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5 Shows like House: Puzzling Medical Cases

James WattsWhen it comes to bedside manners, Dr Gregory House was bottom of the class during med school, but, hey, who needs to sweet talk patients when you give them access to your genius like skills? House is mean, moody and magical, making him one of the best doctors in the world. If you are looking for other TV shows like House, Grey’s Anatomy is a good mix of personal and professional drama and The Knick tells of dark medical history. ~ James Watts

A Dose of Bitter Medicine

Dr Gregory House is an antisocial doctor who specialises in diagnostic medicine and is at his best when solving the most puzzling of medical cases. House struggles to get on with anybody at the hospital and creates friction wherever he goes.

The fact that he is a genius is the only thing that keeps in him his job, as if it was left down to his bedside manner he would be long gone. If you are looking for more shows with strong lead characters here are my top TV series like House.

‘Nurse Jackie’ (Showtime Networks, 2009-2015)

Another series like House is Nurse Jackie. Edie Falco played drug addict nurse, Jackie Peyton, a woman who is struggling with personal demons while holding down a promising nursing career. We see Jackie steep to an all time low when she steals the identity of a dead person in order to feed her addiction to pills then quickly bounce back to deliver nursing care that medical students aspire to.

Similarity Match: 90%
You could say that Nurse Jackie is House with breasts and you will be pretty much spot on. There are many similarities between the two shows, with audiences developing a love/hate relationship with both central characters.

‘The Knick’ (Anonymous Content, 2014-)

The Knick takes a look at the personal and professional lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the drama centres around lead surgeon Dr. John Thackery and his esteemed colleagues as they struggles to keep the hospital open, when its level of care comes into question.

Similarity Match: 85%
The Knick is House set in 1900. Dr Thackery is a junkie doctor on the edge with well documented personal struggles, but genius like qualities like Gregory House.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (ABC, 2005-)

Grey’s Anatomy is a drama centred on the personal and professional lives of a group of surgical interns and their superiors. Meredith Grey is the central character in this high flying medical drama, who we see sharing the most intimate of personal battles as well as her workplace dramas.

There is not a whole lot of medical action in the show despite it being set in a hospital, but there is plenty of blood spilled between various characters as relationships become very complicated.

Similarity Match: 80%
While it is set in a hospital, there is not as much medical action in Grey’s Anatomy than you see in House, but each episode will see you getting more and more hooked.

‘Sherlock ’ (Hartswood Films, 2010-)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this latest version of the life and times of Sherlock Holmes. The show is not a period drama and is set in 21st Century London, where super sleuth Sherlock solves the most mysterious crimes alongside his sidekick Dr John Watson, played by Martin Freeman.

The show has gained cult status around the world, so get watching if you haven’t already.

Similarity Match: 75%
The writers of House were said to have taken inspiration from the character of Sherlock Holmes and we see similar personality traits in Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Dr Gregory House.

‘Suits’ (Hypnotic Productions, 2011-)

Mike Young is a college drop with plenty of potential, but little motivation to succeed. Young soon finds himself on the wrong side of the law and is at risk of falling deeper into trouble. When his latest drug deal goes wrong, Young finds himself being rescued by legal hotshot, Harvey Specter, who goes on to give Young a job.

Specter takes a risk in hiring the very clever Young, but he is impressed by his eye for detail and killer memory.

Don’t forget to also have a look at these other tv series like ‘Suits’.

Similarity Match: 70%
Suits is very similar to House only with lawyers instead of doctors. The central characters are full of the quick witted one liners that we love House for.


For Your next Stroke of Genius

If you like House for Hugh Laurie’s dark performances, you will love The Knick and if you love it for the gory medical action then Nurse Jackie will feed your addiction. 

Are there other TV shows similar to House that you’d like to recommend to fans? Add them in the comments below.

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