David Shore
Shore at the 2016 WonderCon
Shore at the 2016 WonderCon
Born (1959-07-03) July 3, 1959 (age 62)
London, Ontario, Canada
  • Writer
  • producer
  • director
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
RelativesRaphael Shore (brother)
Marvin Shore (father)

David Shore (born July 3, 1959) is a Canadian television writer. Shore worked on Family Law, NYPD Blue and Due South, also producing many episodes of the latter. He created the critically acclaimed series House and more recently, Battle Creek and The Good Doctor.[1]

Early life

Shore was born in London, Ontario, Canada, to Jewish parents. His younger twin brothers, Ephraim Shore and Raphael Shore, are Aish HaTorah rabbis. David is the only member of his family involved in television, although his younger brother Raphael Shore made three political documentaries about the Middle East conflict.

After graduating from A.B. Lucas Secondary School with distinction, he subsequently attended The University of Western Ontario for an undergraduate degree, and the University of Toronto for his law degree in 1982.[2] Following his education he initially worked as a municipal and corporate lawyer in his native Canada before he moved to Los Angeles to break into television.[2]

On June 20, 2018, David received an honorary degree in law from the University of Western Ontario.[2]



David Shore in 2009 (age 50).
David Shore in 2009 (age 50).

Shore wrote for the television series Due South — about another Canadian transplanted in America, albeit a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force — before he became a producer on the ABC drama NYPD Blue. His work on that series was nominated for two Emmy Awards.[3]

Shore then moved on to the series Family Law, Hack, and Century City, but these were not commercial successes.[citation needed]


In 2003, producer Paul Attanasio — who had previously worked with NBC on such shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and Gideon's Crossing — approached Shore to request a procedural, as he knew the network was looking for another one to follow up on the success of Law & Order and to imitate CBS's success with CSI and NCIS. Attanasio's idea was to apply the police procedural genre to a show about medicine. While in most procedurals the characters are secondary to the mystery, Shore decided that a medical procedural should place the mystery secondary to the hero. He therefore conceived of a hero similar to the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes.[4]

That hero was Dr. Gregory House, the main character of House, M.D., played (with an American accent) by the British actor, comedian, and musician Hugh Laurie. Although NBC took a pass on the series, Fox picked it up, and by the end of the first season, it was their biggest new hit of 2004–05. Shore wrote or co-wrote five episodes of that first season, including its pilot and the Season One pre-finale, "Three Stories", in which he intricately wove the stories of three patients, while also revealing the reason for Dr. House's limp and Vicodin (hydrocodone) addiction. The latter of these won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Shore made his directorial debut on the series House by directing the Season Two finale "No Reason". Due to the success of House, Shore was granted a generous contract for fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons. The sixth season began with a two-hour season premiere entitled "Broken", which he co-wrote. Shore and his co-writers won the Writers Guild of America Award for episodic drama at the February 2010 ceremony for the premiere.[5][6]

House was renewed for a seventh season, which began airing on September 20, 2010, as well as an eighth and final season.[7]

After House

In 2009, Shore finished production of the short-lived police TV show Winters starring Famke Janssen.[citation needed]

In February 2013, Entertainment Weekly reported that Shore would write for an upcoming ABC television show entitled Doubt, about "a 'charming low-rent' lawyer battling his demons"[8] starring Steve Coogan.[citation needed]

In August 2015, Amazon Video released a pilot episode for Sneaky Pete, a show Shore and Bryan Cranston created. The first season of Sneaky Pete was exclusively released in its entirety on Amazon Video on January 13, 2017.[9]

In 2019, as WGA Co-Chair, Shore joined other WGA members in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the practice of packaging.[10] In May 2021, he and his Shore Z Productions company renewed his first look deal with Sony.[11]

Personal life

He lived in Encino Hills, California, with his wife Judy and their three children until 2010, when the family moved to a larger home in nearby Pacific Palisades.[citation needed]



Creator & Executive Producer
Season Title Notes
1 "Pilot" House Season One Premiere; Writer
"Occam's Razor" Writer
"Sports Medicine" Written by Shore & John Mankiewicz
"Babies and Bathwater" Teleplay by Shore & Peter Blake (Story by Blake)
"Three Stories" Writer; Won Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing
2 "Skin Deep" Teleplay by Shore & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner (Story by Friend & Lerner)
"Euphoria - Part Two" Written by Shore & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner
"No Reason" House Season Two Finale; Director & Teleplay (Story by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow)
3 "Meaning" House Season Three Premiere; Teleplay by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow (Story by Shore & Kaplow & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner)
"Cane and Able" Story by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner (Teleplay by Friend & Lerner)
"One Day, One Room" Writer
4 "Alone" House Season Four Premiere; Teleplay by Shore & Peter Blake (Story by Blake)
"No More Mr. Nice Guy" Written by Shore & David Hoselton
5 "Not Cancer" Written by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow
6 "Broken - Parts One and Two" House Season Six Premiere; Telemovie; Written by Shore & David Foster & Russell Friend & Garrett Lerner
7 "The Fix" Teleplay by Shore & Thomas L. Moran (Story by Moran)
8 "Everybody Dies" House Season 8 - Series Finale; Director (Written by David Shore, Peter Blake & Eli Attie)

The Good Doctor

Season Title Notes
1 "Burnt Food"
"Mount Rushmore"
"Seven Reasons" Co-wrote with David Hoselton
2 "Middle Ground"
"Trampoline" Co-wrote with David Hoselton and Mark Rozeman
3 "Disaster"
"Influence" Co-wrote with Peter Noah
"I Love You" Co-wrote with David Hoselton and Adam Scott Weissman

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Humanitas Prize 60-Minute Category David Shore (For The Good Doctor, S01E01 - Burnt Food) Won [12]


  1. ^ "House MD - David Shore, Creator, Executive Producer". www.housemd-guide.com.
  2. ^ a b c Eric Volmers (June 19, 2018). "TV writer David Shore talks House, The Good Doctor and staying challenged". London Free Press.
  3. ^ "David Shore". Television Academy. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  4. ^ "Interview with the Creators and Cast of House". The Paley Center for Media. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  5. ^ Gregg Mitchell & Sherry Goldman (2009). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  6. ^ "Writers Guild Awards - 2010 Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
  7. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 8, 2012). "Current Season to Be The Last for 'House'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on February 10, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
  8. ^ Hibberd, James (February 22, 2013). "Hollywood Insider: What's Going on Behind the Scenes: TV's Pilot Season Goes (Very) High-Concept". Entertainment Weekly. New York. p. 26.
  9. ^ "Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete Debuts on January 13 on Prime Video". www.businesswire.com. 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  10. ^ "WGA: More Than 7,000 Writers Have Fired Their Agents". Deadline.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2021-05-05). "David Shore Inks Big New 4-Year Overall Deal With Sony Pictures Television". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  12. ^ Sandberg, Bryn Elise (January 10, 2018). "Humanitas Prize Finalists Announced for 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2018.