House

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Gripping medical/moral drama isn't for kids.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 41 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 123 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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

Occasional arguments lead to shoving, punching, and other events. Descriptions of the effects of deadly diseases are frequent.

Sex

Contains some strong sexual innuendo. Dr. House often makes sexist remarks about some of his female colleagues. Storylines sometimes follow characters’ romantic relationships.

Language

Words like "hell," "crap," and "damn" are frequent. Dr. House consistently berates his colleagues and patients.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Drinking and smoking is visible. Dr. House's reliance on prescription painkillers is a recurring topic.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byMusicgirl23 July 1, 2011

An excellent show, but make sure that your children are sure of their beliefs

As a 20 year old introduced to this show by my father when I was 15, I have had time to grow and love it's positives. HOWEVER, I do agree with the rating o...
Adult Written byPeaceLuvJonas February 17, 2011

best show on tv

great show! i love every minute of it!! jesse spencer rox and hugh laurie is just amazing
Teen, 14 years old Written byLeggoMyEggo July 14, 2011

"Everybody Lies" But This Review Is Honest To The Core

Perhaps my favorite show. I began watching it for the first time when I was 13. Yes...perhaps a bit young in some eyes for watching House down Vicodin or as the...
Kid, 12 years old September 8, 2010

Great for older kids but not for young kids

This is a great tv series to watch for older kids. There are a bunch of sexual jokes, and some nudity. House isn't a good role model. He lies and is rude,...

What's the story?

HOUSE follows the professional and personal trials of the gifted but bitter doctor Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) as he literally does whatever it takes to diagnose and treat the sick. As he obsessively rants, terrorizes patients, and browbeats his medical team, including Robert Chase (Jesse Spenser), Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), and Remy Hadley (Olivia Wilde), he fights with supervisors like Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) in order to bend the rules to help his patients. Luckily, oncology department head and friend James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), helps him navigate through the ethical dilemmas.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the responsibility of doctors and medical professionals toward their patients. Is Dr. House's violation of hospital rules justified? What about his rudeness toward patients and peers?

  • Discuss the representation of the medical field, which in the show is often straightjacketed by bureaucratic regulations. How accurate is this representation?

TV details

For kids who love drama

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