1) When did you start watching House?
I started at the very beginning, well, the very beginning as broadcast in Germany. May
2006, I think.
2) What was your first impression?
I thought that the promo people hadn’t lied this time – it actually was a doctor show for
people (like me) who usually hate doctor shows. In addition I found it very interesting that they’d managed to combine in one character all the features my teenage self decades ago would have fallen for in a flash: highly intelligent, dark, troubled and – limping. Yes, a guy walking with a cane used to be part of my teenage phantasies.
3) Why did you keep watching?
I kept watching because I loved House’s brand of humour – sarcasm it is! And out of some sort of nostalgic feeling for my own youth. But by the closing sequence of Paternity even my adult self was intrigued enough with Greg House to carry on on its own.
4) You hated it when... Why?
I hated every moment when I got the feeling that they weren’t true to the character. Some examples: the ‘tribal council’ and lots of other gimmicks during the survivor arc (just plain stupid IMO) or House running up the staircase in Whatever It Takes when it was established that he had trouble climbing stairs.
5) You loved it when... Why?
I loved every single moment when House was suffering, physically or emotionally – not
because I’m a sadist but because Mr. Laurie acted these scenes unbelievably beautiful and moving.
6) Why House mattered to you?
House mattered because it kept me thinking instead of lulling me like other shows do. House mattered because Greg House seemed to be an actual living, breathing person, not just some fictional character. House mattered because being a fan of the show (and subsequent being a fan of Mr. Laurie, too) set off some actual and lasting changes in my life I’m grateful for. Therefore it will always matter.
7) What will you miss?
I will miss... Really, I can’t answer this question. Just thinking about it makes me cry...
8) What will you remember?
I will remember the first time I watched Three Stories. I couldn’t breath and I couldn’t
believe what fascinating piece of art wrapped up in 42 minutes of a TV show I was
experiencing. It opened my eyes for the overall greatness of House, the show. For all the craft that is required to create its world. It turned me from a casual viewer into a devoted follower of House’s journey. It changed everything. Forever.