Common Sense Note
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.
Contains some strong sexual innuendo. Dr. House often makes sexist remarks about some of his female colleagues. Storylines sometimes follow characters' romantic relationships.
Occasional arguments lead to shoving, punching, and other events. Descriptions of the effects of deadly diseases are frequent.
Words like "hell," "crap," and "damn" are frequent. Dr. House consistently berates his colleagues and patients.
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Drinking and smoking is visible. Dr. House's reliance on prescription painkillers is a recurring topic.