House Season Six Report Card: B-

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The season may be over, but that doesn't mean the time to offer up critiques on various shows, characters and actors is finished.

As we head into the summer, TV Fanatic will be grading and reviewing a number of the small screen's biggest hits. First, we gave The Vampire Diaries a perfect score. Now, on to House!

What did we think of season six? Who was its best character? Where do we hope it goes next year? Read on. Find out. Chime in.

Best character: Gregory House. Would be difficult to choose anyone else on a show titled House. But Hugh Laurie should win an Emmy for his work on the first and final episodes alone. These gave us insight into a different side of the cantankerous doctor. He was vulnerable, sober, trying to be nice, but struggling with the consequences.

The show has a fine line to walk between evolving House into a better person, and keeping his edge, which is what makes the drama work in the first place. This season got docked a couple grades because it had trouble with this balancing act; too often, House would spend a couple weeks just being the same old jerk. We could have been watching episodes from season two. But he remains one of the most fascinating, well-portrayed characters in TV history.

Worst character: Eric Foreman. Talk about a lack of character evolution! They tried to bring his brother in this season, just to give Foreman something interesting to do or say. He failed on both accounts.

An Attempt to Reason

Best episode: The easiest answer would be the two-hour season premiere, which focused solely on House in a mental hospital. It was riveting stuff. But let's go with "Wilson" and "5 to 9." These unique episodes shined the light on House's main two supporting players; with Robert Sean Leonard and Lisa Edelstein proving the drama can remain as interesting as ever, even without House at the controls.

Best storyline: The friendship between Wilson and House. It's more of a relationship than a "storyline," really, but these two are used for more than just comedic purposes at this point. Their interactions bring out the best and the worst in each character. Without Wilson to call House out on his BS, the latter might never take the necessary steps toward change.

Hopes for 2010: A stable Huddy. Producer Katie Jacobs has already promised this will happen, but it's still important to note. No more back and forth, no more games. Let's see what happens when these two really give it a shot.

Overall grade: B-. House is unlike any show on TV. It's part comedy, part drama, part procedural. The latter fact makes each episode's structure predictable, but the focus on House himself gives the show room to change things up. Or at least it should.

This season sometimes failed to depict House's struggle to evolve, however. We were never sure whether he'd be his classic obnoxious self each week, or a version that was at least trying to grow.

Typical episodes depicted the former, while incredible, in-depth character studies in the premiere and finale gave us the latter. With Laurie on board, though, we'll look forward to Monday nights for as long as this show is on the air.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


Lmao, the huddy crap was such an asinine arc, even better the last we had of Cuddy is her holding an hairbrush, mouth open. I still laugh at the huddytards and LE radid fans, they're so bitter XD


I do love every character of House , how he drag himself & others through hard to imagine podium ...just gr8 , eagerly awating season 7 , HOUSE Vs CUDDY .Love them..S06 was gr8 , now S07 has to b excellent ..


oh, i love evry charachter of House , How he drag himself & others through hard to imagine podium ...Well so eagerly awaiting season 7.


You do not judge a season by a single episode. You judge it by all the episodes. A B- is not the grade I would give Season 6.
I would definitely give Season 6 an A.


Totally agree on most of the best and worsts EXCEPT for the best episodes. It's called House for a reason, and without him as a dominant character in the episodes, I was easily bored with those two episodes, especially "9 to 5." I understand that a little change to spice up the season is good, but I found these episodes rather uninteresting and extremely boring. House could have been in the episodes a little more, as he is such a compelling character and why everyone probably watches the show in the first place. I like mixing it up, but those episodes proved that no other character can dominate this show like House can.


Totally agree about the first and last episodes being the best. Those were the ones that focused on House. The first few years the series always had him at the center, and when they tried to give the poor overworked fella a break by writing more for other characters, the show started to lose its edge. Whenever HL is onscreen, the whole project goes up several notches.
Cuddy always struck me as a narcissistic character paradoxically in search of self-respect, using those godawful unprofessional clothes to get attention, so maybe she is the perfect match for House, but if Huddy is going to be the focus next season, the show will slip into soap for sure. Boreman will be the least of its problems.


I'm really looking forward to how they develop the romantic relationship between House and Cuddy. Both Hugh Laurie and Lisa Edelstein are talented actors who have great chemistry with each other. I agree that we don't need any more games between them but instead I am hoping we get to see them truly making a shot at having a romantic relationship together. I think they can without losing the overall structure of the show


Eric Foreman is the worst character, he is the same as he was in season 1.
My thoughts on the season,
1. I was a little mad that Cameron left, but after what Chase did who can blame her.
2. Loved the first and last episode, I thought it was so cute how they got House and Cuddy together.
3. I hope Wilson can make this relationship work.


Worst character: Eric Foreman. Ha, so true. I actually am very disappointed with all of the members of the team. They seem kind of dull...but maybe that's just in comparison to House. I'm liking Libby though! Erm, I mean Sam. I hope they keep her for a while. It's time for Wilson to finally settle down once and for all.
And I completely agree about the best episodes, I loved those! It just proves that House, even after 6 seasons, can still mix it up and keep it interesting.

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