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The Best Episodes of House

Every episode of House ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of House!

Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.


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The best episode of "House" is "House's Head (1)", rated 9.8/10 from 11453 user votes. It was directed by Greg Yaitanes and written by Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake, Doris Egan, David Foster. "House's Head (1)" aired on 5/12/2008 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Wilson's Heart (2)".

  • House's Head (1)
    9.8/10 11,453 votes

    #1 - House's Head (1)

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 2008-05-12

    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.

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake, Doris Egan, David Foster

  • Wilson's Heart (2)
    9.7/10 10,476 votes

    #2 - Wilson's Heart (2)

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2008-05-19

    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.

    Director: Katie Jacobs

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Peter Blake, Doris Egan, David Foster

  • Broken (1)
    9.7/10 9,718 votes

    #3 - Broken (1)

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-09-21

    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.

    Director: Katie Jacobs

    Writer: David Shore, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster

  • Three Stories
    9.6/10 8,863 votes

    #4 - Three Stories

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2005-05-17

    House must decide whether to take the case of his ex-love's husband and he gives medical students a lecture they'll never forget.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: David Shore

  • Both Sides Now
    9.6/10 5,905 votes

    #5 - Both Sides Now

    Season 5 Episode 24 - Aired 2009-05-11

    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.

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Doris Egan

  • Baggage
    9.5/10 5,386 votes

    #6 - Baggage

    Season 6 Episode 21 - Aired 2010-05-10

    During a session with Dr. Nolan, House recounts the case of a woman who arrives at the Princeton Plainsboro emergency room with an unexplained illness and no recollection of who she is. While trying to solve the mystery of the woman's illness, House must also help her piece together her identity.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Doris Egan, David Foster

  • No Reason
    9.4/10 5,849 votes

    #7 - No Reason

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2006-05-23

    House is shot by a former patient and must share a recovery room with the gunman.

    Director: David Shore

    Writer: David Shore, Lawrence Kaplow

  • Euphoria (2)
    9.2/10 4,523 votes

    #8 - Euphoria (2)

    Season 2 Episode 21 - Aired 2006-05-03

    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.

    Director: Deran Sarafian

    Writer: David Shore, Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner

  • Under My Skin
    9.2/10 3,613 votes

    #9 - Under My Skin

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 2009-05-04

    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.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Lawrence Kaplow, Pam Davis

  • Everybody Dies
    9.2/10 6,349 votes

    #10 - Everybody Dies

    Season 8 Episode 22 - Aired 2012-05-21

    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.

    Director: David Shore

    Writer: David Shore, Eli Attie, Peter Blake

  • Autopsy
    9.1/10 5,071 votes

    #11 - Autopsy

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-09-20

    A girl's unimaginable bravery toward her terminal illness makes House suspicious as he puts a life-or-death decision about her case in her young hands.

    Director: Deran Sarafian

    Writer: Lawrence Kaplow

  • Frozen
    9.1/10 3,969 votes

    #12 - Frozen

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2008-02-03

    House and his team have to diagnose a case at a distance when a researcher at a South Pole base is taken ill.

    Director: David Straiton

    Writer: Liz Friedman

  • Locked In
    9.1/10 3,992 votes

    #13 - Locked In

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-03-30

    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.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster

  • Simple Explanation
    9.1/10 4,277 votes

    #14 - Simple Explanation

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-04-06

    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.

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Leonard Dick

  • After Hours
    9.1/10 3,350 votes

    #15 - After Hours

    Season 7 Episode 22 - Aired 2011-05-16

    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.

    Director: Miguel Sapochnik

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Seth Hoffman

  • Nobody's Fault
    9.1/10 3,394 votes

    #16 - Nobody's Fault

    Season 8 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-02-06

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

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster

  • Euphoria (1)
    9.0/10 4,109 votes

    #17 - Euphoria (1)

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2006-05-02

    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.

    Director: Deran Sarafian

    Writer: Matthew V. Lewis

  • One Day, One Room
    9.0/10 6,057 votes

    #18 - One Day, One Room

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-01-30

    While House is forced to work full-time in the clinic and deal with a rape victim who insists on confiding with him, Cameron deals with a terminal cancer patient trying to take advantage of her state of mind.

    Director: Juan José Campanella

    Writer: David Shore

  • Half-Wit
    9.0/10 3,931 votes

    #19 - Half-Wit

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2007-03-06

    House encounters a brain-damaged musical prodigy with inexplicable abilities while the team faces serious concerns about House's own health.

    Director: Katie Jacobs

    Writer: Lawrence Kaplow

  • House Divided
    9.0/10 3,372 votes

    #20 - House Divided

    Season 5 Episode 22 - Aired 2009-04-27

    The team takes on the case of a deaf 14-year-old named Seth who collapsed after he started “hearing” explosions while competing in a wrestling match. When the team tries to test him for seizures, Seth loses vision in one eye, complicating House’s bunk theory of “Exploding Head Syndrome.” As his condition worsens, the team has an ethical disagreement about the patient and his mother’s adamant decision to forego cochlear implants to supplement his hearing. When the prospect of giving Seth the ability to hear for the first time in his life arises, House and the team are faced with a resounding decision. Meanwhile, House’s lack of sleep starts to play tricks on his mind, but he finds his insomnia may be a gift instead of a burden

    Director: Greg Yaitanes

    Writer: Matthew V. Lewis, Liz Friedman

  • The C-Word
    9.0/10 3,174 votes

    #21 - The C-Word

    Season 8 Episode 19 - Aired 2012-04-30

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

    Director: Hugh Laurie

    Writer: John C. Kelley, Marqui Jackson

  • Holding On
    9.0/10 2,983 votes

    #22 - Holding On

    Season 8 Episode 21 - Aired 2012-05-14

    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.

    Director: Miguel Sapochnik

    Writer: Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, David Foster

  • All In
    8.9/10 3,801 votes

    #23 - All In

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 2006-04-11

    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.

    Director: Fred Gerber

    Writer: David Foster

  • Lines in the Sand
    8.9/10 3,821 votes

    #24 - Lines in the Sand

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-09-26

    When doctors are unable to diagnose why a severely autistic boy screams loudly for no apparent reason, House takes the case. As the boy's condition worsens, it becomes obvious that House relates to the boy because he has no social niceties.

    Director: Newton Thomas Sigel

    Writer: David Hoselton

  • Airborne
    8.9/10 3,664 votes

    #25 - Airborne

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-04-10

    On House and Cuddy's flight from Singapore a passenger gets ill and Cuddy suspects an epidemic. At the hospital, Wilson leads the team as they deal with a middle-aged woman suffering from seizures.

    Director: Elodie Keene

    Writer: David Hoselton