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. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Mar 11, 2013
    100
    The most electrifying new main character to hit television in years. [16 Nov 2004, p.C01]
  2. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 11, 2013
    100
    What would you get if you combined the brains behind "The Usual Suspects" and "The X-Men" with the writer of "Quiz Show" and "Homicide: Life On the Streets"? Aside from a lotta smarts, you'd get House, the best new show since "Lost." [16 Nov 2004, p.91]
  3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 11, 2013
    100
    An engrossing new series with a fascinatingly unsympathetic character at its core. [14 Nov 2004, p.TV--5]
  4. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Mar 11, 2013
    91
    In place of the by-now clichés, House substitutes wit, taut writing and a performance by British actor Hugh Laurie that should put him immediately in the running for a best-actor Emmy. [16 Nov 2004, p.14E]
  5. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Charlie McCollum
    Mar 11, 2013
    91
    House is a rarity for TV: a true anti-hero, someone who's hard to embrace but easy to accept. [15 Nov 2004, p.2C]
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jul 1, 2013
    90
    Funny, probing and unsentimental, House may shock the systems of viewers used to sweetie M.D.s like ER's Dr. Carter. But as an honest look at techno-medicine and the prerogatives of genius, it's a tonic.
  7. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    At turns funny, terrifying and moving. [16 Nov 2004, p.73]
  8. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    Although the promising drama has its self-conscious moments when the offbeat stuff seems a trifle forced, Laurie delivers a consistently fascinating performance as the abrasive diagnostician. Even with the labored interludes, the series stands as, to borrow an old rock lyric, “a very, very, very fine” House. [16 Nov 2004, p.E4]
  9. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    Hugh Laurie is simply brilliant as the sarcastic, Vicodin-popping, cane-clutching healer in House. You want to see a heroic doctor? Go watch Matthew Fox save an island on "Lost." Want to see a terrific performance by a comedic actor who may singlehandedly save the medical drama? Here's your guy. [16 Nov 2004, p.E3]
  10. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    Entertaining, genre-bending. [16 Nov 2004, p.C1]
  11. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    Laurie is a wonder. His drawn face, scraggly beard, hollowed eyes and gaunt body add an offbeat distinction to his dignified performance. His is a sinister quirkiness. [15 Nov 2004, p.F-01]
  12. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    He's rude, sarcastic, bitter, brilliant and, delightfully, the most compelling character of the fall TV season. [14 Nov 2004, p.11]
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 11, 2013
    88
    This is one House call worth making.
  14. Reviewed by: Gillian Flynn
    Jun 18, 2013
    83
    Between Laurie's more-great-than-good doctor and cases that encompass everything from bad ham to complete body meltdown, House preys on all that's wrong (and some of what's right) with modern medicine.
  15. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 11, 2013
    80
    What a treat it is to find a medical show that doesn't turn its talented MDs into bedside saints in order to calm viewers' fears about mechanical HMO factories.
  16. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    House stands out on the strength of its misanthropic main character.
  17. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Mar 11, 2013
    75
    Exceptional producers Paul Attanasio (Homicide: Life on the Street), David Shore (Hack), Katie Jacobs (Gideon's Crossing) and Bryan Singer (X-Men) have cast their lot with Laurie (Peter's Friends, Sense and Sensibility, Stuart Little), and it pays off handsomely. Despite House's peculiarities, he's a fully rounded character, and Laurie appears comfortable in his clothes. [16 Nov 2004, p.8]
  18. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Mar 11, 2013
    75
    Television always needs smart, quality shows. And with "ER" on creative life support after 10 years, this challenging new medical drama could be good entertainment therapy. But for many viewers, "House" could be a tough pill to swallow. [15 Nov 2004, p.1C]
  19. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 11, 2013
    70
    Hugh Laurie is cranky, scathingly honest, brilliant Dr. Gregory House, whose amazing diagnostic abilities almost make up for his abrasive personality, in the Fox medical drama House. [16 Nov 2004, p.E06]
  20. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Mar 11, 2013
    70
    This kind of straight, no-chaser approach to patient care is what makes House a satisfying riff on any number of doctors I've seen on TV and know I will never have taking care of me. [16 Nov 2004, p.E1]
  21. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 11, 2013
    70
    But if you watch this one at all - and Fox hasn't increased the odds by waiting so long to introduce it - it'll be for Laurie's fierce and funny exploration of the doctor in House. [16 Nov 2004, p.53]
  22. Variety
    Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 11, 2013
    70
    House could well be one of those development stories where the operation is successful but the patient still dies. A well-made medical hour with an intriguing star, the show feels somewhat mismatched with Fox's lineup and instantly stale based on its resemblance to NBC's "Medical Investigation," which was clearly grown in the same Petri dish. [15 Nov 2004, p.4]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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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