Which series is similar to House MD
Dr. House (Original title: House, also House, M.D.) is an American television series about the doctor Dr. Gregory House, an infectious disease specialist who has a special knowledge and instinct for diagnosing extraordinary clinical pictures.
The series, which has been broadcast in the USA since 2004 and has already won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award, has been broadcast in two channels in Germany since May 9, 2006, and in Switzerland by SF Zwei since May 1, 2006 broadcast. In Austria, the series started on June 14, 2007 on ORF 1. In the USA, four seasons have been broadcast so far, and the start of the fifth season on FOX has been announced for September 16, 2008. The fourth season consists of only 16 episodes because of the writers' strike in 2007-2008. 
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The title character, Dr. Gregory House (Born June 11, 1959, same as the actor), portrayed by the British actor Hugh Laurie, practiced as a doctor on the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, a teaching hospital in New Jersey. During the third season he is 45 years old. He is a specialist in the fields of nephrology and infectious diseases and is also head of the diagnostic medicine department. House studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicineuntil he was kicked out by the dean for writing off an exam. Then he studied on the University of Michigan on, where he finally graduated.
House extremely rarely wears a doctor's uniform and needs a cane because of a poorly treated blood clot that resulted in a heart attack and partial death of his right hamstring muscle as the muscle was partially removed. Due to the pain associated with it, he is heavily dependent on the drug Vicodin, which is approved as an antitussive and contains the opioid hydrocodon. How his ailment came about is shown in the episode Three legs described. He himself says that he only swallows the pills because he has a pain problem and not, as some of his colleagues say, a pain reliever problem. However, he does exist in the later episode Death from the wall admitted that he was addicted, but that this was not a problem because he "works". At the beginning of season three, House loses his leg pain thanks to a dissociative coma with ketamine. But already in the second episode he has to walk on the cane again.
House specializes in rare disease diagnosis. His supervisor, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, often forces him to pursue his duties as a general practitioner in the reception center, which he tries to avoid by all means. To do this, for example, he stands in front of the filled waiting room and explains to his patients who he is and that he is probably the only doctor in this hospital who does not work there voluntarily. Every now and then in office hours he just lets the patient sit and instead plays with one of his handheld consoles. He is disrespectful and cynical towards his patients. In his view, everyone lies so that he avoids speaking to the sick at all. However, his grumpy character is linked to an emotional vulnerability that is hinted at over and over again in the series.
In the USA, the term "houseism" was created with reference to House's character and typical behavior. This describes sarcastic expressions, black humor and unusual behavior towards others, often with the aim of baffling them.
His bad manners are matched by extraordinary medical skills and specialist knowledge, which, besides his employment contract for life, is ultimately the only thing that saves him from dismissal. In addition, he shows a high level of morality in his actions, which, however, often contradicts the usual medical moral standards or what he says about his patients - that he does not care about their well-being. House speaks several foreign languages such as Spanish, Mandarin and Hindi. This gives him the opportunity to read foreign specialist journals and sometimes to overhear the conversations of the patients in their mother tongue.
Little is learned about his family relationships. He is an only child, loves his mother, Blythe House, but is very dismissive of his father, John House.
Some episodes show House as a pianist. At the end of the Christmas episode (season 1, episode 5) he plays the Christmas carol on his own grand piano Silent Night Holy Night, in several episodes (first in season 1, episode 14) he plays on an "air synthesizer" in his office Baba O'Riley by The Who. Hugh Laurie is a passionate piano player in his private life, all piano pieces were played by him personally and not edited. In episode 61 (season 3, episode 15) he plays several pieces together with a patient (e.g. I don't like Mondays) on a specially brought up piano. In the second season you can see a Fender Stratocaster and a resonator guitar hanging on the wall in his apartment, in the third season you can see a Gibson Les Paul, he starts playing the guitar this season. In season 4, however, you see House playing on a Gibson Flying V. In general, House seems to be a music lover with a broad spectrum (from baroque and classical to opera and jazz to classic rock); his love for music is very important to the series.
Besides, House usually doesn't like change. He has been playing the same guitar since 8th grade, has been driving the same car for ten years and has lived in the same apartment for 15 years. Nevertheless, he buys a Honda Fireblade (CBR 1000RR), in the special Repsol paint scheme.
Dr. House is a staunch atheist and enemy of religion.
