House of Cards Reviews & Ratings

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

A political drama based on the BBC miniseries of the same name that takes viewers through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington, D.C.
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May 31, 2016 10:27AM EDT
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Shockingly gritty and proves that being bad is good. This political drama demonstrates how some people will do anything to get ahead in life. This show has deception, manipulation, honor, greed, gluttony, a strong script and cast. The method this series is filmed makes the viewer feel like you are in the room with the actors and stirs emotions that series usually cannot grasp within the viewer. The writers did not hold back with this series. The plot twists will keep you up at night. I recommend this show for anyone who loves dramas.

Shockingly gritty and proves that being bad is good. This political drama demonstrates how some people will do anything to get ahead in life. This show has deception, manipulation, honor, greed, gluttony, a strong script and cast. The method this series is filmed makes the viewer feel like you are in the room with the actors and stirs emotions that series usually cannot grasp within the viewer. The writers did not hold back with this series. The plot twists will keep you up at night. I recommend this show for anyone who loves dramas.

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Nov 4, 2014 9:32PM EST
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It started out interesting and good. The acting from Spacey is excellent and totally believable. The show jumps a thousand sharks though and sometimes becomes nearly unbearably absurd. if you get sucked in you'll end up running you your time with it because... whatever you made it this far lets see what happens. It's what i call "Jenga TV".. The writers try and build a bigger and bigger problem, then solve it but the whole time the stack is becomming more untenable and eventually it will crash in disappointment and wasted time.

It started out interesting and good. The acting from Spacey is excellent and totally believable. The show jumps a thousand sharks though and sometimes becomes nearly unbearably absurd. if you get sucked in you'll end up running you your time with it because... whatever you made it this far lets see what happens. It's what i call "Jenga TV".. The writers try and build a bigger and bigger problem, then solve it but the whole time the stack is becomming more untenable and eventually it will crash in disappointment and wasted time.

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Oct 12, 2014 6:33PM EDT
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Phenomenal , astonishing Kevin Spacey. He truly is the best, the role fits him incredibly in his age and his profile he is just the perfect politically scandalous one and only Frank Underwood. A political drama that will leave you aching for more in the end of each episode. The two first seasons are divine , hope the best for the third one and also hope they won't stretch it to a 7 year old series cause it wouldn't fit. Definitely a thumbs up and a five star rating for the scenario the directing and the performances.

Phenomenal , astonishing Kevin Spacey. He truly is the best, the role fits him incredibly in his age and his profile he is just the perfect politically scandalous one and only Frank Underwood. A political drama that will leave you aching for more in the end of each episode. The two first seasons are divine , hope the best for the third one and also hope they won't stretch it to a 7 year old series cause it wouldn't fit. Definitely a thumbs up and a five star rating for the scenario the directing and the performances.

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Aug 24, 2014 8:19PM EDT
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This is one helluva drama y'all ! The performances by all Cast members is just brilliant , but Kevin Spacey's slick portrayal of an askew politician from the South and his manipulations to rise all the way to the Presidency !
It's really scary , how he gets away with so many acts of literally screwing both the Men & the Women in his rise to the most powerful Man in the world's position.I especially enjoy the scenes with Spacey's scenes of enjoying a joint with his wife and then enjoying sex, that might even make Bill Clinton blush ! Watch from the beginning , don't just jump in anywhere. It's right up there with great political dramas, maybe more daring , then even The West Wing ! Spacey & Wright should take Emmys home if they are nominated,but are they???

This is one helluva drama y'all ! The performances by all Cast members is just brilliant , but Kevin Spacey's slick portrayal of an askew politician from the South and his manipulations to rise all the way to the Presidency !
It's really scary , how he gets away with so many acts of literally screwing both the Men & the Women in his rise to the most powerful Man in the world's position.I especially enjoy the scenes with Spacey's scenes of enjoying a joint with his wife and then enjoying sex, that might even make Bill Clinton blush ! Watch from the beginning , don't just jump in anywhere. It's right up there with great political dramas, maybe more daring , then even The West Wing ! Spacey & Wright should take Emmys home if they are nominated,but are they???

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Jul 8, 2014 6:59PM EDT
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This show makes me want to be a worse person. Kevin Spacey is fantastic (not that that's a shock) as Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright is practically a revelation as his wife Claire. Sure, the plot's juicy, but it's the character studies that really make the series shine.

This show makes me want to be a worse person. Kevin Spacey is fantastic (not that that's a shock) as Frank Underwood, and Robin Wright is practically a revelation as his wife Claire. Sure, the plot's juicy, but it's the character studies that really make the series shine.

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Jan 1, 2016 8:16PM EST
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Brilliant in it's depiction of the deceptive Frank Underwood, House of Cards is a Netflix home run. There are viewers who believe the series had had a decline in seasons two and three, House of Cards is still a near flawless television show.

Brilliant in it's depiction of the deceptive Frank Underwood, House of Cards is a Netflix home run. There are viewers who believe the series had had a decline in seasons two and three, House of Cards is still a near flawless television show.

