House : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Mar 11, 2013
    60
    It's the detection, as well as the detective, that draws you and holds you here. Neither the cases nor the characters are simple - and in both cases, that's a compliment. [16 Nov 2004, p.107]
  2. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Mar 11, 2013
    60
    His team is formulaic - and that's not a good thing. Omar Epps plays neurologist Dr. Eric Foreman. He's African-American, and even though he had great medical school grades, House says he was chosen for his "street smarts." Jennifer Morrison is immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron, and, while she is beautiful and brainy, in the second episode, she acknowledges some sexual issues. Jesse Spencer, as intensive-care specialist Dr. Robert Chase, is from the WASP world of old money, but nothing he says or does in the first two episodes offers any social-class insights. [16 Nov 2004, p.1C]
  3. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Mar 11, 2013
    60
    There isn't that much to distinguish it from umpteen shows that have gone before. [15 Nov 2004]
  4. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Mar 11, 2013
    50
    Clearly inspired in style and substance by "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," its sick cases are more interesting than, say, NBC's new "Medical Investigation," but that's setting the bar awfully low. [16 Nov 2004, p.49]
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 11, 2013
    50
    House had enough going against it, but if you strip it of its boldness in favor of rote (and predictable) drama, then you might as well bring in the priest.
  6. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 11, 2013
    40
    The show's characters are flat and so is the writing, but there is something universally appealing about blood, guts and a rushing gurney. There is no Dr. Feelgood in House, but the patients' symptoms provide a little consolation.
  7. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 11, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, the scripts put the stricken through such horrendous suffering that the show becomes an endurance test for the viewer. [14 Nov 2004, p.3]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 198 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Feb 15, 2015
    8
    Hooks you in right away with Hugh Laurie's top-notch performance and the interesting cases he's handed. Truly fascinating at times, it'll atHooks you in right away with Hugh Laurie's top-notch performance and the interesting cases he's handed. Truly fascinating at times, it'll at times have you shaking your head at its brilliance. Oh, and it's pretty funny at times too. Watching the later seasons really makes me pine for the level of quality that this show was at when it began. Kick back and enjoy some great television. Pretty sure you've got at least 50 episodes or so before this begins its transformation into a **** soap opera. Full Review »
  2. Mar 1, 2013
    9
    House MD centers around a misanthropic, cynical and egotistical jerk named Greg House who has flash epiphanies that allow him to diagnoseHouse MD centers around a misanthropic, cynical and egotistical jerk named Greg House who has flash epiphanies that allow him to diagnose difficult cases. Each episode follows a simple formula of symptom, false diagnoses, epiphany and correct diagnosis. The personal lives of the doctors and patients are analyzed and discussed using cunning insights and witty dialogue. There are a lot of funny moments with House deriding people or being sarcastic. The magic of the show is that it has a simple and effective procedural structure and completely unpredictable dialogue. This is one of the best shows of recent years. Full Review »
  3. Jan 25, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. House is losing its charm! Story lines are becoming redundant. I used to like this show...What happened?
    It seems like they love connection between House and Cuddy knocked things overboard for me, at that point I grabbed my life vest and jumped off the House Boat. I haven't stopped watching it completely, just not as often as I used to. After 13 left, and they killed off Kutner (Kal Penn) the boat start capsizing.
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