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A Farewell to House, M.D.: Join Blogcritics For a Finale Party

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And here we are: the final weekend before the final curtain of House, M.D. Eight seasons, and we still love him, still root for him. So where will you be Monday night at 8:00 p.m. (ET)? I hope you’ll be right here, with me, as together we say goodbye to House, Wilson, Chase, Foreman, and the rest of the crew.

Since the series began in 2004, Blogcritics has been home to the fandom, starting with Diane Kristine’s House blog, and then beginning in 2007, my own “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process.” What better place to gather, to cheer, to cry, to reminisce, to commiserate?

We’ll chat through the first hour, commenting on the House retrospective as it airs, and then as the finale unfolds (and, no, I’ve not seen it, in case you were wondering), we can talk during the (too frequent) commercial breaks. Then afterwards, we’ll continue the conversation until there’s no one left to party. We’ll stay live until the West Coast has had its chance to see the finale so they can also stop by (and stay spoiler free). We’ll do polls (best episodes, funniest moment, best clinic patient, best music, etc.), trivia spanning eight seasons, and much more.

I can’t promise, but there may be a special guest or two stopping by as well. This will be your opportunity to say goodbye not only to a wonderful series (that has taken entirely too much of my time lo these many years), but to each other.

I  also want take this opportunity in this, one of my finale House columns, to thank you all for your readership and friendship, your encouragement, kudos and even criticism over the years. You are the ones who’ve made “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process” the success it has been over the years. You are all fantastic. RSVP to our LiveChat Event:


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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."
  • Martin Winckler

    Dear Barbara Barnett. I’m a French-speaking MD and writer living in Montreal. I’m currently writing a book about House, M.D. and the show’s narrative ethics. Today I was re-reading your “Chasing Zebras” and found this line on page 16 “Will House go riding off into the sunset with Cuddy (…) Cameron (…) or Stacy – or maybe even best friend James Wilson ?” This just to thank you for the great job you did reviewing the show and enlightning us on this website and in “Chasing Zebras”. And for your insightful analysis of the show and its characters. Your work will be fully aknowledged in my book.
    [Personal contact info deleted]

  • Margaret

    I am really going to miss this show…We loved it!

  • Igor

    It was terrific! I loved the finale. So many parallels with my own life and adventures, and so much like I would have done.

  • Thanks guys. My comments (initial) will be up later today.

  • amy b

    Loved your site. What a finale! I liked it, though I wish Lisa would have been able to reprise her role as Cuddy. Oh well, can’t have everything.

  • BrokenLeg

    Thank you Barbara for all your efforts.Thank you for this “speaking corner” you had given to us all of this years.Thanks for your patience.Thank you to all fellow posters.You all made my [H] greater!

  • Hi Barbara, Thanks for this. I was with a friend who has MS (and is as close to me as Wilson to House, if not more). I was glad we could watch together. Both very sad to see it end. We loved it.

  • Jenn

    Thank you Barbara, never commented here but I’ve been reading your reviews. I don’t usually like reviews, but yours are lovely.

    House is definitely the best medical show ever, I expect no contender in the near future. I love the characters dearly, it’s been a pleasure to watch them and the actors all grow.

    This show has entertained me both on happy and several bad days, it will be hard to find a replacement that I love just as much. Near the finale, I gave some shows a try, the only thing that came close to my liking was Suits, but I’ve watched them all now lol. To think about it, House and Suits are slightly similar. My rebound from House hehe

  • Oo

    Thank you Barbara from Fiji..will miss House and your thoughts..vinaka

  • Susan

    Thank you.

  • Susan, I will leave the chat frame open all night and into tomorrow morning for anyone to come back in, leave a comment or vote in the polls.

  • Susan

    I have to go to a wedding tonight (of all the nights to have a wedding Grrrrrrr) and will DVR the finale, so please I hope the polls and everything will be available tomorrow and this blog will still be around for at least a few more days,weeks……
    And Barbara, as everyone else writes, thank you for this great blog that shows me everything that I missed while watching the show, explaining the unexplainable, and bringing all the House fans into a community . I hope to be here bright and early tomorrow morning (after I watch the finale) to commiserate with everyone and shake off the inevitable depression that will descend when the show is over.

  • swell

    Glad that I found this site. Our lives won’t be the same without our friends on House. It’s so hard to lose something you love so much:( I’ll be at the party tomorrow night.

  • Orange! So great to hear from you my friend!!!!

    You are all so very kind. A sequel(or an updated edition) to Chasing Zebras is really up to my publisher, alas, so you need to ask them (ECW Press). Right now it’s fairly doubtful, but you never know 🙂

    I will complete the poll (I promise). I will do the seasons four-eight polls during the party and then narrow it all down for a final go (including the finale) next week. So stay tuned!

  • tipitinatoo

    @14 Judy Myers–Lucky Oregonians! HL has absolutely NO concerts scheduled for the East Coast, despite being scheduled all over Europe and South America. We’re not very happy here in the East over his agent’s decision to skip over most of the U.S. in favor of countries such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Russia, etc. Attempts to reach an agent @ Warner Bros. Records to request HL’s booking into The Big Apple and other East Coast venues has been futile, so if you or anyone out there knows the secret to such a contact, let us know asap, and thanks. I know the show will be fabulous!

