House list of episodes

House list of episodes DEFAULT

Season 1[]

Season One

Season One, Episodes 1 - 22

Season Premiere

November 16,

Season Finale

May 24,

Viewers (in millions)

The first season of House premiered on November 16, and ended on May 24, .

The season followed&#;Dr. House&#;and his team as they solve a medical case each episode. The season's sub-plot revolved around billionaire&#;Edward Vogler&#;making a $ million donation to the hospital.&#;Through this donation, Vogler became the new chairman of the board of PPTH, however, seeing House and his team as a waste of time and resources, he decreases their payment, eventually forcing House to fire one of his team members.

Chi McBride&#;joined the cast as Vogler in five episodes of the show.&#;His character was brought in after&#;Universal Studios&#;president&#;Jeff Zucker&#;threatened that the season would be cut short by six episodes if a boss-character would not be added.&#;While there were possibilities of the character returning, he was generally disliked by viewers and critics and therefore not brought back into the show.&#;Sela Ward, who would return as the main recurring character of season two, appeared in the final two episodes as&#;Stacy Warner, House's former girlfriend.

Season one gained high&#;Nielsen ratings, averaging million viewers an episode.&#;It was 24th most-watched television show of the – television season.

Hugh Laurie&#;submitted the episode "Detox" for consideration of his work for the&#;57th Primetime Emmy Awards&#;in This resulted in his first&#;Emmy Award&#;nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" for his role as Dr. Gregory House.


The series House (also known as House M.D.) began its first season on November 16, in the United States and was picked up for a full run of 22 episodes.

House, M.D. - Season One was initially released to DVD in Region 1 on August 30, Region 2 DVDs were released on February 27, , and Region 4 DVDs were released on November 28, Season One was re-released in the anamorphic widescreen format on February 10,


We are introduced to the brilliant, famous but extremely exasperating Gregory House. We learn that despite his considerable intellect and talents as a physician, he does next to no work at the hospital, merely coming in from 9 to 5 to oversee his three teaching fellows. This infuriates his boss, Dean of Medicine Lisa Cuddy. However she keeps him on because when the rest of the doctors are stumped, House swings into action.

House's best (and only) friend is the hospital's Head of Oncology, James Wilson, who, unlike House, is conscientious and considerate, but also extremely loyal to House.

He has recently hired Eric Foreman, who, despite his considerable academic background, appears to have been hired because he was a juvenile delinquent. House plans on using him to break into patients' homes to look for diagnostic clues. Foreman joins the two fellows on staff, Robert Chase, the longest serving (and suffering) fellow, a rich kid whose dad appears to have gotten him this job, and Allison Cameron, who apparently got her job because of her looks.

Things go well until a new chairman arrives at the hospital, billionaire businessman Edward Vogler. Vogler immediately takes a dislike to House and, after forcing out Cameron, tries to fire House because Vogler claims that House is a danger to the hospital. Instead, after forcing out Wilson too, Vogler finds himself and his $ million donation out on the street instead.

With things back to normal, Cameron starts to let her feelings for House become known, but it is for no avail. She thinks he is totally unfeeling until House's ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner shows up, begging House to treat her husband. House successfully does so and finds himself in a position of letting his ex-girlfriend work at the hospital.


Main Cast[]

Recurring Characters[]

Notable Guest Stars[]

Major Events[]

  • House hires Eric Foreman as his newest fellow. However, Foreman learns that he wasn’t hired because of his impeccable credentials, but because of his history as a juvenile delinquent.
  • We learn that House hasn’t performed any clinic duty since he was hired. Cuddy cuts off his hospital privileges until he agrees to make up the time.
  • House reveals that his disability was due to an undiagnosed infarction in his leg.
  • Cameron shocks Chase with a detailed description of the effects of sexual activity on human physiology.
  • Cameron refuses to be up front with a couple whose newborn baby is sick. When the baby soon dies, she can’t bring herself to tell them about it and Wilson has to step in to do it.
  • Chase reveals he originally entered the seminary intending to become a priest, but lost a test of faith and decided to become a doctor instead.
  • We find out House likes cold Reuben sandwiches.
  • We find out Cameron got married at 21 to a man she knew was about to die of cancer.
  • We find out Foreman did his residency in Los Angeles with Marty Hamilton.
  • Wilson reveals that one of his brothers (later revealed to be Danny Wilson) has been homeless since Wilson was in medical school.
  • Foreman reveals his parents are still alive and have been married for almost forty years.
  • After going a week without Vicodin to win a bet, House admits he’s addicted, but goes into denial that the addiction affects his life.
  • Foreman has a short relationship with Sharon, a pharmaceutical representative.
  • House gets all-access tickets to a monster truck show. He asks Wilson, who says he’s busy with a conference and can’t get out of it. House gets Cameron to go with him, but she lets it slip that Wilson isn’t attending the conference. House confronts Wilson about it, and he admits he is going to dinner with House’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner.
  • To get out of clinic early, House diagnoses the remaining four patients in 1 minute and 15 seconds.
  • Chase’s father Rowan Chase comes to the hospital to visit. House figures that Rowan is there to consult with Wilson over lung cancer. Rowan admits it, but asks House not to tell Chase.
  • Princeton-Plainsboro gets a new Chairman of the Board, Edward Vogler, a billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company. He takes an immediate dislike to House.
  • Fearing for his job after x-raying the wrong leg, Chase discovers House has lied about his patient’s condition to allow her to get a heart transplant. He starts spying for Vogler to get leverage.
  • On Vogler’s direction, House is told he has to fire one of his fellows.
  • Cameron admits to Chase that she finds House attractive.
  • Vogler tries to turn Foreman and Cameron against House so he can pump them for information, however, Chase remains his only source of information.
  • Cameron comes up with a solution to save money - cut everyone’s salary. House takes the suggestion to Vogler who rejects it out of hand. Cuddy realizes Vogler’s issue is not about money, but power.
  • House finally decides to fire Chase. Vogler realizes that if this happens, he will lose most of his leverage and tells House to pick someone else. House refuses.
  • Vogler tells House he can keep his staff if he shills for the new drug Vogler’s company is trying to sell. House agrees to give a talk on the drug’s effectiveness.
  • House figures out Chase is the one ratting him out to Vogler. Chase admits it, but tells House that there’s nothing he can do about it.
  • House finds out the new drug is nothing but a new formulation of an inexpensive old drug. When he goes to give his talk, he essentially tells the audience that the expensive new drug is no better.
  • Cameron agrees to quit so that House doesn’t have to choose who to fire.
  • Vogler works to get unanimous board approval to revoke House’s tenure so he can fire him.
  • At the first vote, Wilson is the only dissenter. As a result, the rest of the board agrees to remove Wilson. Wilson resigns from his position as head of oncology to save his reputation. Another vote on House’s tenure is scheduled for the next day.
  • Before the second vote, House saves the life of a newborn baby and figures out another infant was not malnourished but had an underlying condition. As a result, at the second vote to revoke House’s tenure, Cuddy dissents. When Vogler tries to remove Cuddy from the board, he fails and instead the board turfs out Vogler and gives up his donation.
  • House tries to hire back Cameron. She finally agrees on the condition that House go out on a date with her.
  • For betraying him, House assigns Chase a lot of trivial work, such as doing internet research.
  • House and Cameron go out on a date. House tells Cameron she’s only interested in him because he’s so damaged.
  • House’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner comes to House to ask for help in figuring out why Stacy’s husband is ill. House tells her he’s not interested.
  • House gives a lecture to students on diagnostics. During the lecture, he reveals the circumstances that led to his disability. It is revealed that while House was in an induced coma, Stacy went against his wishes and had all the dead muscle surgically removed.
  • House changes his mind and tells Stacy to bring in her husband Mark Warner so he can try to diagnose him.
  • Stacy talks to Cameron about her relationship with House. We are told that his personality was the same before he was disabled. House and Stacy lived together for five years.
  • House manages to diagnose Mark Warner, but he will need rehabilitation. House agrees to let Cuddy hire Stacy as the hospital’s General Counsel.



Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1. "Pilot" November 16,

Plot:&#;A young kindergarten teacher is brought to the hospital and diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer by Wilson. However, when she doesn't improve with treatment, Wilson seeks out House for another opinion. When House fumbles the initial diagnosis, the patient tires of being a guinea pig just as House feels he has found the right answer. Meanwhile, new hire Eric Foreman tries to get used to working with the world's most difficult diagnostician. Cuddy, frustrated with House's lack of a work ethic, decides to go to extreme measures to get House back into the habit of working in the clinic.

2. "Paternity" November 23,

Plot:&#;&#;A year-old boy comes to the hospital complaining of&#;double vision&#;and night terrors after being hit in the head by a lacrosse stick. House is dismissive until he notices amyoclonic jerk&#;in the boy's foot. After a near-fatal&#;hallucination&#;and several faultydiagnoses, House is mystified until he learns the boy's true paternity.

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3. "Occam's Razor" November 30,

Plot:&#;After a&#;spirited sexual intercourse with his fiancee,&#;Brandon&#;collapses, suffering from&#;abdominal&#;pain,&#;nausea,&#;fever&#;and low&#;blood pressure. House and his team cannot pinpoint Brandon's problem since there is no illness with this many symptoms. But then, Brandon complains of pain in his fingers and House suddenly zeroes in on the cause.

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4. "Maternity" December 7,

Plot:&#;When a newborn has a seizure and another newborn becomes ill, House believes an epidemic is spreading through the hospital. Cuddy dismisses the suggestion until other babies show up with the same symptoms. House and his team race against time to diagnose the illness, but the choices they have to make may be lethal to some of the newborns if their diagnosis is incorrect.

