House Cancelled: 5 things we’ve learned from Dr. Gregory House

Hugh Laurie as House

The news, when it came, was not unexpected: after eight brilliant (and not so brilliant) seasons, Hugh Laurie will be hanging up his cane as Dr. Gregory House. The long-running series will finish for good after the current season, scheduled to end in April this year.

Throughout the good and bad though, House has always managed to entertain. We thought, in tribute to a show that’s given us so much, it would be the perfect time to look at what House has taught us over the years:

  1. Everybody Lies: Practically the mantra of the show in the early days, House would be heard continually crowing this catchphrase. And he was (almost) always right – to save embarrassment, patients would often suppress vital information that would turn out to be vital to House’s diagnosis.
  2. Treat ‘Em Mean, Keep ‘Em Keen: Being a genius diagnostician has its perks. You can be a total douchebag to everyone around you and they’ll keep coming back for more. We’ve seen House treat his colleagues with complete disdain, but something in his cranky charismatic demeanour keeps people coming back. In fact, at one point, despite his reputation, he had a backlog of applicants to work in his department.
  3. Being loved by your employees is overrated: Can you think of a worse boss than Greg House? Remember the time he hired a private investigator to dig into his team’s private lives? Or the frequent racial taunts endured by Foreman? House – as we’ve seen in recent episodes – likes to keep his team on their toes and at each other’s throats.
  4. Bedside manner is optional: If you think House is tough on the people he works with, you should see how he treats his patients. If he can be bothered to even show up, that is. We’ve seen House literally phoning in his diagnoses on occassion, and when he turns up, his caustic wit often rips patients’ lifestyles to shreds – from secrets between spouses to pouring scorn on their religious beliefs.
  5. House - Puppy Dog eyesIf all else fails, use puppy-dog eyes: Yup, even House has backed himself into a corner on a number of occassions. You know what the best way to get around it is? Give them that awesome hangdog expression with the sad eyes and the stubbly mouth. It could be your get out of jail free card. Oh, wait, that’s Foreman.

So, the question for all you House fans is – will you miss the show, or was this the right time to end it?

by Gerard McGarry on February 9th, 2012

Gerard is the founder and editor of Unreality TV. He writes about TV dramas as well as reality TV talent shows and is obsessed by sci-fi and Doctor Who. Follow him on Twitter @gerrybot or Google+

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