His team (seasons 1–3) [edit | Edit source]
- Dr. Robert Chase is a specialist in intensive care medicine, from season 4 a surgeon, Australian and comes from a wealthy background. His father, Dr. Rowan Chase, was a specialist in rheumatology and left him and his mother, who was addicted to alcohol at the time. She passed away when he was 16 years old. Robert got his position on House’s team only after a phone call from his father. The creative mind of the group often suggests unconventional treatment methods. Before he started his medical career, Robert had attended a seminary but failed the exams. He is very caring for his patients, but at the same time is also the most conformist and naive person on the team. His job is so important to him that he often behaves underhandedly in order to keep it for as long as possible. He's the only one fired from House.
- Dr. Allison Cameron is an immunologist and has a tragic past. At the age of 21, she married a man suffering from thyroid cancer who died of the effects of his disease after only 6 months of marriage. She admires Dr. House and at times even longs for more than just his recognition: At the end of the first season, when Vogler determined that House had to fire one of the doctors from his team, she ended the fierce competition and hostilities in the team with her resignation Vogler's edition ignited. Dr. House, however, does not want to accept her resignation and finally persuades her - after Vogler's resignation - to return to his team; however, she stipulates that House takes her to dinner, which fails miserably. Her empathic behavior is particularly good in a team. Dr. Chase and Dr. Cameron have a purely sexual relationship during season 3, but it breaks when Dr. Chase more feelings for Dr. Cameron designed. In the last episode of season 3, the two finally come together. From season 4 she works in the emergency room because she quits again in the last episode of season 3.
- Dr. Eric Foreman is a neurologist and has the best training on the team since he is at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine studied, which is not the reason for the appointment in Dr. House's team was. Curiously, one of the main reasons was his criminal past, as Eric was arrested for burglary when he was young. Since his brother was imprisoned and his mother suffered from Alzheimer's, he has also currently had personal problems. Some parallels to House are often suggested. After he took over the management of the Diagnostic Department at Mercy Hospital at the beginning of Season 4 and was soon released, he returned to House's team at Cuddy's request.
All three leave House's team at the end of Season 3, but return in Season 4 to other departments at Princeton Plainsboro. House says he can run the department all by himself, but Wilson and Cuddy ask him to put together a new team, which is why he finally puts 40 candidates through a multi-week selection process, at the end of which there should be three left.
His team (season 4) [edit | Edit source]
- Dr. Chris Taub (Applicant 39) is a plastic surgeon. Initially criticized by his colleagues for his area of expertise, he quickly proves himself to be a capable assistant when it comes to working past Cuddy's rules. For example, he cleverly disguises a necessary surgical procedure, which House does not want to document at the patient's request, as a breast augmentation operation. As the series progresses, it is revealed that he had to quit his previous job because of an affair with a nurse. In addition, of all applicants, he has the greatest courage to contradict House and pursue his ideas. House gives him a free hand, but threatens to be fired if he's wrong.
- Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Applicant 6, later 9) is a sports medicine specialist. House gets his first impression of him when Kutner sets a patient on fire for using a defibrillator in an oxygenated environment. He made a similar mistake when attempting resuscitation on a patient's damp skin, which earned him the reputation of being a "professional with the defibrillator" at House. Because of his use of dangerous techniques without medically appropriate consideration for the patient's health, he manages to assert himself against his competitors and finally land in House's new team, although he was initially dismissed from the team by House quite early. However, Kutner flipped his application badge so that it was no longer number 6 but number 9 and suggested that the patient be given alcohol as a diagnostic agent, which is why House withdrew his expulsion.
- Dr. Remy Hadley (Applicant 13) is an internist. Little is known of her herself, so even House is fascinated by her. She is very ambitious. When she makes the correct diagnosis in a patient, but does not monitor the patient while taking the prescribed means, the patient's dog swallows the medication, which leads to the death of the patient and the dog. Despite this incident, House does not dismiss her because she has an unusual sense of diagnosis. The reason for her mood of melancholy becomes clear later on: her mother died of Huntington's disease and she fears that she herself suffers from the disease. House secretly initiates a test. When he tries to give her the results, she reacts angrily, which is why House then throws the results unopened in his trash. Only in the finale of the fourth season does she carry out a test herself, through which she learns that she suffers from the disease. Asked by Cuddy to fire two applicants, House chooses 13 and Amber. Since House's team would only consist of men, Cuddy wants House to reverse one of the layoffs. This had been factored in by House, who wanted to keep three applicants from the start. In episode 5 of season 4 you can finally read her real name on the betting slip: Remy Hadley. Nevertheless, she is named by her colleagues and superiors according to her application number “13”. Only in the episode "House's Head" is she called by Cuddy as Dr. Hadley addressed, which House ironically comments by saying that Cuddy doesn't even know her name.
