House of Cards (2013–2018)

TV Series   |  TV-MA   |    |  Drama


Episode Guide
House of Cards (2013) Poster

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

TIP
Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.

8.8/10
426,360

Videos


Photos

  • Matt Gulbranson in House of Cards (2013)
  • Constance Zimmer in House of Cards (2013)
  • Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards (2013)
  • Ricky Gervais at an event for House of Cards (2013)
  • Robin Wright in House of Cards (2013)
  • Jane Fallon and Ricky Gervais at an event for House of Cards (2013)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Creator:

Beau Willimon

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


1 February 2013 | Caterpillar_City
8
| Netflix's Foray into Original Programming is off to a Promising Start
Fans of David Fincher and Kevin Spacey have been eagerly looking forward to House of Cards. Not only is this an opportunity to see an elite Hollywood director and actor take on a new medium, but it represents Netflix's first attempt at original programming (I guess Lilyhammer came first, but House of Cards is a much bigger investment for Netflix). The CEO of Netflix has said that House of Cards is meant to be a show on the quality level of the top cable stations, such as HBO, and the final product delivers on this promise.

House of Cards follows several characters involved in the political scene in Washington D.C., including politicians of various rank and influence (Kevin Spacey is a House Majority Whip in the House of Representatives) and an upcoming reporter played brilliantly by Kate Mara, who you may recognize from the first season of American Horror Story. The cast in uniformly excellent and thrives under Fincher's direction. Occasionally, Kevin Spacey's character will talk directly to the camera and offer some narration, which is the only area where the show stumbles, but it isn't too distracting. Speaking of Fincher's direction, it shouldn't come as any surprise to know that House of Cards looks great. The atmosphere is moody and resembles a tone somewhere between The Game and The Social Network. The music is equally good, complementing the mood of the show without becoming overbearing.

Being a political drama, one could be understandably weary of taking the plunge into a 13 episode season if they don't find politics interesting, but that shouldn't be a concern. The writing is sharp, engaging and clear, and the characters are interesting and well developed. The editing helps: it is tight and keeps the plot moving briskly, making the political intrigue both exciting and easy to follow.

Netflix has really created something impressive with House of Cards. When hearing that an online streaming service was creating an original show, some may have been concerned that it would be cheap looking and generally not on par with what AMC, FX, Showtime, and HBO are offering. Well, Netflix got some talented people and gave them the money to make something good, and the product speaks for itself. House of Cards comes highly recommended.

Critic Reviews



Are You a Sansa or a Cersei?

"Game of Thrones" Season 8 has finally premiered, so in celebration we take to the streets to see which characters fans relate to the most.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com