Tuesday, November 29, 2005

I don't watch a lot of TV, but...



Me likey.

It's about time that we get to see a protagonist in a TV show who isn't completely likeable. In the case of Greg House, played brilliantly by Hugh Laurie, he's a right bastard. I didn't think America was ready for a protagonist who wasn't your average 'put-upon nice guy,' since "American Gothic" got cancelled. Of course, the sherriff in that show was Satan, so maybe that was taking it a bit far...

In any case, Fox's "House" is really a fairly formulaic medical drama. Here's how it breaks down:

9pm-9:10 - mysterious medical emergency, and first few diagnoses,House pisses off his staff by belittling them and their ideas
9:10-9:25 - first few diagnoses are discounted, more tests ordered, House pisses everyone off by calling patient and family liars
9:25-9:35 - patient has first of several seizures or goes into cardiac arrest
9:35- 9:45 - TOUGH DECISIONS have to be made: treat one symptom, treatment for which could kill patient if the illness actually is any one of a few other possible things, or not treat one symptom, which could kill patient if left untreated
9:45-9:55 - House pisses off entire staff, patient's family, and hospital administrator, by ordering controversial procedure on a "hunch"
9:55-10:00 - BRILLIANT BREAKTHROUGH diagnosis by House. Patient is SAVED.

All the while, House has a purdy set of blue eyes on 'im.

12 Comments:

Anonymous stephenesque said...

Hugh Laurie was much better when he was funny. (And, no, I'm not counting "Jeeves and Wooster" as funny)

29 November, 2005 13:10  
Blogger Andraste said...

He's hilarious in House...if you enjoy sarcasm and verbal abuse. Hey! I KNOW you do!

29 November, 2005 13:18  
Anonymous vague said...

You are so right. I love that show!

29 November, 2005 13:53  
Blogger Chris Cope said...

I have never watched that show, but was able to accurately guess what happens based on the promos they run during football.

29 November, 2005 15:16  
Blogger T. Leach said...

And he'd have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids.

29 November, 2005 15:33  
Blogger mrshife said...

Insert Laugh track.
T. leach with another zinger.

I have never seen this show either, but I am willing to learn.

29 November, 2005 15:38  
Blogger Andraste said...

The show is entirely worth it, even if only for the split second between House hearing someone say something really stupid, as we wait for his nasty, sneering reply. It's GOOD!!!!

29 November, 2005 15:43  
Blogger LindyK said...

Indeed, Andraste, I'm with you on this one! I don't watch much tv, but House is worthy... Caught a snippet of Laurie doing an interview on some show recently, and he's wonderfully charming... aah the joy of having television crushes! Between Laurie, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, my night is filled with secretly hot sarcastic bastards!

29 November, 2005 20:31  
Blogger LBseahag said...

okay..usually i am nice to you, but this time....no...

the only taste you have is in your mouth :P

29 November, 2005 23:00  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I like this show, but it is 'Murder She Wrote' set in a hospital. But I like it. I also loved American Gothic, the little kid Calab was too cute for words. And the Sherrif was that chap that used to be the DJ in Nighthawk,now he is frequently an immoral lawyer in Law and Order, all five hundred of variations. Oh I love TV...

30 November, 2005 05:48  
Blogger Andraste said...

FMC - You're right. That kid Caleb was amazing. Really compelling. And I don't know much else that the Sheriff guy was in, though he was hilarious in "Office Space," as the asshole boss.

LBSeahag - This is how you repay me, after I kept my mouth SHUT when you put a picture of those AWFUL shoes on your blog the other day? The gloves are off, sista! Watch your step!

30 November, 2005 09:13  
Blogger LBseahag said...

hahahahahaa...just wait til i mail you a pair of crocs....


nah...they suck now, they sell knock-offs at Wal-mart...

like when von dutch shirts got sold at the fair...

30 November, 2005 21:33  

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