House of Cards (2013) : Season 2

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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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80

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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 536 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

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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: 36 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  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 24, 2014
    10
    I rated season one a nine, so I'll give season two a ten. I loved it. My heart stopped three quarters through the first episode of season two,I rated season one a nine, so I'll give season two a ten. I loved it. My heart stopped three quarters through the first episode of season two, I had to pause it, and I laughed. I felt shocked and actually surprised by what I was watching for the first time in a long time. So surprised, after my jaw came off the floor, I laughed! Well done House of Cards. I watched the entire second season in about 48 hours, and I was left wanting more. What else can I say? The acting is great, It's amazing how some shows make you capable of rooting for the typical bad guy, or I should say, bad person. We all knew from the first episode what Francis was planning, and to see such ruthless and exciting execution really made the show became something you could get behind. 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. Jan 9, 2016
    9
    This is one of my absolutely favourite seasons of all times since I'm interestedin politics and shows that is about the reality. What I loveThis is one of my absolutely favourite seasons of all times since I'm interestedin politics and shows that is about the reality. What I love most is that there's so much happening at once and nothing being dragged out on. And the cast are amazing! Expand
  6. Mar 1, 2014
    8
    The 2nd season of House of Cards is in many ways superior to the already impressive 1st season. Featuring strong performances, crispThe 2nd season of House of Cards is in many ways superior to the already impressive 1st season. Featuring strong performances, crisp photography and intricate storytelling House of Cards is a joy to watch. There are some minor issues such as pacing and logical inconsistencies, but other than that this is strong,intelligent television which has alot to offer patient viewer. The season builds up to a spectacular,game-changing finale which helps set the stage for the inevitable 3rd season of this hit Netflix series. Cant wait for next year. Expand
  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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