Primetime Bioethics: End of Life Edition



CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of materials relevant to end-of-life issues that have premiered on television. Viewers are cautioned that the shows represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. They are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as or If there is a show you think we missed, email us at



  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)
    • This provocative medical drama has inspired a number of books exploring the intersection of philosophy and pop culture with particular emphasis on bioethics. Publishers include Berkley Trade, Routledge, Smart Pop, and Wiley.
    • (Topics: Clinical Ethics, End of Life, Informed Consent, Physician-Patient Relationship)



Updated Summer 2019