House of Cards: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
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House of Cards enjoys a confident return to form this season, though its outlandish edge is tempered slightly by the current political climate.



Critic Ratings: 45


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Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
Air date: May 30, 2017
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Series 5 of the drama about a ruthless congressman and his equally ambitious wife who navigate the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.


Kevin Spacey
as Francis Underwood
Robin Wright
as Claire Underwood
Sebastian Arcelus
as Lucas Goodwin
Molly Parker
as Jacqueline Sharp
Gerald McRaney
as Raymond Tusk
Kristen Connolly
as Christina Gallagher
Sakina Jaffrey
as Linda Vasquez
Nathan Darrow
as Edward Meechum
Constance Zimmer
as Janine Skorsky
Rachel Brosnahan
as Rachel Posner
Michel Gill
as Garrett Walker
Sandrine Holt
as Gillian Cole
Jayne Atkinson
as Catherine Durant
Mahershala Ali
as Remy Danton
Michael Kelly
as Doug Stamper
Ben Daniels
as Adam Galloway
Boris McGiver
as Tom Hammerschmidt
Elizabeth Marvel
as Heather Dunbar
Jimmi Simpson
as Gavin Orsay
Joel Kinnaman
as Will Conway
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Critic Reviews for House of Cards Season 5

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (17)

It turns out a well-crafted drama about the quest for power in Washington is always relevant no matter who is actually sitting in the White House.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…
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A good start after last season's erratic finish.

May 26, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The bleakest (yet somehow still extremely fun to watch) season of the show yet.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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Enjoying this show going forward may mean divorcing it from the national entertainment of the moment-politics-and instead reveling in its scene-to-scene sneakiness.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not sure if House of Cards renders President Trump's rise more understandable as a historical reality, but historical reality has certainly made season five's arcs more relatable.

Jul 30, 2019 | Full Review…

This is an intricate tapestry new co-showrunners Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese are weaving... and while the season as a whole may be slightly over-filled with story, it's nevertheless as ruthless as we've come to expect.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

... the series has elevated itself to an entirely new level of crazy that allows it to be more unpredictable and enjoyable again.

Feb 2, 2018 | Full Review…

It's working harder than ever to stay relevant -- which makes it feel the opposite.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Overall the season was fine, but in the age of quality programming across the board, the flaws are far more obvious.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It must have looked like great theatre on the page, but on screen it came across as overblown and silly. Was this the moment the pride of Netflix, a pioneer in the world of subscription TV, jumped the shark?

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Season five of "House of Cards" is some of the best we've seen from Netflix's premier Original series.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

...after a couple of seasons where House Of Cards shuffled the pack and confusingly brought too many players to the table, the focus is now firmly back on Spacey and the equally compelling Robin Wright as the ultimate political power couple.

May 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 5

  • Apr 08, 2019
    At this point, the show is out of good ideas and writing material. The show started as a serious political drama, now it borders between idiotic and nonsensical while still taking itself seriously.
  • Feb 06, 2019
    Way too much moving away from Kevin Spacey's storyline.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    I don't know how this show could get any better!
  • Dec 29, 2018
    The power struggle between Frank and Claire hits an all-time high in S5 as the dark, political drama begins to mirror real-life politics while Robin Wright emerges as the show's main star.
  • Sep 20, 2018
    This could have easily been the final season, and problems aside I think this story has run it's course.
  • Sep 11, 2018
    This season has no added value for the viewer. There are no new interesting plots & twists that could turn arounds show, even though for obvious reasons there won't be Kevin Spacey in the final season. The characters lack of passion or maybe more suitably - ambition. Maybe cast is also bit bored with the serie. Francis became cartoonish. Claire continues pointless relationship with the writer. Main opposition in Will Conway lacks determination to dethrone the Underwoods. From the very beginning its difficult to drown into the plot. In the middle of 6th episode I lost the patience & hope of overturning this boring drama. Yes, it's simply boring. Only for the diehard fanbase.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Jumped the shark. Absolutely ridiculous season. Not even slightly interested in the next season. Felt this way even before KS turned out to be a jerk. What a shame. Loved it in the beginning.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    1st season still is THE best one
  • Dec 16, 2017
    Puntaje Original: 7.6 De momento, la temporada más sombría de la serie. Una impactante y poderosa trama que te atrapa de inicio a fin, conectando con los personajes y ansiando conocer su destino. Una temporada que no descepcionará.
  • Nov 16, 2017
    Very good series, drama, suspense, etc., but perhaps Kevin Spacey did so well in the role because he was secretly living his character! Hope the victims receive justice.

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