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House Of Cards | English TV Serial On DVD | Introductory Reviews

Recently we got a chance to find English TV Serial House Of Cards on Amazon India. We found the concept of the series interesting and decided to give it a shot. We purchase the DVD set, and we found that it was right decision to go for it. If political drama is your cup of tea, you will enjoy watching it. And if you are not sure whether you will like it or not, as it might be a new genre for you; go through our reviews and then follow your instincts.

Beau Willimon liked House Of Cards a mini-series aired on BBC and he thought to adapt the same in the context of USA. (It is worth to note that the BBC’s mini-series is based on the novel of the same name by author Michael Dobbs.) He hence developed and produced a TV Serial retaining the same name “House Of Cards”. The entire TV series was premiered on Netflix (the popular online streaming service) and all the 13 episodes of the first season were made available on Feb 1, 2013.

The story of the TV Series is set in the present day and focused mainly on the political incidents took place in Washington D.C. The story moves ahead in a kind of narration way in the beginning. The narration continues throughout but it appears for lesser time on the screen. The narrator of the tale is Frank Underwood (played fantastically by Kevin Spacey) is a Democrat congressman and the protagonist of the series. He dreams high, takes practical decisions, manipulate things, very emotional but buries his feelings inside only, his face doesn’t tell what he is thinking. His character is represented as ambitious fellow who doesn’t hesitate doing bad things when he see greater good. Robin Wright played his equally ambitious, practical and focused wife Claire Underwood who can be ruthless like her husband when needed.

Of course there are many more characters come our way and almost all of them are played fantastically by talented actors. And we will discuss about the same in our episode wise reviews. We will take care to not have many spoilers which can steal the joy of thrill when you watch the TV series.

TV Serial : House Of Cards
Created by :
# of Seasons : 2
# of Episodes : 26
Genre : Political, Drama,
Music by : Jeff Beal
Starring : Kevin Spacey (Francis J. “Frank” Underwoods), Robin Wright (Claire Underwoods), Michael Kelly (Douglas “Doug” Stampers), Kate Mara (Zoe Barness), Corey Stoll (US Representative Peter Russos), Michel Gill (Garrett Walkers), Mahershala Ali (Remy Dantons), Gerald McRaney (Raymond Tusks), Nathan Darrow (Edward Meechums), Molly Parker (Jacqueline Sharps), Sakina Jaffrey (Linda Vasquezs), Joanna Going (Patricia Walkers), Sebastian Arcelus (Lucas Goodwins), Rachel Brosnahan (Rachel Posners), Reg E. Cathey (Freddy Hayess), Kristen Connolly (Christina Gallaghers), Constance Zimmer (Janine Skorskys), Jayne Atkinson (Catherine Durants), Gil Birmingham (Daniel Lanagins), Derek Cecil (Seth Graysons), Kathleen Chalfant (Margaret Tildens), Terry Chen (Xander Fengs), Curtiss Cook (Terry Womacks), Ben Daniels (Adam Galloways), Jeremy Holm (Agent Nathan Greens), Sandrine Holt (Gillian Coles), Kevin Kilner (Michael Kerns), Mozhan Marnò (Ayla Sayyads), Benito Martinez (Hector Mendozas), Boris McGiver (Tom Hammerschmidts), Lance E. Nichols (Gene Clancys), Elizabeth Norment (Nancy Kaufbergers), Samuel Page (Connor Elliss), Larry Pine (Speaker of the House Bob Birchs), Al Sapienza (Marty Spinellas), Kate Lyn Sheil (Lisa Williamss), Jimmi Simpson (Gavin Orsays), Libby Woodbridge (Megan Hennesseys), Dan Ziskie (Jim Matthews), Reed Birney (Donald Blythe), and others…
Purchase Link(s) : Buy Season 1 from Amazon.com
Buy Season 2 from Amazon.com
Buy Season 1 from Amazon.In
Buy Season 2 from Amazon.in
Buy from Flipkart.com

Season 1 of the TV series was premiered on at.

