House, M.D.: Season 1
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Go deeper into the medical mysteries of House, TV's most compelling new drama, as all 22 Season One episodes and exclusive bonus features come to DVD! Hugh Laurie stars as the brilliant, but sarcastic Dr. Gregory House, a maverick physician who is devoid of bedside manner. While his behavior can border on antisocial, Dr. House thrives on the challenge of solving the medical puzzles that other doctors give up on. Together with his hand-picked team of young medical experts, he'll do whatever it takes in the race against the clock to solve the case. Check out each gripping episode featuring some of TV's hottest guest stars, including Carmen Electra, Chi McBride, Scott Foley and Sela Ward. It's the intriguing new series TV Guide's Matt Roush hails as "… the uncommon cure for the common medical drama."
He pops pills, watches soaps, and always, always says what's on his mind. He's Dr. Gregory House (Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie, Blackadder). Producers David Shore, Bryan Singer, Katie Jacobs, and Paul Attanasio haven't rewritten the hospital drama--at heart, it's a cross between St. Elsewhere, ER, and C.S.I.--but they've infused a moribund genre with new life and created one of TV's most compelling characters. More than any previous medical procedural, it resembles Attanasios underrated Gideon's Crossing, but House is lighter on its feet. As fascinating as he is, the show wouldn't work as well if it were all House all the time (that would be like Sherlock Holmes without Watson or Moriarty). Fortunately, he's joined by an intriguing cast of characters, portrayed by a combination of experienced vets (Omar Epps, Lisa Edelstein, Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard) and new faces (Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer). Aside from the complicated cases they tackle each week, the sparks really fly when House's brilliant, if naïve charges are put to the test--and as the head of a teaching hospital, it's his job to test them (although his tough love approach is constantly landing him in hot water with Edelstein's administrator). From the first episode, House attracted a talented array of guests, including Robin Tunney ("Pilot"), Joe Morton ("Role Model"), and Patrick Bauchau ("Cursed") as Spencers father. In addition, Chi McBride and Sela Ward appear frequently (with Ward returning for the second season). Viewers who first watched these 22 episodes on Fox will be gratified to note that the music has survived the transition to disc, such as the Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want," as featured in both the pilot and season finale ("Honeymoon"). The only apparent omission is the credit theme (Massive Attack's "Teardrop") from the pilot. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Gregory House is to Vicodin as you, the viewer, are to House M.D., the tv program. The show is a drug and you need your weekly fix. The Show, like the drug, is manufactured to a consistent standard, providing essentially the same benefit with every viewing. But, as with the consumption of any drug, you become tolerant, and need larger doses; the show periodically responds with bursts of drama or more persuasive melodrama.
You come for the medical drama, but stay for the melodrama, which is distributed with the finest granules possible. There is no chance of overdosing on the melodrama. Most of the addictive quality of the show is the result of you waiting for something to happen in the melodrama. Relatively speaking, ordinary soap operas move at a break neck pace.
If you are a doctor, med student, or hypochondriac, then you may find the medical mysteries fascinating, but as an episode finishes and I am frequently at a loss to remember either the disease or the cure, as each is expressed in lightning bolts of medical lingo.
You won't really care for the disease-infested characters, maybe not even for the other characters except, of course, for House, the most active ingredient in this show/drug. You wonder how badly things will end for this character, much like you wondered how badly Sopranos would end (even if it didn't end at all.) Dr. James Wilson doesn't seem like someone prone to divorce- none of his ex-wives has made an appearance - and he is an underdeveloped character but his relationship with House is the most likable part of the series. The Dr. Lisa Cuddy character almost provides a love interest and you might almost care about her. The 'fellows', House's assistants, provide small amounts of flavoring to the mix. These assistants change over time, but if they changed with every episode, you might not care, or perhaps be glad they did.
This sounds like a downer of a review, but I have watched 5 seasons on DVD with my wife and child, and I've ordered season 6. What I must conclude is that we are junkies.
One last thing, the season 1 discs I purchased were 1-sided, but I see that there is also a 2-sided version. Pay attention to that detail when you buy. Only season 2 has picture discs. All other discs have sparse graphics.
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