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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 1, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 277 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: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 14, 2014
    80
    This is not just a fun escape, it’s a clever puzzle.
  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: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  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. May 28, 2014
    10
    Francis and Claire Underwood really show their teeth in season two of the Netflix drama. The quality writing defines bold and interestingFrancis and Claire Underwood really show their teeth in season two of the Netflix drama. The quality writing defines bold and interesting characters entangled in blindsided plot twists. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are excellent as cutthroat politicos and morally depraved human beings. If one has experienced the first season, episode one of the second season has instant shock value which steam rolls throughout the season. It's one of my favorite indulgences on Netflix. Expand
  4. Mar 15, 2014
    9
    A neear falwless follow-up to the first season. My only complaint (and a minor one at that) is that the new episodes focused purely on theA neear falwless follow-up to the first season. My only complaint (and a minor one at that) is that the new episodes focused purely on the Underwood's personal agendas more than general politics happening around DC as the first one did. Less West Wing, more Silence of the Lambs in it's scope. With that said it was still an energetic ride from start to finish, even knowing for the most part where things are going and often what is coming next, it did not dull at all the sinful flavor of what's happening on screen. Expand
  5. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    Excellent series, enjoyed it more than the first season. Don't bother with Bo33y's review, it will make your brain hurt, lay off the meth bro.Excellent series, enjoyed it more than the first season. Don't bother with Bo33y's review, it will make your brain hurt, lay off the meth bro. Really looking forward to Season 3. 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 23, 2014
    0
    This season of house of cards has given me pause. What is the point of this creation?

    I cannot fathom how this season has gotten the
    This season of house of cards has given me pause. What is the point of this creation?

    I cannot fathom how this season has gotten the reviews it has? I understand people hate politics and politicians, okay! Fine, understood! But come on now! Barely has there been even a single coherent scene, within degrees of perception to probable reality. What has been shown is a clown act, dressed up to educate or much rather not at all. The plot lines can often be seen a mile away, obviously that almost any child could say what would happen next. Dialogue for the most part has been, tit for tat. Sounding effectively, the F'word you, NO! The F'word you, but shall we have sex now, or kill, destroy, you. Characterizations mostly of whom are cardboard cutouts, lacking in degrees to a sense of realism, importantly, how characters within given positions react to scenarios shown. Much of it has been happenstance within this absurdity, leading to solutions which are obvious. Quite painfully making through a single episode without questioning these pictures displayed, shown so largely unrealistic. However when making more sense watching that Punch and Judy show, because at least they don't have to pretend.

    Where is the line drawn, on what is great, and what is awful? If any portrayal within a probable reality created is fictionally assumed mostly as an opposite?

    I conclude so many of whom are angry at government when making entertainment in such high regards, rating without any exception.
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