If you’re waiting for the season premiere of Netflix’s first original series, the David Fincher-produced “House of Cards,” to stream on Feb. 1, you’re going to get more than just the pilot. The movie-streaming site is releasing not only the pilot but all 26 episodes of season 1 in its archive on the same day. Netflix’s decision to release “House of Cards’” entire run thus far on the same day is unprecedented in American entertainment programming, as most traditional networks present episodes of programs to viewers over time.
“House of Cards” is a Washington political drama with an all-star cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Kate Mara, and is produced by David Fincher, whose credits include being director of “Seven,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “Fight Club.” The series explores power and ambition in American politics and features Spacey as House Majority Whip Francis Underwood as he and his wife (Wright) do anything in their power to get to the top of Washington’s elite.
The movie-streaming site not only has “House of Cards” as part of its own original programming, but comedy fans are awaiting for the return of the critically-acclaimed series “Arrested Development,” which should hit Netflix sometime next year. Their push for original content not only differentiates them from the glut of video-streaming sites like Hulu and AppleTV but also gives the Silicon Valley-based company a chance to take on Hollywood directly. If “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” succeed in getting more people to subscribe to Netflix, expect more original programming from them in the future.