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I would like to recommend the show House. It comes on every Tuesday at 9pm (8pm Central) on Fox. My wife and I have seen all episodes this season and have enjoyed every one. Here's a description from show's web stie:

From executive producers Paul Attanasio, Katie Jacobs, David Shore and Bryan Singer comes 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. House's roster of medical cases are the inexplicable ones other doctors can't solve, and he has assembled an elite team of young medical experts to help him in his effort to solve these diagnostic mysteries. 

House's team includes neurologist DR. ERIC FOREMAN (Omar Epps), who might have a slightly suspect past; immunologist DR. ALLISON CAMERON (Jennifer Morrison); and old-money intensevist DR. ROBERT CHASE (Jesse Spencer).  House also has a good friend in DR. JAMES WILSON (Robert Sean Leonard), an oncology specialist with whom he consults on a regular basis.There's also some volatile chemistry at work between House and DR. LISA CUDDY (Lisa Edelstein), the Dean of Medicine and hospital administrator. 

Cuddy is in constant conflict with House over his duties at the hospital, but even she must admit he may be the most brilliant doctor on the staff. With a patient's life in the balance, House will do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case before it takes a life, from sending one of his team to break into a patient's home in search of clues, to attempting a controversial, high-stakes, trial-and-error form of treatment to see how a patient responds.  House's methods may be suspect, but his results are not.

The one thing I would quibble with in the above description is the use of the word "instincts." Dr. House's complete commitment to the medical facts of each case and his extraordinary rationality are very clearly presented and his skills, far from being instinctual come from his thinking and his experience. I would also like to mention that Hugh Laurie, a British actor who has previously done numerous comedic parts, does an excellent job as the American doctor (with a convincing American accent).

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I would like to recommend the show House. It comes on every Tuesday at 9pm (8pm Central)  on Fox.

That sounds like a great show.

Now if I could only peel myself away from the computer long enough to watch it ... :angry:

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I would like to recommend the show House.

I would concur. We have also been watching it since the first episode. I especially loved the episode where Dr. House battled to save a famous horn player who preferred to die instead of living with a disease that was going to keep him from playing. Dr. House was just as determined to keep him alive until he figured out how to cure him, and in so doing revived him against his consent. To me both men had found the essence of life and were determined to live life on their own terms, which to each of them meant pursuing their productive work to the fullest. It was exquisite to see Dr. House solve the mystery of what was killing him, thus giving the horn player his life back, and confirming his own.

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I would like to recommend the show House. It comes on every Tuesday at 9pm (8pm Central)  on Fox. My wife and I have seen all episodes this season and have enjoyed every one.

My husband and I love Hugh Laurie from the Black Adder series (also Rowan Atkinson). We hadn't seen the show House until last night, thanks to your recommendation!

I love his character in House! He does a great American accent! The show is intelligent, witty and all around terrific!

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My husband and I love Hugh Laurie from the Black Adder series (also Rowan Atkinson).  We hadn't seen the show House until last night, thanks to your recommendation!

I love his character in House!  He does a great American accent!  The show is intelligent, witty and all around terrific!

I second that. He reminds me a teensy bit of Matthau re: the misanthropic aires. And the plots keep me riveted.

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I would like to recommend the show House. It comes on every Tuesday at 9pm (8pm Central)  on Fox. My wife and I have seen all episodes this season and have enjoyed every one. Here's a description from show's web stie:

The one thing I would quibble with in the above description is the use of the word "instincts." Dr. House's complete commitment to the medical facts of each case and his extraordinary rationality are very clearly presented and his skills, far from being instinctual come from his thinking and his experience. I would also like to mention that Hugh Laurie, a British actor who has previously done numerous comedic parts, does an excellent job as the American doctor (with a convincing American accent).

:)

Since I wrote this initial recommendation, the show has added a new character, Edward Vogler, a wealthy businessman who donated a large amount of money to the hospital and has thus bought himself a seat on the board of directors. Vogler, who is also owner of a pharmaceutical company, is portrayed in a very negative light. Frankly, it's the stereotypical marxist portrayal of businessmen as exploiters. Dr. House was skeptical of Vogler from the beginning and recent episodes have born out his view, as Vogler for supposed profit-motivated reasons, puts various obstacles in House's way and attempts to control or get rid of him.

I write the above so that those who may want to consider this series know what they get into when they start watching it. So far, the drama of the conflict between Vogler and House is still interesting and worthwhile to watch despite the anti-capitalist propaganda. Nevertheless, I can no longer give this show an unqualified recommendation.

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House is the best show I've ever seen!

Here's a post I wrote a week ago but never posted:

What current hit TV drama features a genius hero that follows his own judgment even in cases where his career, romantic love, and very life are at stake?

On what show's recent episode did that same hero speak the sentence: "It's dangerous to ever assume that my actions are not rationally based"?

What show stresses the importance of reason above all else, and of both the inductive and deductive methods' importance to human life?

And what show dramatizes the fact that a man's single-minded dedication to his work is what makes him great?

The show is House, and the entire first season will re-run starting every Tuesday, 9:00 PM Eastern, on Fox.

Politically incorrect, rational, charming, and witty - Dr. Gregory House (played by the incredible Hugh Laurie) is a rare occurrence in television history. House's obsession with his job is not the result of altruism: he became a doctor for the enjoyment of solving medical puzzles. He often rejects severe cases that don't hold any interest for him, sending patients to lesser physicians.

The show opens as Dr. House is hiring a new team of young experts for his department, and throughout the series his team is coming to admire him despite of his arrogant, bluntly individualistic behavior.

The show is not perfect, but it comes closer than any TV drama I have ever seen. I'll give you just two House quotes that reveal the essence of his character (His quotes are a goldmine; fans of the show already collect these "Housisms"):

"Like I always say, there's no 'I' in team. There’s a 'me,' though, if you jumble it up."

