House of Cards: Season 1 (2013)



Critic 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.


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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



Super Reviewer


Well acted on fronts and engrossing in all of the right ways, House of Cards Season 1 brings a dark, twisted and addicting character piece to life with confident direction and a great visual style.


Super Reviewer

Asks a lot from the audience, since pretty much every character is detestable and slimey as you can possibly imagine but House of Cards is a darkly evolving, superbly written and complex political drama, with bits of dark comedy gold and a scary look at what goes "behind our back". Every actor is at the top of their game here but some episodes tend to get a bit repetitive on their formula.

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Super Reviewer

With each character being infuriating, House of Cards managed to keep me watching, anticipating for what will come next. Season 1 was pretty average to be honest, I admit the writing was fantastic and the acting by the ensemble was superb, but the breaking of the four wall really puts me off. I think it's nice to see what is theoretically going on behind the closed doors in the white house, but slightly unrealistic to make the interactions of the characters believable.


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