House: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Hugh Laurie's sterling performance brings a vivacity to the curmudgeonly Dr. House, effortlessly carrying a series that is rich in style, but stubbornly stuck in formula from the outset.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 381

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Air date: Nov 16, 2004

The alternate title for this pilot episode of House is "Everybody Lies", which neatly sums up the philosophy of the brilliant but thoroughly obnoxious Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), infectious disease and nephrology specialist at Princton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Convinced that none of his patients will ever tell him the truth, House responds in kind by refusing to talk to them beyond the bare necessities--and he certainly wastes no time being friendly, comforting or supportive. Right now, House's patented indifference is being directed at 29-year-old kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler (Robin Tunney), who for no discernible reason has begun suffering seizures and speaking gibberish. With no one else able to figure out what's happening to Rebecca, House dismisses it as a brain tumor. It turns out that he's wrong--and also that he'll spend a lot more time than he'd originally intended trying to save Rebecca's life, and to ascertain the real cause for her behavior (which, as often happens in this series,turns out to be a malady that no one could possibly have anticipated). But though House emerges as the hero of the piece, he remains his old gloriously repulsive self.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2004

Suffering from double vision and horrible nightmares, 16-year-old Dan (Scott Mechlowitz) traces the source of his problem to injuries sustained during a Lacrosse match. As usual, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) has other ideas, first diagnosing Dan with MS, and then declaring that the boy is being sexually abused. By the time House has figured out the real reason (maybe!) and has scheduled Dan for brain surgery, the boy disappears from the clinic--and the chase is on. Elsewhere, House is annoyed by a ditzy mom (Kylee Cochran) who refuses to let her baby be vaccinated, and by a patient (Alex Skuby) with an ugly abscess in his knee who is threatening to sue everyone within earshot.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2004

After calling in sick at work, 22-year-old college student Brandon (Kevin Zegers) spends the morning having wild sex with his fiancee--and then lapses into unconsciousness. It's obvious to Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) that Brandon wasn't lying about being sick, but his symptoms are mysterious and contradictory--and worse, they keep multiplying. As he tries to figure out this puzzle, House saves time by treating all of his other patients in a record five minutes. All in all, not a bad day's work for the clinic's most obstreperous doctor, even though House is taken down a peg or two by his supervisor Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who sharkishly informs him that he will never get her goat no matter how hard he tries!

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Air date: Dec 7, 2004

After checking on two neonatal infants who have suffered mysterious seizures, House (Hugh Laurie) concludes that the clinic has become the breeding ground for a deadly epidemic--which is rapidly spreading to the other newborns. In order to isolate the reason for this outbreak and to stop it in its tracks, House is faced with a difficult choice: One of the babies will have to die to save the others. As it turns out, the source of the epidemic has little to do with babies, but neither House nor the audience finds this out until the very last moment.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2004

It's Christmas time in the clinic, but there's no occasion for joy when Sister Mary Augustine is brought, apparently suffering from stigmata. Figuring that it is nothing more than an allergy, House treats the nun accordingly--and as a result she nearly suffocates. As the other nuns set up a prayer vigil (much to House's annoyance), the clues to solving this medical mystery are painstakingly pieced together, leading unexpectedly to an incident in the Sister's distant past. Elsewhere, a man in a Santa suit (Dakin Matthews) is suffering from an inflamed bowel, which can only be cured by smoking cigarettes. Ho ho ho!

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Air date: Dec 21, 2004

Throwing himself into his work to get his mind off his birthday, House (Hugh Laurie) is intrigued when diagnosed schizophrenic Lucille Palmeiro (Stacy Edwards) has a pulmonary embolism at the unusually young age of 38. In fact, he's so intrigued that he breaks his own self-imposed rule and tries to talk to the woman at her home--where her 15-year-old son Luke (Aaron Himelstein) seems to know a lot more than he's saying. Elsewhere, Chase (Jesse Spencer) has serious issues with his past. This episode affords a rare opportunity to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his authentic British accent.

