The Best Episodes of House of Cards

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. And for more political thrillers, check out these other shows like House of Cards.

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  • Chapter 1

    Chapter 1

    55 votes
    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.
  • Chapter 26

    Chapter 26

    83 votes
    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.
  • Chapter 14

    Chapter 14

    44 votes
    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.
  • Chapter 13

    Chapter 13

    6 votes
    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.
  • Chapter 57

    Chapter 57

    6 votes
    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.
  • Chapter 52

    Chapter 52

    30 votes
    Season 4 Episode 13: As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.