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  • Summary: The sixth and final season of the political drama sees Claire posed to take over as Commander in Chief.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 30, 2018
    88
    Like Walter White, she's the antihero we love to love--conflicted, intelligent, seductive, and human-all-too-human. Claire will be done in just eight episodes. A shame because she was just getting started. Claire's turn and she makes it count.
  2. Reviewed by: Erin Keane
    Oct 30, 2018
    80
    Following Robin Wright through this season as she reveals Claire slowly and deliberately is worth a binge.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 29, 2018
    75
    In this truncated season (only eight episodes as opposed to the usual 13), Wright remains outstanding. But “House” suffers from the same problem as HBO’s “Veep.” Both started as daring satires of the highest office in our land and both have been surpassed by our current reality in which every day brings a new tweet storm of chaos.
  4. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Oct 23, 2018
    60
    While the sixth and final season of House of Cards is as mixed a bag as the thrilling but uneven Netflix drama has yet produced, the good news is that Robin Wright is up to the task of anchoring the show.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Nov 1, 2018
    60
    There's no escaping the awkwardness that surrounds permeates this sixth and final season -- an inevitable byproduct of having to shuffle the deck, creatively speaking, after discarding one of its aces.
  6. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Nov 1, 2018
    50
    The performances are excellent, maybe better than ever before. But Cards has always been a show whose plot contortions could confuse and whose incremental intrigue could bore, and those problems are worse now that everyone seems to be whispering. There are interesting ideas at play, though. ... Unfortunately, it isn’t until more than halfway through the eight-episode season that Claire’s big plan becomes clear.
  7. 25
    They are smothered by the ghost of Frank/Spacey, as well as a stifling atmosphere that’s partly a combo of the weightless writing and Netflix’s digital gloss. It was already stuffy with Spacey around, but without his Foghorn Leghorn hamming to distract us, it has become even more unbearable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 14 out of 20
  1. Nov 4, 2018
    6
    It just unsuccessfully tries to tie the loose ends that the Kevin Spacey´s Francis Underwood sudden departure caused and with that misses mostIt just unsuccessfully tries to tie the loose ends that the Kevin Spacey´s Francis Underwood sudden departure caused and with that misses most of the important things that made the plot interesting and great, it goes from shocking scenes that move you to important things happening offscreen and the pace being hurried because of the lack of arguments in the plot to justify why it ended like this so it lacks a good structure and doesnt have much congruence, all of these things are clearly reflected in the number of episodes on the season going from 13 in all previous seasons to 8 episodes in this one, it makes you realize Robin Wright´s Claire Underwood on its own doesn't hold on to make the tv show as great as previously besides being the most important character since a season before, and what seems to be the thing that makes it all easier to swallow is Michael Kelly´s Doug Stamper with the character staying true to its self at first unlike other recurrent characters from previous seasons but the plot makes its end the most disappointing of them all in my opinion.
    It saddens me to see my favorite Netflix original series go from outstanding to disappointing and for reasons that had nothing to do with the show on itself.
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  2. Nov 5, 2018
    5
    The cast is stellar and a pleasure to watch but the story arc is fatally compromised by changes made necessary by events outside theThe cast is stellar and a pleasure to watch but the story arc is fatally compromised by changes made necessary by events outside the storyline. Really could never get engaged in the story, it felt like something cobbled together to give the show a wrap. the final scene in particular was a huge disappointment. Only because we were at minute 59 would the injury be fatal and that is a poor plot resolution for a show that for 5 seasons left us gob-smacked by its audaciousness. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2018
    4
    Mindless, overbearing nonsense. Everything you've ever loved about this show is utterly ruined in only eight episodes. Nothing is done to aMindless, overbearing nonsense. Everything you've ever loved about this show is utterly ruined in only eight episodes. Nothing is done to a competent standard. Performances are weaker, plots make little to no sense and even cinematography is far poorer. Spacey is not the only thing missing from this show. An utter disappointment of the highest order. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2018
    2
    This absolute garbage makes it clear that Spacey was carrying the show for the past few seasons. To be clear, I don't blame Robin Wright, sheThis absolute garbage makes it clear that Spacey was carrying the show for the past few seasons. To be clear, I don't blame Robin Wright, she does the best with what she's given but without Spacey there to be her less-than-better-half, the writers have gone truly off the deep end. Nothing but current event political tripe that comes across no better than anything you can see or hear on CNN, MSNBC, or Fox. Just idiotic ideology masquerading as a drama.

