Linda Vasquez that Michael Kern will be nominated for secretary of state instead of him. His wife Claire (played by Robin Wright) gets upset that day not only that he didn’t call her with news, but that he accepted this turn of events.

Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”) is Zoe Barnes, a cub reporter wanting to expose the “real” Washington on a blog at “The Washington Herald.” She joins forces with Underwood as an in to do so.

The president wants Donald Blythe to write an education bill in his first 100 days, but Underwood is more capable and able to get the job done for him. Underwood leaked it to Barnes, and ends up getting to write the bill.

Constance Zimmer (also “Entourage”) is the Herald’s chief political correspondent, though she didn’t appear much in this episode. Her character, of course, doesn’t appreciate Barnes leapfrogging her with the bill’s leak on the Herald’s web site.

The show does what it needs to, though I didn’t like Spacey’s exposition to the camera during the episode. Still, Spacey’s a world- class talent and can probably carry this one pretty easily.

“Nashville,” take note: this is how political intrigue stories are done.

This episode is airing free for non- Netflix members at

Grade: B+

- Kevin Spacey
- House of Cards (2013)
- Netflix

Written by: KurtK26
Feb 1st, 2013, 10:27 am

Images courtesy of Netflix



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Message Posted On Feb 1st, 2013, 9:23 pm

Nice reference to the original BBC series by the last commenter.


Message Posted On Feb 1st, 2013, 8:37 pm
'You might well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.'

Message Posted On Feb 1st, 2013, 12:32 pm
Managed 4 episodes today, and visually it's really nice, and the story (not the dialogue) is almost West Wing quality. Only problem is that with this speed i'll have watched the entire season in three days;)

Message Posted On Feb 1st, 2013, 11:24 am
Hmmm, this actually sounds pretty interesting. I think I'll check it out, since I'm already a subscriber.
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