On this day in 2004 the first episode of House M.D. aired. The show, better known simply as House, is my favorite show ever. By the way, that it has been 16 years since the premiere of the show and that House has now been out of production longer than it was in production are two incomprehensible realities for me.
I have always liked medical shows. I have watched shows like Untold Stories of the ER and Mystery Diagnosis. The only two shows from the “Big Four” networks I currently watch are The Good Doctor and Transplant, although the latter is actually a Canadian import aired on NBC to fill its lack of new programming due to the damn virus.
House was simply brilliant, a combination of great writing and performing, interesting cases, humor and drama. I can’t do the show justice by trying to summarize various episodes or by writing great lines of dialogue. In case you don’t know, or even if you do, House was about Dr. Gregory House, brilliantly portrayed by Hugh Laurie, a Vicodin-addicted misanthropic doctor who leads a team of physicians in trying to diagnose cases no one else can solve. House would often violate the “rules” of medicine in order to get a diagnosis.
After we moved, my wonderful wife and I cut the TV cord. We now subscribe to Hulu and have long had an Amazon Prime subscription. Hulu’s Live TV option, the one we have, includes the POP channel, which airs a House marathon every weekday. Amazon Prime also has every episode available. I’m good to go. Oh, I also have every episode on DVD, not that we’ve been able to find our Blu-Ray player. I don’t watch every House episode every day on POP or binge-watch episodes on Amazon Prime, but I probably watch 2-4 episodes a week.
I salute the producers, writers, cast and crew of House. Although I doubt any of them will ever read this, my heartfelt thanks for producing such a great show.
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OK, apparently I published a very similar post on this day last year. As Disaffected Musings nears 1,000 posts I simply can’t remember everything I’ve written.
15 thoughts on “House M.D.”
House is one show I missed. I will have to check it out if it’s available on my video service somewhere (Dish Network).
I’ve discovered reruns of the 1950s era Perry Mason series. We watch one episode a night, having captured a bunch of them on several channels and stored them on the DVR.
My wonderful wife and I watched Perry Mason reruns for months on FETV. After awhile, though, it became difficult to watch the same episode for the third or fourth time in a matter of months. Great show, though.
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The only issue I had with House was that it seemed that sarcoidosis was the stock diagnosis mentioned in almost every show. Other than that, it was an excellent show.
Yes, sarcoidosis and lupus were often among the first diagnoses. In a sign of the humor of the show, in one episode the patient’s diagnosis is really lupus and House exclaims, “I finally have a case of lupus!”
We have watched House on occasion and it is always very interesting. Two of our favorites are the original Hawaii 5-0 and we have several years on DVD. The other is a more recent production Monk about an obsessive-compulsive detective played by Tony Shalhoub. His reveals of how he solved the mystery were always interesting.and in each show there was always a link to the most important case in his life the car bomb murder of his wife. The end of the series solved the wife murder case but not in a way you anticipated.
My cousin, Milo Ventimiglia,, is in the production of the TV Series This Is Us, What little of this show I’ve seen is very good. His last movie The Art of Racing In the Rain, I want to get on Blue-Ray to watch. I have never met him personally, and my sister who has met him says that he is a most gracious person. That is understandable knowing his mother, Carol, my first cousin and her personality.
Your Blu-ray player will be in the last box you search. Our last move was a little easier as we did the packing and labeled every box quite well so it was easier to put away. The mover only damaged one item, our flat screen TV. And NO, I was not able to collect from them. Only one other Item was broken and that was a glass serving bowl and that was a result of our insufficient padding. I did NOT trust anyone to move my garage stuff, including the truck project so I was the one to move that load of material. Hertz provided the box truck with lift gate which was an immense help. NO, we are never moving again.
We watched Monk on occasion and usually enjoyed it. One of the funniest lines I ever heard came from that show. He and his assistant have to enter the girls locker room at a high school as part of an investigation. Monk is reluctant to enter. His assistant says sarcastically, “Are you worried about cooties?” Monk answers, “The jury is still out on cooties.”
Both of the ladies who were his assistants were very good and portrayed the characters as distinct individuals. Julie, the second one, I think did more to draw him out of his psychosis and help him to find himself and eventually lead him to the solution of his wife’s murder. The whole show was full of good lines. The part of his brother was played very well. The episode where he reconciled with his father was done quite well. Adrian was very brave to overcome his fears and get in the truck with his father.
As a member of the “tribe” I found doctor shows hard to watch. We never had as much sex as they did-although I did make out once in a comatose patient’s room with a nurse-used as much alcohol or drugs as they did-by the time I left med school I was tired of pot and booze-and the diagnoses were not that hard-most patients either were already diagnosed or between all the consults and tests available, an orangutan on Vicodin could make a diagnosis. Medicine isn’t that hard. The hard part is telling someone they are dying or telling someone you can treat them but they can’t afford the treatment. The hard part is keeping all the balls in the air and keeping your humanity. If House isn’t available, give Monty Python or Benny Hill a try.
Very much appreciate your informed and experienced perspective. I respect the medical profession, but I don’t envy most doctors.
I would prefer to give Abbott and Costello a try before either Monty Python or Benny Hill. And I enjoy the humor provided by both. Ah, keeping your humanity, THAT is the hard part. It can be done provided you know that you do not have all of the answers, but that there is someone other than you who does have all of the answers. I respect your knowledge and experience, David Banner, so please keep adding to our enlightenment. I have a nephew who is a member of your tribe.
Thanks, Philip and I like the interaction between/among readers.
I’ve given up on TV altogether, when the whole country went digital. And normally I don’t miss it at all. Until I remember, or am reminded of something I liked. And I did like House. Very much so 🙂
Thanks for sharing. Can you explain what you mean by “when the whole country went digital?”
Of course I can 🙂 I didn’t remember the details, so I looked them up. It says here that the switch off date was March 2011:
I didn’t realize till now how long it’s been since…
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