Frank’s Back

President Frank Underwood and his wife and co-president Claire Underwood are officially back in charge at the White House.

All 13 episodes of season five of House of Cards are now available to stream on NetfFlix, along with the first four seasons if you want to catch up.

With the trappings of Shakespearian tragedy, House of Cards follows the first couple as they continue to navigate the tortured course of international diplomacy, domestic politics and their precarious marriage – with a little murder and lots of betrayal thrown in for good measure.

“Season four ends with the Underwoods promising to foment chaos and fear, and that’s where we pick up in season five,” said Melissa James Gibson, this season’s showrunner alongside Frank Pugliese.

The Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning show stars Kevin Spacy as Frank Underwood, Robin Wright as Claire Underwood, and Michael Kelly as chief of staff and loyal henchman Doug Stamper. The cast also includes Jayne Atkinson, Neve Campbell, Derek Cecil, Paul Sparks and Joel Kinnaman, with new cast members Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott, Korey Jackson and James Martinez joining season five. House of Cards was created by Beau Willimon.

House of Cards, which premiered in February 2013, marked a daring move into original programming for Netflix. According to CNN, the service spent $100 million for the first two 13-episode seasons, and was rewarded when it became the first online show to receive an Emmy nomination – eight, in fact, for season one.

There was, of course, an original BBC version starring Ian Richardson as Francis Urquhart (referred to as F.U. by his political colleagues), the chief whip of Britain’s Conservative party. Urquhart, with the counsel and support of his wife Elizabeth, played by Diane Fletcher, leaves no ethical, legal or moral stone unturned in his pursuit of the prime minister’s post. You can stream all three seasons of The House of Cards Trilogy with a Netflix subscription or watch individual episodes for $1.99 in SD on Vudu.

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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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