[40], At first, the producers were looking for a "quintessentially American person" to play the role of House. [43] Laurie improvised, using an umbrella for a cane. [20][90], A significant plot element is House's use of Vicodin to manage pain, caused by an infarction in the quadriceps muscle of his right leg five years before the show's first season, which also forces him to use a cane. A father recounts to his children - through a series of flashbacks - the journey he and his four best friends took leading up to him meeting their mother. [232], Laurie won the Screen Actors Guild's award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in both 2007 and 2009. [50] Leonard thought the Numb3rs script was "kind of cool" and planned to audition for the show. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Series Cast. What does excite me in terms of writing is the choices people make and the nature of right and wrong ... and a private investigator can approach that question much more readily than a doctor can. 78, 214–215. Title: Epps's name is superimposed upon a rib cage X-ray; Leonard's name appears on a drawing of the two hemispheres of the brain. [234] In 2007, the show won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for prosthetic makeup. [63] The candidates rejected by House did not return to the show, with the exception of the last one cut: Amber "Cutthroat Bitch" Volakis (Anne Dudek), who appeared for the rest of season four as Wilson's girlfriend,[64] and in seasons five and eight as a hallucination of House's. [80] The piece was used in part because of the distinct tempo which roughly mimics the sound of a beating human heart. Dr. Gregory House is devoid of bedside manner and wouldn't even talk to his patients if he could get away with it. The series finale also pays homage to Holmes's apparent death in "The Final Problem", the 1893 story with which Conan Doyle originally intended to conclude the Holmes chronicles.[30]. [50] Singer had enjoyed Lisa Edelstein's portrayal of a prostitute on The West Wing, and sent her a copy of the pilot script. [131] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, on the other hand, took issue with the developments: "the cast just kept getting bigger, the stories more scattered and uneven until you had a bunch of great actors forced to stand around watching Hugh Laurie hold the show together by the sheer force of his will". If House is so smart and experienced, why does he need three to four doctors to provide ideas? [173] Critics have compared House to fictional detectives Nero Wolfe,[174] Hercule Poirot, and Adrian Monk,[175] and to Perry Cox, a cantankerous doctor on the television show Scrubs. [74] The series is structured around a central plot with some supporting secondary stories and narratives that cross over seasons. [65], Private investigator Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston), a character inspired in part by Shore's love of The Rockford Files, appears in three episodes of season five. [13] As Shore and the rest of the creative team explored the character's possibilities, the program concept became less of procedure and more focused upon the lead role. ... Stacy Warner 10 episodes, 2005-2012. In 2007, NBCUniversal (the show's distributor) and Apple Inc. (iTunes' owner) had a disagreement that temporarily kept the fourth season off iTunes. They are involved in a bus crash, which leads to her death. [148] He returns to House in season six as Cuddy's boyfriend. An old patient of House comes back and seeks revenge upon him in the form of gunshot. She concluded, "So different is the premiere that the savvy House (and Fox) viewer may expect the revelation that it was all a fever dream. [9] She noted the significance of "the fact that Hugh Laurie spans 6'2" and is taller than everybody else because it certainly makes those walk-and-talks pop". From the beginning of season four, Moran, Friend, and Lerner were credited as executive producers on the series, joining Attanasio, Jacobs, Shore, and Singer. House's head then fades and the show's title is underlined and has the "M.D." "Kutner had been introduced in season 4 as one of a large pool of applicants whom House (Hugh Laurie) forced to compete for a limited number of consultant positions. Adams was born to a wealthy family sometime in the mid-1980s. It received an F from The A.V. [162] New York Daily News critic David Bianculli applauded the "high caliber of acting and script". Cuddy orders House to fill her position with another woman,[126] but eventually makes the choice for him: medical student Dr. Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn), who makes her first appearance in the season's sixth episode. House often clashes with his fellow physicians, including his own diagnostic team, because many of his hypotheses about patients' illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights. However, the details of her family life are not known. [74][88] His grudging fulfillment of this duty, or his creative methods of avoiding it, constitute a recurring subplot, which often serves as the series's comic relief. (2004–2012). [194]. [109] In the season-three episode "Family", Foreman announces his resignation, telling House, "I don't want to turn into you". [58] After an episode in which he "borrows" a janitor whom he calls "Dr. [256], Seasons of the show and box sets were released on DVD encoded for regions 1, 2 and 4. In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Laurie was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Watch thousands of hours of hit movies and shows, plus daily news, … [52] After he was cast, he persuaded the producers to turn the character into an Australian. [28] In another season five episode, "Joy to the World", House, in an attempt to fool his team, uses a book by Joseph Bell, Conan Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes. 210 of 251 people found this review helpful. [206][207] It attracted slightly more than 29 million viewers. [72] Part of House's sixth season was filmed at the abandoned Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, as the fictional Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital. An obese man in a coma presents treatment challenges, but finding out what's wrong with him may be the most challenging test of all. [41] Although locally better-known actors such as Denis Leary, David Cross, Rob Morrow, and Patrick Dempsey were considered for the part, Shore, Jacobs, and Attanasio were as impressed as Singer and cast Laurie as House. In its first season, House ranked twenty-fourth among all television series and was the ninth-most popular primetime program among women. [233] Writer Lawrence Kaplow won a Writers Guild of America Award in 2006 for the season two episode "Autopsy". "[182] Conversely, The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan disliked Weston's character, calling him "An unwelcome distraction ... an irritating pipsqueak". [39] According to Shore, "three different doctors ... check everything we do". Main cast; Dr. Gregory House: Hugh Laurie: Dr. Lisa Cuddy: Lisa Edelstein … Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence. [74] Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the title character, was educated at Johns Hopkins University and heads the Department of Diagnostic Medicine. She wears an old locket that House correctly pegg… Was this review helpful to you? [132] He donates US$100 million to the PPTH in return for chairing its board. Directed by Gloria Muzio. [21] House's investigatory method is to eliminate diagnoses logically as they are proved impossible; Holmes uses a similar method. [68] Executive producer Katie Jacobs said that the show frequently uses the technique because "when you put a scene on the move, it's a ... way of creating an urgency and an intensity". [78][79], The series's original opening theme, as heard in the United States, comprises instrumental portions of "Teardrop" by Massive Attack. One possible birthday is June 11, 1959 (according to his hospital admission bracelet in No Reason) which is also actor Hugh Laurie's actual birth date. [227][228] In 2008 the series received its first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. Now, having seen him in "House", I find that he's a fine dramatic actor, as well. [58] This leaves House without a team for the season-four premiere. [115] He assesses their performance in diagnostic cases, assisted by Foreman, who returns to the department after his dismissal from another hospital for House-like behavior. [5] With Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard. Original Television Soundtrack album on September 18, 2007. Fans kept coming back to watch the sarcastic, brilliant, anti-social Dr. House deal with unexpected musical cases and navigate the social complexities of the hospital. Proceeds from sales of those shirts and others with the phrase "Normal's Overrated" went to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Thirteen takes a leave of absence for most of season seven, and her position is filled by medical student Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn). Leary certainly has a knack for playing the part of a caustic personality. [105] House describes himself as "a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty of infectious disease and nephrology". [125], Early in season seven, Thirteen takes an unexplained leave of absence. [20] The name "Holmes" is a homophone of the word "homes", and the words "home" and "house" have a similar meaning. Series cast summary: Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House 176 episodes, 2004-2012 Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman 174 episodes, 2004-2012 Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson 174 episodes, 2004-2012 Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase 171 episodes, 2004-2012 Lisa Edelstein [100] However, about a year and a half later, in season seven's 15th episode, "Bombshells", House reacts to the news that Cuddy possibly has kidney cancer by taking Vicodin,[101] and his addiction recurs.[102]. The show received high critical acclaim, and was consistently one of the highest rated series in the United States. