2010-2011 season wrap: House

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With the 2010-2011 television season officially over, I’ll be taking some time over the next week or so to look back on how some of television’s best fared this season. General thoughts: End dates are not normal in television and most series limp towards the finish line. This is often more true for series with procedural … Continue reading

Season Finale — House, “Moving On”

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For a season finale, “Moving On” is not an entirely exciting episode. In fact, this episode includes one of the season’s most obvious commitments to a medical case. At various points of the episode, I found myself just slightly bored with the proceedings. But despite all of that, “Moving On” is exactly what House ends as … Continue reading

House, “After Hours”

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When heading into a season finale, there’s always a danger of ramping things up too much. The desire to make everything seem MORE IMPORTANT and MORE URGENT is always there, especially for drama series, but it doesn’t always work in the context of the episodes that came before it. Histrionics for histrionics sake is never, ever a … Continue reading

House, “The Fix”

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UGH. I have no problem with House going to extremes at the end of its seventh season. This is a series that likes to pull out “big” moments and twists during the final few episodes every season, so I expected season seven to try to accomplish those same goals. It’s part of the series’ storyteling DNA … Continue reading

#TVFail Entry 2: House, “Simple Explanation”


The accused: House, “Simple Explanation” (Season 5, Episode 20) The crime: Presenting a terribly manipulative version of the “Very Special Episode” gimmick. Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of series we were convinced had it all planned … Continue reading

House, “Changes”

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There’s a weird thing going on. I think I’m the biggest critical supporter of House left. I’m not really sure how this happening, especially when I spent a good portion of the last two seasons thinking that the series should be cancelled. I’d like to think I have mostly high standards. Maybe I do, maybe … Continue reading

House, “Last Temptation”

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Thirteen’s back, so naturally that means Masters has to leave! Okay, that might not be the exact logistical explanation for the transition between last week’s very good episode of House and this only-okay episode of House, but it does seem a bit obvious that this series refuses to have two female characters on the team. … Continue reading

The TVS List: Three broadcast series that need to be canceled


Note: I’m hopefully going to have more time to write things here over the next few months, so I’ll be trying to bring back the weekly list feature. Trying. Anyway, here’s the beginning of that attempt. It’s spring, which means it is the time of year that everyone takes to the internet to stump for … Continue reading

House, “The Dig”

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I’m willing to face the consequences of this statement: I actually like Thirteen. I know that many House fans have hated her from the beginning because she was more or less replacing fan favorite Cameron, and I can see their point of view. The way that Cameron was shoved not-so-gently off the stage so that … Continue reading

House, “Fall From Grace”

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As we continue into the post-Huddy period of this season of House, it looks like the series is fairly confident in hitting the same notes each week with just enough variation to make subsequent episodes worth watching. Last week, House hung out in a swanky hotel with a bunch of hookers and jumped off a … Continue reading