The Best Episodes of House

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Go deeper into the medical mysteries of House, TV's most compelling drama. Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts, he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case.

Wilson's Heart (2)

#1 - Wilson's Heart (2)

Season 4 - Episode 16

In the aftermath of the bus accident, House struggles with his head injuries and short-term memory loss, and must deal with a concerned Wilson who believes his friend's health may be in danger.

star 8.74
789 votes
Directors: Katie Jacobs
Writers: Peter Blake (IV), David Foster (II), Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
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Everybody Dies

#2 - Everybody Dies

Season 8 - Episode 22

Facing a 6-month jail term, and the realization that he won't be there for Wilson at the end, House finds himself examining his entire life while contemplating a dismal future without his best friend.

star 8.63
1,187 votes
Directors: David Shore
Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake, Eli Attie
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Three Stories

#3 - Three Stories

Season 1 - Episode 21

House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner returns – not for House but to get help for her ailing husband. While House decides whether or not to take her case, Cuddy forces him to present a lecture to a class of medical students. As he weaves the stories of three patients who all present with a similar symptom, House gives a lecture the students will never forget.

star 8.59
954 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: David Shore
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Both Sides Now

#4 - Both Sides Now

Season 5 - Episode 24

House and the team are intrigued by Scott, a man whose left brain and right brain operate independently, leaving him with two distinct personalities and no control over some of his actions. As the two sides of Scott’s brain struggle for dominance, his warring personalities make it increasingly difficult for the team to figure out what is causing the unique problem. The team is forced to use some unusual methods to get him to cooperate with their necessary testing. Meanwhile, when House refuses to make an appearance in the clinic, Cuddy takes an unconventional approach to force House to make up the time with a particular patient.

star 8.55
751 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Doris Egan
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The C Word

#5 - The C Word

Season 8 - Episode 19

When House and Wilson disappear off the grid for several days, without explanation, the team is left to deal with a complicated case of a 6-year old with numerous problems and complications, including an overbearing mother who also happens to be her physician.

star 8.54
1,014 votes
Directors: Hugh Laurie
Writers: John C. Kelley, Marqui Jackson
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House's Head (1)

#6 - House's Head (1)

Season 4 - Episode 15

A bus accident leaves House with serious head trauma and partial amnesia. He comes to believe that a patient on the bus had a life-threatening disease and struggles to recall who it was, and what they had.

star 8.52
804 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Doris Egan, David Foster (II), Peter Blake (IV)
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Broken

#7 - Broken

Season 6 - Episode 1

House engages in a battle of wits and wills against the attending physician in charge of his detox program. When he starts to lose, House resorts to blackmail to gain the upper hand.

star 8.50
945 votes
Directors: Katie Jacobs
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster, David Shore
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Nobody's Fault

#8 - Nobody's Fault

Season 8 - Episode 11

House and his team are placed under review after a staff member gets hurt.

star 8.42
969 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster
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Help Me

#9 - Help Me

Season 6 - Episode 21

Cuddy, House and members of the team join forces with a search-and-rescue team to provide much-needed medical attention at the scene of an emergency.

star 8.38
869 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend, Peter Blak
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Euphoria (2)

#10 - Euphoria (2)

Season 2 - Episode 21

Foreman continues to experience the same progression of symptoms as the police officer. When he realizes he may be facing imminent death, he calls his father who comes to his son's side. As it comes down to a race against time, House believes the solution to the illness is in the police officer's apartment.

star 8.36
757 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Shore
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Post Mortem

#11 - Post Mortem

Season 8 - Episode 20

Over the years, during the course of performing autopsies at Princeton-Plainsboro, Dr. Peter Treiber has often identified mistakes made by physicians that caused the patient's death. These observations have left him questioning the skills of nearly all the doctors on staff... all, that is, except House. When he falls ill, he demands that only House make medical decisions concerning his care. Unfortunately, House and Wilson have taken off on an impromptu road trip without telling anyone, leaving the team to fend alone and lie to their patient to make him believe that House is the guy calling all the shots.

star 8.33
1,020 votes
Directors: Peter Weller
Writers: Kath Lingenfelter, David Hoselton
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No Reason

#12 - No Reason

Season 2 - Episode 24

As House and his team are working on the diagnosis of a man with a giant, swollen tongue, the husband of a former patient walks into House's office and shoots him. House continues to treat his patient from his ICU hospital bed with the shooter, who has been shot by hospital security and hand-cuffed to his bed, as his roommate. When the after-effects of the shooting begin to impact House, he starts to question his own ability to diagnose properly. As his patient's body deteriorates, House struggles through his self-doubt and must trust his team to find a way to solve the case.

star 8.32
794 votes
Directors: David Shore
Writers: David Shore
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After Hours

#13 - After Hours

Season 7 - Episode 22

When House discovers that the experimental drug he's been using causes fatal tumors, he decides to attempt to excise them himself. However, he can't complete the surgery and ends up needing Cuddy's help. Meanwhile, Thirteen's friend from prison (Amy Landecker), a relapsed drug user, arrives at her apartment needing medical care after being stabbed. With her friend unwilling to go to the hospital, Thirteen enlists Chase's assistance when the friend loses sensation and movement in her arm. Also, Taub receives some unexpected news that could change his life.