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Air date: Dec 28, 2004

31-year-old Elyce Snow (Myndy Crist) sleeps eighteen hours a day, and is impossible to get along with the other six hours. House (Hugh Laurie) thinks it might be depression, but it isn't, nor is it rabbit fever (his second choice). Finally, House diagnoses African Sleeping Sickness--and since neither Elyce nor her husband Ed (Dominic Purcell) has ever been to Africa, the only other possibility is that one of them has been unfaithful. But neither husband nor wife will fess up...not even if their silence results in her quick demise!

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Air date: Jan 25, 2005

While taking the AP Calculus exam, high-school student Matt Davis (John Patrrick Amedori) collapses. Discovering that Matt has been lethally poisoned, House (Hugh Laurie) suspects that the boy has been doing drugs at home. When another student exhibits the same symptoms, however, it is obvious that the source of the poison is the school testing room--but how can this be? Meanwhile, another clinic patient, 82-year-old Georgia Adams (Shirley Knight), suddenly develops an uncontrollable sex drive...and an insatiable lust for Dr. House!

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Air date: Feb 1, 2005

Legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles (Harry Lennix) collapses during a recording session. After Giles' own doctor Marty Hamilton (David Conrad) diagnoses the dread disease ALS, the musician hastily signs a "do not resuscitate" form. Naturally, House (Hugh Laurie) ignores this document, and as a result ends up in court--just as Giles begins to exhibit inexplicable signs of recovery! Meanwhile, Dr. Hamilton tries to persuade his former pupil Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) to leave New Jersey and join him in a lucrative West Coast partnership. Pop star Brandy appears as herself.

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Air date: Feb 8, 2005

A homeless, unidentified woman (Leslie Hope) collapses during a run-in with the police, then suffers a seizure at the clinic. Foreman (Omar Epps) thinks that the woman is faking illness to get free room and board, while Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) insists that she has ovarian cancer. Typically, House trumps them both with a theory of his own, and as a bonus figures out the woman's true identity--much to the fascination of two wide-eyed medical students who've been following House around all day.

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Tv Season Info

The first series of House introduces Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a misanthropic physician known for his uncanny ability to diagnose tricky illnesses, and total lack of bedside manner. His notoriously harsh personality and unconventional methods lead to frequent disagreements among his colleagues, particularly the Dean of Medicine, Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein). Realizing his skill, Dr. Cuddy allows House to handpick a team of fellow medical mavericks to serve as his personal diagnostic team, including Dr. Robert Chase (Jesse Spencer), Dr. Allison Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), and Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps). Though House is more often than not at odds with at least one member of his team, their combined skills help save patients less qualified physicians may have written off as lost causes.


