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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.


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.


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

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (23)

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2015
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

For now, to quote another politician, mission accomplished. And as in D.C., if "House of Cards" is deemed enough of a success by whatever criteria Netflix employs to keep the money flowing, you can bet everybody will get in line.

Full Review… | November 17, 2015
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
Top Critic

House of Cards doesn't reinvent television, but it does offer the opportunity to watch a great cast elevate solid material.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Television Without Pity

Long story short, you owe it to yourself to watch House of Cards, simply because the horrors that are about to follow promise to be interesting enough to sign up for a NetFlix Instant account.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
What Culture

Having watched House of Cards I am more convinced than ever that Netflix is pushing something really addictive - and also that shows don't need to be nearly as nice looking, or thoughtful as House of Cards to do the trick.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
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Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 1

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.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

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.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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.

Matthew Moorcroft
Matthew Moorcroft

Super Reviewer


Marc-André Beaucage

Super Reviewer

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