A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters often face moral dilemmas as they weigh the diagnosis and care of a patient vs. violating the rules and working outside the system in order to do so. Ethical questions regarding these decisions are often discussed.
Positive Role Models
Dr. House is an excellent doctor with terrible bedside manner and an addiction problem. The doctors often bend hospital rules and/or lie in order to help their patients and/or their colleagues. Wilson and Cuddy often try to help steer House in the right direction.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments lead to shoving, punching, and other events. Descriptions of the effects of deadly diseases are frequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some strong sexual innuendo. Dr. House often makes sexist remarks about some of his female colleagues. Storylines sometimes follow characters' romantic relationships.
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Words like "hell," "crap," and "damn" are frequent. Dr. House consistently berates his colleagues and patients.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking is visible. Dr. House's reliance on prescription painkillers is a recurring topic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this medical drama deals with life-threatening illnesses that are often depicted graphically. Characters routinely work their way around hospital regulations in order to save patients, a practice that raises complex moral dilemmas that may confuse younger viewers. They also drink, smoke, curse, use drugs, get in arguments, violate rules, and lie. The show also contains some salty language ("crap," "damn," "hell") and some sexual innuendo. House's addiction to painkillers is a recurring theme.
Is It Any Good?
The intelligent and compelling series combines drama and humor that raise significant ethical questions about the medical profession. Adding to the generally exceptional production values, the cast is believable and compelling. As the title character, Hugh Laurie is strangely charismatic, drawing viewers in despite his surliness. The plotlines surrounding the characters' personal lives also make it fun to watch.
It's definitely entertaining, but the show's strong sexual innuendo, language, as well as its complex subject matter makes it a better choice for older viewers. The show's gallows humor is prevalent throughout, as well as often-gripping medical detail -- House is not for squeamish viewers. But for folks looking some good dramatic TV, this one is sure to please.
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