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Sex & Nudity


A few imitated sex scenes. No actual nudity shown.

Lots of sexual implications (from mild to harsh), mostly made by the protagonist; tasteful and tasteless jokes with sexual charge. Disrespectful and sexist attitude towards women by the protagonist.

Remy "Thirteen" Hadley is a bisexual woman (she pursues a relationship with a male collegaue, though). Some other episode characters are homosexual.

Dr. Taub is an adulterer who cannot resist the temptation to cheat on his wife with younger women. His wife is an enabler. At one point in the series, his wife and another woman are both pregnant from him.

Talk of pregnancies and abortions. Pro-abortion standing point from the protagonist in one episode.

House often has prostitutes at his home. (No sex scenes, just implications.) At one point of the story, House marries a prostitute.

In one episode a little boy, under the influence of testosterone, grabs a female doctor's butt.

One episode involves a man and a woman being romantically involved who later find out they are half-siblings.

In one episode it is implied that a man had sex with his daughter while being drunk.

Dr. Cuddy often wears revealing clothing.

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. Later Dr. Foreman helps him to cover it up.

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.

House is verbally abusive towards people throughout the series, including patients, collegaues, friends&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 makes quite a few sarcastic comments and jokes about God and religion. Some viewers may find these elements harsh, offending or blasphemous.


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.

Total: 34/50

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