5 Facts About ‘House Of Cards’

Five facts about 'House of Cards' we couldn't possibly comment on (but we will).

The D.C.-set political thriller is one of Netflix’s biggest original series but the show carries as many secrets as Frank Underwood. In fact, it’s not even an original. We’ve brought you to the subway station to brief you, but just make sure you’re not on the platform when the train comes.

It’s a remake.

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Yes, ‘House Of Cards’ began as a 1990’s British TV mini-series. Set in London’s Houses of Parliament, the show focused on Conservative Party Chief Whip Francis Urquhart, played by Ian Richardson. The characters and the storylines are very similar, except that the far-right of British politics is still to the left of America.

The President is married to the Secretary of State.

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Actor Michael Gill who plays President Garrett Walker is married to Jayne Atkinson, Secretary of State Cathy Durant in the series. Creator and director David Fincher didn’t know until after filming. It’s hard to imagine Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton as husband and wife… though no harder than Bill and Hilary.

It’s close to ‘The Wire.’

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Both series were filmed in Baltimore, Maryland, and use the same diner as a location. Reg E. Cathey, who played wisecracking campaign manager Norman in ‘The Wire,’ is a similarly humorous BBQ restaurant owner in ‘House Of Cards.’ You might also say that they’re both equally disillusioned about the government.

China is a fan.

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As revealed on the Shanghai episode of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Part Unknown,’ ‘House of Cards’ is currently one of the biggest shows on Chinese television. Netflix reported traffic from Chinese government IP addresses, and members of the communist party have declared their fandom. We hope they don’t think it’s a documentary.

It’s big on Capitol Hill.

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Obama has tweeted about it, Democrats Jay Carson and Kevin McCarthy have consulted for the show, and showrunner Beau Willimon once worked on major political campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. Although we’re loving these associations with real-life politicians, we’d rather believe that none of the show is actually realistic — for the sake of our peace of mind and our country’s safety.