What is it about House?
For the last two years, the Lear Center has partnered with Zogby International on a survey that asks American citizens about their entertainment preferences and their political beliefs. We were eager to discover the cultural touchstones that united our often divided nation. I was very disappointed to discover how few touchstones there were. One of them was particularly surprising: the TV show House.
In both surveys, in 2007 and 2008, House scored positive marks across all ideological groups, and across every demographic tab, including age, gender, race and religion. When I’d mention this at dinner parties, people who knew the show would be initially stunned and then begin nodding, “Yes, yes, I can see that.”
See what? What is it about this show that manages to entertain and engage such a diverse viewership? Why is a show about a misanthropic drug-addicted doctor so appealing?