And another:

"Treating illness is why we became doctors. Treating patients is actually what makes most doctors miserable."

To those of you who are Sherlock Holmes fans, I would add that Dr. Gregory House is most a modern adaptation of that immortal character, as acknowledged by the creator in interviews.

I would love to hear more people's impressions of the show. From my understanding it was a great hit, and is therefore expected to continue with all new episodes in the summer.

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House is the best show I've ever seen!

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The show is House, and the entire first season will re-run starting every Tuesday, 9:00 PM Eastern, on Fox.

Well, you've convinced me! I will give it a try.

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Well, you've convinced me! I will give it a try.

Good, one more fan in the making! :D

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that this will be an upwards battle for me. I have a personal aversion towards medical shows on TV, which is why despite the recommendations of others here I have not gotten into the show. But your review pushed me over the top, and I will struggle to give it a fair viewing.

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In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that this will be an upwards battle for me. I have a personal aversion towards medical shows on TV, which is why despite the recommendations of others here I have not gotten into the show. But your review pushed me over the top, and I will struggle to give it a fair viewing.

Well, let me add to the praise and say that I watched most of the episodes last season, and each one, no matter how relaxedly I watched it, brought me to (the verge of) tears.

The final episode of the season had a structure that I found rather creative. As it began, I told myself that the creators had finally erred, that they had abandoned drama for medical jargon and "quirky" story-telling. But, alas, the resolution still brought me to an emotional edge.

And I'm not an avid TV watcher.

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Good, one more fan in the making! :D

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that this will be an upwards battle for me. I have a personal aversion towards medical shows on TV, which is why despite the recommendations of others here I have not gotten into the show. But your review pushed me over the top, and I will struggle to give it a fair viewing.

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For the record, I'm not a fan of medical dramas myself. This is different.
Right. The closest show one could compare House to is the seventies show Quincy except that with House the mysteries are medical, not criminal. It has little in common with ER except the setting. ER is much more focused on relationships and life in the hospital. House has a little of that but the focus is on the medical mystery and how House solves it.

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Let me add in my recommendation as well. I've seen about 4 episodes and they were all quite gripping. My wife and I are now hooked!

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I'll join the chorus of praise for this show as well. I revel in watching House (the doctor) deal with other people and solve the mystery malady of the week.

And, had it not been for praise from Objectivists, I probably would never have watched the show. Medical dramas are not my thing, for the same reason I don't like most sci-fi (novels or TV shows): there's a tendency to focus on the technical details under the guise of providing "realism", when in fact they move away from interesting personal conflicts and drama.

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From a huge fan of television I must recommend this show highly. It is up there with law and order. Dr. House is a delight to watch, despite his flaws, though his flaws give him space to grow as a character. He is a man embittered by a ignorant culture and hopeless medical industry. His commitment to his job and his willingness to break the rules, and his essential role in the hospital, make his character very delightful. I love the fact that the show focuses on one case for the entire show.

I too took sometime to get into it. But I was hooked by the end of the first episode I watched. This years season's finale was a treasure.

Jose Gainza.

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Okay,

This was one of the least interesting episodes. Still, I think it does give a clue to House's character, and it does follow the regular structure of one main medical enigma per episode.

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Well, you've convinced me! I will give it a try.

I watched the first episode (which I recorded last night) and I must say that the show is all that it has here been reported to be. The writing was superb, with hardly an unnecessary line. A fascinating medical detective story with an equally fascinating man. House is quite a hero, epistemologically and otherwise.

Thanks to all for the recommendation. I hope the following episodes live up to this first one.

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Of, for the record - Tuesday's episode wasn't the very first one. In the first one House hires his staff (Cameron, Foreman, and Chase).

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Of, for the record - Tuesday's episode wasn't the very first one. In the first one House hires his staff (Cameron, Foreman, and Chase).

So, are they playing the episodes out of sequence, or have I already missed the start of the re-runs?

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So, are they playing the episodes out of sequence, or have I already missed the start of the re-runs?

I think they're probably playing them out of sequence. It doesn't really matter as every episode stands on its own.

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I do not want to make this into a weekly praise-a-thon for each episode of House that I see, but permit me just one more. This is the second episode I have seen, the one with the babies falling ill at the hospital. This is amazing television. Certainly among the best I have seen. Great story, terrific characters, wonderful acting. Dr. House himself is a fascinating character, exquisitely portrayed by Hugh Laurie.

What a treat to have discovered this show. Thanks again to all those who have sung its praise and motivated me to give it a try.

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I do not want to make this into a weekly praise-a-thon for each episode of House that I see, but permit me just one more. This is the second episode I have seen, the one with the babies falling ill at the hospital. This is amazing television. Certainly among the best I have seen. Great story, terrific characters, wonderful acting. Dr. House himself is a fascinating character, exquisitely portrayed by Hugh Laurie.

What a treat to have discovered this show. Thanks again to all those who have sung its praise and motivated me to give it a try.

You're welcome. :D

Wait until the one with the dying nun. That will get you.

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Thanks again to all those who have sung its praise and motivated me to give it a try.

As Eran said, you're welcome, Mr. Speicher.

I'm happy that you like the show as much as we do. :D

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There are a couple of television shows I want to catch up with, but I can't get myself in front of a t.v. the same time every week and I am too antsy to wait for the episodes to come out one at a time. Instead, I have been getting them on DVD through Netflix and then watching a bunch of episodes in a row, commercial-free. (That was my only option with "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" since I was just a kid back in the eighties, and I was living here, not in the U.K.)

Anyway, that is all a roundabout way of leading up to the question of... does anyone know if House will be made available on DVD anytime soon? Or is there a season already out?

Thanks!

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