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  • TV-14
  • 2004
  • 8 Seasons
  • 8.7  (421,759)

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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Everybody Dies
23. Everybody Dies
May 21, 2012
In the emotional series finale, House confronts his own personal demons.
Swan Song
22. Swan Song
May 21, 2012
In this special episode, reflect on the beginnings of the series House.
Holding On
21. Holding On
May 14, 2012
The team attempts to solve a case that is both psychological and physical.
Post Mortem
20. Post Mortem
May 7, 2012
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 C-Word
19. The C-Word
April 30, 2012
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.
Body and Soul
18. Body and Soul
April 23, 2012
House works on a case of a boy who dreams of being choked and wakes up not being able to breathe.
We Need the Eggs
17. We Need the Eggs
April 16, 2012
A man starts tearing blood and needs House and the team's help to find out what is going on.
Gut Check
16. Gut Check
April 9, 2012
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.
Blowing the Whistle
15. Blowing the Whistle
April 2, 2012
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.
Love is Blind
14. Love is Blind
March 19, 2012
An independent blind man is getting ready to propose to his girlfriend but suddenly falls sick with a mysterious illness.
Man of the House
13. Man of the House
February 20, 2012
A marriage counselor passes out during a speech. When he is evaluated, the doctors notice changes in his behavior that conflict with his motivational messages. Meanwhile, House and his "wife" attempt to convince Immigration that they are happily married.
Chase
12. Chase
February 13, 2012
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.
Nobody's Fault
11. Nobody's Fault
February 6, 2012
Dr. Walter Cofield puts the team under review when a violent incident occurs with a patient.
Runaways
10. Runaways
January 30, 2012
The team treat a homeless girl that is a minor, but without a parental consent, they cannot perform surgery.
Better Half
9. Better Half
January 23, 2012
An Alzheimer's patient participating in a drug trial suffers from a violent temper; Wilson treats a patient who claims to be monogamous.
Perils of Paranoia
8. Perils of Paranoia
November 28, 2011
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.
Dead & Buried
7. Dead & Buried
November 21, 2011
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.
Parents
6. Parents
November 14, 2011
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.
The Confession
5. The Confession
November 7, 2011
A well respected man in his community collapses and the team finds out he has some dark secrets about his personal and professional life.
Risky Business
4. Risky Business
October 31, 2011
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.
Charity Case
3. Charity Case
October 17, 2011
Benjamin collapses after he makes a rare and generous donation which causes House and Dr. Chi to believe his extreme altuistic behavior could be a deeper medical issue. They have no explanation for his losing consciousness and unresponsiveness to treatment. Benjamin makes a life threatening decision that can save another life but first the team must diagnose his disorder before he can put his own life on the line.
Transplant
2. Transplant
October 10, 2011
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.
Twenty Vicodin
1. Twenty Vicodin
October 3, 2011
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.
House M.D.: House Psa
House M.D.: House Psa

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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!House is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (177 episodes). The series first aired on November 16, 2004.

Where to Watch House

House is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch House on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and NBC.

  • Premiere Date
    November 16, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (421,759)