TV Episodes The Best Episodes of House of Cards  

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There are so many good episodes of House of Cards, but which ones really stand out? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of House of Cards are, let's rank every House of Cards episode from best to worst.

House of Cards on Netflix is a political thriller that originally starred Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The series, based on the 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name, tells the story of Congressman Frank Underwood (Spacey) and his wife, Clair Underwood (Wright), as they plot to attain power in Washington D.C. House of Cards has received recognition from major awards organizations, including the Emmys, Golden Globe Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards; in 2013, it won the Peabody Award. Following sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, which surfaced in October of 2017, Netflix announced on December 4, 2017 that the final season of House of Cards would still take place, but without Spacey's involvement and with Wright's character as the new central figure.

Vote up your favorite episodes of House of Cards, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one House of Cards episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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Chapter 14 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 16 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 26 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 32 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 43 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 12 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 12 Season 1 Episode 12: As the search for a new vice president lands Francis (Kevin Spacey) in the middle of a billionaire businessman's own power play, Zoe (Kate Mara) and Janine (Constance Zimmer) close in on the truth behind Russo's alleged suicide. Guest starring Gerald McRaney.

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Chapter 52 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 52 Season 4 Episode 13: As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

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Chapter 64 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 64 Season 5 Episode 12: Francis' (Kevin Spacey) almost certain political downfall forces Claire (Robin Wright) to pay the ultimate personal cost to remain in the White House.

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Chapter 11 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 11 Season 1 Episode 11: Following the collapse of Russo's (Corey Stoll) campaign, Francis (Kevin Spacey) launches a risky ploy to join the Walker administration.

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Chapter 39 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 39 Season 3 Episode 13: In the midst of the Iowa caucuses, Frank and Claire must confront hard truths about each other.

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Chapter 17 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 49 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 41 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 41 Season 4 Episode 2: As Claire begins exploring a campaign of her own, she and Frank engage in backdoor political maneuvering. But this time they're not on the same side.

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Chapter 50 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 50 Season 4 Episode 11: Frank ups the ante on the war on terror to counter Conway's public show of strength. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

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Chapter 34 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 34 Season 3 Episode 8: A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast and Frank must make a difficult choice.

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Chapter 21 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 46 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 46 Season 4 Episode 7: Frank and Claire adjust to their new reality. The search for Frank's running mate begins. Frank starts a campaign to weaken Conway's strong support.

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Chapter 42 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 42 Season 4 Episode 3: Claire joins Frank as he stumps in South Carolina, but he doesn't trust her. A disastrous scandal blindsides Frank's campaign on primary day.

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Chapter 5 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 5 Season 1 Episode 5: As Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Zoe (Kate Mara) mix business with pleasure, a showdown with the teachers' union over the education bill threatens to derail Claire's (Robin Wright) CWI fundraiser.

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Chapter 9 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 9 Season 1 Episode 9: As Russo (Corey Stoll) hits the campaign trail in Pennsylvania, Francis (Kevin Spacey) pulls out all the stops to pass the watershed bill, even as Claire is undermining him behind the scenes.

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Chapter 30 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 30 Season 3 Episode 4: Claire bypasses Russia at the U.N. Frank tries to outmaneuver a potential challenger and ends up face to face with a higher power.

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Chapter 3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 3 Season 1 Episode 3: As a tragedy in his home district forces Francis (Kevin Spacey) to abandon the teachers' union negotiations on the education bill, Zoe's (Kate Mara) elevated public profile creates friction at the Herald.

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Chapter 22 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.

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Chapter 53 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 53 Season 5 Episode 1: Francis (Kevin Spacey) diverts attention from a congressional investigation into his political misdeeds with his most audacious declaration ever.

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Chapter 25 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 25 Season 2 Episode 12: Francis finds himself shut out and Claire makes a difficult sacrifice. Stamper tries to regain control.

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Chapter 10 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 10 Season 1 Episode 10: "Told that Claire (Robin Wright) was behind the watershed bill's failure, Francis (Kevin Spacey) works to contain the damage and maintain control over Peter Russo (Corey Stoll). Zoe (Kate Mara) and Claire each seek relief from their respective relationships with Francis. "

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Chapter 38 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 38 Season 3 Episode 12: Heather Dunbar goes for the jugular, forcing Claire to confront her worst fears. The rift between Frank and Claire widens.