    Do yourself a favor and skip it, then be thankful this is the end. Also do yourself a favor and read the original British book trilogy the whole thing was based upon. It's far more entertaining than the last 3-4 seasons of this, even WITH Spacey.
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  5. Nov 3, 2018
    2
    A spectacular nosedive for a once-great show. In season one, the show took multiple episodes to show us the careful preparations required forA spectacular nosedive for a once-great show. In season one, the show took multiple episodes to show us the careful preparations required for a single murder: the relationship-building required for a cover-up, the planning, the missteps, the moral hesitation of the conspirators, and the final, surprising, ruthless kiling. In season six, gunshot wounds appear in politically convenient victims, shot by offscreen snipers.

    The show goes full soap opera:
    -Women find themselves instantly pregnant by dead characters.
    -Characters return from the dead! Only to be killed off minutes later.
    -Paternity mysteries!
    -Kompromat falls into the lap of the main characters as soon as they disagree with someone.
    -The reading of the will, followed by the.. SECRET WILL!
    -Open talk of conspiracies to murder
    -Sibling billionaires
    -Who Shot J.R., except we wish we had been dreaming.

    I could go on and on, but this was a slap in the face to any fan of the show. The lack of Spacey really wasn't the problem, (though it was A problem) when faced with cringeworthy dialogue, flat-out stupid stories, a brand-new cast with zero character development, pointless episodes, and a multitude of loose ends that had been dangling since the first season.

    Somehow the show hamfistedly panders to the crowd that demanded Spacey's firing while showcasing the first woman president as a frail pawn. She doesn't give a state of the union address, watch covert strikes from the situation room, dole out wisdom during cabinet meetings, outwit the opposing political party, or give an inspirational speech to the nation.

    Instead, she goes to parties with billionaires. Attends funerals. She cries in bed. She's pushed around by her cabinet. She lets someone hold her hand while she signs a bill. She schemes, she chews scenery, she talks to the camera, but she rarely does anything presidential. She appoints an all-female cabinet! .....Then dumps all over them.

    I was tempted to abstain from watching Season 6 because the ending just wouldn't be what was intended from the start. I didn't realize that it would just be outright bad television that didn't resolve anything from the first season.
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  6. Nov 5, 2018
    1
    No..Just no,you could done much better job Netflix.This season is not how you end one of the best series that ever came out,this show was theNo..Just no,you could done much better job Netflix.This season is not how you end one of the best series that ever came out,this show was the reason i started my netflix subscription in the first place!!
    But as all good things come to an and i hate how they just got rid of Frank because of some accusations against Spacey,but still..you were scared of the backlash i get it.
    BUT AT LEAST MAKE THE LAST SEASON GOOD!!
    Not this crap,at the end you are left wondering did the series at all have something to say,maybe it did but not with this finale.I love Claire,but this was horrible and i am sad to say but this season destroyed the whole series because how bad it was and i am a fan-boy of HoC.
    Really sad to see such a great show end in a unenjoyable way.
    I would recommend to any fan and casual viewer of the show DONT WATCH THIS DONT RUIN YOUR PERCEPTION OF HOUSE OF CARDS..
    Its not only my emotions that are writing the review,but the whole story,pacing and overall feel of this season was crap and you can see a lot of people and fans share my opinion.

    So stay away from this and find something else to binge watch as Hannibal,Mindhunter or **** it even 13 Reasons why...so sad to see this show go away like this.
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  7. Nov 18, 2018
    0
    Horrible last season to a once great show. Pedantic, derivative, exploitative of identity politics with plenty of lazy writing. Robin PennHorrible last season to a once great show. Pedantic, derivative, exploitative of identity politics with plenty of lazy writing. Robin Penn trying to fill Kevin Spacey's shoes is laughable. Diane Lane had a strong performance at least, but not nearly enough to save the pathetic excuse for a last season. You cant just blame the cast, whoever produced this should be ashamed.

    Clearly Kevin Spacey was carrying this show on his back. They should have just cancelled it instead of ruining the last season with this garbage.
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