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on June 12, 2010
**possible spoilers**
Season 5 of the series House ended memorably with a well-edited contrast: family and friends at warm wedding vs. Wilson watching the broken doctor as he checked himself into a hospital on a cold and gray day. Season 6 starts off with House (Hugh Laurie) in treatment for his vicodin addiction, an addiction which had fueled a series of devastating (yet revealing) hallucinations. Viewers know how House treats "normal" people (that is to say, not with warm and fuzzy feelings) and in the beginning of Season 6 they are treated to House interacting with "abnormal" people. House, ever the equal opportunity offender, does not seem too changed by his stint in Mayfield hospital. Andre Braugher (of "Homicide") was well cast as House's experienced, nothing-shocks-him therapist, able to go head-to-head with House, and there is a guest role by Franka Potente ("Run Lola Run") as a beautiful visitor to the hospital with whom House has a brief relationship.

The writers are able to take House out of his comfort zone, surround him with multi-dimensional characters, and still have House stand out. Don't expect any blatant epiphanies in therapy for House about why he is the way he is. Is it the pain, is it the drugs, his relationship with is father, is it the curse of being a genius? There are no resolutions to go back into the "real world," settle down and live happily ever after. Thank goodness!

The epiphanies are of course saved for the hospital, when House returns to work. He gradually becomes more confident in his ability to solve cases. Even after five previous seasons, the writers are able to come up with all new cases and all new characters for House to read right through.

That being said, Season 6 delves more of the personal lives of the characters than prior seasons: Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) as she balances being a mom, with a love life, and with the demands of her job; Cuddy and House; Taub (Peter Jacobson) and his wife, Thirteen (Olivia Wilde) and Foreman (Omar Epps), Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) and House (some of the best dialogue from the show still occurs between those two), Wilson and his ex-wife. Of particular note, Dr. Chase (played by Jesse Spencer) finally gets some great story lines dealing with secrets, morality and ethics (which the show has always been great at raising discussions about). By Season 6, Robert Chase is no longer the doctor who always tries to stay on House's good side, or agree with House, or play it safe. In past seasons, it was Foreman who had to gain independence from House. In Season 6, Cuddy struggles with it, Taub struggles with it, Wilson starts to and Dr. Chase definitely does, but with severe professional and personal consequences. Of course, there was also the strawberry body butter incident(season 5). Gotta love the variety in the show!

In past seasons, there has been at least one reference (that I can recall) to a patient who died while under House's care. In Season 6, viewers witness other patients not making it. When it happens to House or his team, there will be and were huge ramifications.

Overall, another great season for House. Even after five seasons, Hugh Laurie is able to make House a multi-dimensional character, capable of stinging one-liners but also of conveying internal trauma. How he could not have won every Emmy and golden globe since House was on the air is beyond me. Don't award committees love drug addicts, people pulling off accents, and people in mental institutions? It's the trifecta!

Regarding the famed House/Cuddy relationship, I was probably in the minority by not being too keen on the idea, I thought it might get too "Grey's Anatomy" if you'll pardon the other medical show reference. However, the writers managed (who knows how) to put an original spin on their relationship, it is certainly kept far from the soap opera-ish realm of workplace romances, probably because the characters involved both have complex motivations. It will be interesting to see if House and Cuddy can make it, and in any case, it at least won't be a television cliché.

House fans have come to expect changes in House's team each season finale and true to form, Season 6 does not deviate as one cast member seems to be departing.

Bravo once again! Bravo!
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on May 20, 2010
Anyone who cares about great writing - hopefully, we've all gotten over the loss of Aaron Sorkin for The West Wing - well, okay, nobody's reached his level - but I continue to be fascinated by this character. Thanks to the writers for delivering intricate character pieces within the "okay, first scene, somebody's going to contract a mysterious illness right NOW' basic setup - this show could so easily have sunk to one-trick pony oblivion but for the writing and the amazing acting from Hugh Laurie. If you've ever seen him on a talk show and been surprised at his all-too-humble personality, you're not alone. He transforms himself into this tortured, brilliant, loving and lovable character. He's acerbic. Brilliant. Sarcastic. Brutally truthful. Hilarious (but you never laugh at this character, only with him). And yes, tortured - by the pain in his leg and, of course, his heart. As I look over the episodes from this season, I'm thinking of one more reason to give it my highest recommendation: if you or anyone you know ever goes into therapy, watch this season. I've never seen such a terrific depiction of what therapy is at its best. Ever. And I've had many therapists, two of whom had the ability to make me see my world from a different angle, with different eyes. That's a pitifully inadequate description, so buy this season of House and measure any therapy against what you see in this television show. It really is superlative TV.
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Once again we have a 5 star episode because Hugh Laurie is the focus of the show from the opening seconds to the closing. The other characters swirl around him, SUPPORTING him. That is the strength of this show and any deviations into making another character the central one immediately bring the star rating down. How relieved I was not to listen to Taub's love life or the unfolding of the Wison-Sam romance or the end of the Australian doc's marriage from the do-gooder doc--I am so glad she is gone.

House has to save a woman pinned under wreckage at an emergency medical scene. At first he gauges his treatment around what runs counter to Cuddy's recs because she has just told him that she is engaged to Lucas. Then his true talent as a life saver takes over as he admits his failure to connect with others and gets down to doing what needs to be done at the scene. This is a very poignant episode about the terrible choices one can face as a doctor at an emergency medical scene. By episode's end, you are so drained that you think the other emergency workers are lucky because they don't have to make the life and death decisions. House's ride in the ambulance with his patient is an absolute must-see. It shows just how excellent an actor Hugh Laurie is. Just watch his face as certain implications register with him. There is much more going on but watch the episode to see it. I'd say the opening and closing episodes of House were the very strongest ones this season and it is in large part because they focused on the main character and used everyone else as support.