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5. "Damned If You Do" December 14,

Plot:&#;When a nun comes in to the clinic with bleeding hands, House gives her an antihistamine which appears to set off an allergic attack. However, when the nun gets tachycardia from the epinephrine House gives her to treat it, Cuddy concludes he gave her ten times the appropriate dose. When House insists he gave her the proper dose, Cuddy gives him 24 hours to prove the nun has another condition before she calls the malpractice lawyers. Although House finally vindicates himself, the answer doesn’t help the patient, who continues to get worse no matter what steps they take.

6. "The Socratic Method" December 21,

Plot:&#;While dodging Cuddy in the emergency room, House runs into the son of a schizophrenic woman who has been diagnosed with alcoholism. Intrigued by her schizophrenia and the fact she has a condition she's too young to get, he takes her case and finds multiple problems. However, when the patient does something unexpected, House starts to wonder if she's really mentally ill at all.

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7. "Fidelity" December 28,

Plot:&#;The cause of a woman’s hypersomnia turns out to be obvious, but with no way to explain how she could get ill, the only way the patient’s husband can save her is by admitting he can’t trust her.

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8. "Poison" January 25,

Plot:&#;House tries to blow off a case of a sick teenager, but when the obvious explanations are ruled out he gets interested. He soon figures out the correct diagnosis, but when the patient takes a turn for the worse, pinning down the exact cause of the patient’s illness soon becomes vital. Just when House figures he’s got it right, another patient shows up who seems to have no connection to the original patient. When House thinks he’s found the right answer, he finds that the patient’s mother has lost all faith in him and won’t allow treatment.

9. "DNR" February 1,

Plot:&#;A famous musician with ALS loses all hope when he realizes he can no longer play his trumpet. However, House doubts the ALS diagnosis is correct and encourages Foreman to pursue an aggressive course of treatment. When House defies the patient’s “Do Not Resuscitate” order and is kept away from the patient, he still won’t let the matter drop.

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"Histories" February 8,

Plot:&#;Wilson is convinced a homeless Jane Doe in the emergency room has a real illness, but Foreman is convinced she’s faking symptoms to stay in the hospital. House takes the case just to spite Foreman, but even when they find who she is and what’s wrong with her, the treatment makes her worse.

"Detox" February 15,

Plot:&#;A teenage boy is admitted when he starts coughing up blood. He gets worse in the hospital, which seems to rule out an environmental cause, or does it? Meanwhile, House tries to prove he isn’t addicted to Vicodin by betting a week without Vicodin against a month without clinic duty, but when he suffers withdrawal symptoms, his team starts to lose confidence in his judgment.

"Sports Medicine" February 22,

Plot:&#;A famous baseball player coming off a drug suspension breaks his arm merely by pitching. Tests show that his bones are deteriorating and when a solution is proposed that will mean the death of the patient’s unborn child, House must scramble to find another treatment.

"Cursed" March 1,

Plot:&#;A Ouija board tells a young boy he will die, and he soon comes down with a serious illness. As his father is a major donor to the hospital, he insists on the best they have and Cuddy presses House to take the case. As they work through the possible solutions, House wonders why the father is so familiar with certain rare diseases. Meanwhile, a visitor to the hospital allows House to put Chase under the microscope.

"Control" March 15,

Plot:&#;A young, high powered CEO of a cosmetic company starts to suffer intense pain. House quickly diagnoses the problem, but realizes revealing the truth about it will mean the patient’s certain death. Instead, he risks his own career to hide the truth and get her the treatment she needs. During all this, Princeton-Plainsboro takes on a rich new chairman of the board who has just offered a $,, donation. He immediately sees House as dead weight and decides to infiltrate House’s team to get ammunition against him.

"Mob Rules" March 22,

Plot:&#;A judge orders House to treat a mob informant. House does so under protest, but even when the patient recovers, he figures something is wrong with him and wants to keep treating him. When he butts heads with Vogler over the treatment of the patient, Vogler spends two days fighting with Cuddy over House's continued employment, resulting in Cuddy having to make a terrible compromise in order to keep House at the hospital. Meanwhile, House figures out someone on his team is keeping Vogler informed and takes steps to try to confirm who it is.

"Heavy" March 29,

Plot:&#;A morbidly obese 10 year old girl has a heart attack. House is intrigued, but the obvious cause of her problems seems to be her weight, and Chase won‘t stop mentioning it. Can the team look through her appearance to see the real cause?

"Role Model" April 12,

Plot:&#;When a politician friend of Vogler’s collapses at a rally, he demands House at least examine the man. House soon takes an interest in the case, but his conclusions seem to end any chance the patient has of pursuing his political career. In addition, Vogler’s demands on House increase to the point where he wants House to shill for his new pharmaceutical.

"Babies & Bathwater" April 19,

Plot:&#;House quickly diagnoses a pregnant woman, but she resists treatment because of the risk to her unborn baby. When House tries to bend the rules to get her the best treatment available, he finds Vogler standing in his way. Finally, the dispute between them comes down to a showdown before the Board and Wilson gets caught in the crossfire. However, when House once again pulls off the impossible, Cuddy has to decide whether to risk her own career.

"Kids" May 3,

Plot:&#;House is drawn away from trying to get Cameron to return to PPTH when a meningitis epidemic overwhelms the Princeton area hospitals. When he comes across a 12 year old diver with symptoms that don’t quite fit meningitis, Cuddy figures he’s just trying to get out of the boredom of screening dozens of people. However, when the diver gets worse, House finds the hospital’s resources stretched to the breaking point.

"Love Hurts" May 10,

Plot:&#;When House snaps at a patient in the clinic, the patient appears to suffer a stroke as a result of the confrontation. To avoid legal trouble, he agrees to take the patient’s case. However, when none of the easy answers are right and the patient soon gets worse, House has to push past the patient’s lies to find the right diagnosis.

"Three Stories" May 17,

Plot:&#;Cuddy wants House to deliver a lecture to the medical students on diagnostics, and House finally agrees when she lets him off of clinic duty for a couple of hours. On the way to the lecture, he finds his ex-girlfriend coming to see him to ask him to treat her husband. After refusing, he heads to the lecture where one of the cases he presents starts to look very familiar.

"Honeymoon" May 24,

Plot:&#;House’s ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner’s husband Mark is reluctant to be treated by House, but they eventually corral him and get him into the hospital. Although Mark insists he is fine and the initial tests bear him out, it is soon clear that there is something seriously wrong with him. House is torn emotionally between wanting to please Stacy by curing Mark and letting Mark die: either so she might come back to him or to hurt her for the way she hurt him. The matter only gets worse when the only way to confirm House‘s diagnosis is to risk Mark‘s life.



Season Two

Season Two, Episodes 23 - 46

Season Premiere

September 13,

Season Finale

May 23,

Viewers (in millions)

The second season of House premiered on September 13, and ended on May 23, .

During the season,&#;House&#;tries to cope with his feelings for his ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner, who, after House diagnosed her husband with&#;Acute intermittent porphyria, has taken a job in the legal department of the PPTH.

Other major storylines for this season include Cameron's risky behaviour after being possibly exposed to HIV and her relationship with Chase, Foreman about to die and his rivalry with Cameron, Chase's father dying and its consequences to both Chase and House since it led to the death of a patient and Cuddy's desire to be a mother.

Sela Ward's chemistry with Laurie in the final two episodes of season one was strong enough to have her character return in seven episodes of the second season.

The season gained high&#;Nielsen ratings; "No Reason" was watched by million viewers, the show's biggest audience ever at that point.Season two averaged million viewers an episode, outperforming season one by 30%.The number of viewers made it the tenth most-watched show of the – television season.

Writer&#;Lawrence Kaplow&#;won a&#;Writers Guild of America Award in &#;for the episode "Autopsy".


Season 2 of House M.D. returned to television in September , and contained 24 episodes. House, M.D. - Season Two was initially released to DVD on August 22,

Season 2 largely followed the pattern of Season 1 with one big twist. To humanize its protagonist, the series delves deeper into the past of Gregory House by making him continue to face his past with the one true love of his life to that point, Stacy Warner. We find out the ultimate loner longs for the connection he had with this woman. He makes the transition from a juvenile personality who is obsessed with getting Stacy just to admit she’s still in love with him to a hurt adult who realizes that she’s much better off without him. Unlike Lisa Cuddy in Season 7, Stacy realizes House is right just at the moment when it appears that their relationship appears to once again become permanent. However, no matter how noble House’s motives when he lets Stacy return to her husband Mark, it’s clear both that the second separation is having a tremendous effect on him and that he’s never going to admit it to himself.

The other characters start to develop as well. When Allison Cameron treats a party boy she experiments with Ecstacy and with Robert Chase, but immediately regrets both. Meanwhile, we learn more about the atrophied personal life of Eric Foreman where he faces the choice of either death or permanent brain damage when he catches a disease from a patient and decides to reconnect with his father. We also get a much deeper insight into House himself when his parents John House and Blythe House drop by the hospital for a visit. We also see House finding it difficult to be his usual self when Eric Foreman is ill. Cuddy’s sick handyman exposes her inability to be objective with people she cares about - a pattern that continues in several cases throughout the series.


Stacy Warner returns to PPTH, having been officially hired as the hospital’s General Counsel. House eventually realizes that he still has feelings for her. In an attempt to prove that she feels the same way about him, he breaks into her therapist’s office and reads her file. House learns that she is not sleeping with her husband Mark Warner. He tries to get back with her by killing a rat that has invaded her home, but soon changes his mind after learning that the rat has an illness that brings out the diagnostician in him.

House cures the rat after capturing him and keeps him as a pet. Stacy soon realizes that he's read her file and gets mad at him. House soon gets in legal trouble over his medical billings and they fly to Baltimore together. But due to a huge snowstorm, their plane is delayed and while in the airport, they share a kiss.

Soon afterward, House sleeps with Stacy. Meanwhile Mark confronts House because he thinks that he is losing Stacy. Stacy tells House that she is going to break up with Mark and be with House once again. But House, knowing that history is likely to repeat itself again tells her to stay with him. Stacy quits her job and leaves the hospital for good along with Mark..

