“ From executive producers Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, David Shore, and Bryan Singer comes a new take on mystery, where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor who trusts no one, least of all his patients. Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) is devoid of bedside manner and wouldn't even talk to his patients if he could get away with it. „
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'House' centres on the life and work of the blunt yet brilliant Head of Diagnostics at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, Dr. Gregory House. The main character of this medical drama may appear to be an unattractive curmudgeon on paper but it is his totally un-PC, pessimistic outlook on life that makes this series so enthralling as you can't quite believe the things that House does and says and this is exactly why you can't quite look away.
The other characters are all doctors at the same hospital and most make up House's diagnostic team. Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy and Head of Oncology James Wilson round up the rest of the cast and for me the acting is the second best part of this series behind the inimitable writing team. The dialogue is witty, sharp and totally unprofessional at times and this is what makes House so unique and intriguing. I actually gasp at some of the lines House comes out with and you'd be horrified if your real life doctor spoke to you this way!
Some people criticise 'House' for being formulaic, but for me it's familiar structure is oddly comforting as you know exactly what you're getting. The basic premise of most episodes is a person with an unusual case is referred to House and his team, who give a few incorrect diagnoses before a lightbulb goes off in House's head at just the last moment and he steps in and saves the day. It does sound as though 7 seasons of this could get repetitive and boring but the writing is so good that you never see any two episodes remotely like each other and the drama in the characters' personal lives keeps each season fresh and exciting.
As much as you try, you won't be able to work out what's wrong with the patient as it is usually something as subtle as seeing an insect on a window that leads to House giving the correct diagnosis, although it is very fun (and makes you feel clever haha!) to try and beat the team to the magic answer. I feel as though, although its genre isn't original, 'House' has that something extra that most medical dramas don't and for that reason I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a high quality television series to get drawn into, because trust me you will if you give this a go!
**What is House about?**
House is an American medical drama which centres around social recluse and genius diagnostician Dr. Greg House (Hugh Laurie. Each episode follows a similar format, a patient presents with a variety of symptoms and it's up to House and his team of doctors to diagnose. Usually ending up in House having an epiphany moment and finding the medical problem.
A simple format but it works well and I think it allows you to focus on the storylines that are presented between the characters in the hospital. House's dysfunctional life including his battle with drug addiction and lack of social normalities, Dr.Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) and her yearning for a partner and baby, Dr. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and his continuing list of failed marriages and of course there are more characters with more problems and storylines.
Seeing as House had just completed it's sixth season and is about to start a seventh, it must be doing something right. It has gripping storylines, with new ones being put in place all the time. It has at times had me in tears, laughring hysterically and on the edge of my seat wondering what is going to happen next.
As the series have continued the writers have become more adventurous with their storylines, bringing in topics from the "real world" including returning war soldiers from recent wars. This gives the show a more realistic feel.
The characters are well developed and has approximately 8-10 that are the steady base, then of course each episode presents different characters that come and go. I like this format because although there is a steady turnover in which new people become main characters there is also the comfort in familiarity with the main cast, who all act fantastically.
Another plus to this show is the brilliant sound track. The producers use music very sparingly which makes it even more fitting when it is used. Often smaller and lesser known bands are used which has led to many a google searches on my part wondering "what was that song they played in House?"
**So should I buy the DVDs?**
Yes!! It's a fantastic show, although because there are six seasons out you may want to buy just the first season to begin with or you might be stuck to your sofa for the next week!
House (the name of the show) is actually a man, Hugh Laurie in fact, and he is the star of the show.
Based in a hospital, the programme is about a man who is by far one of the greatest medical minds currently living on the planet. He leads a team of very talented doctors in a department that focuses on theoretical medicines and treatments. When I say theory what I mean is they are given many cases of people with strange illnesses, that no other doctors can give answers for and then they break the symptons down and try to figure out what is causing the problems.
Leading them to figure out a way to treat and eventually cure!
House is a man with a past, a painfull past (literally he had an operation that left him disabled and in pain every day from that point). Because of this pain he is very edgy with people, messes with their minds and lives and pushes any one close to him away. Although this sounds a bit boring, he actually manages to make what he does very entertaining and often vcery funny.
The group of doctors working under him are very different people with very different lives, but somehow come together well when needed for making break throughs.
House also has a deep love for the woman that runs the hospital but because of his nature all he ever does is push her away and make her miserable, which couldn't be further away from what he really wants.
I only began watching this show after it had already run for three series but as soon as I had seen a few episodes I was hooked and immediately caught up with all the episodes I had missed.
I am a fan of Hugh Laurie and find that he particularly excels whilst playing house. You get drawn in to the whole medical world but it is done in such a way that you don't get lose with the terminology like many other medical dramas do, instead you find yourself interested by what they're saying and wanting to find out more.
