How Netflix Outgrew ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’

How Netflix Outgrew ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’

“House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” both premiered in 2013, almost instantly putting Netflix on the map as an original-programming option, awards contender and pop-culture powerhouse. While the company hasn’t outgrown them, exactly, as these signature series come to an end, it’s clear that its remarkable growth has rendered each a bit of an afterthought.

Netflix confirmed Wednesday that the upcoming seventh season of “Orange is the New Black” will be the final one, an announcement that comes a few weeks before “House of Cards” begins its last season. While the circumstances are quite different — the latter had its lifespan truncated by the scandal that engulfed star Kevin Spacey, triggering his exit — the fact that such a twin loss represents a mere blip is a sign of just how far the streaming service has come in a relatively short time.
As it happens, the “Orange” news came after Netflix disclosed that it had added 7 million subscribers during the most recent quarter, bringing its global tally to 137 million. Earlier this year, the company broke HBO’s stranglehold on the Emmy Awards — first by ending its 21st-century-long streak as the most-nominated network, then by tying in terms of awards overall. Read more

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