With his ex gone, House's leg pain greatly increases and Wilson hopes that it means nerve regeneration, but really it is because he misses Stacy. A doctor that caught House cheating on a test nearly twenty years ago comes to the hospital to give a speech regarding a new drug. House soon exacts revenge on him by bringing the effectiveness of his “breakthrough“ into question.

James Wilson gets a divorce from his third wife and he moves in with House. He has trouble with it at first but eventually gets used to it. He gets mad at House because he didn't invite him to his weekly poker game but soon all is forgiven after House realizes that Wilson is living with one of his patients.

Cuddy'shandyman falls off her roof. Cuddy attempts to work with House and his team to help him but she finds House is ahead of her at every turn even though he could care less about the patient. She realizes that she hasn't been a real doctor in years. She decides that she wants a baby and considers Wilson as sperm donor. She invites him over until dinner when he begins to think that she has cancer and she never gets the courage to ask him.

In the two-part episode Euphoria, the team face a huge crisis on their hands when Foreman is accidentally infected with a disease that has already killed one patient. He nearly dies from it but House, Cameron, and Chase manage to save his life. It soon becomes clear that it takes some time for Foreman to recover from his near-death experience.

When Chase kisses a 9-year old cancer patient who asks him because she wants to be kissed before the disease takes her life, House taunts him about it while simultaneously admiring the patient‘s ability to manipulate Chase. In the meantime, Chase learns of his father's death from lung cancer, which came as a complete surprise to him. Distracted, Chase ends up accidentally killing a patient. He tells Kayla's brother Sam McGinley that he had a hangover leading him to sue Chase and the entire hospital for damages amounting to ten million dollars. Stacy helps him prepare for the disciplinary hearing and soon, no permanent charges are pressed against him although Chase gets a week's suspension and Foreman becomes Head of Diagnostics. House later figures out that Chase has been working extra time in the ER because his father disinherited him.

When Foreman is put in charge of diagnostics. House makes him miserable, but as the administrative work is getting done, Cuddy hints the position as head of diagnostics could be made permanent. However, House manages to save a patient having HIV that Foreman wanted to discharge, so Cuddy withdraws the offer, with both of them realizing that House will soon be back in charge. Foreman remains head of the department for a few more weeks until at the middle of the episode Deception when Foreman‘s time literally runs out.

Another patient with HIV accidentally coughs blood into Cameron's face and mouth. Unable to cope with the fact that she might have HIV, she borrows some Ecstacy and sleeps with Chase. Thankfully, she soon learns that her HIV tests were negative and that sleeping with Chase and taking Ecstacy were big mistakes.

At the end of the season, House is shot and gravely injured by a disgruntled former patient's husband. It's soon shown that the events involving his fighting with Wilson and talking to his team never actually happened as they were in fact hallucinations. The season ends on a cliffhanger as House is seen being wheeled into the ER by his team and he makes a request for ketamine before losing consciousnesses altogether.


Main Cast[]

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Major Events[]

  • Stacy Warner starts working at the hospital. House plans to make her admit that she still cares for him.
  • House’s parents come for a visit during a layover on a flight that passes through Newark. House unsuccessfully tries to dodge the meeting.
  • Cameron is exposed to HIV. She later tests negative.
  • Cameron tries Ecstasy and, under its influence, sleeps with Chase.
  • Distracted by his father’s death, Chase makes a mistake that costs a patient her liver and then her life. He’s suspended for a week as a result, but House is put under the supervision of Foreman, as punishment for House's failure to properly supervise Chase.
  • House goes to Baltimore with Stacy to work out some issues with his billings. When they’re stranded by a snowstorm, they share a brief kiss, but it goes no further because they’re interrupted by a case.
  • House and Stacy sleep together, and she considers leaving Mark. House initially tells her she has to leave Mark to be with him, but later realizes that Mark makes Stacy happier than he ever could. Stacy leaves the hospital.
  • House’s leg pain grows worse. Wilson blames his break-up with Stacy.
  • House gets revenge on the doctor who ratted him out for cheating in medical school.
  • House finally solves a 12 year old case when a young boy comes to the hospital with identical symptoms.
  • House and God battle to a tie over a case involving a teenage preacher.
  • Foreman nearly dies when he’s exposed to an illness that kills the original patient. He suffers temporary brain damage as a result. He also reconnects with his father, whom he hasn’t seen in person in eight years.
  • We learn Foreman’s mother is suffering from dementia, most likely due to Alzheimer's disease.
  • House is shot and has hallucinations that make him believe his assailant is in the ICU bed right next to him. The assailant is never identified or apprehended.


Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
1. "Acceptance" September 13,

Plot:&#;When a death row inmate takes ill, House tricks Stacy into getting him released to the hospital so he can figure out what is wrong with him. When the prisoner improves, Cuddy tries to get rid of him, only to have more serious symptoms appear. Meanwhile, Cameron deals with a clinic patient’s terminal diagnosis by trying to prove everyone wrong, and when the diagnosis seems to be confirmed at each step, she gets more and more desperate to save her patient while wondering why House only cares about a murderer.

2. "Autopsy" September 20,

Plot:&#;A nine year old with terminal cancer who is hallucinating comes to the hospital. House thinks her bravery in the face of imminent death is actually a symptom of her condition. Meanwhile, House tries to get over a cold and test drives a motorcycle.

3. "Humpty Dumpty" September 27,

Plot:&#;Cuddy’s handyman Alfredo falls off the roof while repairing it. However, apart from the normal trauma, he appears to develop other very serious symptoms. Cuddy puts herself on the case, but her lack of objectivity and her concern about the patient being able to maintain his livelihood makes House confront her about the proper course of treatment. Meanwhile, Cameron quizzes Cuddy about why House is still working for her, and Chase asks House about his history with Cuddy. Finally, Foreman has a rather difficult problem with a patient who believes the doctors are trying to stick him with inferior medication.

4. "TB or Not TB" November 1,

Plot:&#;House treats a famous tuberculosis doctor who has diagnosed himself with TB. However, the constellation of symptoms convinces House there’s a more serious underlying condition. When it turns out the patient does have tuberculosis, his conscience forces him to refuse treatment for it and House has to convince him that tuberculosis isn’t the problem, but they will never known unless he agrees to be treated for it. Meanwhile, a comedy of errors occurs in the clinic when a patient who believes she has cancer is seen by Dr. Foreman wearing Dr. House’s name-tag in order to cover for House. When she demands an apology for the way “House” has treated her, it becomes clear to House and Foreman that the only reason Cuddy’s even considering demanding an apology is not because of Foreman’s behavior, but her perception that House always crosses the line. In the end, House finds a way to make it look like he has apologized to satisfy Cuddy.

5. "Daddy's Boy" November 8,

Plot:&#;A twenty two year old who is having the sensation of being severely shocked has a strained relationship with his father which makes it hard for the team to diagnose him. Meanwhile, House tries to avoid a dinner with his&#;father&#;and&#;mother.

6. "Spin" November 15,

Plot:&#;A famous cyclist who admits to&#;blood doping&#;becomes House patient and Cameron wants to report him for cheating. Meanwhile, House attempts to force Stacy to admit how she feels for him by going to disrupt Mark Warner’s therapy group and by stealing Stacy's files from her therapist to get more insight.

7. "Hunting" November 22,

Plot:&#;A man with full blown AIDS follows House home and demands to be treated by him. When House agrees, his condition continues to deteriorate, but the answer may be in his father. Meanwhile, Stacy needs House's help to capture a rat which becomes House's pet&#;Steve McQueen.

8. "The Mistake" November 29,

Plot:&#;Stacy prepares Chase and House for a disciplinary case where a simple mistake by Chase eventually results in the death of the patient. When the hospital is sued over the incident, Stacy has to dig for the truth both to save the hospital and Chase’s career. However, she’s distracted by her ongoing feud with House over his review of her confidential therapy records.

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Season 14, Episode 1

Picture-Perfect Kitchen

After he grew up in a house on acres and she spent her life in houses with small lots close to neighbors, a couple compromised on a fixer-upper on acres near a nice neighborhood. While they painted and put in some new floors, the major renovations in the house just seemed too much to handle. She's eager for David to find them a new house with a gourmet kitchen perfect for her baking business, but he insists that they can make the house work with Hilary's help.

Season 14, Episode 2

Room for One More

Ready to expand their family, a couple is fed up with the lack of functionality in their 1, square-foot house. While they spend a lot of time at home and love the location, she thinks the house is already too small and would never work if they had another child. He, however, doesn't think they'll ever find a home in the same location with as much charm within their budget. Will David find them a home with the space they need or will Hilary make them fall in love all over again by reinventing many of the home's size-challenged spaces?

Season 14, Episode 3

A Hole-in-One Location

A couple fell in love with a home in a coveted family friendly community near a golf course and hastily purchased it before they had even started a family. Now, three kids later, she's decided the dated house cannot accommodate all the clutter and activity of their busy family. While she's ready to move into a house that functions better for all of them, he loves their street and cannot dream of leaving it behind. Can the couple love their home again with Hilary's help or will David find them a house with all the space they need?

Season 14, Episode 4

An Artful Promise

Bert and Tommy share Tommy's eclectic, s contemporary home, but Bert wants a home that reflects them both. The couple loves to entertain and host visiting artists and friends, but Bert feels the house is dated, lacks the space and function for their needs and leaves him with no space to call his own. Bert wants David to find them their dream home with a pool, but Tommy, the creative visionary, sees potential and hopes Hilary can bring their dream to life in their current home.

Season 14, Episode 5

Elbow Room

Jill and Joe love their ranch home's outdoor space, with a nice deck, a pool and a shed that Joe converted into a pub where the whole neighborhood congregates. But with the addition of their two adopted sons, their once-cozy house turned into a loving home with a lot of chaos and not enough space. Jill wants a bigger and better home for the boys to grow up in, but Joe wants to make improvements to the inside of their home to match its kid-friendly outdoor spaces. Hilary Farr has big plans to make the couple's home more functional, but David Visentin is ready to tempt them with a new house that has enough space for the whole family.

