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The best episodes of House of Cards

Explore the comprehensive ranking of House of Cards episodes, meticulously evaluated through thousands of fan votes. Uncover the top-rated moments that define the brilliance of House of Cards!

Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex and corruption in modern D.C.
Chapter 38
8.6

#1 - Chapter 38

Season 3, Episode 12, 2/27/2015
Heather Dunbar goes for the jugular, forcing Claire to confront her worst fears. The rift between Frank and Claire widens.
Chapter 42
8.5

#2 - Chapter 42

Season 4, Episode 3, 3/4/2016
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.
Chapter 51
8.5

#3 - Chapter 51

Season 4, Episode 12, 3/4/2016
Frank asks Will to help deal with extremists threatening to murder hostages. Hammerschmidt digs deeper into the allegations against Frank.
Chapter 48
8.4

#4 - Chapter 48

Season 4, Episode 9, 3/4/2016
At the convention, Frank and his team publicly push for Catherine Durant to be chosen as his running mate, but privately pursue a different agenda.
Chapter 44
8.4

#5 - Chapter 44

Season 4, Episode 5, 3/4/2016
Claire advises Donald Blythe on dealing with Petrov. Further investigations of Lucas Goodwin dredges up his accusations against Frank.
Chapter 45
8.3

#6 - Chapter 45

Season 4, Episode 6, 3/4/2016
Claire clashes with the Secretary of State over her involvement in negotiations with Russia. Dunbar must choose between her campaign and her ethics.
Chapter 46
8.2

#7 - Chapter 46

Season 4, Episode 7, 3/4/2016
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.
Chapter 39
8.2

#8 - Chapter 39

Season 3, Episode 13, 2/27/2015
In the midst of the Iowa caucuses, Frank and Claire must confront hard truths about each other.
Chapter 64
8.2

#9 - Chapter 64

Season 5, Episode 12, 5/30/2017
Frank attempts to stop Cathy from testifying. With Hammerschmidt sniffing out the truth, the Underwoods throw someone close to them under the bus.
Chapter 14
8.1

#10 - Chapter 14

Season 2, Episode 1, 2/14/2014
The Underwoods tackle two threats that could bring their plans to ruin. Francis grooms his replacement as Whip. Claire goes on the offensive.
Chapter 34
8.1

#11 - Chapter 34

Season 3, Episode 8, 2/27/2015
A hurricane endangers more than just the entire East Coast and Frank must make a difficult choice.
Chapter 59
8.1

#12 - Chapter 59

Season 5, Episode 7, 5/30/2017
When a crisis forces White House personnel to take shelter in a bunker, Commerce Department official Jane Davis negotiates through back channels.
Chapter 63
8.1

#13 - Chapter 63

Season 5, Episode 11, 5/30/2017
As the team tries to control fallout from damaging testimony and leaks, everyone is under suspicion and tensions flare between Frank and Claire.
Chapter 35
8.1

#14 - Chapter 35

Season 3, Episode 9, 2/27/2015
The Jordan Valley erupts in chaos as Frank's campaign is picking up steam. Claire gets distrubing intel and counsels him.
Chapter 37
8.1

#15 - Chapter 37

Season 3, Episode 11, 2/27/2015
Things turn ugly when Frank, Jackie, and Heather square off during their first debate. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.
Chapter 52
8.0

#16 - Chapter 52

Season 4, Episode 13, 3/4/2016
As the hostage situation continues, Claire secretly negotiates with Yusuf al Ahmadi. Frank confronts Hammerschmidt.
Chapter 2
8.0

#17 - Chapter 2

Season 1, Episode 2, 2/1/2013
Francis and Doug plan to frame Secretary of State nominee, Michael Kern. Meanwhile, Zoe's popularity at the Washington Herald continues to grow.
Chapter 43
8.0

#18 - Chapter 43

Season 4, Episode 4, 3/4/2016
Claire threatens Frank. Frank makes a politically bold move that may provoke Russia. An event at a campaign stop changes everything.
Chapter 56
8.0