In addition, there is Foreman, who after his brief employment at Mercy Hospital is called back by Cuddy against House ’will to his team.
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- Dr. James Wilson is Head of Oncology, House’s best friend and probably the only one who almost always gets along with his species. His uncle died of cancer and James decided to specialize in oncology. He has now been married three times and has two brothers, one of whom is homeless and has been missing for 9 years.
- Dr. Lisa Cuddy is the head of the Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital and thus the direct superior of Dr. House.
- Stacy Warner (Seasons 1 and 2) is a lawyer and was in a permanent partnership with House for five years. During his operation, she made some decisions for him against his will, which destroyed mutual trust. She married two years later Marc Warner. When he falls ill, Stacy delivers him to the Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital hopes House can heal him. In season two, they both find they still have feelings for each other, and Stacy is on the verge of leaving her husband when House stops her. He believes it will end up the same way it did the first time and says he won't get through the breakup one more time. Then Stacy quits her part-time job as a lawyer at the clinic and moves back home with her almost recovered husband.
- Edward Vogler (Season 1) is the owner of a pharmaceutical company and multibillionaire. He puts the Princeton Plainsboro Teaching Hospital $ 100 million available on condition that he becomes chairman of the board of directors and unprofitable departments are closed. The diagnostic medicine department in particular, with its high spending and rebellious house, is a thorn in his side. He tries to pit House and his team against each other to get rid of House. However, he does not succeed in doing this. When he fails to fire House, Wilson and eventually Cuddy, he leaves the hospital with his $ 100 million.
- Detective Michael Tritter (Season 3) comes as a patient to House in the ambulance. After arguing with House for a while, the latter measures his body temperature and makes Tritter wait a long time with a thermometer in his rectum; House comments on this in the hallway by asking a nurse if she often feels like she has forgotten something important and doesn't know what. Tritter complains to Cuddy, who tells House to apologize to Tritter. Since that doesn't happen, Tritter begins gathering evidence of House’s drug abuse. He does not hesitate to harass House ’team members or his friend Wilson by freezing their accounts, withdrawing prescription licenses or confiscating cars. He agrees to drop the charges against House if he goes on rehab and shows he's changed; Ultimately, however, the case ends up in court. After solving the case based on a lie from Dr. Cuddy loses, he congratulates House and expresses his hope that he was wrong about him.
- Dr. Amber Volakis is a radiologist and one of the 40 applicants (No. 24) who absolutely wants the position in House ’team so that she does not shy away from lousy tricks and even defends this behavior in front of her colleagues. Among other things, she was parked with a few other colleagues from House to wash his car. With the words that this is all a waste of time, she pretends to throw in the towel and manages to get all of the colleagues on the laundry team except for Cole to give up. This scheming approach is nicknamed her "Cutthroat Bitch" (German: "Cutthroat bitch") brought in; It is also saved under this name in House's mobile phone. Due to her willingness to take unusual approaches, she makes it into the last four, despite the general hatred she attracts. She is eventually fired from House because she cannot accept that she is wrong; an important prerequisite for a constructive employment relationship. After her release, she begins a relationship with Wilson, which Wilson tries unsuccessfully to hide from House. Since both maintain and need a dominant relationship with Wilson, House and Volakis soon vie for him and divide the time with Wilson into visiting plans. Later, she and House are involved in a bus accident, as a result of which she dies.
- Dr. Jeffrey Cole (Applicant no.18) is a geneticist and practicing Mormon of African American origin, which is why he is always exposed to the attacks of the atheist House. House finally bets whether he can provoke Cole so that he assaults him physically, which he finally succeeds. He gets on well with Kutner until he is given the opportunity to nominate two colleagues and choose Kutner. House sees through that Cole has secretly allied himself with Cuddy because she wanted to get rid of Kutner because of his mistakes, and instead dismisses Cole from the team.
- Dr. Travis Brennan is an epidemiologist and number 37 among the applicants. As it turned out later, he worked for Doctors Without Borders for eight years and thus gained experience with exotic diseases. House advises him to quit because he does not want to fire him after discovering that Brennan was deliberately poisoning a patient to cause the symptoms of his misdiagnosis; Brennan complies with this request.
