Differential Diagnosis on House, M.D.

Movie Monday: Did You See and Agree?

It’s Monday! I saw a movie! Let’s discuss.


House, M.D.

House CastWhy didn’t you people tell me? I was still watching copious amounts of TV in 2004 and had a blog (a different one) then. And yet NO ONE told me of the deliciousness that is House, M.D. It’s like that time I discovered pistachios on my own and felt pangs of all the years lost by not knowing just how awesome they are.

The premise: An unlikable yet lovable narcissist (I know!) is the best in his field — diagnostic medicine. Like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, House and his team of three doctors (who combined aren’t as smart as he is) solve unsolvable medical mysteries that somehow always arrive their hospital.

The good: Hugh Laurie makes human a person no one in their right mind want to spend time with regularly and reveals a complexity and extremely wounded soul underneath House’s gruff exterior.

The not-so-good:  It’s like Murder, She Wrote in that someone always dies around Jessica Fletcher and yet people still hang out with her. House usually almost kills the patient as he tries to figure out what’s wrong only to have the remedy that almost kills said patient reveal the true illness, and the true cure, thus allowing him to save the day just in the knick of time. I could find myself tiring of the concept after a few seasons, with only Hugh’s performance to keep me watching. Well, I would watch for another performer’s awesome performance, too…

DEAD POETS SOCIETY ALERT: Robert Sean Leonard, who plays Neil Perry in DPS, plays Dr. James Wilson, House’s only real friend. The whole time I watch, I’m like, “Lookee! Neil Perry IS a doctor! It’s like an alternate universe where instead of DPS ending as it did (I won’t spoil it for the two people on earth who haven’t seen it), Neil Perry actually DOES go on to become a doctor as his father demanded!”

Differential diagnosis for House, M.D.: Two stars out of four. I discovered the show whilst flipping through channels on an infrequent day off and got hooked (much like House is on pain killers). I was feeling a bit down, so I let several eps take me away. Then I borrowed House season 1 from the library and binge-watched it in a day and a half. Twas good for what ailed me, but I could see the show and its premise eventually making me sick. Hopefully, House would figure out the right cure for me without almost killing me first (there’s a first time for everything).


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2 thoughts on “Differential Diagnosis on House, M.D.

  1. Christian Nelson

    Only two stars out of four for a show you seemed to like this much? Wow.

    Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes had only one friend – a Dr. John Watson. And now, the Holmesian Dr. House has only one friend – a Dr. James Wilson.

    Coincidence or elementary?

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    1. The cons kept me from going three stars out of four. I’m a tough critic. 🙂

      Mycroft Holmes: Oh, Sherlock, what do we say about coincidence?
      Sherlock Holmes: Universe is rarely so lazy.

      There you have it.

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