Throw the gripping medical science and strange illnesses in with the brilliant humour and great story lines and what we get is an amazing tv series.
There is a seperate story picked up in every episode but we also have deep underlying stories running constantly, but not just with the main character, there are stories running for each individual character with substantial screen time. This is one of the things that I like most.
If you were to pick a medical drama to follow, above any other, I would certainly recommend giving this one a go. It has more than just staff getting it on with each other and family feuds!
Give it a go!
I have been aware of House for quite a while now but despite the plaudits it has received I have never really paid much attention to it, that is until recently. I have now become quite an avid fan of the series and I shall now detail why.
The plot basically revolves a quite brilliant but enigmatic surgeon called Gregory House. He is brilliant in his field with a wide depth of knowledge but he never lets on too much about himself. What we do know about him is an extremely controversial outspoken character, with a dry sense of humour and seemingly a disdain for most people. However this is the side which he chooses people to see, he also does care for his patients, he just doesn't let that on to them.
In addition to to this he has a real pain problem with his leg which he controls by taking poor pain killers than he should. He has a crush on his boss and is does not care who knows, in fact he is so brazen that he has taken prostitutes into the hospital before.
Each episode has a main central plot, typically a patient will be admitted who we get to know in intimate detail, they have been admitted because they are extremely ill and it down to the talents of House and his supporting doctors to solve the problem. The show can be a little sentimental to, and is also tragic at times to but there is always some humour injected at the appropriate times and it adds a clever and entertaining dimension to the show.
While House is the commanding character of the show, the actors that play the doctors are also excellent, delivering passionate, emotional performances which really help you connect to their characters. The patients who make individual episode appearances are always very convincing and draw you deep into their plight and suffering.
This truly is an excellent show and I have nothing to find fault with it. It might be a little slow going for some people and if this type of drama doesn't appeal to you, then you might not enjoy it, but if you enjoy multi faceted dramas with many sub plots bubbling beneath the surface, then you will surely enjoy this.
In my modest opinion this TV series is one of the best that has been broadcasted in the last year. At least you can learn something useful about medicine and human body.Anyway I really was missing that in India from which I come from, and now that I'm settled here in the UK I really appreciate the Sky1 subscription my house mates have to have a look at <a href="http://sky1.sky.com/show/house-5">Doctor House M.D.</a>.I really don't know how I could have lived all this time without watching it. As soon as I will get my first payroll, I think that I will invest some money buying the DVD of the past seasons. What do you think of that?
House is a great twist on the typical medical based television shows we are accustomed to seeing. House follows the trials and tribulations of the crippled, pill popping, sarcastic diagnosis doctor, Dr Gregory House. House is played by Hugh Laurie. He is known as being the best diagnosis doctor around but does this through usually immoral and bizarre methods. He is nothing without his team though, he bounces ideas off his team and works out the problem.
The current series as of August 2009 is airing on Sky One at the moment. It is on at 9pm on a Sunday evening and there is currently a further episode being shown at 10pm.
It's quite something seeing Hugh Laurie acting with both a limp and a rough American accent. Quite a difference to Jeeves and Wooster! He plays a very outspoken, grumpy and very cynical doctor. He has an addiction to Vicodin, a pain killer, because of his leg. This tends to see him getting grumpier through episodes and worrying others around him.
The program itself has a dramatic feel, using real medical conditions and acting it out in a very life like environment. However, outwith the drama there are a lot of funny asides and Hugh Laurie is certainly the actor used to get this across. If you enjoy a medical drama with some humour then this is for you. The sarcasm and cynicism will have you sniggering even at the most tense moments. It's a great show. At least have a watch and see if you like it!
House is a captivating and original take on medical drama. The story revolves around an unconventional, but highly reknowned, diagnostician, who's somewhat dubious method of treatment excites and thrills the viewers. Hugh Laurie, who plays House, is a rude, friendless, frank medical genius who views medicine as an absolute science, and disregards patient rapport in every sense. House leads a diagnostic team, which changes after a couple of seasons and each program generally revolves around a single unusual patient case, with an ongoing story in the background.
The general theme of this tv show can seem slightly repetitve with the recurring episode sequence of House being presented with a patient and not solving the medical mystery till the final minute of the show. However, Hugh Laurie's character is so fascinating that one has to watch it develop through the series, how he deals with his inability to retain personal relationships or how he shows glimpses of compassion to his patients and peers.
If you have yet to watch this program, I would definately recommend it, but beware- you will become addicted!
P.s. Even though I personally watch this show, and am amazed at the genius of House every episode, as a medical student I must say that don't be decieved by House's medical practice, it would not be successful and not everything is Lupus!!
Is anyone else bored of the sychophantic series' in which the doctors are wonderful dedicated lovely people, who really are quite frankly amazing and non existent people with fabulous love lives!!!!!???