Season 14, Episode 6

Small House, Great Neighborhood

William and Ashley bought their cozy, s home in a prime neighborhood when their family was much smaller, but their three growing sons are testing the limitations of the house. The kitchen is dated and cut off, and two of the boys share a bedroom. Ashley admits that their house is small but believes they can add square footage to increase function and flow. She's ready to have Hilary Farr work her design magic, but William wants David Visentin to show them houses that will convince Ashley to move.

Season 14, Episode 7

Family and Future

Empty nesters disagree over whether they should improve their current home or find something smaller and easier to maintain. She can't see the potential in their closed-off quarters and hopes David can find them a new home that's great for entertaining friends and family. He, however, is holding on to the memories created in their home after raising three kids there and thinks Hilary can change his wife's mind with a simple makeover.

Season 14, Episode 8

Second Time Selling

After welcoming their second child into the home, a woman feels her family's house is getting too small. With toys and basketball hoops in every room, she strongly feels the size of the home simply no longer works and is hoping David can find them a house that fits everyone's needs. Her husband, however, has carved out multiple spaces for himself as well as his plethora of clothes and shoes. He's hoping Hilary can make them fall in love with the home by reinventing many of its hotly debated spaces.

Season 14, Episode 9

Design Intervention

After a couple hurriedly bought their first home together, their family grew to include a three-year-old daughter and two younger twin boys. While the home has been improved thanks to her interior design education, she's had enough of the small space on a busy road and is ready to expand into a house with plenty of room to raise their children while working from home. He, however, loves the expansive deck, large lot and incredible privacy of their current abode. Hilary is ready to add some square footage by reconfiguring the space but David is prepared to show them some houses that will let them grow more efficiently.

Season 14, Episode 10

Betting the Horse Farm

Their family home on a more-than-five-acres horse farm is a dream for this horse lover but her city-raised husband has had all he can take. While she admits the home is a bit dated, she loves the amazing views and abundant outdoor space for their animals, daughters and guests. He, however, no longer feels like there's enough space indoors for their growing family, his guitar collection and their love of entertaining. David is on hand to help find them a better compromise but Hilary is hoping she can renovate the home and convince them to stay.

Season 14, Episode 11

All About That Basement

A couple loves their midcentury modern ranch home with its charm and close proximity to downtown, but they are starting to feel like their family is outgrowing the home and wish they had a more functional space. While Hilary tries to discover a better use of space within their home, David looks for a more accommodating home near the downtown scene.

Season 14, Episode 12

Starter Home Stagnation

A couple once excited by the potential of their family starter home has now grown tired of its cookie-cutter concept and lack of space. Hilary greets the challenge of finding space while upgrading from builder-grade design, while David tries to to find them a new neighborhood to love.

Season 14, Episode 13

Lackluster Lake House

A couple with an idyllic yet quirky house near a lake is now feeling cramped after their family doubled in size. Although they'd love to raise their children in this location, the 1,square-foot house doesn't provide enough private space for everyone. While Hilary's mission is to make them fall in love with their property again, David searches for a better fit for their family.

Season 14, Episode 14

Urban vs. Suburban Living

Todd and Robyn are ready to get what they want in a house now that their children have grown up and moved out. Todd wants a lot of space for entertaining and hosting their kids when they visit, whereas Robyn is convinced that their future is in a new place downtown within walking distance of all their favorite haunts. Designer Hilary Farr finds creative ways to inject new life into this playful couple's home while real estate agent David Visentin heads downtown to find them a perfect place closer to the action.

Season 14, Episode 15

The Impossible Dream Home

Steve and Theresa custom-built their dream home on a large, private lot, but the house doesn't work for them anymore. Steve wants to address Theresa's biggest complaints by fixing the kitchen and main bathroom, but Theresa would rather find a smaller home on less land that's better suited to them as they grow older. Designer Hilary thinks a renovation will ease Theresa's concerns, while realtor David sets out to convince the couple that a new home closer to downtown will solve all their problems.

Season 14, Episode 16

Three Brothers and a Bedroom

Rachel and Adam's family has outgrown their home, with three of their four children sharing one bedroom. Adam sees plenty of potential in the house to add more space, but work-at-home mom Rachel is ready to move to a larger house with a mudroom, playroom and guest room. Hilary Farr hunts for a way to enhance the function and hidden space in the house, while David Visentin searches for the home of their dreams with room to spare.

Season 14, Episode 17

All Work and No Place for It

Michael and Natalie bought their home in a rush, and after painting, putting on an addition and living in it for a while, she's still bothered by too many functional issues. She operates an art print and stationery business out of the house, so she would like a dedicated office space with storage. Michael loves the home's traditional aspects, large yard and short commute to his job. Designer Hilary Farr attempts to make the house work better for Natalie so that she can finally love living there, while realtor David Visentin works on finding the couple a new home that they can both get excited about.

Season 14, Episode 18

Nostalgia is Not Enough

Busy parents with two young kids are struggling in their s house with a choppy floor plan. She convinced him to buy the property because it's three doors down from his childhood home, but the nostalgia quickly wore off when he realized how much work needed to be done. While she's convinced it's their forever home, he's ready to sell and find a suburban new build with extra space.

Season 14, Episode 19

Master Office Issues

A couple purchased their current home in haste despite it's flaws so they could be closer to work and school. Although they love the area, their s house is dated and does not have all the space, function and style they would prefer. While Hilary is determined to deliver the luxuries they desire from their previous home, David looks to find them their dream home in the neighborhood they love.

Season 14, Episode 20

All Work and No Play

After six years in their current home, Garrett and Katy disagree over whether it meets their requirements for style and function. Garrett loves its location in an area with rapidly increasing property values, but Katy has never liked the house and wants a better workspace for her home-based business. Designer Hilary Farr has a plan to solve some of the functional issues with the house and make it more Katy's style, while realtor David Visentin sets out to find the family a better home where they can start over.

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House (TV series)

American television medical drama

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

House (also called House, M.D.) is an American medical drama television series that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, to May 21, The series's main character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who, despite his dependence on pain medication, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. The series's 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's executive producers included Shore, Attanasio, Attanasio's business partner Katie Jacobs, and film director Bryan Singer. It was filmed largely in a neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside called Century City. The show received high critical acclaim, and was consistently one of the highest rated series in the United States.

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). Chase and Cameron continue to appear occasionally in different roles at the hospital. Kutner dies late in season five; early in season six, Cameron 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 season through the fourth season. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most-watched television program in the world in [3] 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, , FOX announced that the eighth season, then in progress, would be its last.[4] The series finale aired on May 21, , following an hour-long retrospective.



In , 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,[5] a hospital whodunit in which the doctors investigated symptoms and their causes.[6] 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); the fictitious Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH, not to be confused with the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro) is modeled after this teaching institution.[7] 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".[8] Jacobs has said that this stipulation was one of the many influences that led to the show's ultimate form.[8]

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[9]

After Fox picked up the show, it acquired the working titleChasing Zebras, Circling the Drain[10] ("zebra" is medical slang for an unusual or obscure diagnosis, while "circling the drain" refers to terminal cases, patients in an irreversible decline).[11] The original premise of the show was of a team of doctors working together trying to "diagnose the undiagnosable".[12] 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.[12] 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.[13] The character was named "House", which was adopted as the show's title, as well.[10] Shore developed the characters further and wrote the script for the pilot episode.[5]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".[13] Shore has said that the central storylines of several early episodes were based on the work of Berton Roueché, a staff writer for The New Yorker between and , who specialized in features about unusual medical cases.[6]

Shore traced the concept for the title character to his experience as a patient at a teaching hospital.[14] He 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."[15] A central part of the show's premise was that the main character would be disabled in some way.[16] 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 reimagined—putting him on his feet added a crucial physical dimension.[13] 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.[16]

References to Sherlock Holmes[edit]

Sherlock Holmes serves as an inspiration for the series.

References to fictional detective Sherlock Holmes appear throughout the series.[17][18] Shore explained that he was always a Holmes fan and found the character's indifference to his clients unique.[15] The resemblance is evident in House's reliance on inductive reasoning[17] and psychology, even where it might not seem obviously applicable,[11] and his reluctance to accept cases he finds uninteresting.[19] The name "Holmes" is a homophone of the word "homes", and the words "home" and "house" have a similar meaning.[20] House's investigatory method is to eliminate diagnoses logically as they are proved impossible; Holmes uses a similar method.[10] 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).[17] House's relationship with Dr. James Wilson echoes that between Holmes and his confidant, Dr. John Watson.[10]Robert Sean Leonard, who portrays Wilson, said that House and his character—whose 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.[21] Shore said that House's name itself is meant as "a subtle homage" to Holmes.[10][22] House's address is B Baker Street, a direct reference to Holmes's street address.[11] Wilson's address is also B.[23]

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".[24] In the season two finale, House is shot by a crazed gunman credited as "Moriarty", the name of Holmes's nemesis.[25] In the season four episode "It's a Wonderful Lie", House receives a "second-edition Conan Doyle" as a Christmas gift.[26] 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.[27] 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.[10] 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.[28] Season 7 episode 3 includes a young adult boyhood detective book series written by the patient, whose final unpublished volume ends in an ambiguous end to the main character reminiscent of "The Final Problem". The series finale also pays homage to Holmes's apparent death in "The Final Problem", the story with which Conan Doyle originally intended to conclude the Holmes chronicles.[29]

Production team[edit]

House was a co-production of Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions, and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Network Television for Fox.[31] 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.[14]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.[32] Writers Eli Attie and Sean Whitesell joined the show at the start of season four; Attie would stay on the show's writing staff through the series finale, which he co-wrote. From the beginning of season four, Moran, Friend, and Lerner were credited as executive producers on the series, joining Attanasio, Jacobs, Shore, and Singer.[31] Hugh Laurie was credited as an executive producer for the second[33] and third[34] episodes of season five.

