Season five of House of Cards debuted on Netflix this week, offering 13 new episodes of the popular political drama. Filmed in Maryland, the series provides locals the opportunity to take on roles as extras, spot a celebrity out and about, or recognize their neighborhoods in televised scenes.
In addition to entertaining and instilling pride among Marylanders, House of Cards also empowers Maryland's economy. The combined economic impact of first four seasons in Maryland exceeds $460 million. House of Cards hired an average of 2,154 Marylanders per season, and directly bought or rented goods or services from an average of 2,228 Maryland businesses per season.
"House of Cards is a groundbreaking series that forever changed the way television is watched, and as demonstrated by its popularity and awards, the series is wildly successful," said Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office."Filming the show in Maryland benefits the state in so many ways — from creating jobs for Maryland's talented crew and acting base, to generating revenue for Maryland businesses, to stimulating tourism and spotlighting our unique and diverse locations. House of Cards' success is Maryland's success."
A warehouse in Harford County is home to of the show's amazing sets, including the Oval office and White House residence. Over the years, film crews have ventured out of their stages, filming in local homes, businesses, churches and streets. The show's main character, Frank Underwood, hails from Gaffney, South Carolina, which is filmed in Maryland's own Havre de Grace. Fans of the show can even take a self-guided tour, prepared by Visit Harford County.
If you're ready to start binge-watching House of Cards season five, catch up with this helpful guide from the New York Times.