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Originally airing on the Fox broadcasting network from 2004 to 2012, House is the critically acclaimed medical drama centering around Dr. Gregory House, the Head of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. Played by Hugh Laurie, House is a misanthropic medical miracle worker whose personality and methods were inspired by those of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

House seems to despise his patients, and in his view he has good reason. They often cause their own misery and always lie about it, and this makes his job all the more difficult. He'll only take a case if it seems unsolvable and he thrives on conflict and difficulty. In the end, though, he almost always comes through for the patient, though not always in the way viewers might expect.

The titular doctor is backed by a diagnostic team of doctors and med students who play the part of Watson to his Holmes. Most of the time this team is actively arguing with each other and with their ringleader, because while House mostly uses logic and deduction to reason out his diagnoses, he seldom explains himself so to his team it appears as if he's always going by instinct or guesswork. However, he is frequently inspired to the solution by someone's passing comment or a suddenly remembered tidbit of information, so his team might not be so far off after all.

Each episode of the series typically begins with a seemingly normal day in someone's life, leading quickly up to the occurrence of some sort of strange and mysterious symptoms of a potentially fatal illness which isn't easily diagnosed. Most of the time, House and his team's initial guesses are wrong and often the resulting treatments make the situation worse. House is almost always the one to see where they're all going wrong and, through that sudden inspiration, hit on the proper course of treatment.

The Dean of Medicine, and House's boss, is Dr. Lisa Cuddy, played by Lisa Edelstein. Filled with sexual tension and innuendo, their relationship is extremely complex and often stormy, as she has to deal with his often foolish and almost always disastrous escapades as well as her own complex feelings towards House. House's only real friend seems to be Dr. James Wilson, head of the Department of Oncology at the same hospital, played by Robert Sean Leonard. Often at odds, the two have a very complicated friendship. When things get serious, though, one of them is always there to defend the other. Wilson tries mostly unsuccessfully to help House kick his Vicodin habit, which began when House suffered an aneurysm in his thigh which was subsequently misdiagnosed. The eighth and final season of the show primarily revolves around the relationship between House and Wilson after Wilson is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Always engrossing, often touching, and never boring, House, M.D. has been consistently popular throughout its run, and for good reason: it's worth watching!

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8 Seasons, 177 Episodes - Canceled
November 16, 2004
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  • In the emotional series finale, House confronts his own personal demons.

  • In this special episode, reflect on the beginnings of the series House.

  • The team attempts to solve a case that is both psychological and physical.

  • The team tries to help Dr. Peter Treiber, a pathologist at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital who is leery of the physicians except House, who ironically has mysteriously disappeared.

  • The team works on a case with a six-year-old girl who suffers from multiple preexisting conditions. They team up with her mother who is also a doctor.

  • A man starts tearing blood and needs House and the team's help to find out what is going on.

  • House and the team must find out what is wrong with a hockey player that fell and coughed up blood after a fight on the ice.

  • An Army veteran who leaked top secret information and was charged with treason is treated. But the patient refuses treatment unless certain circumstances are met putting his life at risk. Adam thinks House might be sick so she asks Wilson and other team members to find out what is ailing him.

  • An independent blind man is getting ready to propose to his girlfriend but suddenly falls sick with a mysterious illness.

  • Chase treats a patient that is preparing to make her vows as a nun. Ironically, they share a strong connection with each other that puts them to the test.

  • Dr. Walter Cofield puts the team under review when a violent incident occurs with a patient.

  • An Alzheimer's patient participating in a drug trial suffers from a violent temper; Wilson treats a patient who claims to be monogamous.

  • A prosecutor believes he suffered a heart attack while in the middle of an interrogation at the witness stand. However, further investigation suggests a much different problem.

  • A 14-year-old patient's symptoms continue to get worse. Although Foreman prohibits it, House continues to investigate a peculiar case of a deceased four-year-old patient, and gets into serious trouble.

  • A teenage boy tries to follow in his father's footsteps as an entertainer and is admitted to the hospital for partial paralysis. The team discover a family secret.

  • A well respected man in his community collapses and the team finds out he has some dark secrets about his personal and professional life.

  • A CEO gets ill a few days before he can sign a contract that will relocate his enitre company to China. The team must race to save his life.

