The award-winning House
simply gets better and better, as its third season again delivers entertainment to a consistently high standard. Powered by Hugh Laurie in the title role--and his performance is worthy of every plaudit its attracted--this is a medical mix of drama and highly sarcastic comedy, thats proven to be a considerable commercial and critical success.
The thinking behind the show is simple. Lauries Dr House is as reluctant, snide and miserable a medical practitioner as youre likely to find, although he happens to be a genius at solving the unsolvable cases. Along with his small team of doctors, each episode generally sees House as a medical mystery, with said team scrabbling to find the answers to devilishly complicated illnesses and diseases.
But Houses skill is its characters as well as its at-times ingenious plotlines. Hugh Laurie aside, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Jennifer Morrison are terrific as Houses long-suffering staff, while Robert Sean Leonards Dr Wilson and Lisa Edelsteins Dr Cuddy are equally strong as his only friend and boss respectively.
The third season of House shakes things up quite a lot though. A good chunk of it, for instance, is concerned with Lauries Doctor coming under investigation from a detective who takes a dislike to Houses methods. Plus theres also a superb episode set mid-flight, and plenty of character issues to deal with too. No plot spoilers here, though!
In short, House is, and remains a triumph, by turns funny, dramatic and moving. And Laurie, surely in the role of a lifetime, is simply brilliant. Series four cant come quickly enough. --Simon Brew
House - Season Three (Hugh Laurie) [DVD]