As of late last night, Netflix has officially launched all 13 episodes of its big-budgeted original series House of Cards.
Budgeted at nearly $100 million dollars, the program will be available in over 40 countries to Netflix’s 30 million subscribers. According to an article in USA Today, a second season has already been confirmed.
Though far from the streaming site’s first foray into original programing (they released the Steven Van Zandt vehicle Lilyhammer last year), this marks a huge experiment for the site and a potential game-changer in the industry.
The show is a remake of the 1990 British miniseries of the same name, the series stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underwood. After being passed over for the Secretary of State position, he hatches a plan to bring down the new president (played by Michael Gill).
The first few episodes come courtesy of head writer and executive producer Beau Willimon, who was nominated for an Oscar for 2011’s Ides of March. David Fincher spearheaded the project and directed the first two episodes. Glengarry Glen Ross’ James Foley and Joel Schumacher will be picking up other episodes.
You can watch the series here.