House: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)


Season 5

Critics Consensus

Five seasons in, Hugh Laurie continues to find new emotional wrinkles to the complicated character that is Doctor House.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 209

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Air date: Sep 16, 2008
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Season 5 finds medical misanthrope Greg House more irascible than ever. As the season opens, House's best (well, only) friend James Wilson returns after three months of grief leave following his fiancée's death, only to announce he's leaving again. Relationships develop between Cameron and Chase (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer) and Thirteen and Foreman (Olivia Wilde, Omar Epps). The season takes a darker turn toward its conclusion, as the good doctors face a tragedy that affects them all, but House in particular, who also turns to stronger medication to control his pain.


Hugh Laurie
as Dr. Greg House
Lisa Edelstein
as Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Robert Sean Leonard
as Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison
as Dr. Allison Cameron
Omar Epps
as Dr. Eric Foreman
Jesse Spencer
as Dr. Robert Chase
Peter Jacobson
as Dr. Chris Taub
Kal Penn
as Dr. Lawrence Kutner
Charlyne Yi
as Dr. Chi Park
Odette Annable
as Dr. Jessica Adams
Carl Reiner
as Eugene Schwartz
Jimmi Simpson
as Daniel Bresson
Jamie Tisdale
as Penelope
Diane Baker
as Blythe House
R. Lee Ermey
as John House
Marcus Eley
as Larry Ruseckas
Yolanda Rubio-Soto
as Sophia's Mom
Jose Chavez
as Sophia's Dad
Judy Greer
as Morgan Zane
Colleen Camp
as Charlotte
Judith Scott
as Dana Miller
Salvator Xureb
as Jerry Harmon
Ben Reed
as Joseph
John Kapelos
as Dr. Kurtz
Tim Conlon
as Dr. Laibson
Joanna Koulis
as Samantha Harmon
B.K. Cannon
as Natalie
Al Damji
as Paramedic
Tracy Vilar
as Nurse Regina
Elaine Kagan
as Belinda
David Purdham
as Chef Anthony
Ed Brigadier
as Richard
Paul Haitkin
as Another Suit
Bob Sherer
as Patient
David Lengel
as Video Director
Sherilyn Fenn
as Mrs. Soellner
Helena Barrett
as Woman With Thirteen
Sam Gregory
as Screaming Kid
Meagan Gordon
as Young Woman
Carlos Arellano
as Nurse Gonzalez
Janet Song
as Surgeon
Lorene Noh
as Woman in Business Suit
Grinnell Morris
as Mine Employee No. 1
Phyllis Lyons
as Dr. Schmidt
Anthony Montgomery
as James Carlton
Jack Conley
as Sheriff Costello
Paul Benz
as Mine Employee No. 2
Sheri Foster
as Cashier
Debbie Campbell
as Katherine
Tyler Patton
as Neurosurgeon
James McAndrew
as State Trooper No. 1
James Ingersoll
as Chris Carrick
Ho-Kwan Tse
as Fang Dong Wen
Julia Putnam
as Thirteen (Age 9)
Aisha Kabia
as Nurse Rita
Cory Blevins
as State Trooper No. 2
Raymond Ma
as Wu Zheng
Esther Kwan
as Wu An Lan
Danielle Petty
as Anne Hadley
Jack Guzman
as Security Guard No. 1
Ben Shields
as Jonathan
Mark Beltzman
as Tibalt Oyylant
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Critic Reviews for House Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

"House" is Hugh Laurie. So long as he's around, the show will be eminently watchable.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Laurie makes you care about Dr. Gregory House, that nasty, condescending genius -- no easy acting feat.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Maybe it's premature to say the best antihero doctor on TV has regained his equilibrium after last season,

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

It's wonderful stuff, and we all seem to be on a voyage of discovery.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Despite my issues with certain aspects of this season, House remains one of the ten best shows on television.

Feb 5, 2019 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

House's writers have hit on a formula-tweak to freshen up their grumpy doctor's schtick.

Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

My favorite sort of cliff-hanger is the emotional crisis, and House delivered a whopper in the shattered bromance of doctors House and Wilson.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

It remains a terrific showcase for a terrific performer.

Sep 16, 2008 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Most welcome it is.

Feb 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has set almost impossibly high standards. It's never not watchable, but I couldn't escape the feeling that there were scenes missing from Tuesday's season opener.

Sep 16, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House: Season 5

  • Apr 30, 2016
    House: Season 5 get's 5 stars, because it has the best season finale I have ever seen. I'm not kidding. Season 5 is the best House series.
  • Aug 20, 2014
    Season 5 of House is largely a disappointment due to its writers unwillingness to change the shows worn formula. However, the performances are all top notch and it ends on another high note. Even it's the writers are as stubborn as the shows protagonist!
  • May 08, 2014
    Continuing on from season four's improvement over two and three, season five of House fosters overarching themes and story-lines in a way that makes the show less episodic and more serial. This season follows Thirteen's struggle to cope with her disease and her relationship with Foreman, Cuddy's awkward relationship with House, and Wilson coping with the loss of Amber. Up through episode nineteen, this season was average, but the last five episodes were so incredibly well written, that it forced me to up the rating half a star. The narrative of Kutner's death and House's vicodine addiction finally reaching critical mass is incredibly powerful and possibly the best story of the series.
  • Jan 26, 2014
    Hugh Laurie is riveting as House. It is an addictive, very well done medical drama
  • Dec 16, 2013
    House and his team take some serious turns in this season, you shouldn´t miss out on it.
  • Dec 14, 2013
    That Was The Best Season In My Opinion .... Amazing Story Telling ... This Season Comes as a Result For Establishing The Whole Drama in The Other 4 Previous Seasons . David Shore Is a Masterclass Writer .

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