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House of Cards: Season 2 (2014)

Seasons:
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House of Cards: Season 1
House of Cards: Season 1
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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 5

House of Cards proves just as bingeworthy in its second season, with more of the strong performances, writing, and visual design that made the first season so addictive.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

House of Cards proves just as bingeworthy in its second season, with more of the strong performances, writing, and visual design that made the first season so addictive.

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Average Rating: 4.5/5
User Ratings: 803

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Season Info

Frank (Kevin Spacey) settles into his new role as Vice President as the second series of "House of Cards" begins. Elsewhere, Claire (Robin Wright) confronts a painful trauma from her past, while Lucas (Sebastian Arcelus) presses for the truth. Later, tensions rise between Francis and Tusk (Gerald McRaney), Doug (Michael Kelly) grows closer to Rachel (Rachel Brosnahan), and Francis has a showdown with Linda Vasquez (Sakina Jaffrey). Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Nathan Darrow also return in

Genre: Drama

Network: Netflix

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Episodes

1
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 14

The Underwoods tackle two threats that could bring their plans to ruin. Francis grooms his replacement as Whip. Claire goes on the offensive.

2
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 15

Francis puts China in the cross-hairs. Claire confronts a painful trauma from her past. Lucas Goodwin presses for the truth.

3
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 16

Tension rises between Francis and Raymond Tusk as the situation with China deteriorates. A battle in the Senate pits Francis against the Republicans.

4
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 17

A terror scare at the Capitol traps Francis with a resentful Donald Blythe. Claire gives a live interview that rocks the media.

5
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 18

Francis back-channels with a Chinese billionaire. Lucas uses extreme measures to expose the Vice President. A shadowy figure joins Team Underwood.

6
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 19

Amidst an energy crisis, Francis and Tusk end their shaky alliance. Lucas must make a difficult choice. Stamper grows closer to Rachel.

7
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 20

Despite some friction, the Walkers deepen their friendship with the Underwoods. But it's all-out war between Francis and Tusk.

8
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 21

The war with Tusk intensifies. Claire influences Tricia Walker politically and domestically. Francis has a show-down with Linda Vasquez.

9
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 22

Things get personal when Tusk blindsides the Underwoods with a scandal. Freddy and his BBQ joint get caught up in the mix.

10
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 23

With a military stand-off overseas and potential violence at home, Francis wants to finish off Tusk for good. Claire and Jackie Sharp collide.

11
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 24

A Special Prosecutor interrogates Francis. Remy Danton tries to keep his options open. Stamper wrestles with his demons.

12
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 25

Francis finds himself shut out and Claire makes a difficult sacrifice. Stamper tries to regain control.

13
Air date: Feb 14, 2014

Chapter 26

Francis faces annihilation while the nation is in an uproar. Stamper must tie up loose ends. Claire feels the cost of ruthlessness.

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (5)

While House of Cards: Season Two isn't quite as good as the preceding season, it still provides enough thrills and intrigue to make it worth returning for another 13 episodes of Frank's continuous power struggle.

June 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Deliciously dark undertow.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

House of Cards isn't meant to be dissected. It's meant to be binged on. And it's a temptation to which I'm not immune.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Season two does a better job of embracing the absurdity of its dark universe, where only characters with no moral compass can ever come out on top. It is our collective paranoid concept of Washington politics, in all of its depraved glory.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Just how much more amazing can this show get?

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Young Folks
The Young Folks

Like Shakespeare's Richard III, House of Cards entices us with its lead character's bad deeds, then refuses to tell us how we should feel once we've seen them.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR

House of Cards doesn't simply plod along like Frank and Claire's leisurely jog connecting the seasons; it jumps right off a narrative cliff without checking to see what's below.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Kevin Spacey remains a delightful Southern-accented villain as Frank Underwood.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Ever so dark, House (of Cards) has a diabolical sense of humor.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

In almost every way, season two of House Of Cards is an improvement on season one.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns for another round of deception, manipulation and BBQ ribs in the second season of House of Cards, the delicious political thriller that has already changed television.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's Claire, and the Underwood marriage, that makes House of Cards more than just a better-than-average addition to the genre of Antihero Drama Being Used to Establish a New Fiefdom in the Television Landscape

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The new season of House of Cards falters in many of the very places where the first season excelled.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

I needed to stop after the credits rolled because there was no way a second episode could be this good.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The weather in Washington, D.C. continues to be permanently overcast in season two of House of Cards.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An intoxicating, politically-savvy and aggressively-watchable piece of fantastic fiction.

February 17, 2014 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

House of Cards doubles down in its second season, providing a visual and dramatic gleefulness in sinister tones. It once again earns its addictiveness.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

If you loved the first season of House of Cards, you'll likely love the second.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

You don't want to like it, but a twisted part of you really does.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

With [the] plot turn the show devolved into a melodramatic soap opera... nothing wrong with that; it's just not as respectable as a realistic soap opera.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Without Russo, the mercilessness of the show's moral universe can be numbing. "Appeal to the heart, not the brain." It's advice that House of Cards itself might, at times, be wise to take.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

Just when you think the Underwoods can be written off as comic strip political cousins of the Macbeths, they do or say something that's genuinely moving, and that makes you realize they have hearts after all.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Maybe it's best to treat it like a box of chocolates. A piece (or three) at a time? Still delicious.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's not clear exactly why this bleak series is so exhilarating and binge-worthy.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Harping on the outlandish and silly mechanics of House of Cards' political plots feels like taking it in the wrong spirit.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

The show's writing, breathless pacing and even its clever use of graphics (visually superimposing phone text messages onto particular scenes) stands head-and-shoulders above most of its TV brethren.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It remains a delight to watch Spacey pump the humid breath of life into House of Cards' arid Capitol chill.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

By the time I finished watching the second season, most of it within the space of a few days, I had come to the conclusion that it's simply a bad show with the pretensions of a good one - a USA show that's bad because it thinks it's an HBO show.

February 12, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

if House of Cards, which already has been approved for a third season, wants to retain its punch, it's time for someone to take Frank down a notch.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Somebody needs to chop off Francis' head - and this season will be an artful failure if no one even comes close.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

[It] depicts D.C. politics as a mess of personal vendettas... and then along comes Frank with his brisk, conscience-free willingness to take on what's needed to get things done -- he may be a ruthless sociopath, but there's something to admire there.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Take the show a little less seriously and you might find yourself enjoying it more.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Dense and smart, Cards is still partially skating by on reputation - and for Netflix's purposes, that's good enough.

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 2

Season 2 picked up where season 1 left off directly. There are more shocking plot twists and exaggerations of characters, but I found this new change captivating, though the plot seemed weak and the characters are still infuriating, I embrace the battle between the jounalists and the corrupt politicians like Underwood himself.
July 10, 2014
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Follows closely the formula of Season 1, with it's intricate plot and carefully placed dialogue, with an even meaner, crueler and darker story to tell that follows closely the events that preceded it. If you can stomach it, it will reward you immensely.
February 23, 2014
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Francisco Godinho

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June 10, 2014
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May 24, 2014
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February 8, 2014
Sheldon Chau

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