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House (TV series)

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"House M.D." redirects here. For the titular character, see Gregory House.

House

Also known
House, M.D.
as
Genre

Medical drama

Created by David Shore

Starring

Opening

Hugh Laurie

Lisa Edelstein

Omar Epps

Robert Sean Leonard

Jennifer Morrison

Jesse Spencer

Peter Jacobson

Kal Penn

Olivia Wilde

Amber Tamblyn

Odette Annable

Charlyne Yi

"Teardrop" by Massive Attack (U.S.)

theme

"House" by Scott Donaldson and


Richard Nolan (Europe)
"House, M.D. Main Theme" by
Jon Ehrlich and Leigh Roberts
(Singapore and Netflix)

Composer(s)

Jason Derlatka

Jon Ehrlich

Country of
United States
origin
Original
English
language(s)
No. of
seasons

No. of
episodes

177 (list of episodes)


Production

Executive
producer(s)

Paul Attanasio

Katie Jacobs

David Shore

Bryan Singer

Thomas L. Moran

Russel Friend

Garrett Lerner

Greg Yaitanes

Hugh Laurie

Running
time

Production
company(s)

4149 minutes[1]

Heel and Toe Films

Shore Z Productions

Bad Hat Harry


Productions

NBC Universal Television


Studio (200407)

Universal Media Studios

Universal Television

(200711)

(201112)

Distributor

NBCUniversal Television
Distribution
Release

Original
network

Picture
format

Original
release

Fox

480i

HDTV 720p

November 16, 2004 May 21,


2012
Chronology

Related
shows

Nurse Jeffrey

Dr. Richter

External links
Website

House (also called House, M.D.) is an American television medical drama that originally ran on
the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The series' main
character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a pain medication-dependent, unconventional,
misanthropic medical genius who leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton
Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. The series' premise originated with Paul
Attanasio, while David Shore, who is credited as creator, was primarily responsible for the
conception of the title character. The series' executive producers included Shore, Attanasio,
Attanasio's business partner Katie Jacobs, and film director Bryan Singer. It was filmed largely
in Century City.
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. His
flouting of hospital rules and procedures frequently leads him into conflict with his boss, hospital
administrator and Dean of Medicine Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). House's only true friend is
Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), head of the Department of Oncology. During the first
three seasons, House's diagnostic team consists of Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), Dr. Allison
Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps). At the end of the third season,
this team disbands. 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). Kutner makes an appearance late in season five and then reappears in season
8 episode 22. Chase and Cameron continue to appear in different roles at the hospital until early
in season six. Cameron then departs the hospital, and Chase returns to the diagnostic team.
Thirteen takes a leave of absence for most of season seven, and her position is filled by medical
student Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn). Cuddy and Masters depart before season eight;
Foreman becomes the new Dean of Medicine, while Dr. Jessica Adams (Odette Annable) and Dr.
Chi Park (Charlyne Yi) join House's team.
House was among the top 10 series in the United States from its second through fourth seasons.
Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in
2008.[2] The show received numerous awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, two
Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody Award, and nine People's Choice Awards. On February 8,
2012, Fox announced that the eighth season, then in progress, would be its last.[3] The series
finale aired on May 21, 2012, following an hour-long retrospective.
Contents

1 Production
o

1.1 Conception

1.1.1 References to Sherlock Holmes

1.2 Production team

1.3 Casting

1.4 Filming style and locations

1.5 Opening sequence

2 Series overview

3 Characters and story arcs


o

3.1 Main characters

3.2 Recurring characters

4 Episodes

5 Reception
o

5.1 Critical reception

5.1.1 Critics' top ten lists

5.2 U.S. television ratings

5.3 Awards and honors

6 Distribution

7 Merchandise

8 See also

9 Footnotes

10 Citations

11 References

12 Further reading

13 External links

Production
Conception

In 2004, David Shore and Paul Attanasio, along with Attanasio's business partner Katie Jacobs,
pitched the series (untitled at the time) to Fox as a CSI-style medical detective program,[4] a
hospital whodunit in which the doctors investigated symptoms and their causes.[5] 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), and Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) is modeled after
this teaching institution.[6] Fox bought the series, though the network's then-president, Gail
Berman, told the creative team, "I want a medical show, but I don't want to see white coats going
down the hallway".[7] Jacobs has said that this stipulation was one of the many influences that led
to the show's ultimate form.[7]
"We knew the network was looking for procedurals, and Paul [Attanasio] came up with this medical idea that
was like a cop procedural. The suspects were the germs. But I quickly began to realize that we needed that
character element. I mean, germs don't have motives."
David Shore to Writer's Guild magazine[8]

After Fox picked up the show, it acquired the working title Chasing Zebras, Circling the Drain[9]
("zebra" is medical slang for an unusual or obscure diagnosis, while "circling the drain" refers to
terminal cases, patients in an irreversible decline).[10] The original premise of the show was of a
team of doctors working together trying to "diagnose the undiagnosable".[11] 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.[11] 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.[12] The character was named "House",
which was adopted as the show's title, as well.[9] Shore developed the characters further and
wrote the script for the pilot episode.[4] Bryan Singer, who directed the pilot episode and had a
major role in casting the primary roles, has said that the "title of the pilot was 'Everybody Lies',
and that's the premise of the show".[12] Shore has said that the central storylines of several early
episodes were based on the work of Berton Rouech, a staff writer for The New Yorker between
1944 and 1994, who specialized in features about unusual medical cases.[5]
Shore traced the concept for the title character to his experience as a patient at a teaching
hospital.[13] 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."[14] A central part of the show's premise was that the
main character would be disabled in some way.[15] The original idea was for House to use a
wheelchair, but Fox rejected this. Jacobs later expressed her gratitude for the network's insistence
that the character be reimaginedputting him on his feet added a crucial physical dimension.[12]
The writers ultimately chose to give House a damaged leg arising from an incorrect diagnosis,
which requires him to use a cane and causes him pain that leads to a narcotic dependency.[15]

References to Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes serves as an inspiration for the series.

