House of Cards: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
House of Cards

Critics Consensus

Bolstered by strong performances -- especially from Kevin Spacey -- and surehanded direction, House of Cards is a slick, engrossing drama that may redefine how television is produced.



Critic Ratings: 42


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User Ratings: 2213
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Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
Air date: Feb 1, 2013
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Francis Underwood is Majority Whip. He has his hands on every secret in politics - and is willing to betray them all to become President.


Kevin Spacey
as Rep. Francis Underwood
Robin Wright
as Claire Underwood
Ben Daniels
as Adam Galloway
Kate Mara
as Zoe Barnes
Corey Stoll
as Rep. Peter Russo
Sandrine Holt
as Gillian Cole
Kristen Connolly
as Christina Gallagher
Sakina Jaffrey
as Linda Vasquez
Constance Zimmer
as Janine Skorsky
Jayne Atkinson
as Sen. Catherine Durant
Sebastian Arcelus
as Lucas Goodwin
Nathan Darrow
as Edward Meechum
Michel Gill
as President Garrett Walker
Michael Kelly
as Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali
as Remy Danton
Dan Ziskie
as Jim Matthews
Boris McGiver
as Tom Hammerschmidt
Rachel Brosnahan
as Rachel Posner
Reg E. Cathey
as Freddy Hayes
Gary Ray Moore
as Jack Warton
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Critic Reviews for House of Cards Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (27)

A middle section of six episodes gradually took hold, but only the final four instalments really made me want to keep watching, thanks chiefly to Corey Stoll's portrayal of self-destruction, a real tragedy, followed by growing tension in the plotting.

May 2, 2017 | Full Review…

The production values are lush, the pacing tight, the dialogue razor-sharp ("I love that woman," Underwood says of his wife at one point. "I love her more than sharks love blood"), the tone dark and delightfully nasty.

Nov 17, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The production is gorgeous, the performances pristine. Nothing feels out of place, but nothing feels particularly vibrant, either.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Watch at whatever pace you'd like -- immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.

Feb 6, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The show is dryly witty in its depiction of constancy and fidelity on the Potomac.

Jan 31, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Spacey vacillates between chilling and charming, breaking the fourth wall to speak directly, confidentially, to the camera.

Feb 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Fincher stumbles in realizing the profession's 21st-century counterpart. Let's hope future national-desk visits avoid anything as cringe-inducing as the scene in which Zoe's editors marvel at a computer screen, amazed at the concept of page views.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

House of Cards is intriguing and exciting.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

David Fincher, the director of The Social Network, Seven and Gone Girl, managed to direct two episodes to create a rhythm and style. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 12, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a compelling show about a slithery Capitol Hill scoundrel, based on a terrific 1990 British miniseries (itself based on a novel), and boasting top-flight talent.

Mar 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 1

  • Sep 12, 2019
    AMAZING!! Pure Magic by Kevin Spacey.
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Majestic series, esp seasons 1 - 6! Incredible performance by Spacey.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    The media was presented in a very articulate way, it conveyed the intended message in a clean way. It kept my interest from the first episode. For example when it shows the relationship and dynamic between the wife and the main character, and when it starts showing Ms. Barnes and Francis interacting. I also really enjoy some of the actors, and actresses, and the quality of their acting as a whole.
  • Jun 16, 2019
    dropped it after 2 or 3 seasons but vgood
  • Apr 08, 2019
    I loved the series focused on the murky world politics, got my first insight on US political parties, election and working of government. The series has it all, backstabbing, lobbying, whipping of votes, impeachment, elections, political road tours, they touch on both the light and the dark side of politics and the length one might go towards climbing up the government ladder. The casting is superb and the performances by the leads great. The storytelling, dialogues, and plots were really good. In the first season we get introduced to the power couple of Mr & Mrs. Underwood, they are menacing and it's a treat watching them scheme.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    What a good show! I laughed and and very entertained!
  • Dec 29, 2018
    This groundbreaking political drama for Netflix is a massive game changer in television with its dark, humorous tone, razor-sharp dialogue, and compelling performances - most notably by Kevin Spacey.
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Kevin Spacey breaking the 4th wall is just brilliant. And sooner rather than later you realize the Underwoods aren't your ordinary couple.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Didn't like it. Only watched 4 episodes.
  • Sep 30, 2018
    Used to be my favorite show, but took a turn after season 2. First two seasons are definitely worth the watch!

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