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Advice needed

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Postby redsturgeon » March 7th, 2023, 9:58 am

I am thinking of starting on an enterprise that will need a lot of time and commitment but the rewards may be worth it.

Mrs RS loves medical dramas and I like to spend a little time with her watching TV but the likes of Casualty and Call the Midwife don't really float my boat. So...I was toying with the idea of starting at the beginning with "House".

What do people here think?

Is it worth it?

There's about 200 episodes to get through, will I stand the pace?

Thoughts welcome positive or negative.

John

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby AsleepInYorkshire » March 7th, 2023, 10:04 am

redsturgeon wrote:I am thinking of starting on an enterprise that will need a lot of time and commitment but the rewards may be worth it.

Mrs RS loves medical dramas and I like to spend a little time with her watching TV but the likes of Casualty and Call the Midwife don't really float my boat. So...I was toying with the idea of starting at the beginning with "House".

What do people here think?

Is it worth it?

There's about 200 episodes to get through, will I stand the pace?

Thoughts welcome positive or negative.

John

I plead the 5th :lol:

AiY(D)

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby pje16 » March 7th, 2023, 10:10 am

redsturgeon wrote:I am thinking of starting on an enterprise that will need a lot of time and commitment but the rewards may be worth it.

Mrs RS loves medical dramas and I like to spend a little time with her watching TV but the likes of Casualty and Call the Midwife don't really float my boat. So...I was toying with the idea of starting at the beginning with "House".

What do people here think?

Is it worth it?

There's about 200 episodes to get through, will I stand the pace?

Thoughts welcome positive or negative.

John

I enjoyed House
Hugh Laurie is very good in it
watched a lot of it years ago
enjoyable, not sure that I watched 200 though
Sky started to overdo it by putting it on different channels
on the same night you'd get series 5 volume 4, and series 3 volume 12
that just messed with my head :roll:
Last edited by pje16 on March 7th, 2023, 10:20 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby kempiejon » March 7th, 2023, 10:17 am

I enjoyed House but lost momentum around season 4. It seemed pretty formulaic with the cases so you have to invest in the interpersonal stuff with his students, mate, protégé and boss. I wouldn't countanance Casulty, Call the Midwife etc so wouldn't be surprised if SO didn't take to it. Still must be worth a shot.

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby redsturgeon » March 7th, 2023, 10:34 am

kempiejon wrote:I enjoyed House but lost momentum around season 4. It seemed pretty formulaic with the cases so you have to invest in the interpersonal stuff with his students, mate, protégé and boss. I wouldn't countanance Casulty, Call the Midwife etc so wouldn't be surprised if SO didn't take to it. Still must be worth a shot.


Seriously if it has doctors, nurses and patients then she will like it!

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby DrFfybes » March 7th, 2023, 10:35 am

I too enjoyed the earlier ones of House, but it did tend to lose originality as time went on and I found the self obsession and denial of the lead character less plausible. The difficulty with any of these "super intelligent doctors diagnosing increasingly rare and implausible illnesses" type series is that they tend to run out of novel twists.

Transplant has a slight twist to the medical side, and "This is Going to Hurt" is pretty dark and definitely not being shown at NHS recruitment days..
Then there's Grey's Anatomy - watched the first one of that about 20 years ago.

When I worked at a hospital in Sheffield the nurses used to say there was more drama in one episode of "Casualty" than most of them saw a year in the real A&E.

Basically try it, and see if you like it. We jumped into stuff long afteer it had finished and enjoyed it, "The Good Wife was excellent although again probably went on one series too long.

redsturgeon wrote:Seriously if it has doctors, nurses and patients then she will like it!


Really? - I have a couple of old VHS videos in a shoe box in the shed you can borrow ;)

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby ReformedCharacter » March 7th, 2023, 10:50 am

redsturgeon wrote:I am thinking of starting on an enterprise that will need a lot of time and commitment but the rewards may be worth it.

Mrs RS loves medical dramas and I like to spend a little time with her watching TV but the likes of Casualty and Call the Midwife don't really float my boat. So...I was toying with the idea of starting at the beginning with "House".

What do people here think?

John

I thought House was great and I watch very little TV. As others have commented, only the first 4 seasons are really good but I'd recommend it for those alone.

RC

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby redsturgeon » March 7th, 2023, 10:53 am

Looking at the viewing figures, it seems it peaked at series four and slid down from there. I think I will start the process and see how we get on.