References to the fact that Gregory House was based on the famous fictional detective Sherlock
Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle appear throughout the series.[16][17] Shore explained
that he was always a Holmes fan and found the character's indifference to his clients unique.[14]
The resemblance is evident in House's reliance on deductive reasoning[16] and psychology, even
where it might not seem obviously applicable,[10] and his reluctance to accept cases he finds
uninteresting.[18] His investigatory method is to eliminate diagnoses logically as they are proved
impossible; Holmes used a similar method.[9] Both characters play instruments (House plays the
piano, the guitar, and the harmonica; Holmes, the violin) and take drugs (House is dependent on
Vicodin; Holmes uses cocaine recreationally).[16] House's relationship with Dr. James Wilson
echoes that between Holmes and his confidant, Dr. John Watson.[9] Robert Sean Leonard, who
portrays Wilson, said that House and his characterwhose name is very similar to Watson's
were originally intended to work together much as Holmes and Watson do; in his view, House's
diagnostic team has assumed that aspect of the Watson role.[19] Wilson even has a dead-beat
brother who may be dead, like Watson's dead alcoholic brother. (season 1, episode 10) Shore said
that House's name itself is meant as "a subtle homage" to Holmes.[9][20] House's address is 221B
Baker Street, a direct reference to Holmes's street address.[10] Wilson's address is also 221B.[21]
Individual episodes of the series contain additional references to the Sherlock Holmes tales. The
main patient in the pilot episode is named Rebecca Adler after Irene Adler, a character in the first
Holmes short story, "A Scandal in Bohemia".[22] In the season two finale, House is shot by a
crazed gunman credited as "Moriarty", the name of Holmes's nemesis.[23] In the season four
episode "It's a Wonderful Lie", House receives a "second-edition Conan Doyle" as a Christmas
gift.[24] In the season five episode "The Itch", House is seen picking up his keys and Vicodin from
the top of a copy of Conan Doyle's The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.[25] 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.[9] The volume had been given to him the

previous Christmas by Wilson, who included the message "Greg, made me think of you." Before
acknowledging that he gave the book to House, Wilson tells two of the team members that its
source was a patient, Irene Adler.[26] The series finale 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.[27]
Production team

Bryan Singer directed the pilot episode and the third episode, "Occam's Razor".[28]

House was a co-production of Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions, and Bad Hat Harry
Productions in association with Universal Media Studios for Fox.[29] Paul Attanasio and Katie
Jacobs, the heads of Heel and Toe Films; David Shore, the head of Shore Z Productions; and
Bryan Singer, the head of Bad Hat Harry Productions, were executive producers of the program
for its entirety.[13] Lawrence Kaplow, Peter Blake, and Thomas L. Moran joined the staff as
writers at the beginning of the first season after the making of the pilot episode. Writers Doris
Egan, Sara Hess, Russel Friend, and Garrett Lerner joined the team at the start of season two.
Friend and Lerner, who are business partners, had been offered positions when the series
launched, but turned the opportunity down. After observing the show's success, they accepted
when Jacobs offered them jobs again the following year.[30] Writers Eli Attie and Sean Whitesell
joined the show at the start of season four. Since the beginning of season four, Moran, Friend,
and Lerner have been credited as executive producers on the series, joining Attanasio, Jacobs,
Shore, and Singer.[29] Hugh Laurie was credited as an executive producer for the second[31] and
third[32] episodes of season five.
Shore is House's showrunner.[33] Through the end of the sixth season, more than two dozen
writers have contributed to the program. The most prolific have been Kaplow (18 episodes),
Blake (17), Shore (16), Friend (16), Lerner (16), Moran (14), and Egan (13). 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). Of the more than three dozen other directors who

have worked on the series, only David Straiton directed as many as 10 episodes through the sixth
season. Hugh Laurie directed the 17th episode of season six, "Lockdown".[34] Elan Soltes has
been the visual effects supervisor since the show began.[35] Lisa Sanders, an assistant clinical
professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, is a technical advisor to the series. She
writes the "Diagnosis" column that inspired House's premise.[36] According to Shore, "three
different doctors... check everything we do".[37] Bobbin Bergstrom, a registered nurse, is the
program's on-set medical adviser.[37]
Casting
"It wasn't a massive move when I first considered [doing House]. What usually happens is you do a pilot and
of the very few picked up, only about a quarter go to a second year. So I thought I'll have three fun weeks. I
never dreamed I'd be here three and a half years later."
Hugh Laurie[38]

At first, the producers were looking for a "quintessentially American person" to play the role of
House.[39] Bryan Singer in particular felt there was no way he was going to hire a non-American
actor for the role.[11] At the time of the casting session, actor Hugh Laurie was in Namibia filming
the movie Flight of the Phoenix. He assembled an audition tape in a hotel bathroom, the only
place with enough light,[39] and apologized for its appearance[40] (which Singer compared to a
"bin Laden video").[41] Laurie improvised, using an umbrella for a cane. Singer was very
impressed by his performance and commented on how well the "American actor" was able to
grasp the character.[11][42] Singer was not aware that Laurie was English, due to his convincing
American accent. Laurie credits the accent to "a misspent youth [watching] too much TV and too
many movies".[39] 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.[43]
Laurie later revealed that he initially thought the show's central character was Dr. James Wilson.
He assumed that House was a supporting part, due to the nature of the character, until he
received the full script of the pilot episode.[44] Laurie, the son of medical doctor Ran Laurie, said
he felt guilty for "being paid more to become a fake version of [his] own father".[39] From the
start of season three, he was being paid $275,000 to $300,000 per episode, as much as three
times what he had previously been making on the series.[45][46] By the show's fifth season, Laurie
was earning around $400,000 per episode, making him one of the highest-paid actors on network
television.[47]

Hugh Laurie made his own audition tape while shooting a film in Namibia.