Shore was House's showrunner.[35] Through the end of the sixth season, more than two dozen writers had contributed to the program. The most prolific were 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".[36] Elan Soltes was the visual effects supervisor since the show began.[37]Lisa Sanders, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, was a technical advisor to the series. She writes the "Diagnosis" column that inspired House's premise.[38] According to Shore, "three different doctors&#; check everything we do".[39] Bobbin Bergstrom, a registered nurse, was the program's on-set medical adviser.[39]


At first, the producers were looking for a "quintessentially American person" to play the role of House.[40] Bryan Singer in particular felt there was no way he was going to hire a non-American actor for the role.[12] 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,[40] and apologized for its appearance[41] (which Singer compared to a "bin Laden video").[42] 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.[12][43] 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".[40] 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.[44]

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[45]

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. 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".[40] From the start of season three, he was being paid $, to $, per episode, as much as three times what he had previously been making on the series.[47] By the show's fifth season, Laurie was earning around $, per episode, making him one of the highest-paid actors on network television.[48]

Robert Sean Leonard had received the script for the CBS show Numb3rs, as well as that for House.[49] Leonard thought the Numb3rs script was "kind of cool" and planned to audition for the show.[49] 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".[49] 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.[49] Singer had enjoyed Lisa Edelstein's portrayal of a prostitute on The West Wing, and sent her a copy of the pilot script.[50] Edelstein was attracted to the quality of the writing and her character's "snappy dialogue" with House, and was cast as Dr. Lisa Cuddy.[50]

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.[51] After he was cast, he persuaded the producers to turn the character into an Australian.[52] Patrick Dempsey also auditioned for the part of Chase; he later became known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy.[53]Omar Epps, who plays Dr. Eric Foreman, was inspired by his earlier portrayal of a troubled intern on the NBC medical drama ER;[54] his character was given the name "Eric Foreman" despite the fact that Fox was still airing That 70's Show when House premiered and had the similarly-named Eric Forman as that series' main protagonist. (The two series overlapped on Fox's schedule for two seasons, though Topher Grace left That 70's Show at the end of its 7th season and House's first, only returning for that show's series finale.) Jennifer Morrison felt that her audition for the part of Dr. Allison Cameron was a complete disaster.[55] 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.[55] Morrison left the show when her character was written out in the middle of season six.[56]

At the end of season three, House dismisses Chase, while Foreman and Cameron resign.[57] 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.[58] (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.[59] In the season's ninth episode, House's new team is revealed: Foreman is joined by doctors Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn),[60]Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson),[61] and Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde).[62] The candidates rejected by House did not return to the show, with the exception of the last one cut: Amber "Cutthroat Bitch" Volakis (Anne Dudek), who appeared for the rest of season four as Wilson's girlfriend,[63] and in seasons five and eight as a hallucination of House's.[64] 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.[59] Kutner was written out of the series in episode 20 of season 5 after Penn took a position in the ObamaWhite House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.[65]

The contracts of Edelstein, Epps, and Leonard expired at the end of season seven. As a cost-cutting 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 it was announced that she would not be returning for the show's eighth season.[66]

Filming style and locations[edit]

House is often filmed using the "walk and talk" filming technique,[8][19] popularized on television by series such as St. Elsewhere, ER, Sports Night, and The West Wing.[67] The technique involves the use of tracking shots, showing two or more characters walking between locations while talking.[67] 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".[8] 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".[8] Nancy Franklin of The New Yorker described the show's "cool, Fantastic Voyage–like special effects of patients' innards. I'll bet you didn't know that when your kidneys shut down they sound like bubble wrap popping."[68] "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".[69] Instead of relying primarily on computer-generated imagery, the interior body shots tend to involve miniature effects and motion control photography.[37] 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.[8]

The pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver; primary photography for all subsequent episodes took place on the Fox lot in Century City, Los Angeles.[39] Bryan Singer chose the hospital near his hometown, West Windsor, New Jersey, as the show's fictional setting.[14]Princeton University's Frist Campus Center[a] is the source of the aerial views of Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital seen in the series.[70] 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.[71] 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.[72]

Opening sequence[edit]

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.[73] 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.[74]

After the show's title fades, an aerial view of PPTH (actually various Princeton University buildings, primarily Frist Campus Center)[70] is followed by a series of images accompanying each member's name; most are shown next to, or superimposed upon, illustrations of 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 effects–produced 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.[74] 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.[75] 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.[74] Jacobs said that most of the backgrounds have no specific meaning; however, the final image—the text "created by David Shore" superimposed upon a human neck—connotes that Shore is "the brain of the show".[75] The sequence was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design in [76] 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 and Wilde's name and added Annable and Yi.[77][78]

The series's original opening theme, as heard in the United States, comprises instrumental portions of "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.[79] The piece was used in part because of the distinct tempo which roughly mimics the sound of a beating human heart.[80] An acoustic version of "Teardrop", with guitar and vocals by José González, is heard as background music during the season-four finale.[81]

Series overview[edit]

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[82]

Gregory House, M.D., often construed as a misanthropic medical genius,[83] heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.[73] The series is structured around a central plot with some supporting secondary stories and narratives that cross over seasons. Most episodes revolve around the diagnosis of a primary patient and start with a cold open set outside the hospital, showing events ending with the onset of the patient's symptoms.[19] The typical episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient's illness,[79][84] which often fail until the patient's condition is critical.[79] They usually treat only patients whom other doctors have not accurately diagnosed,[70] and House routinely rejects cases he does not find interesting.[19]

Typically, the patient is misdiagnosed at least once which usually causes further complications, but the nature of the complications often provides new evidence which helps them diagnose the patient correctly.[19] House often tends to arrive at the correct diagnosis seemingly out of the blue, often inspired by a passing remark made by another character.[84] Diagnoses range from relatively common to very rare diseases.[85]

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,[11] 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.[86] 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,[87] especially Dr. Allison Cameron, whose standards of medical ethics are more conservative than those of the other characters.[79]

Like all of the hospital's doctors, House is required to treat patients in the facility's walk-in clinic.[73][88] His grudging fulfillment of this duty, or his creative methods of avoiding it, constitute a recurring subplot, which often serves as the series's comic relief.[79][89] During clinic duty, House confounds patients with unwelcome observations into their personal lives, eccentric prescriptions, and unorthodox treatments.[73] However, after seeming to be inattentive to their complaints, he regularly impresses them with rapid and accurate diagnoses.[17] Analogies with some of the simple cases in the clinic occasionally inspire insights that help solve the team's case.[19][90]

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[91]

A significant plot element is House's use of Vicodin to manage pain, caused by an infarction in the quadriceps muscle of his right leg five years before the show's first season, which also forces him to use a cane.[92] 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.[93] When he has no access to Vicodin or experiences unusually intense pain, he occasionally self-medicates with other narcoticanalgesics such as morphine,[94]oxycodone,[95] and methadone. House also frequently drinks liquor when he is not on medical duty, and classifies himself as a "big drinker".[97] 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.[98] 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. In the following season's debut episode, House leaves Mayfield with his addiction under control.[] 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,[] and his addiction recurs.[]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main article: List of House characters

NamePortrayed byOccupationSeasons
Dr. Gregory HouseHugh LaurieInfectious Disease Specialist, Nephrologist, Diagnostician, Head of Department of Diagnostic MedicineMain
Dr. Lisa CuddyLisa EdelsteinEndocrinologist, Dean of Medicine (Season 1–7)Main
Dr. James WilsonRobert Sean LeonardHead of Department of OncologyMain
Dr. Eric ForemanOmar EppsNeurologist, Diagnostic Medicine, Dean of Medicine (Season 8)Main
Dr. Robert ChaseJesse SpencerSurgeon, Intensivist, Cardiologist, Head of Department of Diagnostic Medicine (Series Finale)Main
Dr. Allison CameronJennifer MorrisonImmunologist, Diagnostic Medicine, Emergency MedicineMainGuest
Dr. Chris TaubPeter JacobsonPlastic Surgeon, Diagnostic MedicineMain
Dr. Remy "Thirteen" HadleyOlivia WildeInternist, Diagnostic MedicineMainRecurring
Dr. Lawrence KutnerKal PennSports Medicine, Diagnostic MedicineMainGuest
Dr. Amber VolakisAnne DudekInterventional radiologist, Diagnostic MedicineMainGuestGuest
Dr. Martha MastersAmber TamblynDouble-Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Art History,[] Medical studentMainGuest
Dr. Jessica AdamsOdette AnnablePrison clinic physician,[] Diagnostic MedicineMain
Dr. Chi ParkCharlyne YiNeurologist, Diagnostic MedicineMain

Main characters[edit]

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.[73] Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), the title character, was educated at Johns Hopkins University and heads the Department of Diagnostic Medicine.[] House describes himself as "a board-certified diagnostician with a double specialty of infectious disease and nephrology".[] Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), House's one true friend, is the head of the Department of Oncology.[]Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), an endocrinologist,[] is House's boss, as she is the hospital's dean of medicine and chief administrator.[] House has a complex relationship with Cuddy, and their interactions often involve a high degree of innuendo and sexual tension.[] In the sixth episode of season five, "Joy", they kiss for the first time.[] Their physical relationship does not progress any further during the fifth season; in the finale of season five, House believes he and Cuddy had sex, but this is a hallucination brought on by House's Vicodin addiction. In the finale of season six, Cuddy tells House she loves him. They kiss and agree to try being a couple.[] Throughout season seven, House and Cuddy try to make their relationship work, but Cuddy eventually breaks it off because of House's addiction. House struggles to deal with this and, in the season seven finale, drives his car into Cuddy's living room in anger. As Lisa Edelstein left the show before season eight, after this incident Cuddy leaves the hospital and House never sees her again.

