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The first episode of the American television series House (also known as House, M.D.) premiered on November 16, 2004 on the Fox network. It is a medical drama featuring Dr. Gregory House, an unconventional and misanthropic medical genius who leads a team of diagnostic fellows at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The show’s premise centers on the idea that an antisocial maverick doctor with a genius for diagnostics will do whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way, often involving someone close to the protagonist’s heart.

House was a hit and became one of the top-rated shows in its time slot. The series received mostly positive reviews from critics. It was considered a bright spot on Fox’s schedule, which was otherwise filled with reality shows and reruns of older programs. Its premiere was the most-watched program of that year. The New York Daily News called the series “a welcome antidote to the slew of reality-based programming.” The A.V. Club gave it a high score of 75 out of 100.

In addition to winning several awards, House has gained a global following. In 2008, it was the highest rated show on Fox worldwide and the second most watched television program in the United States after CSI. It is also popular in other countries, such as Germany and Italy.

The show has drawn comparisons to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Shore has cited his own love of the show as a inspiration for House’s character, noting that the similarities are evident in both characters’ reliance on deductive reasoning and psychology, their disdain for conventional medicine, and their refusal to accept cases they find uninteresting. They both also play instruments and take drugs, although House’s addiction to painkillers is less extreme than Holmes’s use of cocaine.

In the first season, House’s original team consists of Dr. Eric Foreman, a neurologist; Dr. Robert Chase, an intensivist; and Dr. Allison Cameron, an immunologist. However, after a case in which Foreman is wrongly accused of murder, House dismisses him and recruits the young Dr. James Wilson (Kal Penn) to join the team. Later, he hires private investigator Lucas Douglas (Michael Weston) to spy on Cuddy and the members of his team.