John

PS. FAO Dr F
If you have any costumes to go with those VHS's , I might be interested! :D :D :D

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby pje16 » March 7th, 2023, 11:07 am

DrFfybes wrote:When I worked at a hospital in Sheffield the nurses used to say there was more drama in one episode of "Casualty" than most of them saw a year in the real A&E.

I have a mate who worked in the police and said the same thing about The Bill
I said to him, of course, your normal day job would not make for great TV :lol:

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby Gerry557 » March 7th, 2023, 11:10 am

I really enjoyed House MD. It was something a little bit different and maybe House being non pc and sarcastic person made the show more interesting. A bit of a play on the usual American way.

It changed a bit towards the end, probably running short on novelty and rare diseases but there are enough good early episodes to get you hooked. The theme tune is good too.

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby servodude » March 7th, 2023, 11:26 am

ReformedCharacter wrote:
redsturgeon wrote:I am thinking of starting on an enterprise that will need a lot of time and commitment but the rewards may be worth it.

Mrs RS loves medical dramas and I like to spend a little time with her watching TV but the likes of Casualty and Call the Midwife don't really float my boat. So...I was toying with the idea of starting at the beginning with "House".

What do people here think?

John

I thought House was great and I watch very little TV. As others have commented, only the first 4 seasons are really good but I'd recommend it for those alone.

RC


I probably stopped paying attention to it about then; up until that point it was a "watch it if I catch it on" that I enjoyed (much like the first one or two CSI things)

It's good fun with decent characters - but pretty soon becomes more of a soap with a special guest disease every week (then so did ER - but that didn't rely on a main character). But it would probably be a decent series to have in reserve for when you've both got a spare hour (surely we must have a word in English for this by now?!)

If we're making suggestions the medical thing that entertained me most recently was The Knick https://m.imdb.com/title/tt2937900/
and I keep meaning to try and rewatch "A Very Peculiar Practice"

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby zico » March 13th, 2023, 11:53 pm

I'd say House is definitely worth watching if you've never seen it at all. In some ways, it was formulaic, but Hugh Laurie as a rude doctor was always quite good fun.

Saw mention of "A very peculiar practice" in the thread which I thought was massively underrated at the time. Is it possible somehow to see episodes of that now?

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby servodude » March 14th, 2023, 12:49 am

zico wrote:I'd say House is definitely worth watching if you've never seen it at all. In some ways, it was formulaic, but Hugh Laurie as a rude doctor was always quite good fun.

Saw mention of "A very peculiar practice" in the thread which I thought was massively underrated at the time. Is it possible somehow to see episodes of that now?


The internet is a vast place
https://archive.org/details/a-very-peculiar-practice-1986-1992-complete-series/A.Very.Peculiar.Practice.S01E01+A+Very+Long+Way+From+Home.avi

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby didds » June 6th, 2024, 5:09 pm

kempiejon wrote:I enjoyed House but lost momentum around season 4. It seemed pretty formulaic with the cases so you have to invest in the interpersonal stuff with his students, mate, protégé and boss. I.


yeah - im only half way through season 2 but by half way through season 1 Id worked out the episodes went

something extreme happens to someone
if that thing has some weird thing attached to the issues then House will deal with it
the team will all sit around spit balling ideas of what the illness is
they all say why everybody else's idea is rubbish
Cushing's is about 40% of all cases
everybody gets at least 4 MRIs, CAT scans and general antibiotics *
the patient will be cured about half way through
and immediately have some enormous fit/seizure/stroke/cardiac arrest
somebody will immediately shout "BP down" and "bring a case" or something
some wonder drug whose name I cant recall will always then be applied and the fit/seizure/stroke/cardiac arrest will immediately stop
everybody will say on multiple occasions "it doesn't make sense" and "that idea doesn't fit"
often there will be suggestions that there are two issues occurring simultaneously to explain the multiple presentations
there will be some revelation hitherto hidden form the team, which will explain everything
the patient is then sorted, or goes home to die
House will be sarcastic to everybody
Chase will be sarcastic to everybody
Everybody hates Chase.
Chase is some random Australian that is working in the USA
House will make racist comments about Foreman being black and an ex-con which nobody including Foreman seems to think is unacceptable
Cameron will just spend the entire show being kind to everybody except the team members except when she wants to shag them
Cuddy is a female House but is only rude to him
Stacy flip flops between loving and hating house and being rude to him as well
Everybody hates House except when they are shagging him.
There will be various CGI shots of a camera delving into veins and stomach and lungs and brains showing wobbling pink stuff
MRI and X-ray scans will be slapped up and down on white screens constantly
House's whiteboard will contain lots of stuff on it which will all gets wiped off for some left field idea
Wilson randomly appears in meetings which have nothing to do with cancer even though he is an oncologist
The entire team are very adept at house breaking as about a third of episodes require them to surreptitiously check out a patients house. they never get caught and nobody including cuddy and Stacy seems to mind. Until the team members break into each others homes or offices
House will take Vicodin about every 5 minutes for his painful leg. This has no effect whatsoever on his liver and kidneys
Lumbar punctures will be shown at every possible occasion. Like the MRIs these are done for almost every patient often twice
There will be one or two tiny side stories involving patients in "the clinic" which all the doctors hate working in. They are usually to no real effect except to make pithy social comments or a House joke.

