House, M.D.: Seasons One & Two
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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."
Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie is on call as sardonic Dr. Gregory House in Season Two of the smash-hit House, television's most intelligent and provocative drama. This 6-disc collection features all 24 innovative episodes, exclusive bonus materials and some of today's brightest guest stars, including Sela Ward, Ron Livingston, LL Cool J and Cynthia Nixon. Be a part of this medical mystery-solving team as House and his staff take on baffling cases in the gripping show critics are calling "both hilarious and heartbreaking; this could be network TV's best current series." - David Kronke, Los Angeles Daily News
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We are watching these now as an addiction, every other night 2-3 shows at a time. We only have 8 shows of the 2nd season left to go, so we need to preorder season 3 soon. The writing & directing are absolutely solid, on every episode; well, actually there was one episode at the beginning of season 2 that was "off" chemistry wise, but every other episode has been a gem, with fast paced intelligent dialog, wit, sarcasm and emotional tension, despite the techno-medical-speak. I have not been this hooked on anything from television since...Star Trek?
Understand though, that these are not really medical stories, they are detective stories in a medical setting. And everybody lies.
Dr. Gregory House is brilliant and truly does not give a tinker's dam what people think. The things with which he gets away - what he says to his colleagues, patients, and superiors - are a vicarious treat. Who wouldn't want to say a lot of what House acerbically delivers in each and every episode?!
What is so compelling about his character is his total unwillingness to bend, whether it is his methodologies or his opinions. Here is a character that - in any other situation - would be one that you KNOW would be set up to metamorphose in some way; perhaps the "bully" becomes a kinder, gentler person by episode's end.
Not the case with House. He is everything contrary to what we perceive to be characteristic of a "hero"; he's a bitter, Vicodin-addicted misanthrope, whose interest in his patients is solely for the medical puzzle they present. On the rare occasions that he appears to connect with a patient, it is always within HIS own parameters.
But you wouldn't want him to change. That's what keeps him strangely likeable and believable; he's a damaged person (his leg injury is really secondary) and is what he is, take it or leave it. He doesn't actually like many people at all - he won't even meet his own patients unless he absolutely HAS to; even though he's a genius diagnostician, he's horrible at relating to people.
We find ourselves alternately cheering his successful unorthodox actions or aghast at his crude insensitivity, and we keep watching! The medical jargon, while complicated at times, never makes the audience feel left out; explanations are skillfully woven into the dialogue before you have a chance to scratch your head in confusion - and without slowing the pace.
This is a highly recommended medical drama with enough suspense and mystery to keep you involved. If you haven't seen the early seasons, you would be missing out on some intense character background and stories.
Differential diagnosis, people! Go!
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