House of Cards

Series Summary
U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he's too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

Air Dates: 2013 - Present

Genres: Drama, Politics

Network: Netflix

  • Season 4, Ep. 13 : Chapter 52Mar 4, 2016

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    While the hostage situation drags on, Claire holds secret negotiations with Yusuf al Ahmadi; Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

  • Season 4, Ep. 12 : Chapter 51Mar 4, 2016

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    Frank asks for Will's help in dealing with extremists who are threatening to kill their hostages; Hammerschmidt takes a closer look at the accusations against Frank.

  • Season 4, Ep. 11 : Chapter 50Mar 4, 2016

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    Frank leverages the war on terror to counter Conway's public show of strength; Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

  • Season 4, Ep. 10 : Chapter 49Mar 4, 2016

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    Frank faces yet another threat to his candidacy; Claire questions their plan; Claire must make a difficult decision regarding her mother.

  • Season 4, Ep. 9 : Chapter 48Mar 4, 2016

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    Frank and his team begin a public push for Catherine Durant as his running mate, though privately they pursue a different agenda.

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  • Deeply cynical about human beings as well as politics and almost gleeful in its portrayal of limitless ambition, House of Cards is a wonderfully sour take on power and corruption. Show More

  • Spacey clearly loves portraying the wonderfully manipulative Frank Underwood, while Wright does a very convincing take on Lady Macbeth. Show More

  • House of Cards is a strange mixture of freedom--Fincher and his cohorts clearly did what they wanted to do--and limitation: These powerful, venal characters and the well-tended hothouse they live in feel quite familiar (and not just because this is based on a UK miniseries of the same name). Show More

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