The premise is interesting, but the first few programs are a bit slow and some of the characters poorly introduced. BUT, then it caught fire, and sizzled its way to the end of this season. Spacey is perfect as the totally unscrupulous villain, so good at it that it makes one wonder how nasty he can be off-screen. Robin Wright is, however, perfect. She is Goneril, Regan, Lady Macbeth, and Miss America all rolled up in one sinister sweet woman.The supporting cast do what they can with only one other character well-developed. And that character will be missing in Season Two. Also, if "House of Cards" shows us the typical American president, the world is in trouble.
I might have rated this series as a 5 star purchase, but I've seen the British version and everything there is just a bit more insidious, funny, witty, and down-right corrupt. Still, this version is well worth the money.