I was riding the city bus when I heard the news that season 8 would be HOUSE’s last. I got a sad twinge from that; it was like a golden hammer had made its final strike. The sound of finality is never very pretty.
The news came via Twitter, and the tweets hailed from all over the world. The technology which makes this possible is astonishing. More incredible is how a show about a misanthropic, drug addicted physician captivated its viewers and won their hearts. The credit goes to David Shore for creating the show, the writers and directors for seeing his vision through, and to Hugh Laurie, who took a character who could have been unsympathetic and unlikeable and molded him into someone we adored. We rooted for him. We cheered him on even when he was at his worst. Because to quote Hugh, “House was on the side of the angels”. Despite his callousness, recklessness, and questionable ethics, he looked for truth and used his formidable mental capabilities to save lives. There was always something to be said for that.
It seemed that the writers, the producers, and the crew loved the show as much as its viewers and always took the time to communicate their enthusiasm and share what they could about next week’s episode. This was always appreciated, probably more than you know.
At its best, House was inspiring, enlightening, and disturbing. Its fandom brought people together who might never have met otherwise. So thank you for the journey. It’s been a mighty fine ride.
When did you start watching House?
I started watching HOUSE from the pilot episode.
What was your first impression?
It was somewhat terrifying. The CGI of the human innards was scary enough but there was an orange tinge to that episode and Hugh Laurie, the actor I knew as Stephen Fry’s comedy partner, was not playing the buffoon anymore. House was an intense, disturbing yet fascinating character.
Why did you keep watching?
The character and his interactions with patients and colleagues were different from anything on the air at the time. You never knew what to expect when you tuned in.
You hated it when... Why?
House continually traveled the road to self-destruction. He was smarter than that and wouldn’t approve of a patient or colleague acting the way he did.
You loved it when... Why?
House pointed out the truth in often blunt and unsympathetic ways.
Why House mattered to you?
He was a character who, no matter how caustic he seemed, was always on the side of the angels and the truth.
What will you miss?
The stories, the chemistry between the characters, especially the House/Wilson dynamic, the sharp writing. Everything.
What will you remember?
Looking forward to Monday nights, enjoying the discussions with the writers and crew who generously gave their time to the fans, knowing at the end of the long summer hiatus there would be a new season waiting.