House : Season 5

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 98 out of 110
  2. Negative: 5 out of 110

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  1. Feb 15, 2015
    6
    It starts and finishes strong, but that doesn't feel like enough to make up for this season's unforgivably bad second act. Part of the blame for this falls upon a forced plot piece. Part of it is a bit more complicated. The quality of the patients of the week has been in decline since season 3, but it was forgivable thanks to the writers handing us interesting plot pieces (the cop inIt starts and finishes strong, but that doesn't feel like enough to make up for this season's unforgivably bad second act. Part of the blame for this falls upon a forced plot piece. Part of it is a bit more complicated. The quality of the patients of the week has been in decline since season 3, but it was forgivable thanks to the writers handing us interesting plot pieces (the cop in season 3, the search for a new team in season 4) and the fact that characters were still very well done. Here, the show is simply running out of good aspects. The titular character begins to feel more pathetic than intriguing. The new team is basically guilty of the same offense. My advice: jump ship before you even get here. Expand
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 70
    The actor’s embodiment of seemingly counterintuitive emotions is riveting, as House’s placidity demonstrates sorrow, while anger represents a kind of giddy id. Even if House isn’t offering new stories or themes, it remains a terrific showcase for a terrific performer.
  2. 100
    Some of House's callousness is an act, and sometimes the show lets the act go too far. But one of the series' primary strengths is the way the writers and the star keep us guessing as to where that act ends and reality begins.
  3. Lucas' interactions with House are far funnier than any previous pairing of House with a recurring guest star. On the minus side, it's a role so aware of its own quirks that Lucas might wind up being a polarizing figure....As for the returning characters, the mix still isn't right.