I. Plot

House (also known as House, M.D.) is an American stand-alone television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. House was created by David Shore. The show follows Dr. Gregory House, the irascible, maverick medical genius who heads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital (PPTH) in New Jersey. In a typical episode, the team is presented with an unusual case; the storyline follows the diagnosis of the patient's illness, a process often complicated by the internal competition and personal foibles of the diagnostic team. It concentrates on the medical profession; therefore there is always detailed information about how to solve the case in the show, where lots of specialized terms are involved. As to that, House MD was recognized as an entertaining and also educating show. House often clashes with his fellow physicians, including his own diagnostic team, because many of his hypotheses about patients' illnesses are based on subtle or controversial insights. His flouting of hospital rules and procedures frequently leads him into conflict with his boss, hospital administrator and Dean of Medicine as well.

II. Main Characters

1) Dr. Gregory House

Img Dr. Gregory House, M.D. — typically referred to simply as House — is the title character of the drama. Portrayed by English actor Hugh Laurie, he leads a team of diagnosticians as the Head of Diagnostic Medicine at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey based on Yale-New Haven Hospital. A polyglot, House speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Mandarin. He listens to jazz, plays the piano and has an interest in vintage electric guitars. He plays video games and watches a soap opera. House's character frequently shows off his cunning and biting wit and enjoys picking people apart and mocking their weaknesses. House accurately deduces people's motives and histories from aspects of their personality, appearance, and behavior.

2) Dr. James Wilson

Img James Evan Wilson, M.D., is a fictional character on the Fox medical drama House. He is played by Robert Sean Leonard. The character first appears in the pilot when he introduces a medical case to Dr. Gregory House. Wilson is Dr. House's only true friend, and frequently provides him with consultations and aid. Wilson is the head of the Department of Oncology at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.

3) Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Img Dr. Lisa Cuddy, an endocrinologist, is House's boss, as she is the hospital's dean of medicine and chief administrator. House has a complex relationship with Cuddy, and their interactions often involve a high degree of sexual tension. In the sixth episode of season five, they kiss for the first time. Their physical relationship does not progress any further during the fifth season. In the finale of season six, Cuddy tells House she loves him. They kiss and agree to try being a couple. Throughout season seven, House and Cuddy try to make their relationship work.

III. Reception

House received largely positive reviews; the series was considered a bright spot amid Fox's schedule, which was largely filled with reality shows. Meanwhile, House MD is still valued as one of the most successful TV show currently on air, and is also appreciated by Mr. Barack Obama. Since its premiere, House has been consistently popular. House was among the top-ten rated shows in the United States from its second through its fourth season. Distributed to 66 countries, House was the most watched television program in the world in 2008. The show received numerous awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody Award, and nine People's Choice Awards.


Lesson list of House.M.D

Lesson 1

Lesson 2