Those who know me know I don’t have a long list of must-watch shows. Normally, I’ll start out watching a show but get bored after a few episodes (or simply forget to watch) and, that’s if I even make an effort to watch a series before it is cancelled and I happen to catch a re-run.
Since 2004, the show House has been one of the few exceptions. I won’t tell you I have never missed an episode because I have. But, it is one of the few shows that I do make a legitimate effort to plan my life around.
Unfortunately, after 7 years, I am now starting to see my loyalty fade. And, the only reason for this is his new romance with Cuddy.
Seven years is a long time for a TV show and I have lived through other changes ranging from him getting a new team, having a couple different rivals ranging from Vogler to Tritter and even a season that spent a great deal of time talking about his relationship with an ex-girlfriend. This new change, which sees him romantically involved with the boss he has pursued since the first season, is the one that makes me want to turn off this show for good.
This actually isn’t too much of a surprise. Even though I was willing to give it a chance, I have been saying for some time now that a relationship with Cuddy would end up ruining the show. However, even I didn’t expect things to go downhill so quickly for this program.
As I said before, I’m not a person who becomes a loyal fan of just any show. It takes something special. What won me over when it came to this one was the way this program broke all the rules. House wasn’t some clean-cut doctor who would occasionally break hospital rules because he cared about his patients. Instead, he was a crippled, drug addicted doctor who slept with prostitutes and sexually harassed every woman he met. He hated his patients but treated them because he liked the challenge and, when he broke the rules (every week), he did it proudly; almost daring his bosses to fire him.
Now, he’s no different than any other man in your typical situation comedy.
Don’t believe me? Just look at Monday’s episode “Two Stories.” He ended up speaking at a career day presentation because Cuddy was mad at him. And, rather than it being over him performing an unnecessary medical test or insulting a patient, it was over him using her toothbrush and not taking out her garbage. That, to me at least, sounds more like something I could expect to see on a re-run of Everyone Loves Raymond; not something that belongs in a medical drama.
I think the worst part of all of this is the fact the show has become about their relationship. The cases used to be creative and interesting. Now they are secondary and, as in the case of this week’s episode, often get no air time at all.
At this point, I know there is no way to restore this show back to its original glory. But, unless the writers attempt to salvage this once great series by breaking Cuddy and House up (preferably over something a bit more serious than using her toothbrush) or at least making it less of an emphasis, I think this show will cease to be part of my must-see list and will move to my must-miss list instead.