The Best Episodes of House of Cards (US)

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood and his wife Claire stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex and corruption in modern D.C.

Chapter 26

#1 - Chapter 26

Season 2 - Episode 13

Francis faces annihilation while the nation is in an uproar. Stamper must tie up loose ends. Claire feels the cost of ruthlessness.

star 8.76
3,141 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 14

#2 - Chapter 14

Season 2 - Episode 1

The Underwoods tackle two threats that could bring their plans to ruin. Francis grooms his replacement as Whip. Claire goes on the offensive.

star 8.66
3,639 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 52

#3 - Chapter 52

Season 4 - Episode 13

As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

star 8.47
3,464 votes
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 13

#4 - Chapter 13

Season 1 - Episode 13

Frank scrambles to keep his plan on track. Gillian is planning to sue Claire. Zoe, Janine, and Lucas investigate Rachel Posner and her relationship with Peter Russo.

star 8.36
2,979 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 11

#5 - Chapter 11

Season 1 - Episode 11

Zoe extends her time away from The Hill while Francis tracks down Russo and engages in damage control.

star 8.26
3,019 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Keith Huff, Kate Barnow, Beau Willimon
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Chapter 17

#6 - Chapter 17

Season 2 - Episode 4

A terror scare at the Capitol traps Francis with a resentful Donald Blythe. Claire gives a live interview that rocks the media.

star 8.25
3,063 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Laura Eason
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Chapter 25

#7 - Chapter 25

Season 2 - Episode 12

Francis finds himself shut out and Claire makes a difficult sacrifice. Stamper tries to regain control.

star 8.22
2,871 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 6

#8 - Chapter 6

Season 1 - Episode 6

The strike between Frank and Marty starts to get out of hand. Russo has decided to run for Governor of Pennsylvania.

star 8.19
3,163 votes
Writers: Sam Forman
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Chapter 49

#9 - Chapter 49

Season 4 - Episode 10

As Frank deals with a new threat to his candidacy, Claire has doubts about their plan. Claire faces a difficult decision concerning her mother.

star 8.18
3,123 votes
Directors: Robin Wright
Writers: Melissa James Gibson, Kenneth Lin
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Chapter 24

#10 - Chapter 24

Season 2 - Episode 11

A Special Prosecutor interrogates Francis. Remy Danton tries to keep his options open. Stamper wrestles with his demons.

star 8.17
2,866 votes
Directors: John Coles
Writers: John Mankiewicz, Beau Willimon
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Chapter 22

#11 - Chapter 22

Season 2 - Episode 9

Things get personal when Tusk blindsides the Underwoods with a scandal. Freddy and his BBQ joint get caught up in the mix.

star 8.17
2,898 votes
Directors: Jodie Foster
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 43

#12 - Chapter 43

Season 4 - Episode 4

Claire threatens Frank. Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia. An event at a campaign stop changes everything.

star 8.15
3,188 votes
Directors: Robin Wright
Writers: John Mankiewicz
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Chapter 1

#13 - Chapter 1

Season 1 - Episode 1

When the newly elected President reneges on a promise, Francis and Claire decide to sever all allegiances and toss the rules out the window.

star 8.15
4,801 votes
Directors: David Fincher
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 5

#14 - Chapter 5

Season 1 - Episode 5

A feud starts between Francis and Marty Spinella. Russo goes into depression about the job losses at the shipyards.

star 8.14
3,302 votes
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Chapter 2

#15 - Chapter 2

Season 1 - Episode 2

Francis and Doug plan to frame Secretary of State nominee, Michael Kern. Meanwhile, Zoe's popularity at the Washington Herald continues to grow.

star 8.14
3,828 votes
Directors: David Fincher
Writers: Beau Willimon
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Chapter 10

#16 - Chapter 10

Season 1 - Episode 10

Claire fuels an old flame. Peter wrestles with his demons. Francis crosses the point of no return.

star 8.13
2,977 votes
Directors: Carl Franklin
Writers: Sarah Treem
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Chapter 9

#17 - Chapter 9

Season 1 - Episode 9

Frank tries to do whatever it takes to get the new bill passed in Congress. Russo goes on a bus campaign with the Vice President, but the VP is not making it an easy trip for him. Zoe's relationship with Frank gets a little bumpy.

star 8.12
3,005 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Rick Cleveland, Beau Willimon
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Chapter 12

#18 - Chapter 12

Season 1 - Episode 12

The President sends Frank to St. Louis to persuade Raymond Tusk into becoming the new Vice President. Zoe and Janine investigate Peter Russo's death.

star 8.11
2,951 votes
Directors: Allen Coulter
Writers: Gina Gionfriddo, Beau Willimon
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Chapter 32

#19 - Chapter 32

Season 3 - Episode 6

Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.

star 8.10
2,661 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Melissa James Gibson
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Chapter 64

#20 - Chapter 64

Season 5 - Episode 12

Frank attempts to stop Cathy from testifying. With Hammerschmidt sniffing out the truth, the Underwoods throw someone close to them under the bus.

star 8.09
2,772 votes
Directors: Robin Wright
Writers: Frank Pugliese, Melissa James Gibson
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Chapter 65

#21 - Chapter 65

Season 5 - Episode 13

In the wake of a surprising announcement, everything at the White House is shaken up. A decision must be made about whether to go to war.

star 8.09
2,759 votes
Directors: Robin Wright
Writers: Melissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese
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Chapter 3

#22 - Chapter 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

Francis heads for his hometown to deal with a crisis. Zoe negotiates the politics of being a journalist on the rise. Claire finds herself a new business partner.

star 8.07
3,536 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Keith Huff, Beau Willimon
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Chapter 21

#23 - Chapter 21

Season 2 - Episode 8

The war with Tusk intensifies. Claire influences Tricia Walker politically and domestically. Francis has a show-down with Linda Vasquez.

star 8.06
2,889 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Bill Kennedy
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Chapter 16

#24 - Chapter 16

Season 2 - Episode 3

Tension rises between Francis and Raymond Tusk as the situation with China deteriorates. A battle in the Senate pits Francis against the Republicans.

star 8.05
3,042 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Bill Cain
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Chapter 4

#25 - Chapter 4

Season 1 - Episode 4

Francis shakes down the Congressional leadership. Zoe is offered the promotion of White House Correspondent and doesn't know if she should take it or not.

star 8.05
3,397 votes
Directors: James Foley
Writers: Rick Cleveland, Beau Willimon
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