The BEST Episodes of House

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2019

Network: FOX

Dr. Gregory House is 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.

Three Stories

#1 - 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 8.53
3,123 votes
Directors: Paris Barclay
Writers: David Shore
Wilson's Heart (2)

#2 - 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 8.50
2,787 votes
Directors: Katie Jacobs
Writers: David Foster (II), Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake (IV), Russel Friend
Both Sides Now

#3 - 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 8.43
3,811 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Doris Egan
Broken

#4 - 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 8.42
5,380 votes
Directors: Katie Jacobs
Writers: David Foster, David Shore, Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
House's Head (1)

#5 - 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 8.28
3,005 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: David Foster (II), Doris Egan, Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake (IV), Russel Friend
Everybody Dies

#6 - 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 8.14
5,185 votes
Directors: David Shore
Writers: David Shore, Eli Attie, Peter Blake
Help Me

#7 - 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 8.13
7,246 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Peter Blak, Russel Friend
Euphoria (2)

#8 - 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 8.11
2,577 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: David Shore, Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
Nobody's Fault

#9 - Nobody's Fault

Season 8 - Episode 11

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

star 8.08
5,436 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: David Foster, Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
Euphoria (1)

#10 - 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 8.06
2,604 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Matthew V. Lewis
Autopsy

#11 - 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 8.06
2,720 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow
Honeymoon

#12 - 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 8.05
2,657 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: John Mankiewicz, Lawrence Kaplow
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 8.04
6,800 votes
Writers: Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend, Seth Hoffman
No Reason

#14 - 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 8.03
2,694 votes
Directors: David Shore
Writers: David Shore
Under My Skin

#15 - 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 8.02
3,561 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow, Pamela Davis
Detox

#16 - Detox

Season 1 - Episode 11

House has to find out why a patient has internal bleedings after a car crash. In the meantime, he has a wager with Cuddy he can stay off the painkillers. Will his withdrawal symptoms eventually kill his patient?

star 8.02
2,675 votes
Writers: Lawrence Kaplow, Thomas L. Moran
Safe

#17 - Safe

Season 2 - Episode 16

Melinda, a troubled teenage girl who is immuno-compromised as a result of the medications she must take after a heart transplant, has a severe allergic reaction and goes into shock when her boyfriend visits her. Meanwhile, House and Wilson continue to work out the problems in their new living arrangement.

star 8.01
2,661 votes
Writers: Peter Blake (IV)
Pilot

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

A Kindergarten teacher starts speaking gibberish and passed out in front of her class. What looks like a possible brain tumor does not respond to treatment and provides many more questions than answers for House and his team as they engage in a risky trial-and-error approach to her case. When the young teacher refuses any additional variations of treatment and her life starts slipping away, House must act against his code of conduct and make a personal visit to his patient to convince her to trust him one last time.

star 8.00
5,162 votes
Directors: Bryan Singer
Writers: David Shore
Simple Explanation

#19 - Simple Explanation

Season 5 - Episode 20

Charlotte, an older woman who has spent the last six months taking care of her dying husband Eddie, is rushed to Princeton Plainsboro after collapsing from respiratory failure. The couple becomes a double mystery for the team when Eddie begins to improve as Charlotte’s condition worsens. The previously unthinkable becomes real when it seems that Charlotte will die before Eddie, and the team will be forced to make a difficult decision.

star 8.00
3,186 votes
Directors: Greg Yaitanes
Writers: Leonard Dick
All In

#20 - 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 7.98
2,572 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: David Foster
Meaning

#21 - Meaning

Season 3 - Episode 1

After recovering from his gunshot wounds, House works feverishly on two cases at the same time: a paralyzed man who drove his wheelchair into a swimming pool and a woman who became paralyzed after a yoga session.

star 7.96
2,730 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: David Shore, Lawrence Kaplow
DNR

#22 - DNR

Season 1 - Episode 9

Legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles is checked into the hospital and when he's told he's dying from ALS, he signs a DNR to avoid a slow death. House disagrees with the diagnosis and goes against everyone's wishes when he violates the DNR to save Giles' life. The decision lands House in court, drives Foreman to consider taking another job, and results in Giles' paralysis worsening. But when the patient inexplicably starts getting better, the team has to figure out the mystery in reverse and find out why his condition is improving.

star 7.95
3,017 votes
Directors: Fred Keller
Writers: David Foster
The C Word

#23 - 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 7.95
4,961 votes
Directors: Hugh Laurie
Writers: John C. Kelley, Marqui Jackson
Locked In

#24 - Locked In

Season 5 - Episode 19

A man awakens in New York after a bicycle accident unable to move or communicate in any way. House, himself injured in a motorcycle mishap, occupies the hospital bed next to Lee and quickly annoys the doctors treating them both by insisting that Lee has “locked-in” syndrome.

star 7.94
3,032 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: David Foster, Garrett Lerner, Russel Friend
The Confession

#25 - 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 7.94
6,070 votes
Directors: Kate Woods
Writers: John C. Kelley