Robert Sean Leonard had received the script for the CBS show Numb3rs, as well as that for
House.[48] Leonard thought the Numb3rs script was "kind of cool" and planned to audition for the
show.[48] 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".[48] He believed that his House
audition was not particularly good, but that his lengthy friendship with Singer helped win him
the part of Dr. Wilson.[48] Singer had enjoyed Lisa Edelstein's portrayal of a prostitute on The
West Wing, and sent her a copy of the pilot script.[49] Edelstein was attracted to the quality of the
writing and her character's "snappy dialogue" with House, and was cast as Dr. Lisa Cuddy.[49]
Australian actor Jesse Spencer's agent suggested that he audition for the role of Dr. Robert
Chase. Spencer believed the program would be similar in style to General Hospital, but changed
his mind after reading the scripts.[50] After he was cast, he persuaded the producers to turn the
character into an Australian.[51] Patrick Dempsey also auditioned for the part of Chase; he later
became known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy.[52] Omar Epps, who
plays Dr. Eric Foreman, was inspired by his earlier portrayal of a troubled intern on the NBC
medical drama ER.[53] Jennifer Morrison felt that her audition for the part of Dr. Allison Cameron
was a complete disaster.[54] However, before her audition, Singer had watched some of her
performances, including on Dawson's Creek, and already wanted to cast her in the role.[54]
Morrison left the show when her character was written out in the middle of season six.[55]
At the end of season three, House dismisses Chase, while Foreman and Cameron resign.[56] After
an episode in which he "borrows" a janitor whom he calls "Dr. Buffer" to assist in a diagnosis,
House must then recruit a new diagnostic team, for which he identifies seven finalists. The
producers originally planned to recruit two new full-time actors, with Foreman, who returns in
season four's fifth episode, bringing the team back up to three members; ultimately, the decision
was made to add three new regular cast members.[57] (Along with Epps, actors Morrison and
Spencer remained in the cast, as their characters moved on to new assignments.) During
production, the show's writers dismissed a single candidate per episode; as a result, said Jacobs,
neither the producers nor the cast knew who was going to be hired until the last minute.[58] In the

season's ninth episode, House's new team is revealed: Foreman is joined by doctors Lawrence
Kutner (Kal Penn),[59] Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson),[60] and Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia
Wilde).[61] The candidates rejected by House did not return to the show, with the exception of the
last one cut: Amber Volakis (Anne Dudek), who appeared for the rest of season four as Wilson's
girlfriend,[62] and in seasons five and eight as a hallucination of House's.[63] 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.[58] 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.
[64]

The contracts of Edelstein, Epps, and Leonard expired at the end of season seven. As a costcutting measure, the three actors were asked to accept reduced salaries. 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.[65]
Filming style and locations

Frist Campus Center is the source of the aerial views of PPTH.

House is often filmed using the "walk and talk" filming technique,[7][18] popularized on television
by series such as St. Elsewhere, ER, Sports Night, and The West Wing.[66] The technique involves
the use of tracking shots, showing two or more characters walking between locations while
talking.[66] 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".[7] 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".[7] Nancy Franklin of The
New Yorker described the show's "cool, Fantastic Voyagelike special effects of patients' innards.
I'll bet you didn't know that when your kidneys shut down they sound like bubble wrap
popping."[67] "Cameras and special effects travel not only down the throat" of one patient, another
critic observed, "but up her nose and inside her brain and leg".[68] Instead of relying primarily on
computer-generated imagery, the interior body shots tend to involve miniature effects and motion

control photography.[35] Many of the sets are dressed with a variety of unscripted props that allow
Laurie to physically improvise, revealing aspects of his character and the story.[7]
The pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, Canada; primary photography for all subsequent
episodes has been shot on the Fox lot in Century City.[37] Bryan Singer chose the hospital near his
hometown, West Windsor, New Jersey, as the show's fictional setting.[13] Princeton University's
Frist Campus Center[a] is the source of the aerial views of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching
Hospital seen in the series.[69] Some filming took place at the University of Southern California
for the season-three episode "Half-Wit", which guest-starred Dave Matthews and Kurtwood
Smith.[70] 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.[71]
Opening sequence

The opening sequence begins with an MRI of a head with an image of the boxed "H" from the
logo (the international symbol for hospital) in the foreground. This is then overlaid with an
image of Dr. House's face taken from the pilot episode with the show's full title appearing across
his face. House's head then fades and the show's title is underlined and has the "M.D." appear
next to it, producing the entire logo of the show. This was the full extent of the title sequence in
the pilot episode.[72] All subsequent episodes contain a longer sequence including the names of
the six featured cast members and creator David Shore. Laurie's name appears first, followed by
the names of the five other featured cast members in alphabetical order (Edelstein, Epps,
Leonard, Morrison, and Spencer, then Shore).[73]
After the show's title fades, an aerial view of PPTH (actually various Princeton University
buildings, primarily Frist Campus Center)[69] is followed by a series of images accompanying
each member's name; most are shown next to, or superimposed upon, illustrations of the human
anatomy. Laurie's name appears next to a model of a human head with the brain exposed;
Edelstein's name appears next to a visual effectsproduced graphic of an angiogram of the heart.
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.[73] The producers originally wanted to include an image of a cane
and an image of a Vicodin bottle, but Fox objected. Morrison's title card was thus lacking an
image; an aerial shot of rowers on Princeton University's Lake Carnegie was finally agreed upon
to accompany her name.[74] Spencer's name appears next to an old-fashioned anatomical drawing
of a spine. Between the presentations of Spencer and Shore's names is a scene of House and his
three original team members walking down one of the hospital's hallways.[73] Jacobs said that
most of the backgrounds have no specific meaning; however, the final imagethe text "created
by David Shore" superimposed upon a human neckconnotes that Shore is "the brain of the
show".[74] The sequence was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title
Design in 2005.[75] The title sequence continued to credit Spencer and Morrison, even when their
characters were reduced to background roles during seasons four and five, and Morrison even

after hers was written out. A new opening sequence was introduced in season seven to
accommodate the changes in the cast, removing Morrison's name and including Jacobson and
Wilde's. It was updated in season eight removing Edelstein's name and added Annable and Yi[76]
[77]

