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House, M.D.
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Premiere November 16, 2004
Finale May 21, 2012
Creator David Shore
Network FOX
Style 60-minute medical drama
Company Heel & Toe Films
Shore Z Productions
Bad Hat Harry Productions
NBC Universal Television Studio
(seasons 1–3)
Universal Media Studios
(season 4–7)
Universal Television
(season 8)
Seasons 8
Episodes 177 + 1 special
Origin USA

House, M.D., or House for short, is a medical mystery that aired on FOX.

Contents

Premise

Upon its initial release, House, M.D. was considered by many to be just another medical dramaCSI with warm bodies, in a sense—and was dismissed by many as more of the same. Its ratings were lackluster, and it slipped below the radar of most critics. But when it aired as the follow-up to the Tuesday night episodes of American Idol halfway through its first season, its fan following began to grow exponentially week after week, and by the end of its first season, it was a breakout, Top 20 hit and would eventually win an Emmy for its writing.

Much of its success can be traced to the strength of its main character. Hugh Laurie plays Dr. Gregory House, the most brilliant medical mind in the field of diagnostics. He is able to solve even the most seemingly impossible medical riddles, but his bedside manner leaves much to be desired. With the help of his staff, whom House alternately mentors and ridicules—neurologist Dr. Eric Foreman, immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron and intensivist Dr. Robert Chase—his best friend and Guy Friday, oncologist Dr. James Wilson, and his supervisor and nemesis, administrator Dr. Lisa Cuddy, each week, House uses trial and error, a little investigation and the assumption that "everybody lies" to determine what strange malady is killing one of his patients.

House, M.D. is produced by Heel & Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions, in association with NBC Universal Television (in Seasons One through Three), Universal Media Studios (in Seasons Four through Seven) and Universal Television (in the eighth and final season). NBC Universal also holds the show's distribution rights for TV (through NBC Universal Television Distribution) and DVD (through Universal Studios Home Entertainment).

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Hugh Laurie Dr. Gregory House 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Lisa Edelstein Dr. Lisa Cuddy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Omar Epps Dr. Eric Foreman 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Robert Sean Leonard Dr. James Wilson 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jennifer Morrison Dr. Allison Cameron Chase 1 2 3 4 5 6 8
Jesse Spencer Dr. Robert Chase 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Peter Jacobson Dr. Christopher "Chris" Taub 4 5 6 7 8
Kal Penn Dr. Lawrence Kutner 4 5 8
Olivia Wilde Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley 4 5 6 7 8
Odette Annable Dr. Jessica Adams 8
Charlyne Yi Dr. Chi Park 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Bobbin Bergstrom Nurse 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Ron Perkins Dr. Ron Simpson 1 2 3 6 7 8
Stephanie Venditto Nurse Brenda Previn 1 2 3
Sela Ward Stacy Warner 1 2 8
Liz Benoit Nurse Anne 3 5 6 7 8
Jennifer Crystal Foley Rachel Taub 4 5 6 7 8
Anne Dudek Dr. Amber Volakis 4 5 8
Michael Weston Lucas Douglas 5 6
Amber Tamblyn Martha Masters 7 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
FOX
Season One November 16, 2004 May 24, 2005 22
Season Two September 13, 2005 May 23, 2006 24
Season Three September 5, 2006 May 29, 2007 24
Season Four September 25, 2007 May 19, 2008 16
Season Five September 16, 2008 May 11, 2009 24
Season Six September 21, 2009 May 17, 2010 22
Season Seven September 20, 2010 May 23, 2011 23
Season Eight October 3, 2011 May 21, 2012 22 + 1

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Medical Dictionary: The House, M.D. Medical Dictionary: A guide and reference to various illnesses, tests, specialties, symptoms and treatments referenced in the series
  • Music: A listing of music used in the series

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Multiple Season Sets
Seasons 1-5 Collection August 25, 2009 26 purchase
Season Sets
Season One
Letterbox video
August 30, 2005 3 (DS) purchase
Season One
Anamorphic video
February 10, 2009 6 purchase
Season Two August 22, 2006 6 purchase
Season Three August 21, 2007 5 purchase
Season Four August 19, 2008 4 purchase
Season Five August 25, 2009 5 purchase
Season Six August 31, 2010 5 purchase
Season Seven August 30, 2011 5 purchase

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Season Six August 31, 2010 5 purchase
Season Seven August 30, 2011 5 purchase

External Sites