#19 - Chapter 56

Season 5, Episode 4, 5/30/2017
With a tight race and low voter turnout on Election Day, things look grim for Frank. But he's still got one more trick up his sleeve.
Chapter 65
8.0

#20 - Chapter 65

Season 5, Episode 13, 5/30/2017
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.
Chapter 47
8.0

#21 - Chapter 47

Season 4, Episode 8, 3/4/2016
Formidable as ever, both Underwoods have their eyes on the big picture as they manipulate a potential running mate and push the gun bill.
Chapter 26
8.0

#22 - Chapter 26

Season 2, Episode 13, 2/14/2014
Francis faces annihilation while the nation is in an uproar. Stamper must tie up loose ends. Claire feels the cost of ruthlessness.
Chapter 36
7.9

#23 - Chapter 36

Season 3, Episode 10, 2/27/2015
Frank needs to deal with Petrov one on one while Claire tries to preserve the peace-keeping mission. Sacrifices must be made.
Chapter 62
7.9

#24 - Chapter 62

Season 5, Episode 10, 5/30/2017
The Underwoods and their team angle to undermine the revived committee investigating Frank. Hammerschmidt's investigation heats up.
Chapter 53
7.9

#25 - Chapter 53

Season 5, Episode 1, 5/30/2017
As Congress debates investigating Frank, he and Claire attempt to stoke fear of terrorism. Tom Yates continues his stay in the White House.
Chapter 41
7.8

#26 - Chapter 41

Season 4, Episode 2, 3/4/2016
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.
Chapter 17
7.8

#27 - Chapter 17

Season 2, Episode 4, 2/14/2014
A terror scare at the Capitol traps Francis with a resentful Donald Blythe. Claire gives a live interview that rocks the media.
Chapter 32
7.8

#28 - Chapter 32

Season 3, Episode 6, 2/27/2015
Frank and Claire travel to Moscow to negotiate the return of an imprisoned U.S. citizen. Claire takes a stand that jeopardizes their plans.
Chapter 1
7.8

#29 - Chapter 1

Season 1, Episode 1, 2/1/2013
When the newly elected President reneges on a promise, Francis and Claire decide to sever all allegiances and toss the rules out the window.
Chapter 57
7.8

#30 - Chapter 57

Season 5, Episode 5, 5/30/2017
Nine weeks after Election Day, the Underwoods work to consolidate their power. Leann tries to track down a missing Aidan Macallan.
Chapter 50
7.7

#31 - Chapter 50

Season 4, Episode 11, 3/4/2016
Frank ups the ante on the war on terror to counter Conway's public show of strength. Tom joins Claire on the campaign trail.
Chapter 54
7.7

#32 - Chapter 54

Season 5, Episode 2, 5/30/2017
Frank and his team work to leverage support in key states by any means necessary. Claire learns some upsetting news about one of Frank's friends.
Chapter 58
7.7

#33 - Chapter 58

Season 5, Episode 6, 5/30/2017
In the midst of uncertainty, suspected Russian forces take over an American station in Antarctica. Meanwhile, a damaging news leak could hurt Frank.
Chapter 60
7.7

#34 - Chapter 60

Season 5, Episode 8, 5/30/2017
While Frank attends an elite men's weekend gathering to firm up support, Claire deals with a stranded Russian ship and threats from Petrov.
Chapter 21
7.7

#35 - Chapter 21

Season 2, Episode 8, 2/14/2014
The war with Tusk intensifies. Claire influences Tricia Walker politically and domestically. Francis has a show-down with Linda Vasquez.
Chapter 33
7.7

#36 - Chapter 33

Season 3, Episode 7, 2/27/2015
The damage is done and the Underwoods must repair it. But deep wounds don't heal fast, and sometimes not at all.
Chapter 12
7.7

#37 - Chapter 12

Season 1, Episode 12, 2/1/2013
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.
Chapter 10
7.7

#38 - Chapter 10

Season 1, Episode 10, 2/1/2013
Claire fuels an old flame. Peter wrestles with his demons. Francis crosses the point of no return.
Chapter 3
7.6

