House, M.D.

This post is actually two weeks “late,” but my wonderful wife and I were out of town on May 21. It was on that day ten years ago that the last original episode of House, M.D. aired.

It is very difficult for me to comprehend that the show has been out of production for over a decade. It is also very difficult for me to convey how much I enjoyed House, which is still my favorite TV show ever.

I will tell you, though, that despite my admiration for House and despite the fact that I have all the episodes on DVD and can watch every episode streaming via Hulu and Amazon Prime, I don’t watch the show as often as one might think. However, when I do watch I still thoroughly enjoy it.

Why don’t I watch more often? I really don’t know. Maybe I don’t want to get a case of House burnout.

The picture below is the cover of a book about the show. The book covers the first six seasons of House, which ultimately ran for eight seasons. To me, the quality declined markedly after season six, so maybe it’s just as well that the last two seasons aren’t discussed.



In a morbid way, the fact that the show has been out of production longer than it was produced mirrors the human condition in that, eventually, everyone will be dead longer–much longer–than they were alive. The last episode of House was titled “Everybody Dies.” That’s both an immutable truth and a play on one of the main character’s axioms, “Everybody Lies.”

Do you think you can name your favorite scripted TV show? For me, House and Frasier are easily my two favorite such programs. I watch very little major network TV and, in fact, only watch 15-20 hours of TV a week. I think the American average is closer to 30 hours. The only current major network show that truly captivates me is Transplant, which is really a Canadian program that NBC decided to air when the damn virus halted TV production. Yes, it is a medical show.

Not that this is necessarily a reason to watch, but Transplant is the most-watched scripted show in Canada and its lead actor, Hamza Haq, has won the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a drama both seasons Transplant has aired. It has, not surprisingly, already been picked up for Season Three both in Canada and by NBC.


I will not post for the next few days as my wonderful wife and I are going on a short vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversary. See you on the flip side, I hope.




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6 thoughts on “House, M.D.

  1. Favorite TV shows to include the original Hawaii 5-0 and Monk, both detective series. As newly weds in 1972 we used to watch 5-0 every night it was on. Monk we watched every episode from the beginning. We have the first six seasons of 5-0 on DVD and all but the last season of Monk. The cable channel of Heros and Icons shows Monk on Tuesdays and 5-0 on Fridays during the day running 5 episodes in row. I guess it is time for me to go buy the last season of Monk and start buying the rest of the the original 5-0.


    1. Thanks, Philip. My marvelous mom and I watched the original Hawaii 5-0 for at least four seasons. I have watched a few episodes of Monk and usually enjoyed them, but for some reason just never made it a habit.


  2. The late great Teddy Woodward M.D. used to teach the medical students that if you are in downtown Baltimore and hear hoof beats, don’t expect to find zebras. However you never know when the zoo is in town.
    One Saturday I was about to finish up office hours when a female patient called and said she thought she had poison Ivy due to a newly occurring rash. It was not the typical season for poison Ivy so I told her to come in and let me have a look. One look at her rash and I knew she had “palpable purpura.” Fortunately for me I attended that class and stayed awake. Unfortunately for her, it’s not a good sign. I sent her to the emergency room, where she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and died three days later. Sometimes you have to be prepared to find zebras in Maryland.

    Enjoy your anniversary.


    1. Thanks for sharing, Doc. “The late great Teddy Woodward M.D. used to teach the medical students that if you are in downtown Baltimore and hear hoof beats, don’t expect to find zebras. However you never know when the zoo is in town.” Funny, but poignant.

      The example of your patient with ALL is yet another stark reminder that life is finite and its length unknown. Take care.


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