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When it comes to Netflix success stories, the story of House of Cards is hard to beat.  The first season premiered on the streaming device last year and even before the first frame was shot, people were already talking about this new kind of television, and how could they not?  Acclaimed director David Fincher had signed on to direct, with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright co-billed as the show’s stars, the show seemed poised to be the first show ever to win an Oscar. But of course, it can’t, because it’s a TV show. But that didn’t stop the first season from becoming an awards show darling. House of Cards picked up Emmys, Golden Globes and Writers Guild of America awards, plus it was nominated in pretty much anything else that handed out an award.

Now, we live in a world that moves quickly, so it’s hard to really appreciated just how amazing it is for a show to be so successful out of the gate, especially a streaming show, once considered to be the equivalent of direct to video. But that was then and this is now, now being we’re only a few days away from the premiere of season 2 of Netflix, which will be available in its entirety on February 14th. Meaning if you have Valentine’s Day plans, you might as well cancel them now. Or at least reschedule them for February 15th, after you’ve devoured all twelve episodes of the new season.  Devour, you say?  Well, check out the trailer for the new season and tell me that you’ll be able to pace yourself, because I certainly won’t be able to.

It’s twisty, it’s darkly funny and sometimes I fear it’s just a little too real.

House of Cards season 2 premieres on Netflix on February 14th. 

Mike Morrison


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