Hugh Laurie
as Dr. Greg House
Lisa Edelstein
as Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Robert Sean Leonard
as Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison
as Dr. Allison Cameron
Omar Epps
as Dr. Eric Foreman
Jesse Spencer
as Dr. Robert Chase
Chi McBride
as Edward Vogler
Sela Ward
as Stacy Warner
Marco Pelaez
as Pharmacist
Ava Hughes
as Sydney
Stephanie Venditto
as Nurse Brenda Previn
Kevin Zegers
as Brandon Merrell
Marin Hinkle
as Naomi Randolph
Harry Lennix
as John Henry
Mark Harelik
as Mr. Foster
John Cho
as Harvey Park
Robin Tunney
as Rebecca Adler
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Sister Augustine
Roxanne Hart
as Margo Davis
Scott Foley
as Hank Wiggen
Stacy Edwards
as Lucille Palmeiro
Leslie Hope
as Victoria
Patrick Bauchau
as Dr. Rowan Chase
Ron Perkins
as Dr. Simpson
Rekha Sharma
as Melanie Landon
Aaron Himelstein
as Luke Palermo
Sarah Clarke
as Carly Fontano
Jennifer Stone
as Jessica Simms
Lucinda Jenney
as Sister Eucharist
Alexis Thorpe
as Mindy Gross
Joe Morton
as Sen. Gary H. Wright
Currie Graham
as Mark Warner
Faith Prince
as Becky Merrell
Art LaFleur
as Warner Fitch
Dylan Kussman
as Mr. Carroll
Lori Rom
as Sister Mary Pius
Michael Simpson
as Andrew Kaplan
Nicole Bilderback
as Caring Student
Mark Hames
as Ambulance Driver
David Conrad
as Dr. Marty Hamilton
Cynthia Ettinger
as Mrs. Simms
Ann Dowd
as Mother Superior
Natalie Shaw
as Rachel Kaplan
John Kelly
as Robert Merrell
David Burke
as Everhardt
Andrew Keegan
as Rebellious Student
Susan Slome
as Mrs. Hernandez
Alex Scuby
as Funsten
John Kelly
as Robert Merrell
Al Espinosa
as Dr. Wells
Kelly Kirklyn
as Mrs. Carroll
Beth Hall
as Shelly Diamond
David Castellani
as Board Member
Kylee Cochran
as Young Mother
Melissa Marsala
as Judy Lapino
John Prosky
as Dr. Bergin
McNally Sagal
as Mrs. Miller
Bryan Singer
as Bryan Singer/Director's Voice
Ramon Franco
as Mr. Hernandez
S.E. Perry
as Officer Davis
Keone Young
as Clyde Park
Josh Zuckerman
as Keen Student
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Mr. Conroy
Sahar Bibiyan
as Clinic Nurse
Endre Hules
as Sous Chef
Tomiko Martinez
as Tall Girl
Maurice Godin
as Dr. Hourani
Kevin Brief
as Officer Angle
Tim Haldeman
as Mature Man
Elizabeth Sung
as Marilyn Park
Lauren Cohn
as Jodi Matthews
Deirdre M. Smith
as Carol Moffatt
Peter Jacobson
as Dr. Chris Taub
James Conkle
as Young Boy
Akiko Morison
as Anesthesiologist
Mark Bloom
as Doctor No. 1
James Saxenmeyer
as Late 30s Man
Jason Stuart
as Adam Brown
Patty Onagan
as Girlfriend
Andrew Borba
as Mr. Van Der Meer
Greg Collins
as Marshal Brady
Matt Molloy
as Aubrey Shifren
Andi Eystad
as Volleyball Player
Eric Cazenave
as Doctor No. 2
Ben Campbell
as Jerry Morris
Pat Musick
as Trina Wyatt
Sean Everett
as Patient
Marc Menard
as Soap Doctor
Karen Goberman
as Mrs. Ayers
Veronica Brown
as Female Boardmember
Richard Swaidan
as College Student
Madison Bauer
as Soap Patient
C. Xavier Drayton
as Male Truant Officer
Alyson Morgan
as Clementine
Ulysses Lee
as Chi Ling
Susan Gallagher
as Volleyball Player's Mom
Shawn Carter Peterson
as Male Med. Student
David Joyner
as Cardiac Surgeon
Cindy Lu
as Nurse
Jim Lau
as Chou-Young Ling
Guy Camilleri
as Hayden Brown
Joshua Wolf Coleman
as Suburban Pharmacist
John Berg
as Dr. Prather
Ben Jelen
as Dr. Roger Spain
Cress Williams
as Eli Ackerly
Linda Wang
as Jen Ling
Dennis Howard
as Chaplain
Larry Clarke
as Officer Gilmar
Sheila Cavalette
as Anestheseologist
Alec George
as Classmate
Andy Milder
as Bus Driver
D.J. Evans
as Classmate
Donna Stearns
as Volunteer
Suzanne Ford
as Mrs. Whitney
Rhea Lando
as Teammate No. 2
Bryan Fabian
as Classmate
Reggie Jordan
as Anesthesiologist
Charlyne Yi
as Dr. Chi Park
Odette Annable
as Dr. Jessica Adams
Jocelyn Jackson
as Young Woman
Erin Foster
as Dr. Petra Gilmar
Shari Headley
as Dr. Arlene Marks
Olivia Wilde
as Thirteen/Dr. Remy Hadley
Janet Glassford
as Reception Nurse
Alex Skuby
as John Funsten
Matt Malloy
as Aubrey Shiffren
Mark Holmes
as Ambulance Driver
Andrew Airlie
as Orange-Colored Patient
Dylan Basu
as Asthsma Patient
Joshua Coleman
as Suburban Pharamacist
Michael Gorjiian
as Sean Randolph
Candus Churchill
as Substitute Teacher
Erin Forster
as Dr. Gilmari
Maya Massar
as Asthsma Mom
Michale Ascher
as Egg Salad Lady
Eliska Amor
as Flirting Patient
Nicholas D'Agosto
as Keith Foster
Art La Fleur
as Warner Fitch
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Critic Reviews for House Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