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.[] 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.[57] This leaves House without a team for the season-four premiere.[]

Under orders from Cuddy to recruit a new team, House considers 40 doctors.[97] Season four's early episodes focus on his selection process, structured as a reality TV–style elimination contest[97] (Jacobs referred to it as a "version of Survivor").[] House assigns each applicant a number between one and 40, and pares them down to seven finalists.[] 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.[][][] While Foreman's return means only two slots are open, House tricks Cuddy into allowing him to hire three new assistants.[] 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).[][] In the season finale, Thirteen discovers she has, as she had long dreaded, inherited Huntington's disease, which is incurable, from her mother.[81]

In the 11th episode of season five, "Joy to the World", Foreman and Thirteen engage in a passionate kiss.[28] 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. 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.[]

In the seventh episode of season two, "Hunting", Cameron and Chase have a one-night stand.[] In the middle of season three, they initiate a sexual relationship that Cameron insists be casual;[] when Chase declares that he "wants more", Cameron ends the affair.[] By the end of the season, however, Cameron recognizes that she has romantic feelings for Chase and they begin a serious relationship.[57] 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.[97] They become engaged in the season-five episode "Saviors" (the episode immediately following Kutner's suicide)[64] and are married in the season finale.[] When Chase rejoins House's team in season six, Cameron leaves her husband and the hospital in "Teamwork", the season's eighth episode.[] She returns as a guest character in "Lockdown", nine episodes later.[]

Early in season seven, Thirteen takes an unexplained leave of absence. Cuddy orders House to fill her position with another woman,[] 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.[] Thirteen returns in "The Dig"—the season's 18th episode and the show's th—in 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.[] 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.[] In season seven, Jacobson and Wilde received star billing; new regular cast member Tamblyn did not.[]

Recurring characters[edit]

The first six seasons of House each included one or more recurring featured characters, who appear in multiple-episode story arcs.[] In season one, Edward Vogler (Chi McBride), the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical company, appears in five episodes.[] He donates US$ million to the PPTH in return for chairing its board.[] 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.[] 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."[11]

Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), House's ex-girlfriend,[] appears in the final two episodes of the first season, and seven episodes of season two.[11] She wants House to treat her husband, Mark Warner (Currie Graham), whom House diagnoses with acute intermittent porphyria in the season-one finale.[] Stacy and House grow close again, but House eventually tells Stacy to go back to Mark, which devastates her.[]

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.[] 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.[93]

The candidates for House's new diagnostics team are season four's primary recurring characters.[] In addition to the three who are chosen, the other four finalists are Jeffrey Cole (Edi Gathegi), a medical geneticist;[]Travis Brennan (Andy Comeau), an epidemiologist;[]Henry Dobson (Carmen Argenziano), a former medical school admissions officer;[97] and Amber Volakis (Anne Dudek), an interventional radiologist.[] Each of the four departs the show after elimination, except for Volakis, who appears throughout the season, having started a relationship with Wilson.[][] 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.[81][] She reappears late in season five among the hallucinations House suffers.[64]

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.[][] 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.[] If the character had been accepted by the audience, plans existed to feature him as the lead in a spin-off show.[][] In September , 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."[] There was no show featuring Douglas on the fall network television schedule.[] He returns to House in season six as Cuddy's boyfriend.[] They are briefly engaged until Cuddy breaks it off, realizing that she is in love with House.[]


Main article: List of House episodes


Critical reception[edit]

House received largely positive reviews on its debut;[] the series was considered a bright spot amid Fox's schedule, which at the time was largely filled with reality shows.[] Season one holds a Metacritic score of 75 out of , based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[] Matt Roush of TV Guide said that the program was an "uncommon cure for the common medical drama".[]New York Daily News critic David Bianculli applauded the "high caliber of acting and script".[69]The Onion's "A.V. Club" approvingly described it as the "nastiest" black comedy from FOX since 's short-lived Profit.[]New York'sJohn Leonard called the series "medical TV at its most satisfying and basic",[] while The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert appreciated that the show did not attempt to hide the flaws of the characters to assuage viewers' fears about "HMO factories".[]Variety's Brian Lowry, less impressed, wrote that the show relied on "by-the-numbers storytelling, albeit in a glossy package".[] Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle described it as "mediocre" and unoriginal.[]Mikhail Varshavski, a Russian-American Osteopathic Doctor, reviewed the medical content of House on his YouTube channel. According to Varshavski, the medical information presented on the show was usually fundamentally accurate though often highly exaggerated for dramatic effect, but he described Gregory House's tendency to quickly use invasive tests and procedures as outside the medical mainstream.[][][]

General critical reaction to the character of Gregory House was particularly positive.[][]Tom Shales of The Washington Post called him "the most electrifying new main character to hit television in years".[] The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Rob Owen found him "fascinatingly unsympathetic".[] Critics have compared House to fictional detectives Nero Wolfe,[]Hercule Poirot, and Adrian Monk,[] and to Perry Cox, a cantankerous doctor on the television show Scrubs.[][] 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.[] Laurie's performance in the role has been widely praised.[79][][] The San Francisco Chronicle's Goodman called him "a wonder to behold" and "about the only reason to watch House".[]

Critics have also reacted positively to the show's original supporting cast, which the Post's Shales called a "first-rate ensemble".[] Leonard's portrayal of Dr. Wilson has been considered Emmy Award worthy by critics with TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today.[][] Bianculli of the Daily News was happy to see Edelstein "was finally given a deservedly meaty co-starring role".[69] Freelance critic Daniel Fienberg was disappointed that Leonard and Edelstein have not received more recognition for their performances.[]

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."[]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".[] 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".[]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."[]

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 , based on ten reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[] It also holds a % approval rating on aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of based on nine collected reviews.[]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 integral to the series".[] 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".[] 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."[] Conversely, The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan disliked Weston's character, calling him "An unwelcome distraction&#; an irritating pipsqueak".[] 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".[] The focus on Thirteen and her eventual involvement with Foreman also came under particular criticism.[][]

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".[] 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."[]Alan Sepinwall wrote, "The repetition and muck of [the] middle seasons ultimately severed whatever emotional connection I had to House's personal struggles."[29]

In , House placed #62 on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list.[] The show was declared the second-highest-rated show for the first ten years of Pro (–).[] The show was ranked the 74th best-written television series in a survey of Writers Guild of America West members.[]

Critics' top ten lists[edit]

After its first five seasons, House was included in various critics' top-ten lists; these are listed below in order of rank.

U.S. television ratings[edit]

In its first season, House ranked twenty-fourth among all television series and was the ninth-most popular primetime program among women.[] Aided by a lead-in from the widely popular American Idol,[] 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 million viewers per episode.[] According to Jacobs, the production team was surprised that the show garnered such a large audience.[] In its fifth season, the show attracted million viewers per episode and slipped to nineteenth place overall. It remained Fox's most popular show other than American Idol.[]

The most-watched episode of House is the season four episode "Frozen",[] which aired after Super Bowl XLII.[][] It attracted slightly more than 29 million viewers.[]House ranked third for the week, equaling the rating of American Idol and surpassed only by the Super Bowl itself and the post-game show.[] 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.

Season Episodes Timeslot (ET) Season premiere Season finale TV season Rank Viewers
122 Tuesday &#;pm November 16, May 24, #24 []
224 September 13, May 23, #10 []
324 Tuesday &#;pm ()
Tuesday &#;pm (–)
September 5, May 29, #5 []
416 Tuesday &#;pm (–)
Monday &#;pm ()
September 25, May 19, #7 []
524 Tuesday &#;pm ()
Monday &#;pm ()
September 16, May 11, #16 []
622 Monday &#;pm September 21, May 17, #22 []
723 September 20, May 23, #42 []
822 Monday &#;pm ()
Monday &#;pm (January–March )
Monday &#;pm (April–May )[]
October 3, May 21, #58 []

Awards and honors[edit]

Main article: List of accolades 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 pharmacological—and 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 prescriptions—a fitting symbol for modern medicine.

—Judges of the American Film Institute on the show's honoring[]

House has received many awards and award nominations. In , , , , and Laurie was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.[] The Emmy board also nominated House for Outstanding Drama Series in , , , and , but the show never won the award.[] For the season one episode "Three Stories", David Shore won a writing Emmy in [76][] and the Humanitas Prize in [] Director Greg Yaitanes received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for directing "House's Head", the first part of season four's two-episode finale.[]

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 Actor – Television Series Drama; he won in [][] and again in [][] In the series received its first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama.[]House was nominated for best dramatic series again the following year, but did not win in the category.[]

The show received a Peabody Award for what the Peabody board called an "unorthodox lead character—a misanthropic diagnostician" and for "cases fit for a medical Sherlock Holmes", which helped make House "the most distinctive new doctor drama in a decade".[83] The American Film Institute (AFI), included House in its list of 10 Television Programs of the Year.[]

In , House won four People's Choice Awards: favorite TV drama; favorite dramatic actor and actress for Laurie and Edelstein; and favorite TV doctor.[]

Laurie won the Screen Actors Guild's award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in both and [] Writer Lawrence Kaplow won a Writers Guild of America Award in for the season two episode "Autopsy".[] In , the show won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for prosthetic makeup.[]

In , Laurie appeared on the cover of TV Guide as "TV's Sexiest Man".[] In , Gregory House was voted second-sexiest television doctor ever, behind ER's Doug Ross (George Clooney).[]


In , House was distributed in a total of 66 countries. With an audience of over 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).[][] The following year, it placed second in the world after CSI.[]

House episodes premiered on FOX in the United States and Global in Canada, which have identical schedules.[] The show was the third-most popular on Canadian television in [] That same year, House was the top-rated television program in Germany,[] the number 2 show in Italy,[] and number 3 in the Czech Republic.[] The series is also very popular in France,[] Spain,[] Sweden, and the Netherlands.[] In the United Kingdom, the first four seasons were broadcast on Five. Sky1 acquired first-run rights beginning with season five.[] The original, English-language version of the show aired in Australia on Network Ten,[] in New Zealand on TV3,[] and in Ireland on 3e, TV3's cable channel.[]