The series' original opening theme, as heard in the United States, comprises instrumental
portions of "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.[78] The piece was used in part because of the distinct
tempo which roughly mimics the sound of a beating human heart.[79] An acoustic version of
"Teardrop", with guitar and vocals by Jos Gonzlez, is heard as background music during the
season-four finale.[80]
Series overview
See also: List of House episodes
"Anytime you try to summarize a show in one word, you sound like an ass. It's about truth."
David Shore[81]

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.[72] Most episodes
revolve around the diagnosis of a primary patient and start with a precredits scene set outside the
hospital, showing events ending with the onset of the patient's symptoms.[18] The typical episode
follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient's illness,[78][82] which often fail
until the patient's condition is critical.[78] They usually treat only patients whom other doctors
have not accurately diagnosed,[69] and House routinely rejects cases that he does not find
interesting.[18] The story lines tend to focus on his unconventional medical theories and practices,
and on the other characters' reactions to them, rather than on the details of the treatments.[4]
The team employs the differential diagnosis method,[82] listing possible etiologies on a
whiteboard, then eliminating most of them, usually because one of the team (most often House)
provides logical reasons for ruling them out.[83] Typically, the patient is misdiagnosed at least
once and accordingly receives some treatments that are at best useless;[82] this usually causes
further complications, butas the nature of the complications often provides valuable new
evidenceeventually these help them diagnose the patient correctly.[18] House often tends to
arrive at the correct diagnosis seemingly out of the blue, often inspired by a passing remark made
by another character.[82] Diagnoses range from relatively common to very rare diseases.[84]
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,[10] and makes the countermeasure of housebreaking a routine
procedure. Because many of his hypotheses are based on epiphanies or controversial insights, he

often has trouble obtaining permission for medical procedures he considers necessary from his
superior, who in all but the final season is hospital administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy.[85] This is
especially the case when the proposed procedures involve a high degree of risk or are ethically
questionable. Frequent disagreements occur between House and his team,[86] especially Dr.
Allison Cameron, whose standards of medical ethics are more conservative than those of the
other characters.[78]
Like all of the hospital's doctors, House is required to treat patients in the facility's walk-in clinic.
[72][87]
His grudging fulfillment of this duty, or his creative methods of avoiding it, constitute a
recurring subplot, which often serves as the series' comic relief.[78][88] During clinic duty, House
confounds patients with unwelcome observations into their personal lives, eccentric
prescriptions, and unorthodox treatments.[72] However, after seeming to be inattentive to their
complaints, he regularly impresses them with rapid and accurate diagnoses.[16] Analogies with
some of the simple cases in the clinic occasionally inspire insights that help solve the team's
case.[18][89]
"It's not a show about addiction, but you can't throw something like this into the mix and not expect it to be
noticed and commented on. There have been references to the amount of his consumption increasing over time.
It's becoming less and less useful a tool for dealing with his pain, and it's something we're going to continue to
deal with, continue to explore."
Shore on House's Vicodin addiction[90]

A significant plot element is House's use of Vicodin to manage pain, caused by an infarction in
his quadriceps muscle five years before the show's first season, which also forces him to use a
cane.[91] In the first season, 11th episode "Detox", House admits he is addicted to Vicodin, but
says he does not have a problem because the pills "let me do my job, and they take away my
pain".[b] His addiction has led his colleagues, Cuddy and Dr. James Wilson, to encourage him to
go to drug rehabilitation several times.[92] When he has no access to Vicodin or experiences
unusually intense pain, he occasionally self-medicates with other narcotic analgesics such as
morphine,[93] oxycodone,[94] and methadone.[95] House also frequently drinks liquor when he is not
on medical duty, and classifies himself as a "big drinker".[96] Toward the end of season five,
House begins to hallucinate; after eliminating other possible diagnoses, Wilson and he determine
that his Vicodin addiction is the most likely cause.[97] House goes into denial about this for a brief
time, but at the close of the season finale, he commits himself to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital.
[98]
In the following season's debut episode, House leaves Mayfield with his addiction under
control.[99] 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,[100] and his
addiction recurs.[101]
Characters and story arcs

Main article: List of House characters


Name

Portraye
d by

Dr. Gregory Hugh


House
Laurie

Occupation

Seasons
1

Infectious Disease
Specialist, Nephrologist,
Head of Department of
Diagnostic Medicine

Lisa
Endocrinologist, Dean of
Edelstein Medicine

Dr. James
Wilson

Robert
Sean
Leonard

Head of Department of
Oncology

Main

Dr. Eric
Foreman

Omar
Epps

Neurologist, Diagnostic
Medicine, Dean of
Medicine

Main

Surgeon, Intensivist,
Cardiologist, Head of
Department of Diagnostic
Medicine

Main

Dr. Allison Jennifer Immunologist, Diagnostic


Cameron Morrison Medicine

Main

Peter
Plastic Surgeon,[102]
Jacobson Diagnostic Medicine

Recurring

Dr.
Lawrence
Kutner

Sports Medicine
Kal Penn specialist,[103] Diagnostic
Medicine

Recurri
ng

Internist,[103] Diagnostic
Medicine

Double-Ph.D. in Applied
Dr. Martha Amber
Mathematics and Art
Masters
Tamblyn History,[104] Medical
student