Meet House. Hugh Laurie plays this callous, drug addicted genius doctor to a perfectly hateful tee!!! And zero patient compassion. I have seen him play parts in English comedies and though he was entertaining he really has found a niche here. The difficult part is disassociating him from House for example in interviews - on Jonathan Ross I kept expecting him to burst in to a diatribe about how stupid everyone is.
His team are rather less incorridgeable although all quite emotiobnally confused - picked up on and used by the script writers for House's entertainment.
The show script and shooting follows the same structure week after week and there is an element of mundanity to this, although every effort has been made by the writers to come up with more and more contorted and unbelievable patterns and symptoms of illness.
I'm a fairly late arrival to this highly acclaimed television series and I've only just watched the first series of this medical detective drama. I had heard many good things said about 'House' and, particularly as it stars the great Hugh Laurie as the main character, I decided to give it a go.
Dr House (Laurie) is a genius with absolutely no interest in anyone else. He is rude, sarcastic and extremely unpleasant. However, he is also an amazingly brilliant doctor who thrives on taking on those medical cases that other doctors have been unable to solve. What's more, he seems determined to prove that only he can solve the case and will regularly rubbish other diagnosis, seemingly for no other reason than someone else has suggested it.
The similarities with Sherlock Holmes, both with the main character and, in fact, with many other elements of the series including the name, are apparently deliberate. Dr House and his staff, whom he often seems to be working against rather than with, meticulously search for and analysis the smallest clues for evidence of the cause of the patient's illness or disease.
Although I enjoyed watching the first series, strangely, I feel no strong urge to see any of the later series. I think this is because many of the episodes, although definitely not all, have a bit of a repetitive feel to them. Excellent, but repetitive. In fact, there are two episodes that are virtually identical.
In addition, although Dr House is a bit of an anti-hero, you obviously start off rooting for him and wanting him to see off his more money-focused employers. However, as the series went on, I realised that I genuinely didn't like the man and I found it harder and harder to have any empathy for him. He is a very unpleasant man, brilliantly portrayed by Hugh Laurie.
This series is a little bit different from the usual hospital dramas and if you like either medical or detective dramas then you are sure to like this. Just pray that you never have a doctor like House!
House, or House MD, has just started airing its fifth season here in the UK. In many ways it is amazing that a show which follows the exact same formula episode after episode is still thriving, but it is possible that the cracks are beginning to show.
House focuses on a genius but 'maverick' doctor of the same name and his amazing diagnostic skills. At the beginning of each episode, somebody unexpectedly becomes ill. House and his team then spend the rest of the episode diagnosing the intricate details of the patients illness, usually with several red herrings and a lot of poetic license along the way.
If that were simply it, then House would have long jumped the shark. But what makes you keep coming back to this show for more is the characters. Hugh Laurie proves his talent with his amazing performance of the title character, including a flawless American accent. He is supported by a talented cast that easily keep up with him, most notably Robert Sean Leonard as House's long suffering friend Wilson. It is the threads and complications tying these characters together that keeps House being entertaining, and make the show still worth watching, however bad the science is.
House or House MD as it is know as in America, is the it series starring British actor Hugh Laurie, although you would never know due the excellent American accent Laurie gives, playing the twisted, unsociable Doctor House, as one of the worlds most famous diagnostisions, that can solve medical cases that no other doctor can.
The main ploy of the show is House, a doctor that has sustained an injury to his leg, needing a walking stick to walk and self prescribes pain medication, has to deal with this and solve cases at the same time. The way house solves these case is through the help of his team. Also in the series is Houses only friend, Dr Wilson and Houses boss, Dr Cuddy. It is these two relationships that provide the comical relief in the series, as Wilson is the only person that House actually likes. While House and Cuddy are always in a constant power struggle.
House is currently in its fifth series, and is just started to be shown in the United Kingdom on Sky 1, as Five were in dispute with Fox about when they should show it and the payments for showing it in the UK.
I believe that House is one of the best exports from America in the last couple of years. The reason for this is the brilliant story and scripts from the creators and the excellent performances from the actors such as Hugh Laurie. Although when you look at the previous work by Hugh Lauries, such as Black Adder and Jeeves, as these are purely comedy shows and not the serious program, such as House.
Suprisingly the show works, when House is not the A typical medical hero type. As House is rude, arrogant and will not take no as an answer from anybody. But it is for this reason that people turn in, as it is personality that Hugh Laurie portrays as House, that makes you want to watch the program.
House has been on our screens now for a few years, and although I wasn't so into it at the start, i've recently found myself hooked, and dying to catch up on previous shows. I think that just shows how great it is!