- Henry Dobson (Applicant 26) is a former porter of a medical school and has no medical training or license to practice medicine. Nevertheless, he has enormous specialist knowledge, having attended lectures for 30 years. When asked about his age, he stated that he was 21 unless it was “of no concern”. House notices that Dobson is not a doctor at all, but still gives him a chance to apply for an "assistant" position. He points out to the team that there is someone among them without approval, but does not say who. Dobson has a way of thinking that resembles House, which is why he is eventually fired from the team: House doesn't need anyone to tell him what he already knows, Dobson observes himself before House can give him the reason for this decision.
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Almost every episode begins with the future patient who is just showing the first signs of the disease. In the next scene you can see Dr. House, who finds out about the task ahead, whereupon he and his team analyze the symptoms of the disease using differential diagnosis. This and other plot elements are strongly reminiscent of the less successful Medical Investigation series. In the further course of the disease, the patient's lies or details that are considered unimportant and therefore not mentioned make a quick diagnosis more difficult. The series almost regularly makes use of the stylistic device that the first treatment chosen leads to an apparent improvement in the state of health, but the patient suffers a setback in the form of drastic symptoms such as an epileptic seizure.
In addition to his work as a rare disease expert, House is supported by the hospital's medical director, Dr. Lisa Cuddy, repeatedly reminded of his duties in the ambulance, in which he (rather reluctantly) also has to deal with simpler cases, whereby he sometimes comes up with the solution to his current problem.
His therapy suggestions are often provocative. For example, he prescribes cigarettes for a man disguised as Santa Claus with intestinal problems, gives vitamin tablets to a patient who insists on Viagra, and treats a patient with suspected sleep problems with candies that act as placebo. When he received the negative test results of an examination for sexually transmitted diseases, he called his patient "GUSB", which means something like: "Horny and stupid" (episode 12 of season 3).
In many surgical interventions or the description of the disease, computer graphics and latex models are used, which show the inside of the patient and pathogens in full screen, similar to the CSI television series.
Criticism [edit | Edit source]
The German-speaking leading media rated Dr. House quite different. The Süddeutsche Zeitung attested the series a production that "Quite conventional and at best reasonably entertaining according to the familiar pattern" run. In reference to the camera optics, which are sometimes reminiscent of CSI, the newspaper said: "Even a few bloodstream excursions where the camera rushes through the patient's veins are of little help." The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, however, named Dr. House the "Most depraved mediciners in television history" and the series "Absolutely great". The newspaper sees the serial hero "In the tradition of the great television programs Alfred Tetzlaff and Al Bundy." The Neue Zürcher Zeitung, in turn, puts the series in connection with the hospital series presented at about the same time Grey's Anatomy and Nip tuck: These series would now "The feisty soap doctors of the nineties" peel off.
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The original idea was to put a crime thriller in a medical setting. "One should come to the diagnosis through the lies and secrets of the patients", says David Shore, the inventor of Dr. House. The Gregory House character is supposed to be reminiscent of the novel detective Sherlock Holmes, and indeed there are similarities between the two characters who solve problems that others cannot solve. Both Holmes and House try to pick the cases that interest them whenever possible. Although both have different professions, they also use unusual methods to come closer to solving their case. Both use drugs: while Holmes occasionally injects himself with cocaine and morphine, House regularly takes hydrocodone (Vicodin).
Another parallel lies in the not only phonetic similarity of the surnames of the two main characters ("House" means "house", "Holmes" reminds of "home") as well as the full name of their only real friend ("Dr. James Wilson " at Dr. House compared to "Dr. John Watson " at Sherlock Holmes).
In the pilot episode, the name of the patient Rebecca Adler is said to be based on Irene Adler A scandal in Bohemia refer. In addition, in the final episode of season two, House is shot by a man named Jack Moriarty, referring to Sherlock Holmes' archenemy Professor Moriarty. Furthermore, both characters have the house or apartment number 221b (see season 2, episode 7).
As Sherlock Holmes observes, Dr. House his patients accurately and has mastered the ability to draw conclusions from little things such as clothing, gait, skin discoloration, etc., which will help him in the diagnosis of illness. Dr. House for relaxation or piano for his friend Wilson, as seen in some episodes. He also masters another instrument - the guitar. This is a parallel to Holmes' violin. Holmes also plays to organize his thoughts or to please Watson.
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Broadcasting [edit | Edit source]
USA [edit | Edit source]
In the US will Dr. House broadcast on FOX and is now one of the series with the highest ratings. The finale of the second season reached 25.5 million viewers, with the season having an average of more than 17 million viewers per episode. Compared to the first season (an average of 13 million viewers) Dr. House thus gain more than 30 percent of viewers. This is mainly due to the very good slot, Tuesdays after 9 p.m. American Idol. The so-called lead-in of American Idol is regularly more than 30 million viewers.