  • House is offered the the chance to help the Princeton Plainsboro team treat an organ recipient that is actually treated by Wilson. Forced to work with a timid resident, House breaks the agreement he has with the hospital in attempt to save the patient's life. Even though Wilson gives House the cold shoulder, he still tries to reconnect with him.

  • The past year in prison has forced House to reflect on mistakes and life without Cuddy. Meanwhile, he tries to solve a medical case while behind bars.

  • Famous performance artist Afsoun Hamidi is admitted to the hospital, but it's soon discovered that her symptoms may have been self-inflicted as part her latest performance piece. Will the team continue to treat her?

  • Thirteen's former cellmate shows up at her place only to discover her friend is in need of serious help due to a drug relapse. Unwilling to send her back to jail by taking her to the hospital, Thirteen turns to Chase.

  • House treats a lottery winner who has suffered partial paralysis while searching for a long-lost love. Meanwhile, Cuddy's mother threatens to sue the hospital for malpractice, jeopardizing both Cuddy and House's medical licenses.

  • House tries to determine why a teenage girl collapsed prior to embarking on a potentially record-breaking boating trip around the world. Meanwhile, Masters is faced with a difficult dilemma and later makes a drastic decision regarding the patient's treatment that shocks even House.Airs: 04/18/11

  • House meets with an ex-employee who has been missing for a year. Later House tries to find a cure for a science teacher in respiratory distress.

  • A young homeless man with a troubled past (and a secret) arrives at the hospital badly burned with scars on his chest.

  • The team takes care of a professional champion bullfighter who was attacked by a bull.

  • House is busy dealing with Cuddy while his team cares for a troubled teen whose health concerns become more complicated with the discovery of body scars.

  • A patient suffers from a severe rash triggered by chemical exposure at his blue-collar job.

  • House gets sent to the principal's office during a school's Career Day after he traumatizes some of the students by sharing explicit medical stories.

  • A waitress with a perfect memory suffers temporary paralysis. Her health worsen when her older sister visits. House tries to get Wilson a date.

  • Cuddy's mother, Arlene, is admitted to the hospital for unusual symptoms. Arlene insists House be removed from the case, but House goes behind her back and continues to treat her illegally and non-conventionally.

  • House and the team attempt to to link symptoms of a teenage military recruit and his drill sergeant; House secretly helps Cuddy's daughter get accepted into a prestigious preschool; someone posted a disparaging photo of Chase on a social-networking site.

  • House and the team must treat a man who collapsed after risking his life to save a stranger who fell onto the subway tracks. Meanwhile, House attempts to avoid a birthday dinner with Cuddy and her mother, and Taub gains some unexpected attention and gets some help with his personal life from Martha Masters.

  • A patient is admitted after reenacting the Crucifixion. Meanwhile House and the team attend a wedding, Wilson's relationship with Sam takes an unexpected turn, and Taub questions his wife's relationship with a member of her infidelity support group.

  • A girl is admitted to the hospital with smallpox, and the CDC institutes a lockdown. The doctor in charge forbids House's team from diagnosing, but Masters believes he has an ulterior motive. Meanwhile, Wilson and Sam reexamine their relationship while treating a young chemotherapy patient.

  • When a campaign manager has liver failure and temporary paralysis in the midst of an election race, the team must look to the manager's candidate and his surprising announcement in order to solve the case. Meanwhile, Cuddy forces House to hire a new female doctor, one who has a past connection to Taub.

  • Margaret McPherson is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro following severe and uncontrollable vomiting. House and the team make unexpected discoveries about her identity, her symptoms and her medical history. Meanwhile, House gives Chase's new hire a cold welcome, and a visit from House's massage therapist forces House and Cuddy to confront the reservations in their relationship.

  • House and his team must treat both the physical and psychological ailments of a popular children's author when she collapses just moments before attempting suicide. When the diagnosis proves difficult, House is intrigued as he believes the answer to her problems lie within her latest novel, which he happens to be a fan of. Meanwhile, House and Cuddy go on a double date with Sam and Wilson.

  • A family copes with a sick daughter and a dying son, and the team must diagnose the daughter before it's too late. Meanwhile, House deals with an elderly father and son and tries to juggle his relationship with Cuddy.

  • In the 7th season premiere, House and Cuddy try to establish a normal relationship now that they have declared their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the team comes to the aid of an ailing Princeton neurosurgeon but discover that they need House's help. Unfortunately, House is nowhere to be found.

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