Aired: 2004 – 2012
Network: Fox [United States]
Production: Heal & Toe Films, Shore Z Productions
Duration: 44 minutes
Genre: Drama, Mystery
IMDb rating: 8,8/10
My rating: (4,5 / 5)
The series follows the life of anti-social, pain killer addict, witty and arrogant medical doctor Gregory House with only half a muscle in his right leg, which causes his pain and his need for the medication. He and his team of medical doctors try to cure very ill ordinary people in the United States of America (IMDB). He leads his own diagnostics department that was ‘made’ specially for him due to his special talent of finding out what’s wrong with the cases that other doctors gave up on. Throughout the eight seasons, a second storyline that focuses on his private life binds the episodes together.
Did someone say binge watching? I could swear that I heard someone say binge watching… anyhow, it’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about this series. House (M.D.) is the kind of show that you start to watch and just can’t stop watching, purely because his sarcastic humor and careless behavior when it comes to other people’s feelings makes you laugh no matter what. Seriously, seeing House insult people is the best thing you can do. Sure, you might have made the same mistake at some point in your life, but just be happy that House wasn’t there to point it out and look at the fictional characters being unable to find a respons to his witty comments.
He is smart. He knows he is smart. He isn’t afraid to let other people know that he is smart. Get the idea? Together with his team, consisting of Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps), Dr. Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) and Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer), Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) solves the mysteries of modern day medicine and saves lives. He might not be the ideal ‘hero’ that you want to thank for saving your life, though. Basically, he hates everything about most people, but he does the job perfectly and that’s what counts, right? With his friend and co-worker Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean leonard) and his boss Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Eidelstein), the story is complete. Since I don’t want to give you guys too many spoilers (at this point, I limited it to none, which is basically the goal), I can’t go into depth on the underlying storyline, but I can say that it involves these people, their connection with each other and, in most cases, their mutual annoyance against House. Shocker? Probably not, given the information I gave you guys above.
Even though House might not always be the most ‘light’ content to watch with all the illness and, sometimes, death, it actually ís funny. The jokes are well placed and are only insulting to people’s personality. The show doesn’t mock the illnesses in question, only the people, which makes it an even better series in my opinion. House has become one of my favorite tv show characters (which says a lot when you keep in mind that I’ve probably watched over 40 tv shows by now). This is mainly because I have a weak spot for people who speak fluent sarcasm and aren’t shy to use it, but also because I like watching great minds work and House is one of them. Sure, it’s all fiction, but that doesn’t mean that this fictional character actually ís really smart and doés find the clues that other doctors (and you, as the viewer) seem to miss. It’s never wrong to pretend a little and make those people on the screen just a tiny bit realer than they actually are. House might have ended in 2012, but it’s still an amazing show and has at least taught us one thing when it comes to this fictional medical world: it’s never Lupus.