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    Review: Netflix's 'House of Cards' Is Classy, Campy and Diabolically Watchable (TRAILER)

    “Nobody’s a boy scout. Not even boy scouts,” drawls Kevin Spacey’s Francis “Frank” Underwood. As the mastermind congressman suggests, all players in Netflix’s “House of Cards” have sharp teeth and like the taste of blood. The new series, which is based on the original BBC production, is executive pr...

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    Review: David Fincher's 'House Of Cards' Is A Beautiful, Bedazzling Political Thriller (At Least In Its First Two Episodes)

    When Netflix announced that they would get into the scripted programming game, with three high profile projects all lined up for the first half of 2013 (including the Eli Roth literary-based Gothic horror project "Hemlock Grove" and the hopefully rapturous return of oddball comedy classic "Arrested ...

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    'House of Cards' Review: Why David Fincher's First TV Series is Tailor-Made for Binge-Watching

    Today, Netflix dropped all 13 episodes of the initial season of its first major original series, "House of Cards," online for its subscribers -- a political drama from Beau Willimon, David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, who plays the lead role of Representative Frank Underwood, House ...

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    'The Americans': An Immigrant Tale as Sexy Russian Spy Story

    The article below contains spoilers for the January 30th pilot episode of "The Americans."

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    Now and Then: The Soul of Netflix's New Series? The BBC's 'House of Cards'

    "Lilyhammer," Netflix's first foray into original programming, failed to generate sustained attention when it premiered last year. One suspects this won't be true of its star-studded second attempt, "House of Cards," debuting Friday. Except Netflix's latest isn't so novel after all: its animating fo...

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    'Downton Abbey': When Bad Things Happen to Nice Characters Who Reject Their Upbringing

    The article below contains spoilers for episode five of the third season of "Downton Abbey."

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    'Prófugos,' 'No' Director Pablo Larrain's HBO Series About Would-Be Drug Smugglers on the Run

    That Pablo Larraín's upcoming feature film "No" is about advertising should not mislead you into thinking that the Chilean director is game for easy entertainment. His 2011 project, drug trafficking drama "Prófugos" (Spanish for “fugitives”), nonethe...

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    Hannah Gets Her First Big Gig on 'Girls': Do a Lot of Coke and Then Write About It

    Jazzhate, the Vice/Thought Catalog-style website Hannah (Lena Dunham) gets an actual paid writing gig from in last night's episode of "Girls," "Bad Friend," offers our protagonist the chance to do cocaine for the first time like it's a homework assignment.

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    Recap: 'Girls' Tries Cocaine & Discovers A Bad Friend

    The first season of "Girls" was both entertaining and refreshing simply by the virtue of Lena Dunham's voice, which found a milieu of New York City life for young women that was perhaps more real and honest than anything we've seen on television in quite some time. Spanning flawed to fabulous, somet...

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    'Girls' Recap 3: 'Bad Friend,' or the One Where Hannah Does Lots of Coke

    Aspiring writers are often encouraged to write about their own experiences, a tactic that “Girls” creator and star Lena Dunham uses frequently. But sometimes, when a young writer doesn’t feel she or he has “lived” enough, an experience is contrived with the sole intention of then writing about it. E...

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