Laurie gives House a kind of negative charisma that is fascinating to watch, and likable in its way. And it's hard not to notice that despite his fits and spats, House does save lives.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

[Hugh] Laurie is a revelation as the coruscating consultant House.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

House is only mediocre.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

This is one House call worth making.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Laurie's so good, his Housian bitterness can be graded from free-floating annoyance to hang-it-all nihilism.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This is pretty by-the-numbers storytelling, albeit in a glossy package.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Created by a former "Law & Order" producer, with a pilot directed by Bryan Singer, this show has a decent pedigree. Even so, you have to ask, what in the heck is a pedestrian medical drama like this doing on Fox?

Feb 27, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Adding to the generally exceptional production values, the cast is believable and compelling.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I'm at a loss to find anything wrong with this show outside of the formulaic TV aspects of the show.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

That existential darkness at the heart of this series created by the gifted Paul Attanasio... is what makes it one of the more intriguing dramas in a fall season distinguished by them.

Nov 13, 2018 | Full Review…

House is, in short, a great, juicy, colorful protagonist. And Laurie plays him with a sourpuss charisma and a wit so dry it crackles.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

House is not recommended for hypochondriacs. The medical cases can hit eerily close to home and show just how fallible the medical system can be. That makes the show riveting as well as disconcerting.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House: Season 1

  • Aug 13, 2020
    Brilliant procedural with a great cast and an amazing performance from its lead.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Hugh Laurie's best work, its amazingly funny yet intense. I love the wit and the fact it keeps you guessing while you watch.
  • Jul 30, 2020
    this show has AMAZING characters. house is the jerk, the genius, yet i may have fallen in love with him. it is hard not to, or maybe i'm just a wilson who can't help but want to help. the intricacies in the plot are so well put together. every character should be appreciated because every character is so beautifully created. i really love the diagnoses, it kind of gives me sherlock holmes vibes and that's exactly what i'm into. it really is one of the best shows i've seen in a good while.
  • Jun 21, 2020
    Excelentes diálogos, situaciones y personajes... y House es un Genio!
  • Aug 22, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant! Hugh Laurie is unbelievably funny and dry witted. Can't help but care about all the characters both staff and patients. Would highly recommend this to watch
  • Feb 05, 2019
    Best drama series, hands down.
  • Sep 27, 2018
    Amazing charcter portreyed by Hugh Laurie as Dr. Brillant House
  • Sep 13, 2018
    The script is original and clever, the plot is thrilling and well organized and the character House is full of personality and unique, overshadowing the other boring characters. It is twisted and original enough to keep the spectator interested.
  • Aug 30, 2018
    Arguably one of the best medical dramas out there, after watching this season we see a wide variety of symptoms, cases, and story telling devices that the 22 episodes in the season doesn't feel any at all repetitive.
  • Jan 25, 2018
    I loved this show. It was one of my favourite shows of all time; I could watch it again and again. Each episode is so interesting and house and Wilson’s friendship is so great.

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