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Sex & Nudity

A few imitated sex scenes. No nudity shown. Some episodes contain strippers as dancers or party members. They wear what amounts to a bikini each time.

Dr. Cuddy often wears low-cut blouses. House regularly comments on her appearance. His verbal jabs, references or jokes about sex, and even blatant solicitation of some women make up 88% of sexual content in this series.

Violence & Gore

Patients sometimes vomit blood.

In season one (mostly), when patients can't breathe, the team will slice open the patient's neck to get them to breathe.

Animated scenes of the interior body can be a bit gross.

Very graphic medical surgeries which often contains gore.

On occasions there are scenes of graphic violence such in season 2's finale "No reason" where house stabs the patient and slice him down.

In one episode a doctor straps down a teenage boy and performs a procedure that involves extreme torture, at the boy's own request (under complicated medical circumstances). In another episode, House saws down one leg of a patient in circumstances where no anesthesia is available.

In the episode "The Tyrant" (6x03) Dr. Chase breaks his hippocratic oath by deliberately mistreating and subsequentially killing a patient, who's an African dictator preparing genocide. The patient vomits a lot of blood. Later Dr. Foreman helps him to cover it up. This moment is revisited in later episodes.

Dr. Cutner commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. (Not shown.) Later his body is partially visible and there's blood on the floor.


"Bitch" and "ass" are the most commonly used swear words, but "hell", "damn", "slut" and "whore" are also used. One episode features the word "fag" said once toward a homosexual man.

House is verbally abusive towards people throughout the series, including patients, collegaues, friends and family and women he's romantically involved with/interested in. He may be considered as a bad role model for children and teenagers.

House sometimes makes racist comments jokingly, especially towards African-American and Jewish people. One mention of the Holocaust in a context that may be offending for some Jewish viewers.

House sometimes makes sarcastic comments and jokes about God and religion.


House is addicted to a prescription opiate (Vicodin). He takes excess amounts of the drug (frequently shown). Abuses his and his collegaues' medical licence to get the drug, also commits fraud and forgery. Consequences of addiction are shown. Scenes of intense withdrawal shown. He faces criminal charges for hoarding the drug and driving under its influence. He hallucinates because of the drug and is forced to retreat to a mental clinic for withdrawal. Later he hooks back on the drug. He also drinks a lot.

Other positive characters shown drunk occasionally.

Cameron gets high from meth in season 2.

House takes LSD in an episode. He also decides to hook himself on methadone in another episode.

Dr. Wilson (a positive character) gets drugged with amphetamine by House. He tends to a patient while under the influence of the drug.

Foreman and Taub get 'high' on House's drugs in one episode.

Some patients are drug addicts or alcoholics. Some patients demonstrate drug seeking behaviour. Use of prescription medical drugs frequently shown and talked about as this is a hospital series.

House offers a patient opiate in a season 1 episode casually, as it were candy.

Unlike other hospital shows, House is not a light "soap" but a hard primetime drama, involves frequent emotional tension and deals with difficult and controversial issuel.

Wilson's girlfriend Amber dies in the season 4 finale. Very emotional.

When patients die/have respiratory arrest/cardiac arrest, it can be intense.

Internal organs, fetuses, bacteria, parasites, etc. shown by CGI.

For a few episodes, House hallucinates Wilson's dead girlfriend as she was a ghost.

This show is overall intense and has moderate disturbing scenes.

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