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 , NBCUniversal (the show's distributor) and Apple Inc. (iTunes' owner) had a disagreement that temporarily kept the fourth season off iTunes.[] In a statement to the press, Apple claimed that NBCUniversal wanted to drive up the per-episode price to $[] In September , it was reported that the issue between Apple and NBC had been resolved.[] Some episodes are available in streaming video on Fox's official House webpage[] and all eight seasons were available on Netflix until April []

Seasons of the show and box sets were released on DVD encoded for regions&#;1, 2 and 4.[] Special features, such as anamorphic widescreen (the original release is letterboxed), depend on region.[][][]

DVD and Blu-Ray releases[edit]

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Season One August 30, []February 27, []July 12, []N/A N/A
Season Two August 22, []October 23, []October 25, []N/A N/A
Season Three August 21, []November 19, []September 19, []N/A N/A
Season Four August 19, []October 27, []August 20, []N/A N/A
Season Five August 25, []October 5, []September 30, []N/A N/A
Season Six August 31, []September 20, []November 3, []August 31, September 27,
Season Seven August 30, []September 26, []August 24, []August 30, []September 26,
Season Eight August 21, []October 22, []October 11, []August 21, []October 22,
The Complete Series October 2, []October 22, []

May 29, [] (Reissue)

October 11, []N/A June 23,


For a charity auction, T-shirts bearing the phrase "Everybody Lies" were sold for a limited time starting on April 23, , on Proceeds from sales of those shirts and others with the phrase "Normal's Overrated" went to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).[][]House cast and crew members also regularly attended fundraisers for NAMI and have featured in ads for the organization that appeared in Seventeen and Rolling Stone. The show's efforts raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the charity. Jacobs said that through their association with NAMI, they hoped to take "some of the stigma off that illness".[]

Nettwerk released the House M.D. Original Television Soundtrack album on September 18, [] The soundtrack includes full length versions of songs featured in House and previously unreleased songs especially recorded for the series.[] In , the Spanish game company Exelweiss designed a cellphone game for the show, which was released in both Spanish and English versions.[]

In June , 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.[] The game, released in May , 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;[] however, Legacy updated the game by August []


  • a McCosh Health Center, Princeton University's infirmary, is situated adjacent to Frist, and can be seen in some shots.[]
  • b 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."[]
  • c 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."[]
  • d According to the description in Fox's official House website, "Cameron heads up Emergency Medicine".[]
  • e The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and New York Times lists are not ranked—they each consist of ten shows in alphabetical order.


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    The candidates are now two teams of five women and five men, competing on diagnosing and treating a wheelchair-bound man. Meanwhile House does experiments on himself to test what happens after death,  more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 2

    Series: House

    "The Right Stuff" is the second episode of the fourth season of House and the seventy-second episode overall.  more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 9

    Series: House

    Under Cuddy’s pressure to choose his team, House gives the candidates a case of a former punk rock star who is a drug user. Whoever diagnoses the patient is going to have a future as a member of  more

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    Season: House - Season 5

    Episode Number: 5

    Series: House

    Thirteen brings her one-night stand to the hospital after the woman has a seizure. However, the woman admits she slept with Thirteen just so she could get to House and have him diagnose her  more

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    Season: House - Season 5

    Episode Number: 24

    Series: House

    "Both Sides Now" is the twenty-fourth episode and season finale of the fifth season of House. It originally aired on May 11,   more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 8

    Series: House

    "You Don't Want To Know" is the eighth episode of the fourth season of the American TV drama House and the seventy-eighth episode overall. It aired on November 20, It is notable for the fact  more

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    Season: House - Season 7

    Episode Number: 16

    Series: House

    The team treats a professional bull rider who is attacked by a bull. The team must determine the causes behind the patients disappearing symptoms and seizures while taking House's advice from outside  more

  • 14

    Season: House - Season 3

    Episode Number: 12

    Series: House

    While House is forced to work full-time in the clinic and deal with a rape victim who insists on confiding with him, Cameron deals with a terminal cancer patient trying to take advantage of her state  more

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    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 1

    Series: House

    House engages in a battle of wits and wills against the attending physician in charge of his detox program. When he starts to lose, House resorts to blackmail to gain the upper hand.  more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 4

    Series: House

    House finds that some of his own fellowship students will do whatever it takes, when they deal with a woman who believes she can talk to the dead.  more

  • 17

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 11

    Series: House

    House and his team have to diagnose a case at a distance when a researcher at a South Pole base is taken ill.  more

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    Season: House - Season 2

    Episode Number: 20

    Series: House

    When a police officer with a gunshot wound to the head and uncontrollable laughter is admitted, House and the team are baffled. When Foreman begins showing the same symptoms, they race to determine

  • 19

    Season: House - Season 3

    Episode Number: 16

    Series: House

    The ex-marine that saved House's life, in a dream he had the day before, is admitted in the hospital with symptoms resembling Gulf War Syndrome. While House is busy dealing with his own health  more

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    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 18

    Series: House

    House and the team take on the case of a woman Julia, who is in an open marriage and becomes ill during a date with her on-the-side boyfriend. As perplexing as the case is, Julia's happy and healthy,  more

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    Season: House - Season 3

    Episode Number: 18

    Series: House

    On House and Cuddy's flight from Singapore a passenger gets ill and Cuddy suspects an epidemic. At the hospital, Wilson leads the team as they deal with a middle-aged woman suffering from seizures.  more

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    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 17

    Series: House

    House and the team take on the case of Sir William, a "knight" in a closed-off community of men and women living according to the ideals of the High Renaissance. As the team searches the medieval  more

  • 23

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 10

    Series: House

    A mother's sudden paralysis during a indoor rock-climbing incident leaves her daughter injured, and House's new team looking for a cure. Meanwhile, House organizes his new recruits' Secret Santa gift  more

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    Season: House - Season 2

    Episode Number: 2

    Series: House

    "Autopsy" is the second episode of the second season of House, which premiered on the Fox network on September 20, House and team struggle to diagnose a young girl whose cancer is not causing  more

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    Season: House - Season 8

    Episode Number: 22

    Series: House

    Facing a 6-month jail term, and the realization that he won't be there for Wilson at the end, House finds himself examining his entire life while contemplating a dismal future without his best friend.  more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 16

  • 27

    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 10

    Series: House

    When drug dealer Mickey mysteriously collapses while negotiating a sale, his partner-in-crime, Eddie, accompanies him to Princeton Plainsboro for treatment. But with a major deal pending, Mickey is  more

  • 28

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 12

    Series: House

    House and his team must diagnose a Jewish bride who is taken ill at her wedding. However, House is more interested in analyzing Wilson's relationship with his new girlfriend.  more

  • 29

    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 21

    Series: House

    Cuddy, House and members of the team join forces with a search-and-rescue team to provide much-needed medical attention at the scene of an emergency.  more

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    Season: House - Season 7

    Episode Number: 5

    Series: House

    "Unplanned Parenthood" is the fifth episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama House. It first aired on October 18,   more

  • 31

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 14

    Series: House

    House is convinced one of the actors on his favorite soap opera “Prescription Passion” has a serious medical condition after observing his symptoms on television. House decides to intervene and take  more

  • 32

    Season: House - Season 7

    Series: House

    "After Hours" is the 22nd episode of the seventh season of the American medical drama House. It aired on May 16,   more

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    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 13

    Series: House

    House copes with a patient whose symptoms conceal a greater problem, but spends much of his time dodging Cuddy's orders to give performance reviews, and fighting with Amber over who gets to spend  more

  • 34

    Season: House - Season 2

    Episode Number: 12

    Series: House

    While a severely burned teenager is admitted and his blood tests come back with strange results, House makes himself the guinea pig in his own unofficial tests of a new drug designed to treat  more

  • 35

    Season: House - Season 5

    Episode Number: 16

    Series: House

    A patient with both male and female DNA has the team stumped. Meanwhile, House starts acting nicely, raising Cuddy's and Wilson's suspicions that something is terribly wrong.  more

  • 36

    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 2

    Series: House

    "Epic Fail" is the third episode of the sixth season of House. It first aired on September 28,   more

  • 37

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 7

    Series: House

    A film crew and the candidates are following around House distracting him while he is trying to diagnose a teenager who suffers from a heart attack prior to a serious plastic surgery.  more

  • 38

    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 8

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    Season: House - Season 2

    Episode Number: 24

    Series: House

    As House and his team are working on the diagnosis of a man with a giant, swollen tongue, the husband of a former patient walks into House's office and shoots him. House continues to treat his  more

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    Season: House - Season 7

    Episode Number: 7

    Series: House

    After a year-old medicine jar found on an off-shore shipwreck shatters in a teenage girl's palm, she is admitted to Princeton Plainsboro for symptoms closely linked to smallpox. When the Center  more

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    Season: House - Season 3

    Episode Number: 1

    Series: House

    After recovering from his gunshot wounds, House works feverishly on two cases at the same time: a paralyzed man who drove his wheelchair into a swimming pool and a woman who became paralyzed after a  more

  • 42

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 1

    Series: House

    With his diagnostic team gone, House tries to diagnose a young woman who survived an office building collapse. With the condition getting worse, Cuddy puts pressure on House to hire a new team, but  more

  • 43

    Season: House - Season 5

    Episode Number: 23

    Series: House

    House and the team take on the case of a ballerina whose lungs collapse in the middle of a performance. When the treatment causes her skin to fall off, the dancer faces not only the prospect of never  more

  • 44

    Season: House - Season 2

    Episode Number: 1

    Series: House

    A death row inmate is felled by an unknown disease and House decides to take on the case, over Cuddy and Foreman's objections. House also has to deal with Stacy who is working closely with him, while

