House Season One
A very strong opening season for this medical drama although if you tuned in for something along the lines of ER or Saint Elsewhere you might have been shocked. The show has been described as a variant on Sherlock Holmes and given the flawed but brilliant character of Greg House and the mysteries he solves with the aid of his staff you can see the reasoning.
The series kicks off with the pilot subtitled "Everybody Lies" which centers on a school teacher who collapses in class and proceeds for at least 35 minutes to confuse the medical team. Yes the formula for the show is set into concrete straight away but you know that never became an issue, after a while you knew what you were going to get and at it's heart it is a procedural with fascinating regular and guest characters. Robin Tunney was excellent as the first central patient and it shown to be important that House (Hugh Laurie) has someone capable of bouncing his performance off of and she delivers. The supporting cast of Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy), Omar Epps (Dr. Eric Foreman), Robert Sean Leonard (Dr. James Wilson), Jennifer Morrison (Dr. Allison Cameron) and Jesse Spencer (Dr. Robert Chase) are all exceptionally good, in many ways they all play straight roles and the butt of House's charm, arrogance, wit and sarcasm. Of course as the season goes on the characters are all fleshed out and a very strong dynamic builds within the cast and surprisingly adding recurring characters into the mix works very well.
I enjoyed every episode of the first season, wasn't bored or indifferent to any of them and my favourite episode of the series is in this season (Three Stories) and picking three favourites was tricky yet not as difficult as I imagined as a few just stood out in the crowd.