Who wouldn’t want to see a doctor like House
? Quite a lot of us, we’d wager, as Hugh Laurie’s ultra-sarcastic never-pleasant Dr House continues to chuck out wonderful, biting one-liners and insults to anyone who steps in his way. Season five has no shortage of them, but there are also signs here that an already impressive show is maturing extremely well.
This time, we get to find out quite a bit more about House himself, as season five digs into the sides of his character that we’ve rarely seen before. Around him, others aren’t having the best of times either, and with that in mind, the comedic elements that have been a trademark of the show since it began are gradually turned down here. As it happens, that’s no bad thing, as instead House’s fifth season adds depth and development to the set-up, all the while trying to solve seemingly-impossible medical cases.
The evolution of House himself also gives a platform for Hugh Laurie to demonstrate just why he’s one of the most in-demand television actors on the planet. He’s just brilliant here, utterly owning the role and showing a real range to his performance. His supporting cast are fine too, but this is very much Laurie’s show.
While the plot and character developments may isolate one or two who look for an easier 40-odd minutes from a House episode, season five wins its gamble to shake things up, leaving you tantalised on a major cliffhanger that pretty much guarantees you watching the first episode of season six. It’s a real achievement from one of the best shows on American television right now, and with season five, it’s just got that little better. --Jon Foster
All 24 episodes from the fifth season of the medical drama series starring Hugh Laurie as the stony-faced MD, Dr Gregory House - who, although very well qualified, is completely devoid of any bedside manner. In this season, House is haunted by the death of Amber (Anne Dudek) and fears that Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) blames him for the circumstances that led to her demise - especially when he suddenly decides to leave the hospital. Meanwhile, Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) and Chase (Jesse Spencer) face some big relationship decisions. Episodes are: 'Dying Changes Everything', 'Not Cancer', 'Adverse Events', 'Birthmarks', 'Lucky Thirteen', 'Joy', 'The Itch', 'Emancipation', 'Last Resort', 'Let Them Eat Cake', 'Joy to the World', 'Painless', 'Big Baby', 'The Greater Good', 'Unfaithful', 'The Softer Side', 'The Social Contract', 'Here Kitty', 'Locked In', 'Simple Explanation', 'Saviors', 'House Divided', 'Under My Skin' and 'Both Sides Now'.