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers. Follows the personal and professional lives of six twenty to thirty-something-year-old friends living in Manhattan. [133] Vogler represented an attempt to introduce a villain, a move urged by Fox. [160] Season one holds a Metacritic score of 75 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews. Each U.S. network television season starts in September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. [85], The team faces many diagnostic difficulties from patients' concealment of symptoms, circumstances, or personal histories, so House frequently proclaims during the team's deliberations, "The patient is lying", or mutters "Everybody lies"; such an assumption guides House's decisions and diagnoses,[12] and makes the countermeasure of housebreaking a routine procedure. [129] In season seven, Jacobson and Wilde received star billing; new regular cast member Tamblyn did not. Original Television Soundtrack, "Exclusive: 'House' spins off Nurse Jeffrey! Muriel Pavlow. Attanasio was inspired to develop a medical procedural drama by The New York Times Magazine column, "Diagnosis", written by physician Lisa Sanders, who is an attending physician at Yale–New Haven Hospital(YNHH); the fictitious Princeton–P… He tries to extract an apology from House, who left Tritter in an examination room with a thermometer in his rectum. House secretly drugs Wilson with amphetamine. In the 20th episode of season five, "Simple Explanation", Kutner is found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. [51], Australian actor Jesse Spencer's agent suggested that he audition for the role of Dr. Robert Chase. is available now on Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal. In the meantime, he also must deal with patients that he is forced to see in the hospital's walk-in clinic. [167] Mikhail Varshavski, a Russian-American Osteopathic Doctor, reviewed the medical content of House on his YouTube channel. [68] The technique involves the use of tracking shots, showing two or more characters walking between locations while talking. She writes the "Diagnosis" column that inspired House's premise. Shore was House's showrunner. [124] She returns as a guest character in "Lockdown", nine episodes later. The series's main character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who, despite his dependence on pain medication, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. [15] Shore recalled: "I knew, as soon as I left the room, they would be mocking me relentlessly [for my cluelessness] and I thought that it would be interesting to see a character who actually did that before they left the room. Spencer believed the program would be similar in style to General Hospital, but changed his mind after reading the scripts. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in 2008. A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him. [112] Throughout season seven, House and Cuddy try to make their relationship work. [11][23] House's address is 221B Baker Street, a direct reference to Holmes's street address. ... Nurse Brenda Previn 11 episodes, 2005-2006. [29] Season 7 episode 3 includes a young adult boyhood detective book series written by the patient, whose final unpublished volume ends in an ambiguous end to the main character reminiscent of "The Final Problem". [60] Kutner was written out of the series in episode 20 of season 5 after Penn took a position in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. [80], Like all of the hospital's doctors, House is required to treat patients in the facility's walk-in clinic. Frequent disagreements occur between House and his team,[87] especially Dr. Allison Cameron, whose standards of medical ethics are more conservative than those of the other characters. House later pays Douglas to look into the private lives of his team members and Cuddy. By the time the Vogler episodes began to air, the show had become a hit and the character was soon dropped. [65] While Penn and Wilde had higher profiles than the actors who played the other finalists, Jacobs said they went through an identical audition process and stayed with the show based on the writers' interest in their characters. House claims there's a victim on the bus that's dying, but not from the bus accident. The show's most prolific directors through its first six seasons were Deran Sarafian (22 episodes), who was not involved in season six, and Greg Yaitanes (17). [12] The original premise of the show was of a team of doctors working together trying to "diagnose the undiagnosable". It's good to see an interesting medical show on TV, now that "ER" has degenerated into a "tragedy of the week" soap opera. Very little is known about Cameron's early life, but it is implied that unlike Foreman and Chase, her adolescence was rather uneventful. [136] After House refuses to apologize, Tritter brings him up on charges of unprescribed narcotics possession and forces him to attend rehabilitation. [161] Matt Roush of TV Guide said that the program was an "uncommon cure for the common medical drama". [13] Shore felt it was important to have an interesting central character, one who could examine patients' personal characteristics and diagnose their ailments by figuring out their secrets and lies. USA Today praised Laurie's performance and the repercussions of the season-four finale, stating "a carry-over from last season's brilliant finale, House is firmly in the forefront. [66], The contracts of Edelstein, Epps, and Leonard expired at the end of season seven. House fights his doctors, the staff and his fellow patients when he's forced to stay in the psychiatric