Main

Dr. Chris
Taub

Dr. Remy
Olivia
"Thirteen"
Wilde
Hadley

Main

Dr. Lisa
Cuddy

Dr. Robert Jesse


Chase
Spencer

Recurring

Guest
Main

Guest

Mai Recurri
n
ng

Mai
Guest
n

Dr. Jessica Odette


Adams
Annable
Dr. Chi
Park

Prison clinic physician,[105]


Diagnostic Medicine

Charlyne Neurologist, Diagnostic


Yi
Medicine

Main
Main

Main characters

The original lead characters of House, M.D.: Wilson, Cuddy, Chase, House, Cameron,
and Foreman

Throughout House's run, six of the main actors have received star billing. All of them play
doctors who work at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.[72] Dr.
Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the title character, heads the Department of Diagnostic Medicine.
[106]
House describes himself as "a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty of
infectious disease and nephrology".[107] Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), House's one
true friend, is the head of the Department of Oncology.[108] Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), an
endocrinologist,[109] is House's boss, as she is the hospital's dean of medicine and chief
administrator.[110] House has a complex relationship with Cuddy, and their interactions often
involve a high degree of innuendo and sexual tension.[111] In the sixth episode of season five,
"Joy", they kiss for the first time.[112] Their physical relationship does not progress any further
during the fifth season; in the finale, House believes he and Cuddy had sex, but this is a
hallucination brought on by House's Vicodin addiction.[98] In the finale of season six, Cuddy tells
House she loves him. They kiss and agree to try being a couple.[113] Throughout season seven,
House and Cuddy try to make their relationship work.
House's original team of diagnosticians consists of Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps), a neurologist;
Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), an intensivist; and Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison),

an immunologist.[110] In the season-three episode "Family", Foreman announces his resignation,


telling House, "I don't want to turn into you".[c] During the season finale, House tells Chase that
he has either learned everything he can, or nothing at all, and dismisses him from the team.
Cameron, who has developed an affection for Chase, soon resigns.[56] This leaves House without
a team for the season-four premiere.[114]
Under orders from Cuddy to recruit a new team, House considers 40 doctors.[96] Season four's
early episodes focus on his selection process, structured as a reality TVstyle elimination
contest[96] (Jacobs referred to it as a "version of Survivor").[115] House assigns each applicant a
number between one and 40, and pares them down to seven finalists.[116] 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.[116][117][118] While Foreman's return means
only two slots are open, House tricks Cuddy into allowing him to hire three new assistants.[119]
He ultimately selects Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), a former plastic surgeon; Dr. Lawrence
Kutner (Kal Penn), a sports medicine specialist; and Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde),
an internist (nicknamed for her number in the elimination contest).[119][120] In the season finale,
Thirteen discovers she has, as she had long dreaded, Huntington's disease, which is incurable.[80]
In the 11th episode of season five, "Joy to the World", Foreman and Thirteen engage in a
passionate kiss.[26] Thirteen is at first reluctant to start a relationship with Foreman, but the two
eventually begin dating and are still together at the end of the season.[98] They break up early in
season six. In the 20th episode of season five, "Simple Explanation", Kutner is found dead in his
apartment with a gunshot wound to the head. Because Kutner left no note, House suspects foul
play, though the death is accepted by the other characters as a suicide.[121]
In the seventh episode of season two, "Hunting", Cameron and Chase have a one-night stand.[122]
In the middle of season three, they initiate a sexual relationship that Cameron insists be casual;
[109]
when Chase declares that he "wants more", Cameron ends the affair.[123] By the end of the
season, however, Cameron recognizes that she has romantic feelings for Chase and they begin a
serious relationship.[56] After leaving the diagnostic team, they assume different roles at the
PPTH, Cameron as a senior attending physician in the emergency room[d] and Chase as a
surgeon.[96] They become engaged in the season-five episode "Saviors" (the episode immediately
following Kutner's suicide)[63] and are married in the season finale.[124] When Chase rejoins
House's team in season six, Cameron leaves her husband and the hospital in "Teamwork", the
season's eighth episode.[125] She returns as a guest character in "Lockdown", nine episodes later.
[126]

Early in season seven, Thirteen takes an unexplained leave of absence. Cuddy orders House to
fill her position with another woman,[127] 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.[128] Thirteen returns in the "The Dig"the season's 18th episode and the show's

150thin which the reason for her absence is revealed: she was in prison for six months for
having helped euthanize her brother, who was suffering from advanced Huntington's.[129] While
Jacobson and Wilde play central characters (as did Penn), they did not receive star billing until
season seven. They were credited as "Also Starring", with their names appearing after the
opening sequence.[130] In season seven, Jacobson and Wilde received star billing; new regular cast
member Tamblyn did not.[131]
Recurring characters

The first six seasons of House each included one or more recurring featured characters, who
appear in multiple-episode story arcs.[132] In season one, Edward Vogler (Chi McBride), the
billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company, appears in five episodes.[133] He donates US$100
million to the PPTH in return for chairing its board.[134] Vogler represented an attempt to
introduce a villain, a move urged by Fox. By the time the Vogler episodes began to air, the show
had become a hit and the character was soon dropped.[133] Shore said the concept of a villainous
boss was not really viable for the series: "It's called House. The audience knows he'll never get
fired."[10]
Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), House's ex-girlfriend,[135] appears in the final two episodes of the first
season, and seven episodes of season two.[10] She wants House to treat her husband, Mark Warner
(Currie Graham), whom House diagnoses with acute intermittent porphyria in the season-one
finale.[135] Stacy and House grow close again, but House eventually tells Stacy to go back to
Mark, which devastates her.[136]
Michael Tritter (David Morse), a police detective, appears in several season-three episodes. He
tries to extract an apology from House, who left Tritter in an examination room with a
thermometer in his rectum.[137] After House refuses to apologize, Tritter brings him up on charges
of unprescribed narcotics possession and forces him to attend rehabilitation. When the case
reaches court, Cuddy perjures herself for House and the case is dismissed. The judge reprimands
Tritter for pursuing House to excess, and tells House that she thinks he "has better friends than he
deserves", referring to Cuddy's 11th-hour testimony on his behalf. House is sentenced to one
night in jail for contempt of court and finishes his rehabilitation under the influence of Vicodin.
[92]

