House of Cards: Season 1 (2013)

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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

Congressman Francis Underwood has been declined the chair for Secretary of State. He's now gathering his own team to plot his revenge. Zoe Barnes, a reporter for the Washington Herald, will do anything to get her big break.

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Francis and Doug plan to frame Secretary of State nominee, Michael Kern. Meanwhile, Zoe's popularity at the Washington Herald continues to grow.

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Francis heads for his hometown to deal with a crisis. Zoe negotiates the politics of being a journalist on the rise. Claire finds herself a new business partner.

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Francis shakes down the Congressional leadership. Zoe is offered the promotion of White House Correspondent and doesn't know if she should take it or not.

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A feud starts between Francis and Marty Spinella. Russo goes into depression about the job losses at the shipyards.

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The strike between Frank and Marty starts to get out of hand. Russo has decided to run for Governor of Pennsylvania.

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Frank helps Peter get ready for his governor race, but Peter is starting to have second thoughts. Doug tries to help a young hooker in trouble.

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Frank has a library named after him at his old military school. Peter tries to win back the support of his hometown.

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Frank tries to do whatever it takes to get the new bill passed congress. Russo goes on a bus campaign with the Vice President, but the VP is not making it an easy trip for him. Zoe's relationship with Frank gets a little bumpy.

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Air date: Feb 1, 2013

Frank tries to do whatever it takes to get the new bill passed congress. Russo goes on a bus campaign with the Vice President, but the VP is not making it an easy trip for him. Zoe's relationship with Frank gets a little bumpy.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for House of Cards Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (32)

The video service's first original series was a lush, acid exploration of power in Washington.

Nov 22, 2019 | 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…

The show is dryly witty in its depiction of constancy and fidelity on the Potomac.

Jan 31, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Feb 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Welcome to the anti-hero of politics.

Jul 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

And although it's not as consistently sharp as one might hope, there's a lot of intriguing elements spread about, which hopefully will blossom throughout the season.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: B | 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…

The more elaborate the ruse, the better: hence the pleasure of Underwood's ascent, which plays out on the dramatic equivalent of a three-dimensional chessboard.

Apr 17, 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…

Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 1

  • Jan 07, 2021
    Smart, slow-burn and creative. House of cards starts off very strong, with a killer performance from Spacey and Mara.
  • Jan 04, 2021
    Absolutely brilliant, Kevin Spacey is the heart and soul of this. Despite the controversies, he is great performer
  • Dec 27, 2020
    House of Cards left me at an absolute loss of words. The bandaid of expectations for a political drama in the 2010's was ripped of quickly, with one of the strongest casts and perfromances I've seen in a TV show for a long time. Add in the masterful plot, use of suspense, and political commentary, and you have the formula for a great season, and excellent set up the rest of the seasons to come.
  • Nov 08, 2020
    House of Cards Season 1 in one Word is a Masterpiece because of it's Brilliant Performances ( especially from Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood ), the Amazing Direction and Screenplay Writing and some really Realistic Scenes. This definitely is a Must Watch for every Filmmaker. You really notice the Style from David Fincher. RATING: 4,89
  • Oct 14, 2020
    What. A. Show. Though a little slow-paced, this suspenseful political thriller about revenge makes you root for the bad guy in the worst ways possible.
  • Sep 28, 2020
    There are short phases of the show that aren't great, but overall the story was engaging and I strongly enjoyed 80% of the episodes.
  • Sep 20, 2020
    A brilliant series that fell apart once the authors went beyond the source material.
  • May 12, 2020
    One of the Netflix Original shows which story is based on Frank underwood, a cunning dishonest manipulator tyrant politician believes in "Haunt or be Haunted". He only wants to be in power and to sustain it he can go beyond law, beyond humanity, beyond conscience and beyond every limit who says "if you don't like table is set then turn over the table". His story starts as a whip and got deceived by The new elected president, not to be chosen as "The secretary of State" then he started his journey to become "The President of United State of America" with his wife Claire underwood who is also ambitious lady and works as a team with her husband. His journey shows many aspects of politics like ruthless politics, masquerade politicians, their camoflauge nature and importantly "Give and Take Policy". Perfectly acted by Kevin Spacey and connects himself with audience that is also impressive. Perfect story, perfect acting. Ultimate show ever.
  • Apr 25, 2020
    Great acting, if you like drama, this is a good one.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    A fictional deep-dive into the world of political power struggles makes for a superbly engaging plot, and with robust acting performances - this show is a breath of fresh air and most definitely stands out in the world of political dramas.

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