Surprise! House of Cards third season shows up online — then disappears

The third season of Netflix's Emmy award-winning series "House of Cards" briefly showed up online on Wednesday.
Nearly as quickly as reports emerged that the season was available on Netflix, it was pulled down.

"Due to a technical glitch some Frank Underwood fans got a sneak peek," Netflix's public relations team said in an email, referencing the show's main character.

"He'll be back on Netflix on Feb. 27."

Twitter users began rejoicing Wednesday afternoon as news of the apparent release spread, but were disappointed soon after, when they realized the show was gone.

The political thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a House majority whip willing to sacrifice everything to move up the political food chain is a favorite on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers even re-enacted their own version of the show for NowThisNews ahead of last season's premiere, starring then-House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottFrom HBCUs to Capitol Hill: How Congress can play an important role Democrats unveil bill to reduce police violence against people with mental illness Liberals should embrace Trump's Supreme Court nominee MORE (R-S.C.) and Reps. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE (R-S.C.), among others.

More than 600,000 people watched the entire second season of the show the weekend that Netflix posted it online last year.

— Updated at 5:33 p.m.