  • tipitinatoo

    Barbara, just want to echo Ms. Myers’ wish that you’ll do a “Chasing Zebras Seasons 7&8,” and include a chapter on the Retrospective and Finale–a Commemorative Edition, if you will. A lot of work, I know, but judging from all the buzz I’m hearing now, even from many of the more casual viewers,I’m betting legions of House fans will order it as a Keepsake of a historic TV series they were lucky enough to witness up close and personal for 8 eventful, never boring seasons that showed us what television can be in the hands of capable, imaginative writers & actors. I can see this being an international best seller, for all those fans outside the US who have been so loyal for so long. I hope this is within the realm of possibility for you. Thanks.

  • Judy Myers

    I just sent in a comment but forgot to ask if you are continuing your ‘Quest For The Best’ feature.

    I haven’t seen any ‘quests’ after season 3.

    But first, let’s all get thru tomorrow. We can do this.

    Judy Myers,

  • Judy Myers

    I want to thank you for your years of excellent writing, humor, insights and passion for ‘House’. I especially want to thank you for your love and admiration of, to put it in Stephen Fry’s quote, “a masterpiece of nature, Hugh Laurie”.

    Are you writing a follow-up to ‘Chasing Zebras’? Please do. I do so enjoy your writing style. When the subject is the amazing Mr. Laurie, well, you are the best.

    As for Monday, I plan to ‘carb ‘ my way through the two hours. Record. Replay. Sob. Eat more cake. Repeat.

    However, Monday’s end will mark the beginning of Hugh Laurie’s new life as a musician. He now will have the time and energy to devote to his love, passion and talent for music.

    And hot damn, I have a ticket to his Eugene, Oregon concert. Life is good.

    Judy Myers,

  • Orange450

    Hey Barbara, even tho’ I don’t comment anymore, I still watch every episode and read every one of your reviews. I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for all that you’ve done to transform the act of watching a TV show into intelligent and profound analysis of the highest order!

    Although House no longer occupies the pivotal role in my life that he and the show once did, I’ll always remember the unique experience fondly, and I’ll always be grateful for it. I doubt I’ll ever have one like it again (and I’m not even sure that I want to :)). But I’ll always be doubly grateful for all that you did to enhance the experience, and provide your devoted readers with a place to engage in frank discussion and exchange of opinion under your unfailingly gracious and perceptive influence!

  • Thank you Barbara! We will be here to say goodbye to our friend [H]ouse!

  • Yes, Barbara– thank you… for all you have done!

  • I’ll be there!
    I can’t believe it’s the end, but this makes it easier… and then I’m going on a trip out of the country so that will help too, I hope.
    Love to all House fans,

  • smk46

    barbara, thank you for the pleasure you’ve given us over the years through your reviews of house md; and we also appreciate the opportunity to comment regardless of our sometimes differing opinions. greg house’s journey has been compelling and made all the more rich for being discussed by us all here at the end of the thought process. you have been most generous and we are grateful.

  • emmy4hugh

    Barbara, I want to thank you for your insightful analysis and all those who regularly comment here for their thoughts. I discovered your blog only a couple years ago while searching for thoughtful analysis and discussion (beyond “I love Huddy or “I hate Huddy”). House is a work of art, unlike so many TV series, and, as such, it demands more of its viewers to uncover its riches. Each of your reviews along with the insights of those in this community truly expand and complete my experience of House.

  • tipitinatoo

    Barbara, I just want to add my voice to the many followers on this site who have valued your reviews of “House,” and will miss these analyses as much as we will miss the show. I came late to this site, but thank goodness I did find it. This, and my constant viewing companion, your wonderful book, “Chasing Zebras,” have enhanced my House experience immeasurably, and I’ll smile–albeit with a few tears mixed in– each time I think of this group and you. I don’t expect ever to find another show or another group that compares to this one. Thank you for all you’ve done to make this so exciting and special to House fans everywhere. See you Monday for the finale, and I wish you, the Consummate Reviewer of the Greatest TV Series Ever, The Best of Everything!

  • Thanks for your kind comments. You don’t “need” to RSVP, just come back here Monday night and join in. The CoverItLive interface at the bottom of the article will be activated.

    IF you want a reminder, then RSVP in the box now and you’ll get an email reminder Monday.

  • today

    Barbara you say: RSVP to our LiveChat Event
    How do I do that?
    Do we need to do anything special to be able to take part.
    Do we see the live event on your web page or do we have to do somethig differet

  • dvbfan

    Dear Barbara
    As one of your Iranian followers , I am extremely honored that I have this chance to know you and other people and have this opportunity to read your great reviews about amazing House show and also read other people’s comment and share opinions with them .
    I should mention this ,I will miss you and other House’s fans because in this blog I felt that I have lots of friends who I can share my opinions with .

  • Denise

    Well I really didn’t comment often enough, but I have been a regular reader through the years and I thank you for your reviews. A House episode wasn’t finished before I had read your review!
    I’m going to miss this great and unique show and coming here to find out what other people think about it!

    Thanks again!

  • Jill

    Barbara, thank you for this wonderful site, I am really going to miss this show, no matter how it ends. I will miss the reviews, and the responces from everybody no matter if you agree or not. No TV show has ever caught my attention the way House has. Hugh Laurie is a unique talent, he and he alone brought me to this show and kept me here until the end. I will really miss him on TV.

  • Yey

    Thanks Barbara, really