#39 - Chapter 3

Season 1, Episode 3, 2/1/2013
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.
Chapter 49
7.6

#40 - Chapter 49

Season 4, Episode 10, 3/4/2016
As Frank deals with a new threat to his candidacy, Claire has doubts about their plan. Claire faces a difficult decision concerning her mother.
Chapter 25
7.6

#41 - Chapter 25

Season 2, Episode 12, 2/14/2014
Francis finds himself shut out and Claire makes a difficult sacrifice. Stamper tries to regain control.
Chapter 40
7.6

#42 - Chapter 40

Season 4, Episode 1, 3/4/2016
Claire's absence causes problems for Frank on the campaign trail amid rumors of a marital rift. Claire tries to strike out on her own.
Chapter 9
7.6

#43 - Chapter 9

Season 1, Episode 9, 2/1/2013
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.
Chapter 22
7.6

#44 - Chapter 22

Season 2, Episode 9, 2/14/2014
Things get personal when Tusk blindsides the Underwoods with a scandal. Freddy and his BBQ joint get caught up in the mix.
Chapter 11
7.5

#45 - Chapter 11

Season 1, Episode 11, 2/1/2013
Zoe extends her time away from The Hill while Francis tracks down Russo and engages in damage control.
Chapter 29
7.5

#46 - Chapter 29

Season 3, Episode 3, 2/27/2015
The Russian president's state visit becomes a cold war of wills, and some punks heat things up.
Chapter 13
7.5

#47 - Chapter 13

Season 1, Episode 13, 2/1/2013
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.
Chapter 6
7.5

#48 - Chapter 6

Season 1, Episode 6, 2/1/2013
The strike between Frank and Marty starts to get out of hand. Russo has decided to run for Governor of Pennsylvania.
Chapter 55
7.5

#49 - Chapter 55

Season 5, Episode 3, 5/30/2017
The day before the election, Conway holds a 24-hour Skype session with voters, while Frank and Claire stump in key states and try to discredit him.
Chapter 15
7.5

#50 - Chapter 15

Season 2, Episode 2, 2/14/2014
Amid turmoil in the home, Frank takes office. Foreign relations become entangled as Durant's team bungles a meeting. As foes negotiate to thwart her, Jackie maneuvers to strengthen her position. Lucas acquires new skills in order to pursue his secret investigation.
Chapter 5
7.4

#51 - Chapter 5

Season 1, Episode 5, 2/1/2013
A feud starts between Francis and Marty Spinella. Russo goes into depression about the job losses at the shipyards.
Chapter 16
7.4

#52 - Chapter 16

Season 2, Episode 3, 2/14/2014
Tension rises between Francis and Raymond Tusk as the situation with China deteriorates. A battle in the Senate pits Francis against the Republicans.
Chapter 61
7.4

#53 - Chapter 61

Season 5, Episode 9, 5/30/2017
Petrov tries to influence affairs in the U.S. Jane discusses her agenda with Claire. With her job at stake, Leann reaches out to a reporter for help.
Chapter 4
7.4

#54 - Chapter 4

Season 1, Episode 4, 2/1/2013
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.
Chapter 31
7.3

#55 - Chapter 31

Season 3, Episode 5, 2/27/2015
Frank declares war on Congress to jump-start his jobs program. Claire spars with the Russian Ambassador.
Chapter 30
7.3

#56 - Chapter 30

Season 3, Episode 4, 2/27/2015
Claire bypasses Russia at the U.N. Frank tries to outmaneuver a potential challenger and ends up face to face with a higher power.
Chapter 20
7.3

#57 - Chapter 20

Season 2, Episode 7, 2/14/2014
Despite some friction, the Walkers deepen their friendship with the Underwoods. But it's all-out war between Francis and Tusk.
Chapter 19
7.3

#58 - Chapter 19

Season 2, Episode 6, 2/14/2014
Amidst an energy crisis, Francis and Tusk end their shaky alliance. Lucas must make a difficult choice. Stamper grows closer to Rachel.
Chapter 28
7.3