  • 45

    Season: House - Season 4

    Episode Number: 6

    Series: House

    Based on practically no information and no medical history about a mystery patient sent by the CIA, House is using some unorthodox methods to diagnose and treat him. Meanwhile the remaining  more

  • 46

    Season: House - Season 6

    Episode Number: 16

    Series: House

    When a newborn disappears from the nursery, Princeton Plainsboro goes on lockdown, preventing anyone from entering, leaving or moving within the hospital. While House and his team members are trapped  more

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       1st Date #TitleWritten ByDirected ByFor some music information on the third season, see our Third Season pageSept 5, MeaningTeleplay by: Lawrence Kaplow & David Shore
    Story by: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & Lawrence Kaplow & David ShoreDeran SarafianHouse deals with two patients who are paralized while he has recovered the use of his own damaged leg.
    Sept 12, Cane & AbleTeleplay by: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner
    Story by: Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner & Lawrence Kaplow & David ShoreDaniel SackheimA boy thinks aliens are coming for him - meanwhile House's leg pain returns.
    Sept 19, Informed ConsentDavid FosterLaura InnesA cancer specialist with breathing problems wants help dying.
    Sept 26, Lines in the SandDavid HoseltonNewton Thomas SigelHouse makes an almost emational connection to a 10 year old autistic patient.
    Oct 31, Fools for LovePeter BlakeDavid PlattA young married couple have symptoms that suggest they may be related. And House is arrested
    Nov 07, Que Sera SeraThomas L. MoranDeran SarafianA pound man who has a medical problem, insists it is unrelated to his weight and House's legal problems get worse.
    Nov 14, Son of a Coma Guy Doris EganDan AttiasHouse and Wilson go on a road trip with a guy who just came out of a coma.
    Nov 21, Whack-a-MolePamela DavisDaniel SackheimA sick teenager is the sole support of his younger siblings.
    Nov 28, Finding JudasSara HessDeran SarafianHouse, without his usual level of pain relief, decides to take desperate measures to try to save the life of a young girl.
    Dec 12, Merry Little ChristmasLiz FriedmanTony ToHouse is desperate for pain relief, but Cuddy removes him from the case of a 15 year old.
    Jan 9, Words and DeedsLeonard DickDaniel SackheimHouse goes to court while his team tries to deal with a firefighter who has unexplained symptoms.
    Jan 30, One Day, One RoomDavid ShoreJuan J. CampanellaA rape victim will only deal with House.
    Feb 6, Needle in a HaystackDavid FosterPeter O'FallonA young Romani man has multiple organ problems.
    Feb 13, InsensitiveMatthew LewisDeran SarafianHouse is fascinated by a young girl who cannot feel pain.
    March 6, Half-WitLawrence KaplowKatie Jacobs
    March 27, Top SecretThomas L. MoranDeran Sarafian
    April 3, Fetal PositionRussel Friend & Garrett LernerMatt Shakeman
    April 10, AirborneDavid HoseltonElodie Keene
    April 17, Act Your AgeSara HessDaniel Sackheim
    April 24, House TrainingDoris EganPaul McCrane
    May 1, FamilyLiz FriedmanDavid Straiton
    May 8, ResignationPamela DavisMartha Mitchell
    May 15, The JerkLeonard DickDaniel Sackheim
    May 29, Human ErrorLawrence Kaplow & Thomas MoranKatie Jacobs
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    House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama series which premiered on Fox on November 16, House was created by David Shore. The show follows Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), an irascible, maverick medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. In a typical episode, the team is presented with an unusual case; the storyline follows the diagnosis of the patient's illness, a process often complicated by the internal competition and personal foibles of the diagnostic team.[1] The team leader, House, frequently clashes with his boss (Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) in seasons 1 through 7, and Dr. Eric Foreman in season 8), and his only friend, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard).[1]

    In seasons 1 through 3, House's diagnostic team includes Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer) and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps).[3] This team leaves the show in the third season finale "Human Error".[4] The show achieved its highest ranking with the episode "Human Error"; this episode placed the series in first position for the week it aired. Each season introduces a recurring guest star, who appears in a multi-episode story arc.[5] The fourth season was the only exception to this pattern. It introduced seven new characters who compete for the coveted positions on House's team, replacing Cameron, Chase and Foreman.[4] House eventually selects Dr. Chris Taub (Peter Jacobson), Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn) and Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley (Olivia Wilde) as his new team; Foreman rejoins soon after. Following Kutner's death in season five, through a series of plot twists, House reacquires Chase, one of the original team members.[6] When House resigns early in season six, Foreman takes his place, but he soon fires Thirteen, and Taub quits because he was there only to work with House. After this, Foreman hires both Cameron and Chase, but, soon, House comes back, spurring the return of Thirteen and Taub, too. When the dictator ("The Tyrant") dies because of Chase's intentional misunderstanding, Cameron and even Chase decide to leave the PPTH. But, Chase's desire to be part of House's team makes Cameron quit (though she later returns for the episode "Lockdown"). At the beginning of season seven, Thirteen ostensibly goes away to Rome (it's later revealed that this was actually a lie), leaving a vacancy on House's team. House proposes then, giving a chance to the rest of his team, to hire a new member. After some unsuccessful tries, Cuddy hires Martha M. Masters (Amber Tamblyn), a medical student in the episode "Office Politics". In the episode "Last Temptation", Masters takes the final choice to leave House's team. After being incarcerated following the events of "Moving On", House is released on probation thanks to Foreman, who has taken Cuddy's place as the Dean of Medicine. House is initially assigned a single team member, Dr. Chi Park (Charlyne Yi). After securing funding for his department in the season eight episode "Risky Business", House brings on former prison doctor Jessica Adams (Odette Annable) and rehires Chase and Taub.

    Since its premiere, the show has constantly received both high ratings and critical acclaim.[7] Eight seasons were aired in the United States, the fourth of which was interrupted by the – Writers Guild of America strike and included only 16 episodes instead of the regular 22–[8] Despite this interruption, House achieved its highest number of viewers for the episode "Frozen", for which there were over 29 million viewers on the night it aired due to its position as the lead-out program for Super Bowl XLII.[9] In January , House moved from its Tuesday, &#;pm ET slot to a new time slot of Monday nights at &#;pm ET, immediately before the Fox hit 24. Fox renewed the show for a seventh season, which premiered on September 20, [10] An eighth season was announced on May 10, [11] and premiered on October 3, On February 8, , Fox announced that the season would be House's last.[12]

    All eight seasons were released on DVD and Blu-ray by Universal in North America, Europe and Australia. As of June 16, , the show has been aired in more than 60 countries, with 86 million viewers worldwide.[13] In the following list, the number in the first column refers to the episode's number within the entire series. The second column indicates the episode's number within that season. "US viewers in millions" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episode live while it was broadcast or by a few hours later with a digital video recorder.

    A total of episodes of House were broadcast over eight seasons, with the series finale airing on May 21,

    The show started on November 16, ,[14] and has received a high viewing rating from the first episode to the last one. It has achieved a maximum million viewers and its highest overall rank is seventh during its third[15] and fourth[16] seasons. It also ranked sixth in the 18–49 age range during its second season.[17]

    Series overview[edit]


    Season 1 (–05)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 1)

    Season 2 (–06)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 2)

    Season 3 (–07)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 3)

    Season 4 (–08)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 4)

    Note: This season has fewer episodes due to the – Writers Guild of America strike.

    Season 5 (–09)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 5)

    Season 6 (–10)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 6)

    Season 7 (–11)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 7)

    Season 8 (–12)[edit]

    Main article: House (season 8)


    House&#;: U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
    SeasonEpisode numberAverage
    Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research[citation needed]

    Home video releases[edit]

    Season DVD Releases Blu-ray
    Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
    Date Discs Date Discs Date Discs Date Discs Date Discs
    6August&#;31,&#;&#;()[]5[]September&#;27,&#;&#;()[]6[]August&#;19,&#;&#;()[]6[]August 31, []5[]September 27, []5[]
    7August&#;30,&#;&#;()[]5 September&#;26,&#;&#;()[]6 August&#;30,&#;&#;()[]6[]September&#;30,&#;&#;()[]5[]September&#;26,&#;&#;()[]5[]
    8August&#;21,&#;&#;()[]5 October&#;22,&#;&#;()[]6[]October&#;11,&#;&#;()[]6[]
    The Complete SeriesOctober&#;2,&#;&#;()[]41 October 22, []46 October&#;11,&#;&#;()[]46[]June 23, []39

    The DVDs have been released encoded for regions 1, 2 and 4 as complete season boxed sets.[][][][][][][] Season one was initially released in the full-screen format, while all other seasons have been released in their originally-broadcast wide-screen format. On February 10, , season one was re-released in the wide-screen format encoded for region 1.[] Season six was the first season to be released on Blu-ray.[citation needed]

    In North America, Region 1, there was a combined season 1–2 box set with 12 discs and a combined season 3–4 box set with nine discs, both released on May 19, [][] A season 1–4 boxed set was later discontinued.[] In the UK, Region 2, there was a season 1–3 boxed set released on November 19, and season 1–5 boxed set released on October 5, [][] A season 1–4 boxed set has been discontinued.[] In Australia, Region 4, a season 1–3 boxed set was released on December 5, ; seasons 1–4 were released in a boxed set on November 19, and the seasons 1–5 boxed set was released on September 10, [] The season 1–3 boxed set contains 18 discs; the season 1–4 boxed set contains 22 discs; and the season 1–5 boxed set contains 28 discs.[][][]

    On October 2, Universal Studios released the entire series in a disc DVD set.[]


    1. ^Aired as a two hour premiere in the U.S., Canada and Australia, but as two separate episodes in other countries such as the United Kingdom
    2. ^Episode aired in Canada only on original air date. Fox delayed the United States broadcast three weeks to March 19 because the Daytona had a hour rain delay.



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