Hugh Laurie plays a doctor in a hospital alongside various other doctors, who change as the series progress. They do include Jesse Spencer who was formally a Neighbours heartthrob and is still rather dishy, a good one for all the ladies! He's really not much of a compassionate character and certainly has a quirky character. He's known for making extreme decisions, and usually has to solve mysteries about people's illnesses through occasionally unorthodox processes.
The show almost always starts with a short clip of somebody going about their daily life, and then something happening to them which has marked the beginning of their stay in hospital. For instance a child at playgroup, a magician on stage, or a fitness trainer collapsing. House will often make extreme decisions about their health, and put them on odd medications, or ask for extreme surgical procedures when he's not sure that they are necessary. His team all tend to find him irritating because of these traits, but he is a good doctor in terms of finding a diagnosis and has respect among his workers.
A House episode is about 45 minutes long, although the tv channels will somehow squeeze it into an hour by padding it out with adverts. It is really gripping, and alongside the episodes you have ongoing storylines with the main characters. The main problem with the show is that it's quite formulaic and so it can be a little tiring to go through the same motions every time. In the UK the programme is on Channel 5.
I'd heard about House-who hadn't. It had won armfuls of awards in America an d my American friends raved about it during the first season. "Yeah -Yeah Another American medical drama "I thought-and Hugh Lawrie is in it. The bloke from the Jeeves series who played the upper class twit and had been in Black Adder -Ho Hum nothing worse than these Brits who sell out for a series in the US with formulmatic scripts and a poor American accent. This wasn 't a show I was remotely interested in watching...........
Fast forward a year. It was a rainy Sunday lunchtime and I settled down on the sofa to see what was on. Hallmark had a "House weekend" running-back to back episodes of the first series as a forerunner to the new series. Well nothing much on -let's see a little bit of this before turning over........... I was hooked-Hours later I was lapping it up still.
Charismatic and angry but with glimpses of vunerability the very attractive House, his interns -all well constructed and layered characters sometimes collegues, sometimes allies -sometimes at war with each other or with House. The other doctors-Cutty-the boss lady -needing to be tough with her vunerabilities well hidden -but House sees them-sometimes ruthlessly exploting them for his own agendas- othertimes -surprising with his understanding and insight. The best friend-put upon and also exploited by House-but you learn deep down he and House actually understand each other and both do care.
The plot-well there's always a mystery to be solved before the closing credits-often by House-but not always and the back stories provide contrast and interest.
Hugh Lawrie is a superb actor-he makes you if not like House then care for him and the accent I was so dimissive of in my opening paragraph is so accurate I've actually had arguments with people over his nationality ! The humour is often black but that to me is an advantage not a fault-and rare in US series.
House is like an onion-doesn't sound very exciting from the outside but has multiple layers and is powerful within. Peel it-you'll be glad you did !!
Sadly this series has now finished and if I'm honest the last season for me started badly -I found myself annoyed at the episodes in prison and wished they'd stop faffing around and et him back into the hospital-which they eventually did and I found the last series much more enjoyable from then on. I'm sure this series will be rerunning for many years to come -and I'm excited to see what new projects the cast will be doing in the future .
As a prospective medic, I always strayed away from medically based programs, other than Scrubs of course. However, at the insistence of a good friend, I decided I would watch an episode of House ... and I became hooked.
The anti-philanthropic House, is at worst amusing, and at best simply genius, and it is testament to the legend that is Hugh Laurie that he can pull such a role off - whether he be verbally sparring with his colleagues, or playing the guitar, House represents the very antithesis of the classic doctor, and in that is much of the charm of the program.
That is not to say that the show is one man - the strength of the other characters, and the way they interact with House, whilst also having their own back stories, ranging from brothers in jail, to Huntington's Chorea, helps endear the character to the viewer.
The shows all have a very similar feel, with a patient coming in with an ailment, that initially proves to be undiagnosable, and then near the end House will suddenly have a brainwave and come to the rescue. However, monotony is avoided by side stories, and House's very character.
All in all, a fantastic medical drama, which when looking from a British medical perspective seems completely ludicrous, is simply not worthy missing. The fifth season is currently airing in America.
This is quite possibly the greatest medicine based show ever.
So as you probably gather from the discription House is about an obsessive doctor who trusts no-one and believes he is always right, which is the reason he is so great. House solves puzzles by finding, and often eliminating, clues and I think this is what appeals to me.
You know how at school they tell you about the different learning styles? Well I'm a classic problem solver, if I know the problem and have the input required I will happily struggle away until I get the desired answer. This is exactly what House does, of course with the dry wit and sarcastic manner which makes it fun to watch.
I've been a fan of Hugh Laurie since seeing him playing George in Blackadder Goes Fourth and so I was worried I'd be dissapointed if I were to watch House. Happily though, I was not. Granted his comedy genius has taken a different tone, one of a self hating doctor, it's still the comic skill of Laurie bubbling under the surface.
An excellent program, if you haven't seen it you're missing out!