We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1. Watch that Speed Dating video 2. Don't get the wrong idea from the comments - Merc and I do not watch this show together - it just turns out we both watch it. Merc and I never watch TV together. 3. House's character is Sherlock Holmes (get it? House - Holmes). Holmes, you will recall, was an addict too, who did not tolerate fools gladly and who had his own sidekick, Dr. Watson (Dr. Wilson-Dr. Watson). 4. Hugh Laurie does a pretty good American accent, doesn't he? 5. There are plenty of Docs with brains and arrogant, prickly personalities like House (minus the addiction). Rarely in private practice, though. House's bedside manner, or lack thereof, would not work. He is not Dr. Marcus Welby.
David Shore, the writer/producer/originator of the show, is a self-confessed Sherlockian and admitted in an interview that 'House' is heavily based on Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece. Bird Dog pointed out some of the obvious references, and there's some fanboy site out there that has a long list of similarities.
For those of you who gave up during the silliness of last season, they've come back around. Admittedly, the "emotional interplay" between the team members just got to be too goofy. I was even thinking of doing a parody on it, a supposed email that I had 'hacked' from a show's writer addressed to David Shore outlining some upcoming episodes:
"Heartbreak" - Cameron falls for Foreman. Chase makes a pass at Cuddy. Wilson discovers he's gay and makes a pass at Foreman, incurring Cameron's jealous revenge. Meanwhile, House saves the life of a dying patient.
"A Flood Of Tears" - Foreman falls for Cuddy. Chase makes a play for a nurse. Cameron discovers she's gay and makes a play for the ghost of Amber. It turns out Kutner faked his suicide (it's amazing what they can do with make-up these days) and makes a pass at Cameron, incurring Cuddy's jealous revenge. Meanwhile, House saves the life of a dying patient.
Anyway, apparently they failed at corralling the soap opera crowd and have returned to the irrascable, curmugeonly days of yore. Some of the episodes this season have been terrific, and I'm betting "9 to 5" (the episode through Cuddy's eyes) will garner an Emmy nomination.
We watched "House" for a long time and have enjoyed it. We took a season or two "off" for various reasons but still like it. Another television doctor whose bedside manner is 'challenged' is "Doc Martin." That series though is more about the idiosyncrasies of village life in Cornwall than the brilliance of the doctor.
I actually stopped watching this in the first season although I did find the character of House entertaining. The part where residents knew how to run every piece of equipment in the hospital got to be a bridge to far for me.