And so, after eight seasons, Fox's hit series House, M.D. has ended, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released its final set of House on DVD and Blu-ray. Starting out in 2004 as a procedural medical mystery series featuring a cynical, sarcastic, borderline-misanthropic doctor, House, M.D. quickly became a layered, well-written character study of a troubled genius, who struggled with pain, drugs and a desire, in the end, to “do the right thing.”
Although the series occasionally strayed as the years went on, its final season rallied, granting fans a proper ending—finished, yet open ended enough that viewers could decided for themselves the ultimate fate of Dr. Gregory House. The season eight DVD set is a must for House fans, a farewell to a dear friend who will be greatly missed.
Over the years, House has been confronted with challenge after challenge, a post-modern Sisyphus overcoming adversity time after time only to fall backwards and push his way up once again—one or two steps forward and five or ten back. It’s a cycle of which some fans eventually grew weary, but others saw as heroic as House’s usually irrepressible spirit (and childlike sense of the absurd) came back against pain, depression, loss and his own dysfunctional way of handling life. House was one of the most compelling heroes ever to grace the small screen, and Hugh Laurie’s ability to let viewers see beyond his off-putting behavior and into House's very human heart and soul (mostly) kept the character from ever becoming too unlikeable.
Although neither creator David Shore nor the writers knew at the start of the season that this was to be the last year, there is a sense of finality from the start of season eight—a drive towards some final conclusion to the real mystery at the heart of the series: Dr. House, himself. Who is he after all the layers and guarding are finally shed? What's beneath the sarcasm, the pranks, and the the jerk that House could sometimes be?
Shore gave fans a wonderful gift, revealing the essence to Dr. Gregory House and a validation to those who have always believed in his essential humanity. It was a fit and proper ending to a great television series. In the end, season eight brings viewers back to what has made the show so compelling—and why, although many series try to hit with the same formula, so few (if any) have succeeded in capturing viewers hearts and minds to the extent that House has.