In a comment to my post "Royal Splains", in which I theorized how 'McGyver' could be so well-known that TV characters who share his world could still make references to him, my blog buddy Mercurie mentioned that the same thing could apply to Dr. Gregory 'House'.
And Merc's right. Even with all of the false starts, House is still the most amazing of diagnosticians currently in practice in Toobworld. But I think his fame at that hospital in Princeton is augmented by another factor: I think there has been a "reality show" about him on Toobworld television.
This would help splain away those references to 'House' as a TV show. And as to why we don't see the cameras following him and his staff around, the Toobworld series ended before the real world series began.
Here are a few examples collected from the IMDb.com:
"Arrested Development: Motherboy XXX (#2.13)" (2005)
- Tobias appears with a "DR HOUSE" license plate, a reference to an acting job he'd hoped for but never got.
I've got a good reason why Tobias never got that part - because it was a reality TV show. Let's face it, Tobias was a bit of a dim bulb on that show. He might not have been able to tell the difference.
"Joey: Joey and the Big Break: Part 1 (#2.1)" (2005)
- "Oh, when the dude on Dr. House does it, it's fine."
Speaking of dim bulbs.....
"Scrubs: My New Suit (#5.18)" (2006)
- Dr. Kelso to Dr. Cox: You're so edgy and cantankerous. You're like House without the limp.
"Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service: Driven (#4.11)" (2006)
- when Jeanne says, "Cytology tests take seventy-two hours. But Doctor House gets the results back in ten minutes. It's ridiculous."
It's called "editing". Another TV character who doesn't realize the "televersion" show about Dr. House is something of a documentary series....
"Torchwood: End of Days (#1.13)" (2007)
- Owen says "Well done, House, that's what you're up against." after discovering the people were infected with the "Black Death"
"Psych: Game, Set... Muuurder? (#1.13)" (2007)
- Shawn: I want a hard target search for every outhouse, hen house, cat house, Waffle House, House, M.D.!"
Los Serrano: La mano amiga (#6.23)" (2007)
- The show is mentioned during this episode.
I have no clue what the reference was on that show. Even if I heard it, I would never understand it....
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