Season 1
Title Director Written By Release Date
Chapter 1
David Fincher
February 1, 2013
Chapter 2
David Fincher
February 1, 2013
Chapter 3
James Foley
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 4
James Foley
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 5
Joel Schumacher
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 6
Joel Schumacher
February 1, 2013
Chapter 7
Charles McDougall
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 8
Charles McDougall
February 1, 2013
Chapter 9
James Foley
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 10
Carl Franklin
February 1, 2013
Chapter 11
Carl Franklin
& & February 1, 2013
Chapter 12
Allen Coulter
& February 1, 2013
Chapter 13
Allen Coulter
February 1, 2013

The success of Season 1 encouraged the makers to go for the next season. The second season takes the story from the point it left in the previous season.

Season 2
Title Director Written By Release Date
Chapter 14
Carl Franklin
February 14, 2014
Chapter 15
Carl Franklin
February 14, 2014
Chapter 16
James Foley
February 14, 2014
Chapter 17
James Foley
February 14, 2014
Chapter 18
John Coles
February 14, 2014
Chapter 19
John Coles
February 14, 2014
Chapter 20
James Foley
February 14, 2014
Chapter 21
James Foley
February 14, 2014
Chapter 22
Jodie Foster
February 14, 2014
Chapter 23
Robin Wright
& February 14, 2014
Chapter 24
John Coles
& February 14, 2014
Chapter 25
James Foley
February 14, 2014
Chapter 26
James Foley
February 14, 2014
House Of Cards - (US TV Series) - Season 2

House Of Cards – (US TV Series) – Season 2

House Of Cards - (US TV Series) - Season 1

House Of Cards – (US TV Series) – Season 1

The real heroes of the TV Series (apart from the performances) are the script and direction. The TV series got several nominations for direction, acting and other areas proving its metal. The TV series is the first web series which conquered any major award. The first season was notated for four Golden Globe Awards and won one (best actress). The second series received 13 Emmy award nominations. Here is the list of some of the awards the serieal was nomated for:

Season 1 : Selected Award Nominations

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Spacey Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Robin Wright Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Fincher (For – Chapter 1) Won
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert Won
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Eigil Bryld (For – Chapter 1) Won
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Kirk Baxter (For – Chapter 1) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Jeff Beal (For – Chapter 1) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2013 Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Jeff Beal Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2014 Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2014 Best Actor – Television Series Drama Kevin Spacey Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2014 Best Actress – Television Series Drama Robin Wright Won
Golden Globe Awards 2014 Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Corey Stoll Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award 2014 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Spacey Nominated
Satellite Awards 2014 Best Drama Series Nominated
Satellite Awards 2014 Best Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Spacey Nominated
Satellite Awards 2014 Best Actress in a Drama Series Robin Wright Won
Satellite Awards 2014 Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Corey Stoll Nominated
BAFTA TV Awards 2014 Best International Beau Willimon, David Fincher, Joshua Donen, Kevin Spacey Nominated
Webby Awards 2013 Special Achievement Award Dana Brunetti, Kevin Spacey Won

Season 2 : Selected Award Nominations

Award Year Category Nominee(s) Result
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Kevin Spacey Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Robin Wright Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Reg E. Cathey Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Kate Mara Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Carl Franklin (For – Chapter 14) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (For – Chapter 14) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series Igor Martinovic (For – Chapter 18) Won
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Byron Smith (For – Chapter 14) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Jeff Bea (For – Chapter 26) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) Jeff Beal (For – Chapter 1) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) Lorenzo Millan, Nathan Nance, Scott R. Lewis (For – Chapter 14) Won
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera) Steve Arnold, Halina Gebarowicz, Tiffany Zappulla (For – Chapter 14 & Chapter 18) Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award 2014 Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Jeff Beal Nominated

Interesting info:
Michael Dobbs, the author of the book series – House Of Cards – have served as the executive producer of this (US) Tv series. He is also a distant relative of US author (who wrote non-fictions) of the same name and hence many people confuse between (due to same names, and same profession). Michael himself is a British politician and hence can authentically elaborate some inside stuff.

The season 3 for House Of Cards is also planned and announced. A lot of viewers of first 2 seasons are curious to watch it. So are you ready to see it as well?

Watch out for the episode wise reviews for the TV serial in coming days. The list of the episodes will keep updated with the links to Episode wise reviews, so don’t forget to bookmark this page.

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