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Chapter 1 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 1 Season 1 Episode 1: After he's denied the job of secretary of state by the newly elected president, Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots his revenge, aided by his loyalists on Capitol Hill and a brash young newspaper reporter who will stop at nothing to promote her own career.

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Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 2 Season 1 Episode 2: As the damaging leak of a draft education bill makes him indispensable to the Walker administration, Francis (Kevin Spacey) enlists Zoe (Kate Mara) in a scheme to undermine the president's nominee for secretary of state.

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Chapter 15 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 15 Season 2 Episode 2: Francis puts China in the cross-hairs. Claire confronts a painful trauma from her past. Lucas Goodwin presses for the truth.

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Chapter 55 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 55 Season 5 Episode 3: Election Day worries push Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) to the edge of their terror campaign and their marriage.

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Chapter 33 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 33 Season 3 Episode 7: The damage is done and the Underwoods must repair it. But deep wounds don't heal fast, and sometimes not at all.

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Chapter 13 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 13 Season 1 Episode 13: As Zoe's (Kate Mara) investigation threatens to connect him to Russo's death, Francis (Kevin Spacey) goes head to head with a powerful billionaire in his quest to become vice president.

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Chapter 44 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 44 Season 4 Episode 5: Claire advises Donald Blythe on dealing with Petrov. Further investigation of Lucas Goodwin dredges up his accusations against Frank.

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Chapter 57 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 57 Season 5 Episode 5: With the fate of the presidency in Congress' hands, Francis (Kevin Spacey) steps into a familiar role, whipping votes while Claire (Robin Wright) is forced to reexamine her own ambitions.

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Chapter 51 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 51 Season 4 Episode 12: Frank asks Will to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.

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Chapter 6 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 6 Season 1 Episode 6: Despite an unpopular teachers' strike, Francis (Kevin Spacey) turns up the heat on his union counterpart. Meanwhile, as Russo (Corey Stoll) commits to sobriety in order to run for governor, Claire (Robin Wright) is forced to face up to the compromises demanded by her marriage to Francis.

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Chapter 54 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 54 Season 5 Episode 2: An opportunity to exploit the dark side of the digital frontier gives Francis (Kevin Spacey) a chance to influence swing state voter turnout.

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Chapter 65 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 65 Season 5 Episode 13: Loyalties strain as Francis (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) negotiate the terms of their future together, and, most terrifying, apart.

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Chapter 23 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 23 Season 2 Episode 10: With a military stand-off overseas and potential violence at home, Francis wants to finish off Tusk for good. Claire and Jackie Sharp collide.

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Chapter 29 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 29 Season 3 Episode 3: The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills, and some punks heat things up.

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Chapter 19 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 19 Season 2 Episode 6: Amidst an energy crisis. Francis and Tusk end their shaky alliance. Lucas must make a difficult choice. Stamper grows closer to Rachel.

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Chapter 37 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 37 Season 3 Episode 11: Things turn ugly when Frank, Jackie, and Heather square off during their first debate. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.

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Chapter 35 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 35 Season 3 Episode 9: The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos just as Frank's campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets disturbing intel and counsels him.

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Chapter 18 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 18 Season 2 Episode 5: Francis back-channels with a Chinese billionaire. Lucas uses extreme measures to expose the Vice President. A shadowy figure joins Team Underwood.

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Chapter 36 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 36 Season 3 Episode 10: Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one while Claire tries to preserve the peace-keeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.

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Chapter 28 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 28 Season 3 Episode 2: Claire's U.N. bid runs into trouble. Frank fights off mutiny with a bold address to the country.

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Chapter 58 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 58 Season 5 Episode 6: While Francis (Kevin Spacey) learns of a new coalition forming against him from within his own party, Claire (Robin Wright) faces her first crisis in a new role.

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Chapter 59 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 59 Season 5 Episode 7: As the Underwoods fight to remain in the White House, a terrorist threat endangers DC, straining the balance of power between Francis and Claire.

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Chapter 62 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Chapter 62 Season 5 Episode 10: Francis and Claire test their new team's loyalty as the past comes home to roost in the Underwood administration.