Did I forget anything?









* the medical bill for each patient must reach the levels of a the GDP of a small central american nation

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby ReformedCharacter » June 6th, 2024, 5:33 pm

didds wrote:
kempiejon wrote:I enjoyed House but lost momentum around season 4. It seemed pretty formulaic with the cases so you have to invest in the interpersonal stuff with his students, mate, protégé and boss. I.


yeah - im only half way through season 2 but by half way through season 1 Id worked out the episodes went

something extreme happens to someone
if that thing has some weird thing attached to the issues then House will deal with it
the team will all sit around spit balling ideas of what the illness is
they all say why everybody else's idea is rubbish
Cushing's is about 40% of all cases
everybody gets at least 4 MRIs, CAT scans and general antibiotics *
the patient will be cured about half way through
and immediately have some enormous fit/seizure/stroke/cardiac arrest
somebody will immediately shout "BP down" and "bring a case" or something
some wonder drug whose name I cant recall will always then be applied and the fit/seizure/stroke/cardiac arrest will immediately stop
everybody will say on multiple occasions "it doesn't make sense" and "that idea doesn't fit"
often there will be suggestions that there are two issues occurring simultaneously to explain the multiple presentations
there will be some revelation hitherto hidden form the team, which will explain everything
the patient is then sorted, or goes home to die
House will be sarcastic to everybody
Chase will be sarcastic to everybody
Everybody hates Chase.
Chase is some random Australian that is working in the USA
House will make racist comments about Foreman being black and an ex-con which nobody including Foreman seems to think is unacceptable
Cameron will just spend the entire show being kind to everybody except the team members except when she wants to shag them
Cuddy is a female House but is only rude to him
Stacy flip flops between loving and hating house and being rude to him as well
Everybody hates House except when they are shagging him.
There will be various CGI shots of a camera delving into veins and stomach and lungs and brains showing wobbling pink stuff
MRI and X-ray scans will be slapped up and down on white screens constantly
House's whiteboard will contain lots of stuff on it which will all gets wiped off for some left field idea
Wilson randomly appears in meetings which have nothing to do with cancer even though he is an oncologist
The entire team are very adept at house breaking as about a third of episodes require them to surreptitiously check out a patients house. they never get caught and nobody including cuddy and Stacy seems to mind. Until the team members break into each others homes or offices
House will take Vicodin about every 5 minutes for his painful leg. This has no effect whatsoever on his liver and kidneys
Lumbar punctures will be shown at every possible occasion. Like the MRIs these are done for almost every patient often twice
There will be one or two tiny side stories involving patients in "the clinic" which all the doctors hate working in. They are usually to no real effect except to make pithy social comments or a House joke.

Did I forget anything?

You did, someone gets to shout '...Stat!...' when things kick off. Happens every episode.

RC

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby didds » June 6th, 2024, 5:57 pm

Oh - and the dont seem to have a concept of chaperones.

Foreman feeling a woman's breast for breast cancer, Cameron getting a bloke to drop his strides to check his groin. All being the only person in the room with the patient.

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby kempiejon » June 6th, 2024, 6:08 pm

Mersa is what I call Mrs. A, and the rest of the UK called M.R.S.A. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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Re: Advice needed

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Postby dealtn » June 9th, 2024, 7:39 pm

didds wrote:
Did I forget anything?




Punctuation?


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