star 8.32
905 votes
Writers: Seth Hoffman, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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Holding On

#14 - Holding On

Season 8 - Episode 21

The team takes on the case of Derrick, a 19-year-old college student who had a mysterious nose bleed during cheerleading practice, and discovers that his health issues are likely both physiological and psychological. Possibly suffering from schizophrenia, Derrick claims to hear his deceased brother’s voice in his head. Meanwhile, Foreman tries a different approach with House.

star 8.31
1,026 votes
Writers: David Foster, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner
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Twenty Vicodin

#15 - Twenty Vicodin

Season 8 - Episode 1

House is serving out a lengthy prison sentence for his various misdeeds, including his trip outside the country in an attempt to escape responsibility. Entirely cut off from his old life, House determines his current problems are the result of his inability to deal with people. Feeling he will never be able to practice medicine again, he plans instead to go back to university to earn a doctorate in physics - a field that will all but assure his isolation from other human beings.

star 8.27
1,117 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Peter Blake
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Chase

#16 - Chase

Season 8 - Episode 12

Chase's religious faith bubbles to the surface when he treats a young nun. In addition, he and House reach a fundamental disagreement about the patient that may finally end Chase's reputation as House's "yes man" but also bring's House's methods, reputation and objectivity are given more serious scrutiny.

star 8.25
968 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Peter Blake, Eli Attie
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Autopsy

#17 - Autopsy

Season 2 - Episode 2

Dr. Wilson convinces House to take the case of one of his patients, a young girl with terminal cancer who starts suffering from hallucinations.

star 8.21
881 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow
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Euphoria (1)

#18 - Euphoria (1)

Season 2 - Episode 20

When a police officer with a gunshot wound to the head and uncontrollable laughter is admitted, House and the team are baffled. When Foreman begins showing the same symptoms, they race to determine the cause of the illness before Foreman's condition takes the same path.

star 8.21
784 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Matthew V. Lewis
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Honeymoon

#19 - Honeymoon

Season 1 - Episode 22

When Stacy insists her husband Mark get tests, House insists he can handle things. But despite the fact Mark's tests prove negative, his steadily growing symptoms indicate he is dying. While House struggles with the mystery and make increasing demands on his staff, Wilson worries about House's emotional well-being, and Cuddy considers adding a new employee to the clinic.

star 8.18
825 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow, John Mankiewicz
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Under My Skin

#20 - Under My Skin

Season 5 - Episode 23

House and the team take on the case of a ballerina whose lungs collapse in the middle of a performance. When the treatment causes her skin to fall off, the dancer faces not only the prospect of never dancing again but also of dying an agonizing death. The team must use their imaginations to carefully choreograph ways to test and treat her delicate body without killing her. Meanwhile, House continues to suffer from what he thinks is insomnia, and he is willing to go to desperate measures to cure it.

star 8.17
707 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow, Pamela Davis
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The Dig

#21 - The Dig

Season 7 - Episode 18

Thirteen has been in prison for the past year, but the real mystery for House is what she did to get there. At the hospital, the team treats a science teacher suffering from severe respiratory illness. Taub tries to get back into the dating scene, but winds up retreating to his old habits.

star 8.15
936 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Sara Hess, David Hoselton
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Babies & Bathwater

#22 - Babies & Bathwater

Season 1 - Episode 18

While House and his team scramble to discover what's causing brain and kidney dysfunction in a pregnant woman, Vogler is working to get House fired after House's pharmaeutical speech. House determines the illness, but the woman and her husband must struggle with an emotional and heartbreaking choice: choose between her or that of her unborn child. Vogler calls for a vote to remove House, but when Wilson refuses to make the vote unanimous, Vogler threatens to take his money if Wilson isn't voted out. Finally, Cuddy must take a stand against Vogler.

star 8.14
867 votes
Directors: Bill Johnson
Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake (IV)
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The Confession

#23 - The Confession

Season 8 - Episode 5

A man well-respected in his community suddenly collapses, and in the process of diagnosing his symptoms, the team discovers that the patient has been hiding dark and dishonest secrets about his personal and professional life. But when the patient openly confesses his wrongdoings to his family and community, he compromises his chances of receiving the proper medical treatment. Meanwhile, House will stop at nothing to manipulate Taub into taking a DNA test to prove he is the father of his two six-month-old daughters.

star 8.14
981 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: John C. Kelley
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All In

#24 - All In

Season 2 - Episode 17

When a six-year-old boy is brought in with the same symptoms as another patient who died years ago under House's care, House believes the cases are identical and he can predict the course of the boy's illness. Meanwhile, the clinic hosts a poker night to benefit the oncology department.

star 8.13
778 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: David Foster
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Last Resort

#25 - Last Resort

Season 5 - Episode 9

A man seeking the right diagnosis for his illness is willing to take on the hospital and the SWAT team to get it. He takes thirteen and several patients from the waiting room and puts them in Cuddy's office. To put an end to the crisis they must come up with the right diagnosis, treat the wounded, and hold off a SWAT team.

star 8.12
704 votes
Directors: Katie Jacobs
Writers: Matthew V. Lewis, Eli Attie
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