The candidates for House's new diagnostics team are season four's primary recurring characters.
[138]
In addition to the three who are chosen, the other four finalists are Jeffrey Cole (Edi
Gathegi); Travis Brennan (Andy Comeau), an epidemiologist;[138] Henry Dobson (Carmen
Argenziano), a former medical school admissions officer;[96] and Amber "Cut-throat Bitch"
Volakis (Anne Dudek), an interventional radiologist.[120] Each of the four departs the show after
elimination, except for Volakis, who appears throughout the season, having started a relationship
with Wilson.[139][140] In the two-part season finale, Volakis attempts to shepherd a drunken House

home when Wilson is unavailable. They are involved in a bus crash, which leads to her death.[80]
[141]
She reappears late in season five among the hallucinations House suffers.[63]
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.[142][143] House initially hires
Douglas to spy on Wilson, who has ended their friendship after Volakis's death (the friendship is
subsequently rekindled). House later pays Douglas to look into the private lives of his team
members and Cuddy.[144] If the character had been accepted by the audience, plans existed to
feature him as the lead in a spin-off show.[145] In September 2008, Shore spoke to Entertainment
Weekly about his vision for the character: "I don't want to do just another medical show. 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."[146] There was no show featuring Douglas on the fall 2009 network television schedule.[147]
He returns to House in season six as Cuddy's boyfriend.[148] They are briefly engaged until Cuddy
breaks it off, realizing that she is in love with House.[149]
Episodes
Main article: List of House episodes
Originally aired
Seaso
n

Episode
s

First aired

22

Ratings

Last aired

U.S.
viewers
(millions)

Rank

November 16, 2004

May 24, 2005

13.3

24[150]

24

September 13, 2005

May 23, 2006

17.3

10[151]

24

September 5, 2006

May 29, 2007

19.4

7[152]

16

September 25, 2007

May 19, 2008

17.6

7[153]

24

September 16, 2008

May 11, 2009

13.5

16[154]

22

September 21, 2009

May 17, 2010

12.8

22[155]

23

September 20, 2010

May 23, 2011

10.3

42[156]

22

October 3, 2011

May 21, 2012

8.7

58[157]

Reception

Critical reception

House received largely positive reviews on its debut;[158] the series was considered a bright spot
amid Fox's schedule, which at the time was largely filled with reality shows.[159] Season one holds
a Metacritic score of 75 out of 100, based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable"
reviews.[160] Matt Roush of TV Guide said that the program was an "uncommon cure for the
common medical drama".[161] New York Daily News critic David Bianculli applauded the "high
caliber of acting and script".[68] The Onion's "A.V. Club" approvingly described it as the
"nastiest" black comedy from FOX since 1996's short-lived Profit.[162] New York's John Leonard
called the series "medical TV at its most satisfying and basic",[163] while The Boston Globe's
Matthew Gilbert appreciated that the show did not sugarcoat the flaws of the characters to
assuage viewers' fears about "HMO factories".[164] Variety's Brian Lowry, less impressed, wrote
that the show relied on "by-the-numbers storytelling, albeit in a glossy package".[165] Tim
Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle described it as "mediocre" and unoriginal.[166]

Lisa Edelstein's performance as Cuddy was well received by critics.

General critical reaction to the character of Gregory House was particularly positive.[158][167] Tom
Shales of The Washington Post called him "the most electrifying new main character to hit
television in years".[168] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Owen found him "fascinatingly
unsympathetic".[169] Critics have compared House to fictional detectives Nero Wolfe,[170] Hercule
Poirot, and Adrian Monk,[171] and to Perry Cox, a cantankerous doctor on the television show
Scrubs.[159][169] One book-length study of the series finds a powerful kinship between House and
another famous TV doctor, Hawkeye Pierce of M*A*S*H.[172] Laurie's performance in the role
has been widely praised.[78][170][173] The San Francisco Chronicle's Goodman called him "a wonder
to behold" and "about the only reason to watch House".[166] Gabrielle Donnelly of the Daily Mail
said that because of Laurie's complex personality, he was "perfectly cast" in the title role.[46]
Critics have also reacted positively to the show's original supporting cast, which the Post's Shales
called a "first-rate ensemble".[168] Leonard's portrayal of Dr. Wilson has been considered Emmy
Award worthy by critics with TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today.[174][175] Bianculli