German-speaking area [edit | Edit source]
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In Germany will Dr. House broadcast on RTL. On its broadcasting slot, Tuesdays at 9:15 p.m., the series has so far reached an average of over 5 million viewers and a market share of up to 33% in the advertising-relevant target group 14–49 years of age. For individual episodes, values of over 6 million viewers in the total audience were measured. This puts the series well above the broadcaster average. Until July 11, 2006, the time slot was 10:15 pm; it was only after the series was moved to 9:15 p.m. that the audience ratings rose significantly. In the 2007/08 TV season, Dr. House is the most successful format ever in the advertising-relevant target group. The broadcast of the fourth season began on RTL on August 26, 2008 on the previous broadcasting slot.
Switzerland [edit | Edit source]
In Switzerland Dr. House aired on SF two. The transmission time was set for Monday at 8:45 p.m. The third season started on the Swiss broadcaster on September 3, 2007. On February 4, 2008, SF two broadcast the last episode of the third season - over two months before the first broadcast in Germany. In contrast to RTL, the Swiss broadcaster does not show any repetitions, but interrupts the broadcast of Dr. House until another season is available. The broadcast of the 4th season began on August 25th on SF two.
Austria [edit | Edit source]
In Austria, the series has been broadcast on ORF 1 every Thursday at 8:15 p.m. since June 14, 2007. After the premature end of the first season, which was not broadcast in the correct order, the ORF began broadcasting the third season on August 29. In December 2007 the first broadcast of the second season began, from February to May 2008 episodes of the third season were broadcast again. On August 28, the first broadcast of the fourth season began with a double episode, giving ORF 1 a lead of one episode each. As a result, the first German episode will be broadcast on ORF 1.
Soundtrack [edit | Edit source]
The title music for the opening credits in the original American version of the series comes from the British group Massive Attack. It's the title Teardrop from the 1998 album Mezzanine.
Since in some (especially European) countries the rights to use the song as the title song did not exist, a similar-sounding piece was named for the opening credits by Scott Donaldson and Richard Nolan House composed. For the second season, Jason Derlatka and John Ehrlich again composed a new, uniform intromelody. Due to a technical error, RTL also had the first broadcast of the first episode of the fourth season Teardrop used as theme music. An RTL spokesman described this as a "one-time slip".
In the European DVD versions of the 2nd and 3rd seasons of Dr. House is (in contrast to the DVD version of season 1) on the English soundtrack Teardrop used.
On October 19, 2007, a soundtrack for the series was released. It contains the European version of the theme music as well as eleven other songs used in the series.
DVD release [edit | Edit source]
After the first two seasons of the series were released on DVD in the USA in August 2005 and August 2006, the first season appeared in Germany on December 14, 2006. The second season appeared on July 26, 2007. In addition, the first episode was released in Germany the first season (pain limits) published on a MiniDVD.
There was criticism of the DVD release of the first season because the DVD uses the 4: 3 aspect ratio, even though the original version was in the 16: 9 aspect ratio. In order to convert the aspect ratio, part of the image had to be "cut off". For reasons of new technology, RTL showed the repeats of the first season (as well as the episodes of the second season) in an aspect ratio of 16: 9. The British DVD box also contains the 4: 3 format, only the French DVD box contains the 16: 9 format.
The second season was released in 16: 9 format.
Both seasons have been approved by the FSK from the age of 16. Both publications contain the languages German (Dolby Digital 2.0) and English (Dolby Digital 5.1), as well as subtitles in both languages.
In the United States, the third season was released on August 21, 2007. In Germany, the third season was released on July 24, 2008. The DVDs contain all 24 episodes of the third season in 16: 9 format. The DVD box consists of six DVDs with a total playing time of 1,005 minutes. The fourth season was released in the US on August 19, 2008.
Literature Edit source]
- Christian Lukas, Christian Humberg: Star portrait TV: Everything about Dr. House, Heel Verlag GmbH, Königswinter 2007.
- Christian Lukas, Christian Humberg: News from Dr. House: Portrait of a star, Heel Verlag GmbH, Königswinter 2008
- Michael Reufsteck, Jochen Stöckle: The little house pharmacy. The package insert for the cult series, vgs-Verlag, 2008
- Leah Wilson: Dr. House: Unauthorized (paperback), vgs-Verlag, 2008
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