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Television Sat Apr 03 2010

The Obvious Similarities Between House and Holmes

I've been watching the "Mystery" marathon on WYCC during their fundraising drive (which I'm hesitant to give to based on the political videos scandal and other corruption I've heard about), and while I was watching my favorite "Sherlock Holmes" series with Jeremy Brett, it became very clear that "House" has ripped it off in some ways: Dr. Gregory House is a drug addict (painkillers), just like Holmes (heroin); he's brilliant, like Holmes; solves medical mysteries, like Holmes (murders); and his name is "House", a variation of "Home"...Holmes...get it?

And Dr. House has a coworker-pal called Dr. James Wilson, who is similar to Holmes' Dr. Watson: both of their names start with "W", they're both doctors, and they listen to their pals' clever theories, occasionally offering their own ideas while remaining very cerebral and calm, personalities which diverge from their intense main men.

How original, Fox.

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g-money / April 4, 2010 11:18 AM

if you did your research, and by research i mean a wikipedia page, you'd see that this has been explicitly stated by the show's creators. it's a modern day homage, not a ripoff.

Rebecca / April 4, 2010 12:50 PM

You should do some reading before you do your writing. David Shore, the creator of House, has always talked about the show as inspired by Sherlock Holmes. The connections are intentional.

margaret / April 9, 2010 9:49 PM

Thanks for your replies--I was merely spelling out the similarities after experiencing the shows.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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