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July 18th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

My Favorite Television Show And Why

While I don’t advocate watching too much television, there are a few shows I try to never miss even if it means recording them. At the very top of my favorite program list is House starring Hugh Laurie as the witty and damaged Dr. Gregory House.

So why is House my number one when there are so many shows out there? Let’s start with the characters and a little about what makes them special.

Dr. Greg House (Hugh Laurie): The main character and head of the department of diagnostic medicine at Princeton Plainsfield Teaching Hospital. Forget everything you’ve heard about characters who break all the rules – House would make them shake in their boots. The really scary part is that the rules he breaks were meant to save people’s lives. This is balanced only by the fact that he’ll do anything for his patients and he cares are much as he desperately tries to hide that he does. Every episode reveals a little more insight into the wounded psyche of Greg House.

Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein): Plays the Dean of Medicine in the hospital. She is very proud of her career success but has a typically messed-up personal life. The big points to know here are that Cuddy and House slept together once years earlier and House still has a thing for her that he hides beneath inappropriate conduct. Cuddy has a list of reasons to fire House a mile long but she doesn’t. She says it’s because he’s a valuable asset to the hospital but everyone knows it’s because she also still has a thing for House.

Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard): Dr. Wilson is an unique character in that he is the only person on the show that chooses to hang around with House. Cuddy is his boss, and the other characters are his employees or his patients and their families. But Wilson is actually his friend.

Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps): Dr. Foreman is one of House’s fellows. Basically he’s one of three employees who are verbally abused by House on a regular basis. The reason he puts up with it is to learn from the world famous Dr. House. Despite House’s flaws as a human being, he is a very good doctor and teacher. Foreman was hired by House because his past as a car thief appealed to House. However, his street smarts are nothing compared to his medical aptitude.

Dr Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer): Chase is also an employee of House. He has worked for House longer than the other fellows. Chase is something of an opportunist and will do just about anything to avoid being fired. Also of note are his feelings for Dr. Cameron who unfortunately harbors feelings for Dr. House. This love triangle adds a bit of spice to the show, not that it needed it.

Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison): Caring, compassionate and altruistic, Cameron has a soft spot in her heart for everyone – including House. Unlike the other two fellows, Cameron’s past is kept well hidden. All you ever find out is that she was married to a man who died from cancer. Despite her kindness, Dr. Cameron has a practical and science-based belief system. While she doesn’t believe in God she has an almost unwavering faith in Dr. House.

Well those are the main players in the first and best three seasons of the series. The interactions between characters are frequently funny and always brilliant while the medical mysteries that House’s team work to solve are compelling. If you haven’t seen the show yet you should at least give it a try. I, for one, hope that it’s around for a long, long time.

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    I love Dr. House and i always watch this TV series after my day job.~::

    Poppy Scott on May 9th, 2010

 

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