The Use of Elevators in the TV Show “House M.D.”

House, MD, ran for eight seasons on Fox for a total of 176 episodes, from 2004 – 2012. It received numerous nominations and awards throughout its span, during which an average of 14.2 million viewers tuned in each season.

The main character, Dr. Gregory House (portrayed by Hugh Laurie), is the overbearing and manipulative genius who is the head of the diagnostics department at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. In House’s own words, he “takes cases other doctors fail to diagnose.” House also walks with a cane, due to a severe leg injury early in his career. It is because of this injury that he is addicted to Vicodin – a powerful pain killer.

As I am currently binge-watching the entire series on Netflix, I began to notice that there are multiple elevator scenes. House uses elevators to his advantage and to serve his own agenda.

In this post, we will take a look at just three of these scenes and how the elevators were crucial to the plot.
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