For those who have not seen the fullness of Hugh Laurie's talent, I highly recommend you watch his portrayal of Bertie Wooster in JEEVES & WOOSTER, available everywhere in 4 DVD sets of 4 seasons of the show. Then watch him in A LITTLE BIT OF FRY & LAURIE which runs for several seasons as well, all on DVD. He is very opposite from House on these but he is every bit as excellent. I sure would like his comedy partner Stephen Fry to appear as a patient on House. You will too if you watch these shows.
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on October 25, 2012
I am a big fan of House, MD; but season 6 failed in some of my expectations. I liked the twist on "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest", but the gay/bi-sexual centric episodes seem to remind me of the beginning of the end for "The Sopranos" series; everyone's sex life was not that interesting as the writers seem to think.

The show is both educational and entertaining, but began to have a "Perry Mason" quality this season. With "Perry Mason", the primary criminal is always magically overcome and confesses to everything about 2-3 minutes from the shows ending. With House, the patient seems to have a seizure, stroke, heart attack, and/or bleeding out before House finally realizes they are treating the wrong thing and magically pulls out an obsure diagnoses that saves the day, can't be cured or is too late.

Also, I can accept House as an borderline insane, heroic, law breaking, but searching atheist, supported by a secular cast of characters with similar arrogant outlooks of being their own gods. I become uninterested in House when he looses his partially open mind to spiritual questions, his slowly growing recognition of humanity as sacred, and begins to ignore that comprehending the devinely complex design of the human body is what motivates him, or he starts to form some oddball concept of God or religion.

I also did not like the time gaps in relationship changes with characters, and no explanation of what happened until much later. I still think of House's team as a family, it seemed disjointed this season. I did like the P.I. Lucas, and Alvy characters in moderation.

My hope is that the writing will pull out of this stall in Season 7, with less political correctness and a return of logical medical puzzles without as much "magic" in the diagnosis.
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If you are interested in watching a character develop other than Hugh Laurie as House, stop right now. The round robin of supporting doctors continues and the only ones for sure who remain constants on the series are Wilson, Cuddy and Forman. These are the only characters you can count on seeing week in and week out. They are all dwarfed by House as the lead too. These other three do pretty well with him but still, if Hugh Laurie suddenly quit, I very much doubt you'd have a show called Forman or Wilson or Cuddy. The show would be DOA.

So realizing that House is more than ever the whole show, how is it? If you have always loved House the character, and I have, it is better than ever, because House is better than ever as a character. Hugh Laurie gives it his all in every single episode. Perhaps the opening two episodes are the strongest he's ever done where he is in a mental hospital, first detoxing and then dealing with his breaks from reality leading to his complete mental breakdown. Laurie covers House's stint as a mental patient in true virtuoso form. Then he has to pick up practicing medicine again back at the hospital so we start in with new episodes with his new patients. These remain the same strong dramas as before. He has dramas with his doctors too, all different ones with Wilson, Cuddy and Forman being the only constants. If you want to see any other particular doctor, it is simply the luck of the draw on which episode you play to get that character.

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on August 18, 2014
Defective disc in season 6. The season was fine but a couple discs were flaking at edges so they would not work correctly. So, since I had it awhile and finally got to view the season and discover the problem , it is too late to return for a replacement. Really sucks, be carefully to inspect the product.
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on December 26, 2015
We own every season of House, M.D. Hugh Laurie has a great sense of humor and does a fabulous job of playing a sloppy American doctor. I was blown away when I heard him talk out of character and he has that british accent. It is pretty amazing the depths and evil each character faces throughout all the seasons, none more than house. It is always a play on a team members problem and a patients problem. We also found it very interesting that he was always solving such rare cases. I guess we felt smarter for actually knowing what these rare diseases were.
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on August 25, 2014
After watching various episodes on TV and feeling out of the loop when we'd miss a show or two, my husband and I watched the entire series from start to finish. That is the way to go. We picked up on certain subtleties that we missed when watching it sporatically. House is brilliant but has absolutely no boundaries and no scruples. He generally doesn't care about his patients, but loves a good mystery and that is how he views his cases. Don't expect political correctness from this man. His callousness is appalling, but his logic is usually spot on. He says what a polite person might be thinking but would never give voice to. I'm ashamed to admit I laughed out loud at so many of his inappropriate comments and antics. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of all the blood and gore. Yes, I expected this from a program with a hospital setting, but I could never get used to it. There's plenty else to love about it though, if you don't mind averting your eyes during certain parts.
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on November 29, 2013
Without a doubt, the best medical drama ever on television, or even on film. It skillfully combines precision and unusual diagnostic medicine with the Human Equation. Other medical “shows” typically neglect the medical aspect, and focus on the soap opera love interests of the hospital staff; but House delivers Medical School level academics, along with the drama seen in only the best of literature - the unexpected, realistic, and non-linear events we all have in our lives, rather than the mundane writing of hacks who are pandering to what the TV executives think will sell the products of their advertisers. House is tantamount to The Sopranos, in its approach and methodology, and the true swings from the gritty to anguish and from transient humor back to despair, rarely - if ever - seen in the media, yet ever present in the daily reality of life. House makes the so-called “Reality Shows” look stupider and more contrived than they actually are. House hinges somewhere between a documentary and a true masterpiece of the art of film. This is not a “must see,’ or a “summer blockbuster,” but a treasure that will reside in the archives of the consciousness of all who embrace it.
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on March 16, 2015
The season that caps the story arcs of six years from Gregory House's sarcastic world view!
This is in many ways my favorite season of House (see the powerful opening episode of 'Broken" and some even believe that it should have been the last season of the show!
Be that as it may, it is one of the best seasons of a show with the most original main character ever offered!
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