Netflix Bets on a Political Thriller

I'd heard the news earlier that Netflix was jumping into the TV business by producing and airing its own show. But only just now, when I read the Times write-up, did I learn that the show they're producing (in 26 episodes) is the terrific political thriller, "House of Cards," based on the novel Michael Dobbs. As a political reporter, I am, naturally, a fan of the genre. And my favorite political-thriller miniseries of all time just happens to be the BBC's 1990 production of "House of Cards," in which the actor Ian Richardson wonderfully portrays the murderous, malevolent, stop-at-nothing Prime Minister hopeful, Francis Urquhart*. If you haven't seen it already, you can get it on Netflix right now (the BBC one, that is). Hurry! Here's the opening:




P.S. I realize that's not exactly a Michael Bay trailer--but just trust me on this
*I'd mistakenly written "Bryan," whoever that is

Presented by

Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Does This Child Need Marijuana?

Inside a family's fight to use marijuana oils to treat epilepsy

Video

A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

Video

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

More in Politics

Just In