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May 15, 2015 3:31PM EDT
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There are some bizarre reviews in here. "One-dimensional characters", "lacking in originality", "disgusting", etc. It strikes me that these comments are coming from people too precious and blinded by patriotism to assess the show without bias, and those unable to appreciate and understand the show.

It's because of the latter bunch that Arrested Development was originally cancelled, so ignore them.

Anyway, this show is packed full of excellent acting performances - the best of whom, in my opinion, is Robin Wright's character. It's laughable that anyone would make the criticism of one-dimensional characters with her on the cast - how much depth and uniqueness do people need in a character? She is loving, ruthless, loyal, manipulative, deceptive and caring all at once. Her performance is up there with Edie Falco's as Carmela Soprano, and is in general one of the best female TV acting performances there has been to date. Spacey also is obviously excellent, and a great introduction to the cast as the plot developed was Gerald McRaney, who somehow manages to heighten the shows general level of filthiness as soon as he is introduced.

As for the plot, the show is wonderfully paced (with the exception of one misstep midway through the first season). There are no explosions or bloodbaths, but it is utterly compelling watching Underwood slither through government, poisoning every corner of it with his influence, gradually moving everything into place for him and his wife. On top of that, as with any great show, the show casts off key characters in shocking circumstances and does not suffer a drop in quality. I was left open mouthed at one point for example in a way I haven't been since watching The Wire, and I would recommend the show for that moment alone.

So yeah, ignore the hysteria and exaggerated criticism. I'm not trying to come off as some sort of arrogant, superior 'TV-watcher', but these views are coming from people who either have no idea what they're on about, or are not watching the show with a clear perspective. This is a show about ambitious politicians in the US government fighting for power - what do people expect? Do people really think politicians are like how they are in The West Wing? Spacey's character in this is unprecedented in terms of corruption and deceit, but I'd be concerned if people thought the rest of the cast were far off being representative of the real thing. Politicians can be ruthless, fake and disingenuous, and House of Cards does a fine job of illustrating that.

There are some bizarre reviews in here. "One-dimensional characters", "lacking in originality", "disgusting", etc. It strikes me that these comments are coming from people too precious and blinded by patriotism to assess the show without bias, and those unable to appreciate and understand the show.

It's because of the latter bunch that Arrested Development was originally cancelled, so ignore them.

Anyway, this show is packed full of excellent acting performances - the best of whom, in my opinion, is Robin Wright's character. It's laughable that anyone would make the criticism of one-dimensional characters with her on the cast - how much depth and uniqueness do people need in a character? She is loving, ruthless, loyal, manipulative, deceptive and caring all at once. Her performance is up there with Edie Falco's as Carmela Soprano, and is in general one of the best female TV acting performances there has been to date. Spacey also is obviously excellent, and a great introduction to the cast as the plot developed was Gerald McRaney, who somehow manages to heighten the shows general level of filthiness as soon as he is introduced.

As for the plot, the show is wonderfully paced (with the exception of one misstep midway through the first season). There are no explosions or bloodbaths, but it is utterly compelling watching Underwood slither through government, poisoning every corner of it with his influence, gradually moving everything into place for him and his wife. On top of that, as with any great show, the show casts off key characters in shocking circumstances and does not suffer a drop in quality. I was left open mouthed at one point for example in a way I haven't been since watching The Wire, and I would recommend the show for that moment alone.

So yeah, ignore the hysteria and exaggerated criticism. I'm not trying to come off as some sort of arrogant, superior 'TV-watcher', but these views are coming from people who either have no idea what they're on about, or are not watching the show with a clear perspective. This is a show about ambitious politicians in the US government fighting for power - what do people expect? Do people really think politicians are like how they are in The West Wing? Spacey's character in this is unprecedented in terms of corruption and deceit, but I'd be concerned if people thought the rest of the cast were far off being representative of the real thing. Politicians can be ruthless, fake and disingenuous, and House of Cards does a fine job of illustrating that.

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Dec 9, 2014 6:20PM EST
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Brutal, cold, and dramatic, House of Cards analyzes both human ambition and the political sphere of the United States. Scandal is child's play compared to this Netflix drama. Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, and Robin Wright's performances are complex and fun to watch.

Brutal, cold, and dramatic, House of Cards analyzes both human ambition and the political sphere of the United States. Scandal is child's play compared to this Netflix drama. Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, and Robin Wright's performances are complex and fun to watch.

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Nov 18, 2014 11:22PM EST
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I am now halfway through the second season and am incredibly impressed with the continuation of the Shakespearean Elements. The drama is constantly evolving and the cinematography is superb. This is a definite watch for viewers who love a great villain.

I am now halfway through the second season and am incredibly impressed with the continuation of the Shakespearean Elements. The drama is constantly evolving and the cinematography is superb. This is a definite watch for viewers who love a great villain.

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Jun 3, 2015 9:05AM EDT
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Brilliant, must wacth, you will not be able to stop once you start.

Brilliant, must wacth, you will not be able to stop once you start.