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Member Name: DixieChick101
Advantages: Great script and fantastic cast.
Disadvantages: Bit far fetched and tedious.
House or House, M.D is an American medical drama which follows the life of Gregory House, a fantastic doctor, with no people skills.
English actor Hugh Laurie was cast as Gregory House for four years now, and has done a fantastic job of it if I say so myself. Laurie is most famous in the UK for being one half of the double act with Stephen Fry and his roles in Black Adder or Stuart Little, managed to get the role of House because Bryan Singer was looking for a compelling American actor. He did not know that Laurie was English, and this made him want to hire him more for his convincing accent.
House is not like all medical drama's, they don't always solve the cases and in some shows they do loose the patients, but by loosing some they are able to save more. Gregory House specialises in weird diseases etc, pretty much stuff that other doctors can't work out.
House hasn't got a bedside manner in the slightest, he hates most patients and can't be bothered half the time, but he does still manage to work our their case. He's got a disability himself, he hurt himself somehow and now walks with a cane, which he uses to a lot to get through to people.
Even though he uses unconventional methods and most people hate him, he's earnt a lot of respect from patients and his fellow colleagues.
He's not always right, but he always learns from his mistakes.
The only thing that annoys me about this show is they don't find out the diagnoses until 45 minutes into the show, which means all the ones they come up with before means nothing. It get's very tedious after watching four years of the show, I would love to see them diagnose a patient within 20 minutes and spend the next 20 doing something else. It's annoying as it's so predictable.
Hugh Laurie's accent is perfect in my opinion, as I'm English I think it's good but I can't say for American people. His portrayal at House has earnt him some well deserved awards.
This show is much better than shows like ER, Casualty and Holby City which seem to run on forever and forever and always have one big thing that goes wrong at the end of each season, after a bit it gets a bit boring.
I seriously don't see 'The sex symbol' image that the American's have given him, maybe that's just because he's like ten years old than my mum but I just can't see it.
House is not only about Hugh Laurie, he's got a team of doctors to help him. They are:
Dr Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer)- Boy is this man hot. He plays the Australian doctor, who sucks up to House quite a bit. He's a good doctor though and has a crush on Cameron. He is a physician, department of diagnostic medicine but specialises in Intensive Care Medicine. (Most of you will know Spencer from the Australian show Neighbours, which he was on for many years. He played Billy Kennedy)
Dr Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison)- I've only just learnt that her first name was Allison from a friend, throughout the show she goes by Cameron. She has a big crush on House, and they actually have quite a bit of chemistry but she sleeps with Chase a couple of times, as they're going out in real life they have absolutely no chemistry. She is a physician, department of diagnostic medicine, but specialises in Immunology.
Dr Eric Foreman (Omar Epps)- He specialises in neurology, but doesn't get along with either Chase or House. He's already killed a patient for making the wrong judgement.
Lisa Cuddy- Lisa Edelstein- She is the chief hospital administrator and dean of medicine. She specialises in endocrinology, and is probably the only one in the hospital that can keep House in check.
Dr James Wilson- Robert Sean Leonard- He is the head of department in Oncology and is House's only real friend. He's famous for failed marriages.
At the end of season 3, House fires Chase and Cameron & Foreman resign, leaving room open for more physicians. House hires 40 doctors, and uses cases to eliminate them. 37 go and he is left with three. They are:
Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson) He had to leave his job as a plastic surgeon after problems and now is one of House's chosen three.
Lawrence Kutner: (Kal Penn) is a specialist in sports and rehabilitation medicine. (most of you might recognise him from Harold & Kumar)
Thirteen: (Olivia Wilde) She specialises in internal medicine, she is known as thirteen due to the numbers House gave them to start with.
Dr Robert Chase- After being fired by House he becomes a surgeon in the same hospital, he still helps with the cases if needed.
Dr Eric Foreman- After finding out that he can't find a job anywhere else after working with House, he comes back and is still a physician, department of diagnostic medicine.
Dr Allison Cameron- After resigning after Chase got fired; she became a senior attending physician in the emergency room.
When is it on?
Channel 5 is still airing season 4; it's about half way through now. In America they have finished, but it has been picked up for another season.
*Hugh Laurie and the supporting cast are great, they make each and every episode a delight to watch.
*The cases are pretty good, usually with medical dramas I can guess what the diagnoses are going to be, but with House I never have been able to.
*It's seriously funny, mainly because of Laurie's acting.
*House manages to solve the case at the same time each week.
*They got rid of the main cast and put three new people in. It's an okay idea, but I want more of Chase.
*The cases are a bit far fetched sometimes, you watch an whole episode where someone's seriously sick, and it just turns out to be a broken toe. A bit disappointing.
House is one of the best medical dramas on here, mainly due to the cast. The scripts are always on top form and the chemistry between the two leads (House & Wilson, people who watch the show will understand) is great.
Summary: Well worth watching if you like this kinda thing.