#59 - Chapter 28

Season 3, Episode 2, 2/27/2015
Claire's U.N. bid runs into trouble. Frank fights off mutiny with a bold address to the country.
Chapter 24
7.2

#60 - Chapter 24

Season 2, Episode 11, 2/14/2014
A Special Prosecutor interrogates Francis. Remy Danton tries to keep his options open. Stamper wrestles with his demons.
Chapter 18
7.2

#61 - Chapter 18

Season 2, Episode 5, 2/14/2014
Francis back-channels with a Chinese billionaire. Lucas uses extreme measures to expose the Vice President. A shadowy figure joins Team Underwood.
Chapter 7
7.2

#62 - Chapter 7

Season 1, Episode 7, 2/1/2013
Frank helps Peter get ready for his governor race, but Peter is starting to have second thoughts. Doug tries to help a young hooker in trouble.
Chapter 23
7.2

#63 - Chapter 23

Season 2, Episode 10, 2/14/2014
With a military stand-off overseas and potential violence at home, Francis wants to finish off Tusk for good. Claire and Jackie Sharp collide.
Chapter 27
7.0

#64 - Chapter 27

Season 3, Episode 1, 2/27/2015
A rocky start for the Underwood Presidency. Frank wants to introduce an ambitious jobs program, while Claire sets her sights on the United Nations.
Chapter 8
6.7

#65 - Chapter 8

Season 1, Episode 8, 2/1/2013
Frank has a library named after him at his old military school. Peter tries to win back the support of his hometown.
Chapter 67
5.7

#66 - Chapter 67

Season 6, Episode 2, 11/2/2018
Claire clashes with the Shepherds and Mark Usher, who pressure her to sign the Future Act. Doug makes an unexpected move.
Chapter 69
5.7

#67 - Chapter 69

Season 6, Episode 4, 11/2/2018
As a crisis mounts in Syria, Russian President Viktor Petrov wants to make a deal with Claire. Questions arise about Tom Yates's whereabouts.
Chapter 70
5.6

#68 - Chapter 70

Season 6, Episode 5, 11/2/2018
Claire allows her enemies to think she's incapacitated as they plot to remove her from office. Doug's investigation leads him to uncover a secret.
Chapter 71
5.6

#69 - Chapter 71

Season 6, Episode 6, 11/2/2018
Claire makes staff changes. The Shepherds try to recruit Doug to their side. With Mark facing intense scrutiny, Jane offers advice.
Chapter 72
5.6

#70 - Chapter 72

Season 6, Episode 7, 11/2/2018
While the Shepherd family attempts to diminish Claire's power, Doug goes off the grid but continues angling to advance his agenda.
Chapter 66
5.5

#71 - Chapter 66

Season 6, Episode 1, 11/2/2018
As the first woman president, Claire faces increased scrutiny and threats. Sibling power couple Annette and Bill Shepherd attempt to influence policy.
Chapter 68
5.4

#72 - Chapter 68

Season 6, Episode 3, 11/2/2018
The Shepherds push Claire on a Supreme Court nomination. Doug works to find a new path for himself. Claire consults with Jane on Syria.
Chapter 73
4.9

#73 - Chapter 73

Season 6, Episode 8, 11/2/2018
Claire tries to tarnish Frank's legacy. Doug provokes Claire by releasing excerpts from Frank's diary. A rift develops between the Shepherds.

Summary

The best rated episodes are:
S3E12 - Chapter 38 - 8.6
S4E3 - Chapter 42 - 8.5
S4E12 - Chapter 51 - 8.5
S4E9 - Chapter 48 - 8.4
S4E5 - Chapter 44 - 8.4
S4E6 - Chapter 45 - 8.3
S4E7 - Chapter 46 - 8.2
S3E13 - Chapter 39 - 8.2
S5E12 - Chapter 64 - 8.2
S2E1 - Chapter 14 - 8.1

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