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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as Rep. Francis Underwood
as Claire Underwood
as Adam Galloway
as Zoe Barnes
as Rep. Peter Russo
as Gillian Cole
as Christina Gallagher
as Linda Vasquez
as Janine Skorsky
as Sen. Catherine Durant
as Lucas Goodwin
as Edward Meechum
as President Garrett Walker
as Remy Danton
as Jim Matthews
as Tom Hammerschmidt
as Rachel Posner
as Freddy Hayes
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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.
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.
The production is gorgeous, the performances pristine. Nothing feels out of place, but nothing feels particularly vibrant, either.
Watch at whatever pace you'd like -- immediately. Given its quality, I think you'll be drinking it all in sooner rather than later.
The show is dryly witty in its depiction of constancy and fidelity on the Potomac.
Audience Reviews for House of Cards: Season 1
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.
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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