of the Daily News was happy to see Edelstein "finally given a deservedly meaty co-starring role".
[68]
Freelance critic Daniel Fienberg was disappointed that Leonard and Edelstein have not
received more recognition for their performances.[176]
Reaction to the major shifts of season four was mixed. "With the new crew in place House takes
on a slightly more energized feel", wrote Todd Douglass Jr. of DVD Talk. "And the set up for the
fifth season is quite brilliant."[177] The Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall wrote, "The extended,
enormous job audition gave the writers a chance to reinvigorate the show and fully embrace
Laurie's comic genius".[132] 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".[178] USA Today's Robert Bianco cheered the
season finale: "Talk about saving the best for last. With two fabulous, heartbreaking hours... the
writers rescued a season that had seemed diffuse, overcrowded and perhaps too ambitious for its
own good."[175]
Season five of House was met with a more positive response in comparison to the previous
season. It holds a Metacritic score of 77 out of 100, based on ten reviews, indicating "generally
favorable reviews".[179] It also holds a 100% approval rating on aggregate review website Rotten
Tomatoes, with an average score of 8.1 based on nine collected reviews.[180] 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. And when you have an actor of
Hugh Laurie's range, depth and charisma, putting him center-stage makes perfect sense,
particularly when you've written a story that explores the character and his primary relationships
in a way that seems".[181] 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".[182]
Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times highlighted the performances of the cast, especially
Michael Weston as detective Lucas Douglas, calling him a "delightful addition". 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. That does not seem to be the case, and one assumes that Laurie and
the writers will be bringing a different version of their now-iconic character back to Princeton.
Not too different, of course, but different enough."[178] Conversely, The Chicago Tribune's
Maureen Ryan disliked Weston's character, calling him "An unwelcome distraction... an irritating
pipsqueak".[183] She continued saying "House used to be one of the best shows on TV, but it's
gone seriously off the rails". The Sunday Times felt that the show had "lost its sense of humour".
[184]
The focus on Thirteen and her eventual involvement with Foreman also came under
particular criticism.[132][185]

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".[186] In New York Magazine's blog 'Vulture',
Margaret Lyons wrote, "More than a hospital drama or a character piece or anything else, House
is a complex meditation on misery." But, continued Lyons, there is a line between "enlightened
cynicism" and "misery-entropy", and "as the show wore on, its dramatic flare dimmed while its
agony flare burned ever brighter."[187] Alan Sepinwall wrote, "The repetition and muck of [the]
middle seasons ultimately severed whatever emotional connection I had to House's personal
struggles."[27]
The show placed #62 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.[188] The show was
declared the second-highest-rated show for the first ten years of IMDb.com Pro (20022012).[189]
Critics' top ten lists

After its first five seasons, House was included in various critics' top-ten lists; these are listed
below in order of rank.
[hide]2005[190] [hide]2006[191] [hide]2007[192] [hide]2008[193] [hide]2009[194]

#2
Newsday

#6
Newsday

#3
PopMatter
s

Chicago
Tribune[e]

#3 USA
Today

#4 The
New York
Times

#7 The
Boston
Globe

Chicago
Tribune[e]

#2 Los
Angeles
Times

#4 Los
Angeles
Times

#2
Chicago
SunTimes

Chicago
SunTimes[e]

#5 The
Boston
Globe

#6
Newsday

#7 The
StarLedger

#7 The
New York
Times

Chicago

The
New York
Times[e]

Tribune[e]
U.S. television ratings

In its first season, House ranked twenty-fourth among all television series and was the ninthmost popular primetime program among women.[195] Aided by a lead-in from the widely popular
American Idol,[196] the following three seasons of the program each ranked in the top ten among
all viewers. House reached its peak Nielsen ratings in its third season, attracting an average of
19.4 million viewers per episode.[197] According to Jacobs, the production team was surprised that
the show garnered such a large audience.[198] In its fifth season, the show attracted 12.0 million
viewers per episode and slipped to nineteenth place overall. It remained Fox's most popular show
other than American Idol.[199]
The most-watched episode of House is the season four episode "Frozen",[200] which aired after
Super Bowl XLII.[201][202] It attracted slightly more than 29 million viewers.[203] House ranked
third for the week, equalling the rating of American Idol and surpassed only by the Super Bowl
itself and the post-game show.[204] Below is a table of House's seasonal rankings in the U.S.
television market, based on average total viewers per episode. Each U.S. network television
season starts in September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May
sweeps.
House season rankings in the U.S. television market
Seas Episod
on
es

Timeslot (ET)

22

Tuesday 9/8c

24

Tuesday 9/8c

Season
premiere

Viewer
Season
TV Ran
s
finale season k (millio
ns)

November 16, May 24,


2004
2005

2004
13.34[20
#24
5]
05

May 23,
2006

2005
17.35[20
#10
6]
06

24

Tuesday 8/7c (2006) September 5, May 29,


Tuesday 9/8c (200607)
2006
2007

2006
19.95[20
#5
7]
07

16

Tuesday 9/8c (200708)


Monday 9/8c (2008)

September
25, 2007

May 19,
2008

2007
17.64[20
#7
8]
08

24

Tuesday 8/7c (2008)


Monday 8/7c (2009)

September
16, 2008

May 11,
2009

2008
13.62[20
#16
9]
09

22

Monday 8/7c

September

May 17,

2009 #22 12.76[21

September
13, 2005

21, 2009

2010

10

0]

23

Monday 8/7c

September
20, 2010

May 23,
2011

2010
10.32[21
#42
1]
11

22

Monday 9/8c (2011)


Monday 8/7c (January
March 2012)
Monday 9/8c (AprilMay
2012)[212]

October 3,
2011

May 21,
2012

2011
#58 8.69[213]
12

Awards and honors


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by House
"House has redefined the medical television show. No longer a world where an idealized doctor has all the
answers or a hospital where gurneys race down the hallways, House's focus is on the pharmacologicaland
the intellectual demands of being a doctor. The trial-and-error of new medicine skillfully expands the show
beyond the format of a classic procedural, and at the show's heart, a brilliant but flawed physician is doling out
the prescriptionsa fitting symbol for modern medicine."
Judges of the American Film Institute on the show's 2005 win[214]

