• Publication date: August 19, 2010

A Medical Sherlock Holmes Anti-Social, Bigoted, Drug Addicted . . . and a Medical Genius

"House", also known as "House, M.D.", is an American medical drama television series created by David Shore and directed by Bryan Singer.

"House", also known as "House, M.D.", is an American medical drama television series created by David Shore and directed by Bryan Singer.

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning medical drama debuted on the FOX Network on November 16, 2004. The series is currently the most watched scripted program on FOX.

"House" stars British actor Hugh Laurie as the American title character Dr. Gregory House, a role for which he received the 2006 and 2007 Golden Globe Award and the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama.

In February 2007, "House" was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on September 25, 2007 in the United States and Canada.

"House" also stars Lisa Edelstein as Lisa Cuddy, Robert Sean Leonard as James Wilson, Omar Epps as Eric Foreman, Jennifer Morrison as Allison Cameron, Jesse Spencer as Robert Chase, Peter Jacobson as Chris Taub, Kal Penn as Lawrence Kutner and Olivia Wilde as "Thirteen".

Gregory House is a maverick medical genius, who heads a team of young diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

Most episodes start with a cold open somewhere outside the hospital, showing the events leading to the onset of symptoms for that week's main patient. The episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient's illness.

House's nationally-renowned department typically only sees patients who have failed to receive a correct diagnosis at other hospitals, so the cases tend to be exceptionally complex and subtle.

The team arrives at diagnoses, with House guiding the deliberations. The patient is usually misdiagnosed over the course of each episode and treated with medications appropriate to the misdiagnoses. This usually causes further complications in the patient, but in turn helps lead House and his team to the correct diagnosis.

Often the ailment cannot be easily deduced because the patient has lied about symptoms and circumstances.

Because House's theories about a patient's illness tend to be based on subtle or controversial insights, he often has trouble obtaining permission from his boss, hospital administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy, to perform medical procedures he thinks are necessary.

Episodes frequently feature the practice of entering a patient's house with or without the owner's permission in order to search for clues that might suggest a certain pathology.

House is, in many respects, a medical Sherlock Holmes. This resemblance is evident in various elements of the series' plot, such as House's reliance on psychology to solve a case, House's home address, House's playing of an instrument, and House's relationship with Dr. James Wilson (a reference to Dr. John Watson).

"House" has been nominated for the 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama; the winner will be announced on January 13, 2008.