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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Universal acclaim- based on 373 Ratings

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  • Summary: Francis and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) use their positions to continue their rise in power even as people seek to bring them down in the second season of the online-only drama series.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Feb 13, 2014
    100
    The first four episodes Netflix made available are more intense and unpredictable than the first season.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Feb 14, 2014
    90
    My complaints about the new season revolve around that 1 percent [that is unrealistic]. The show is better as a human drama than a political procedural, thank God.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Feb 7, 2014
    80
    In its second season, House of Cards is just like its main character: clever, ruthless, a bit too self-satisfied and surprisingly powerful.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 13, 2014
    80
    House of Cards is “Scandal” for naysayers and misanthropes, and that’s actually quite cheering.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Feb 14, 2014
    80
    Matching last year's blistering pace is a dizzying challenge for Netflix, but this is the team that can get them off to a flying start.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Feb 18, 2014
    75
    Sure, the show’s “politics” feel ripped from a Politico comment section, and yes, the show’s plot doesn’t really go anywhere until the final handful of episodes. But the season also tosses an incredible number of balls in the air and manages to keep juggling them, which is impressive in and of itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    House of Cards is almost willfully and sadistically atonal. Its schemes and subplots and internecine politics undulate and intertwine with a suffocating kind of flatness. I find these new episodes watchable yet sterile.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 6 out of 38
  1. Feb 22, 2014
    10
    I thought that the original British series could not be surpassed: Season 2 has proven me wrong. This 2nd season of HoC has completelyI thought that the original British series could not be surpassed: Season 2 has proven me wrong. This 2nd season of HoC has completely captivated me and brought the original concept to a new level of mastery. Foreshadowing, intrigues and character development offers the viewer a real treat in plot pacing, with surprises lurking behind every turn. Even the settings are rich with symbolism and irony. Hats off of to the entire production team and cast. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2014
    10
    If you thought season 1 was fast moving, wait for the thrill ride of season 2. Revenge is the byword. Francis Underwood may be theIf you thought season 1 was fast moving, wait for the thrill ride of season 2. Revenge is the byword. Francis Underwood may be the anti-villain to rival Breaking Bad's Mr White. Each of the 13 episodes will carry you on a joyride that you pray will not end. You will be shocked, as you sit on the edge of your seat. Do not miss it. Expand
  3. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    It's always tough to top such a great first season but season 2 has simply not only topped it but blow it out of the freaking water. FantasticIt's always tough to top such a great first season but season 2 has simply not only topped it but blow it out of the freaking water. Fantastic from start to finish with events you never see coming. Can't wait for season 3. Expand
  4. Mar 2, 2014
    9
    An improvement of last seasons masterpiece, Spacey gives Underwood an even stronger edge but strikes fear and power into whatever opponentAn improvement of last seasons masterpiece, Spacey gives Underwood an even stronger edge but strikes fear and power into whatever opponent comes to his way. Robin Wright gives a powerful performance possibly better than season 1. The Netflix Masterpiece is threatening cable TV's shows for best show. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2014
    9
    I'll start off by saying I know nothing about politics so I can't make any claims specifically to the story. I enjoyed it. The acting isI'll start off by saying I know nothing about politics so I can't make any claims specifically to the story. I enjoyed it. The acting is beautiful, the cinematography is awe inspiring, and most of all the suspense holds you through the whole series. Everything is part of an elaborate scheme that Frank and Claire have masterfully executed and putting the pieces together is more exciting than the first season. This series paints a very scary picture of how politics work in the modern world, and one that is reinforced by the believability that this series has established. House of Cards in my mind might not yet live up TV legends like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, or The Sopranos, but anyone can see why this is the best show not on television. Expand
  6. Sep 15, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I just binge watched both seasons.I had been avoiding it; being afraid that it would be a grim political screed like The Newsroom.(Watching The Newsroom is like being beaten about the head with a roiled-up copy of the Sunday New York Times, all the while being told it is good for you - wait - is it even possible to roll up the Sunday Times?) What a pleasant surprise. It is fundamentally unrealistic, other than in the general sense of finding politics to be a dirty business. But it is also great fun, seeing Kevin Spacey tear off large chunks of scenery and chew them with delight. What a character he has created!

    If there is one problem with the show, it is the fact that, in the second season, the narrative has often wandered off into the realm of utter fantasy. Watching Frank throw Zoe in front of the train was certainly a surprise, but it ( and subsequent plot twists) unmoored the show from any connection with reality. Good satire must have that link, even if tenuous. A Richard III who does evil things even if outrageous, is entertaining. A Richard who performs act that are simply not credible - even in the context of satire - is only a cartoon.
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  7. Feb 28, 2015
    0
    The opening scene is disgusting. Desecrating a a grave is purely childish and tasteless. We get it Frank Underwood is a creep, but do we needThe opening scene is disgusting. Desecrating a a grave is purely childish and tasteless. We get it Frank Underwood is a creep, but do we need to see ever degrading sadistic act up close? This show could be great with just the talented crew of actors employed, instead we are treated to a constant barraged predictable shock TV.
    It's a shame... great cast, great plot and poor execution...wasted
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