1) When did you start watching House?
About two years ago. I started with Season 1 and watched the first six seasons over a
several- month period on the Internet. A mega-dose of House! I finished just before Season
7 began and then started watching it on schedule every week.
2) What was your first impression?
Honestly, I thought House, the character, was incredibly annoying—way too cynical,
impish, and occasionally even sadistic.
3) Why did you keep watching?
Masochism? No, just kidding. I quickly learned that the character, the writing, and the
acting—especially Hugh Laurie’s-- were incredibly compelling, like a novel that have to
stay up all night reading. I also loved both the obvious and subtle allusions to Sherlock
Holmes, whom I’ve always been fascinated by.
4) You hated it when... Why?
How did you know?:) I hated the relationship with Cuddy, not because I hated that House and Cuddy were together, but I hated the way they were together: seemingly with no chance for success. I felt jerked around by the show at that point. But, thankfully, I’ve recovered.
5) You loved it when... Why?
Call me perverse, but I loved the two-parter Broken, when House was in the mental
hospital. It was some of the most complex, moving television I have ever seen. House was simultaneously unusually humane and an utterly screwed-up bastard and Laurie pulled off this near-schizophrenic combination brilliantly. And the setting brought out leadership qualities in House that we didn’t know about—bringing out the patients’ better selves, as opposed to the pranking and over-intellectualizing that he used to try to guide, er, manipulate his team in the hospital. In Broken, it was as if all of House’s hidden qualities came roaring to the surface. He was, at that moment, the most complex and soul-bearing
character I’ve ever seen on television. Just amazing.
6) Why House mattered to you?
It tested my patience in many ways, and I always passed the test! I also liked being part of an international community of viewers and puzzling over what made the show so universally loved, across languages, cultures, and geography.
7) What will you miss?
I will miss the intelligence of the show and of Hugh Laurie’s acting. I will miss the
emotional expressiveness of Hugh Laurie’s face and the way he acted through silence. I will miss the medical-drama-as-detective-show. At the risk of offending someone, I will miss theword “sarcoidosis.”
8) What will you remember?
I will House’s and Wilson’s friendship—one of the great male friendships of all times. I will remember that Hugh Laurie’s face is completely different when he is playing House than it is in real life. I will remember that everybody lies but that doesn’t mean we should stop looking for the truth.