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  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 16, 2004
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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  • Summary: House (aka House MD), from executive producers Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, David Shore, and Bryan Singer is a new take on mystery, where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor who trusts no one, least of all his patients.

    Dr. Gregory House
    House (aka House MD), from executive producers Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, David Shore, and Bryan Singer is a new take on mystery, where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor who trusts no one, least of all his patients.

    Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) is devoid of bedside manner and wouldn't even talk to his patients if he could get away with it. Dealing with his own constant physical pain, he uses a cane that seems to punctuate his acerbic, brutally honest demeanor. While his behavior can border on antisocial, House is a maverick physician whose unconventional thinking and flawless instincts have afforded him a great deal of respect. An infectious disease specialist, he's a brilliant diagnostician who loves the challenges of the medical puzzles he must solve in order to save lives.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  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. 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]
  3. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 11, 2013
    90
    At turns funny, terrifying and moving. [16 Nov 2004, p.73]
  4. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    75
    House stands out on the strength of its misanthropic main character.
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Mar 11, 2013
    30
    Not only will reality-show fans be disappointed, so will anybody looking for a little humanity sprinkled in with the enormous overdose of pretentious claptrap. [16 Nov 2004, p.F1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mar 21, 2018
    10
    House, MD. is perfect in what it tries to do. And what it is tries to do show the human body and it soul and the complications that it facesHouse, MD. is perfect in what it tries to do. And what it is tries to do show the human body and it soul and the complications that it faces that must be entangled by someone who has to be an outsider in a very Sherlock-sian and Freudian way. Gregory House played by Hugh Laurie is a the culmination of the one half of the legendary stand up comic duo of Fry & Laurie into a full-fledged actor who has delved so well into the painful and antagonistic side of a main character in a way that can be drawn a parallel to the Robert Downey Jr. went onto own the role of Tony Stark; the difference being that while RDJ very much embodied those personality traits, Laurie necessarily doesn't but molds himself so certainly that you can't help but question if it's altogether improbable to find some common ground between House and Hugh. Pain-ridden, guilt-stricken, disturbed, crippled, the genius of House is that you can't relate to House, not really but makes you want to go out on a limb for this man (like Jennifer Morrison's Cameron does time and time again) is that he really want to do the right thing despite knowing all the flaws and unfairness it all ends up from and leads up to numerous times. He chooses to help not just because it is his oath to keep but he has long ago taken up the mantle of doing what others can't, at least not always - The necessary.
    The Diagnostic Department underling trio along with Lisa Edelstein's Cuddy and Robert Sean Leanard's Wilson create this energetic and thrilling dynamic between these characters where each conversation pulls away at layers of their truths and lies and to make sure you are not ever distracted or disinterested , a healthy and fairly regular dose of over-top and astronomical quality of medical differential diagnoses are done which shows doctors in a light akin to those rockstars, detectives and messiahs melding into a potboiler of an achievement, which is an endorsement pursuers of medicine would quite appreciate.
    This is a very practical, realistic and thrilling joyride to the destination of achieving the status of being a self-indulgent hypochondriac and even if you don't end up being that, you'll still have the joy of watching this show. And there is so much left to be explored in season 2...
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  2. Aug 16, 2013
    10
    This was tied for my favourite TV show, ever. I was saddened when they announced that Dr. Gregory House would not be in any more strangeThis was tied for my favourite TV show, ever. I was saddened when they announced that Dr. Gregory House would not be in any more strange adventures which somehow tie into the plot to save the patient in the end. Expand
  3. Jul 17, 2017
    10
    This is one of the best series, I wish I had finished his broadcast.
    House is an arrogant **** but at the same time a genius.
    The serial is
    This is one of the best series, I wish I had finished his broadcast.
    House is an arrogant **** but at the same time a genius.
    The serial is about Dr. House, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Cuddy.
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  4. Sep 17, 2014
    9
    I love House. I love how thoughtful the lines in it are, I love the puzzles and how nicely they tie in with the side-drama between the mainI love House. I love how thoughtful the lines in it are, I love the puzzles and how nicely they tie in with the side-drama between the main characters. I love how each of the medical mysteries are different throughout the seasons. I love what an **** House is because even though he's an **** he's a funny **** at least. I love how smoothly new characters get introduced and little by little, layers about them get peeled off so you learn more and more details just as you would get to know an actual person. It balances drama with intellect and comedy just beautifully.... showing the characters as they evolve and change and grow throughout the series while of course saving the lives of many interesting patients.

    Admittedly, I would love to give it a 10 but the reason I can't is because I really can't say I enjoyed the 8th/last season as much as I loved the others. I own all of them on DVD (just before they got put up on netflix) and although I'll watch any of the seasons multiple times I don't watch the last one nearly as much. Secondly, I do have to point out that, for the most part, the layout of the show is all the same and you sort of come to expect it. It's enjoyable but....still....redundant....
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  5. Mar 3, 2018
    9
    House MD se centra en un idiota misantrópico, cínico y egoísta llamado Greg House que tiene epifanías rápidas que le permiten diagnosticarHouse MD se centra en un idiota misantrópico, cínico y egoísta llamado Greg House que tiene epifanías rápidas que le permiten diagnosticar casos difíciles. Cada episodio sigue una fórmula simple de síntomas, diagnósticos falsos, epifanía y diagnóstico correcto. Las vidas personales de los médicos y los pacientes se analizan y discuten con astutos conocimientos y diálogos ingeniosos. Hay muchos momentos graciosos con la gente burlándose de la casa o siendo sarcásticos. La magia del espectáculo es que tiene una estructura de procedimiento simple y efectiva y un diálogo completamente impredecible. Este es uno de los mejores espectáculos de los últimos años. Expand
  6. Feb 13, 2017
    8
    very informative,makes me a little more paranoid about my health issue. no unnecessary drama, this would be better if the show explain some ofvery informative,makes me a little more paranoid about my health issue. no unnecessary drama, this would be better if the show explain some of medical words so the viewer doesnt feel left out. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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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