House, MD

House, MD

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About

House, M.D. is an American medical drama TV series centered around the eponymous protagonist Dr. House (played by Hugh Laurie), an anti-social diagnostician who has a gifted talent in diagnosing complicated illnesses and a penchant for self-medication. The protagonist is loosely based on the Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective character Sherlock Holmes.

Premise

Dr. Gregory House is a highly skilled diagnostician who loves to solve difficult cases. Always anti-social and cynical, he has become even more ornery since an operation on his leg left him relying on a cane and in constant pain, he deals with the pain with an addiction to prescription pain medication. His best and only friend, Dr. Willson (Robert Sean Leonard) is a oncologist at the hospital, and there is often romantic tension between House and Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), his boss. To assist him in treating his difficult cases he has a rotating team of doctors including Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps), Dr. Chase (Jesse Spencer), Dr. Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), Dr. Taub (Peter Jacobson) and Dr. “Thirteen” (Olivia Wilde).

History

House, M.D. premiered on Fox on November 16th, 2004. The show aired for eight seasons and 177 episodes, with its series finale airing on May 21st, 2012.

Reception

The show was a critical success, earning a score of 8.9 on IMDB[1] and a rating of 75 on Metacritic.[2] The show was nominated for nine Golden Globes, winning two in 2006 and 2007 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Hugh Laurie). The show was nominated for 24 Primetime Emmys, winning five.

Online Presence

As of August 2014, House’s official Twitter account[3] has gained 270,000 followers and its Facebook page[4] has gained over 44 million likes. All seasons are available to Netflix subscribers. Fans cans also access episode guides and character sketches at the House, MD Wikia.[5]

Fandom

There are numerous fan-run Tumblr blogs dedicated to the House, MD fandom including itstimeforhousemd[6], fuckyeahhousemdquotes[7] and thankyouhousemd.[8] Fans also gather to discuss the show on the subreddit /r/HouseMD[9], which has over 4,000 subscribers as of August 2014. As of August 2014, there are over 17,000 fan art submissions for the show on Deviant Art. [10]


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House with a Boombox

“House with a Boombox” (a.k.a “House X”) is a YouTube remix and dub series based on a scene from House, MD in which House enters a patient’s room wielding a boombox and Shutter Shades, dancing to the beat of whatever music the uploader picked to include.



House in One GIF

On March 28th, 2014, Redditor Duckfunk577 added a thread to the /r/gifs/[11] subreddit titled “The vast majority of House MD episodes…” which featured a GIF which presented the basic structure of any episode. As of August 2014, the thread has gained over 2,000 points. On June 6th, the GIF was featured on Collection or Awesome.[13] On August 13th, the GIF was featured on several sites including UpRoxx[14], IGN[15] and Pop Culture Brain.[16]



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