Newest Review: ... dialogue is witty, sharp and totally unprofessional at times and this is what makes House so unique and intriguing. I actually gasp at so... more
A bad bedside manner has never been more pleasing!
Member Name: SparksFly
Advantages: Great acting and writing!
Disadvantages: Not enough episodes
'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!