House has received many awards and award nominations. In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and
2011 Laurie was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
[215]
The Emmy board also nominated House for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006, 2007, 2008,
and 2009, but the show never won the award.[216] For the season one episode "Three Stories",
David Shore won a writing Emmy in 2005[75][217] and the Humanitas Prize in 2006.[218] Director
Greg Yaitanes received the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing - Drama
Series, for directing "House's Head", the first part of season four's two-episode finale.[219]
The show has been nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and received two. Hugh Laurie has
been nominated six times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a
Television Series - Drama; he won in 2006[220][221] and again in 2007.[222][223] In 2008 the series
received its first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama.[224]
House was nominated for best dramatic series again the following year, but did not win in the
category.[225]
The show received a 2005 Peabody Award for what the Peabody board called an "unorthodox
lead charactera misanthropic diagnostician" and for "cases fit for a medical Sherlock Holmes",
which helped make House "the most distinctive new doctor drama in a decade".[226] The
American Film Institute (AFI), included House in its 2005 list of 10 Television Programs of the
Year.[214]

In 2011, House won four People's Choice Awards: favorite TV drama; favorite dramatic actor
and actress for Laurie and Edelstein; and favorite TV doctor.[227]
Laurie won the Screen Actors Guild's award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a
Drama Series in both 2007 and 2009.[228] Writer Lawrence Kaplow won a Writers Guild of
America Award in 2006 for the season two episode "Autopsy".[229] In 2007, the show won a
Creative Arts Emmy Award for prosthetic makeup.[230]
In 2005, Laurie appeared on the cover of TV Guide as "TV's Sexiest Man".[195] In 2008, Gregory
House was voted second-sexiest television doctor ever, behind ER's Doug Ross (George
Clooney).[46][231]
Distribution

In 2008, House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 81.8 million
worldwide, it was the most watched television show on the globe and far surpassed the
viewership figures of the leading TV dramas the previous two years (CSI and CSI: Miami).[232][233]
The following year, it placed second in the world after CSI.[234]
House episodes premiere on Fox in the United States and Global in Canada, which have identical
schedules.[235] The show was the third-most popular on Canadian television in 2008.[236] That
same year, House was the top-rated television program in Germany,[237] the number 2 show in
Italy,[238] and number 3 in the Czech Republic.[239] The series is also very popular in France,[240]
Spain,[241] Sweden, and the Netherlands.[242] In the United Kingdom, the first four seasons were
broadcast on Five. Sky1 acquired first-run rights beginning with season five.[243] The original,
English-language version of the show also airs in Australia on Network Ten,[244] in New Zealand
on TV3,[245] and in Ireland on 3e, TV3's cable channel.[246]
Episodes of the show are also available online for download: Amazon Video on Demand, iTunes
Store and the Zune Marketplace offer episodes from all of seasons 1 through 8. In 2007,
NBCUniversal (the show's distributor) and Apple Inc. (iTunes' owner) had a disagreement that
temporarily kept the fourth season off iTunes.[247] In a statement to the press, Apple claimed that
NBCUniversal wanted to drive up the per-episode price to $4.99.[248] In September 2008, it was
reported that the issue between Apple and NBC had been resolved.[249] Episodes can now also be
purchased in HD on iTunes for $2.99.[250] Recent episodes are available in streaming video on
Fox's official House webpage[251] and all 8 seasons are now streaming on Netflix.
The first seven seasons of the show were released on DVD encoded for regions 1, 2 and 4. A
boxed set comprising seasons one through seven has been issued, as well.[252] Universal Studios
Home Entertainment announced plans to rerelease the first season in region 1 in anamorphic
widescreen (the original release is letterboxed).[253] It is unclear if the DVDs will be re-released

with anamorphic widescreen in regions 2 and 4, where they have been presented in 4:3
fullscreen.[254][255]
Merchandise

For a charity auction, T-shirts bearing the phrase "Everybody Lies" were sold for a limited time
starting on April 23, 2007, on Housecharitytees.com. Proceeds from sales of those shirts and
others with the phrase "Normal's Overrated" went to the National Alliance on Mental Illness
(NAMI).[256][257] House cast and crew members also regularly attend fundraisers for NAMI and
have featured in ads for the organization that have appeared in Seventeen and Rolling Stone. The
show's efforts have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charity. Jacobs said that
through their association with NAMI, they hope to take "some of the stigma off that illness".[258]
Nettwerk released the House M.D. Original Television Soundtrack album on September 18,
2007.[259] The soundtrack includes full length versions of songs featured in House and previously
unreleased songs especially recorded for the series.[260] In 2008, the Spanish game company
Exelweiss designed a cellphone game for the show, which was released in both Spanish and
English versions.[261]
In June 2009, Legacy Interactive announced a licensing agreement with Universal Pictures
Digital Platforms Group (UPDPG) to develop a video game based on the series, in which players
step into the roles of House's diagnostic team to deal with five unusual medical cases.[262] The
game, released in May 2010, included a minigame calling upon the player to "navigat[e] a
restaurant-placemat-style maze, in which a giant sandwich must avoid hungry physicians on its
way to Dr. House's office." It received an F from The A.V. Club;[263] however, Legacy updated
the game by August 2010.[263]
See also

Television in the United States portal

Drama portal

2000s portal

List of diagnoses from House

Footnotes

McCosh Health Center, Princeton University's infirmary, is situated adjacent


to Frist, and can be seen in some shots. [264]

The line is part of an exchange at the end of the episode between House
and Wilson. They are discussing how House has changed since the infarction
in his leg. Wilson asks, "And everything's the leg, nothing's the pills, they
haven't done a thing to you?" House responds, "They let me do my job, and
they take away my pain."[265]
Foreman further explains his resignation to House: "You'll save more people
than I will, but I'll settle for killing less. Consider this my two weeks
notice."[266]
According to the description in Fox's official House website, "Cameron heads
up Emergency Medicine".[110]
The Chicago Tribune, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times, and 2009 New York Times
lists are not rankedthey each consist of ten shows in alphabetical order.

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Hockley, Luke (2011). House the Wounded Healer on Television. Routledge.


ISBN 0-415-47912-6.

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