hospital under threat of permanently losing his medical license. (For example, one episode featured critically ill infants and pulled very few punches.). Directed by David Shore. Epps and Leonard came to terms with the producers, but Edelstein did not, and in May 2011 it was announced that she would not be returning for the show's eighth season. [20], Typically, the patient is misdiagnosed at least once which usually causes further complications, but the nature of the complications often provides new evidence which helps them diagnose the patient correctly. A vegan couple has problems with floating poop. Synopsis:Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) is devoid of anything resembling bedside manner and wouldn't even talk to his patients if he could get away with it. Written by "Everybody Dies" Rejoined by Foreman, House gradually selects three new team members: Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde), Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson) and Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn). [220] The Emmy board also nominated House for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, but the show never won the award. [74] All subsequent episodes contain a longer sequence including the names of the six featured cast members and creator David Shore. He and his team of medical doctors try to cure complex and rare diseases from very ill ordinary people in the United States of America. Eric Foreman') Getting cast at 31 as the ambitious Dr. Foreman on "House" wasn't too big a stretch for Epps, who had played Dr. Dennis Gant on "ER" seven years earlier. [75] The producers originally wanted to include an image of a cane and an image of a Vicodin bottle, but Fox objected. [53] Patrick Dempsey also auditioned for the part of Chase; he later became known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy. [82], Gregory House, M.D., often construed as a misanthropic medical genius, heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. [159][171] Tom Shales of The Washington Post called him "the most electrifying new main character to hit television in years". However, in the finale of season seven, House drives his car into Cuddy's living room in anger and their relationship effectively ends. [185] The New York Daily News noted that "The show pays more attention to relationships we care about, hints at a sensible number of new ones that show some promise, and thus doesn't rely on obscure medical mysteries to carry the whole dramatic burden", and noted that "the prognosis for this season could be better than last season seemed to foreshadow". However, despite the fact that he has AIDS, it's clearly not what's killing him. [50] However, he decided that the character he was up for, Charlie Eppes, was in too many scenes; he later observed, "The less I work, the happier I am". House - Watch every episode on NBC.com and the NBC App. [22] Shore said that House's name itself is meant as "a subtle homage" to Holmes. Double-Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Art History, This page was last edited on 19 December 2020, at 10:08. The stories, while set up as brain-teasers, are also refreshingly complex about the doctors, the patients and the hospital; they don't resort to the done-to-death "HMO's are the source of all evil" plot line. That earned the actor the world record of being the most watched leading man in television. [51] Edelstein was attracted to the quality of the writing and her character's "snappy dialogue" with House, and was cast as Dr. Lisa Cuddy. [131][189], At the end of the show's run, Steven Tong of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "House had, in its final seasons, become a rather sentimental show". and creativity: A corpus linguistic systemic functional discourse analysis approach", Satellite Award for Best Television Series – Drama, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=House_(TV_series)&oldid=995122066, 2000s American workplace drama television series, 2010s American workplace drama television series, Fox Broadcasting Company original programming, Peabody Award-winning television programs, Primetime Emmy Award-winning television series, Television series by Bad Hat Harry Productions, Television series by Universal Television, Wikipedia articles with SUDOC identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Infectious Disease Specialist, Nephrologist, Head of Department of Diagnostic Medicine, Neurologist, Diagnostic Medicine, Dean of Medicine, Surgeon, Intensivist, Cardiologist, Head of Department of Diagnostic Medicine (series finale), Immunologist, Diagnostic Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Interventional radiologist, Diagnostic Medicine. Elsewhere, ER, Sports Night, and The West Wing. [229] House was nominated for best dramatic series again the following year, but did not win in the category. Directed by Deran Sarafian. [110] In the sixth episode of season five, "Joy", they kiss for the first time. After being accused of assaulting a sick man, House is forced to take on his case. A number of characters were killed off over the course of House MD's eight seasons, but the most abrupt and shocking death of all came when Dr. Lawrence Kutner committed suicide in season 5, episode 20, "Simple Explanation.