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 26 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 14 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 52 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Season 4 Episode 13: As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.

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Chapter 32 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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
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 17 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 11 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 12 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 16 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 64 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 49 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 3 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 39 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 21 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 41 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 42 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 9 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 22 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 10 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 25 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 53 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 38 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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
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 54 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 33 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 44 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 6 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 13 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 51 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 19 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 65 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 37 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 29 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 59 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 23 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 57 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 55 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 18 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 35 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 8 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Season 1 Episode 8: As Francis (Kevin Spacey) confronts his past while dedicating a new library at his alma mater, Russo (Corey Stoll) heads to Philadelphia to ask his angry constituents to support the watershed bill and his upcoming bid for governor.

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Chapter 60 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
Season 5 Episode 8: An elite gathering in the woods and an international incident provide the Underwoods with a chance to rise above their nature.

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Chapter 28 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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 36 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of House of Cards
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.