House M.D. is the story of a man haunted by the mistakes of his past and the impending desolation of his future. Created by David Shore and executive producer Bryan Singer, this series shows fifty shades of the human psyche and asks questions that are awkward and intruding yet revealing. Fans of witty humor, sarcasm, and dark humor find the character of brilliant physician Gregory House a treat for sore eyes. A real House M.D. fan like me would wish that his memory be erased so he can watch and enjoy this marvelous series again.
Until that is possible, however, here’s a list of TV Shows similar to House MD that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these shows like House MD on Netflix or Amazon Prime, or Hulu.
12. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-)
Consisting of veteran actors like Katherine Heigel, Patrick Dempsey, and Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama centered on the lives of five surgical interns and their attending physicians. The interns go through a change in their personal lives as they grow in their professional lives and become expert physicians themselves. The series is all about how all the characters try to balance their personal and professional lives. The dynamics between the various actors and their efforts to make sense of their dwindling lives is what is the focus of this series. A fan of medical dramas will love this one.
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11. Chance (2016-)
Starring Hugh Laurie, this new series premiered in a straight-to-series mode in 2016. Focusing on the complex and difficult life of a neuropsychiatric Eldon Chance, it tells about the various professional and personal problems that he faces. Being a gifted psychoanalyst, Chance can assess any person’s buried secrets and how exactly to help him or her. When a stranger Jaclyn walks into his life, he immediately falls in love with her. With her sordid past and an abusive ex-husband who is a cop, they both have to find ways to save themselves. At the same time juggling his professional life, which he’s gotten bored with, and a divorced wife who is intent on keeping Eldon separate from his teenage daughter, the series seems to delve deep into the recesses of the human psyche. Though not as good as House M.D., fans of Hugh Laurie can keep this series as a buffer until they find a more permanent solution, if you know what I mean.
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10. A Gifted Man (2011-2012)
After his wife dies, the brilliant surgeon Dr. Michael Holt (Patrick Wilson), resorts to a life of isolation and solitude. Devastated by his loss, he concentrates on his work, which he’s very good at. The medicine and the diagnosis is something Mike is a spooky expert in. But when it comes to relationships and interacting with other people, he’s a little shy and awkward. Helped by his dead wife’s ghost, Michael slowly and steadily tries to return to reality. This series was canceled due to low ratings. However, the short stint that it had was entertaining and captivating.
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9. The Night Manager (2016-2018)
Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie) is the devil, and Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is the chink in his armor. Philanthropist and business tycoon for the world, Roper is a global weapon smuggler responsible for a lot of deaths. Jonathan is a Night Manager in Egypt, where a chance encounter with a beautiful girl lands him smack dab middle of the action. An MI6 agent Angela Burr approaches him with a proposal to infiltrate the criminal organization of Roper and take him down. Will the suave night manager with a mean spirit be able to take down the most evil mind in the world?
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8. Suits (2011-)
Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is a brilliant Harvard-educated lawyer who works for one of the leading law firms in New York City. While recruiting for an Associate, he stumbles upon a college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who has a photographic memory and is looking for a way out of pathetic drug-dealer life. Together these two unrelenting personalities form an unbeatable team. Look at the adventures of two different kinds of geniuses: one who doesn’t know the definition of defeat and another who writes his own definitions.
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7. Boston Legal (2004-2008)
Alan Shore (James Spader) is exactly like Dr. House. He’s irresponsible and doesn’t listen to anyone but himself. But at the same time, he’s a passionate and brilliant lawyer who can give anyone a run for their money in the courthouse. His longtime companion is Denny Crane, the named partner of a famous Boston law firm, Crane, Poole, and Schmidt. Together they crack jokes, act like buffoons, and argue cases that no one, not even the Supreme Court, can turn down. Full of cheeky humor, satire, and sarcastic comebacks, this one is a must if you’re in love with House M.D.
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6. Dexter (2006-2013)
Dexter is a serial killer. That is a weird job for a protagonist to have. However, don’t worry. Even though he is borderline psychotic and takes pleasure in killing other people, Dexter has a strong honor code under which he only murders other serial killers. He puts an end to those who are a threat to society and the people living in it. Motivated by his father’s unorthodox teachings, Dexter quenches his thirst for blood by eradicating the monsters that exist on this earth. A serial killer who kills other serial killers. What more do you want?
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5. The Mentalist (2008-2015)
After losing his wife and only child to a psychotic serial killer, top conman, and fake psychic Patrick Jane changes tack. He puts all his energy and years of training in reading and fooling people to help CBI catch clever murderers and criminals. While emerging from the sorrow of his solitary life, Patrick tries hard to find out who the notorious serial killer Red John is, the man responsible for destroying his life. Fans of Dr. House will note that the characters of Gregory House and Patrick Jane are quite similar. Both are classic loners, commitment-phobic, and as brilliant as they come.
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4. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
After receiving a cancer diagnosis, Chemistry Professor Walter White (Bryan Cranston) reassesses his life and decides he has done nothing substantial to date. He changes his silent and introverted personality to become a drug kingpin, to secure his family’s future after his death. Outsmarting all the current drug lords by just one simple chemical formula and a companion who single-handedly enforces his market power, this series is essential for a fan of science and logic. Additionally, the narcissist and self-obsessed personality of the brilliant Chemistry teacher gives Breaking Bad a quite similar ambiance as House M.D.
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3. The Blacklist (2013-)
FBI’s most wanted international criminal and FBI agent turned terrorist Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is out on the prowl. Every law officer is searching for him around the world, whereas he surrenders in style outside the FBI headquarters without any terms. Except one that is: he’ll only talk and work with a newly recruited FBI Analyst Elizabeth Keen. The past of both the heroine and the anti-hero has something buried deep, which renders the whole intelligence community of the U.S. speechless. The acting of James Spader, as always, is something to be prized. Other than that, the plot is intricate and complex, hence extra enjoyable.
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2. House of Cards (2013-)
Denied his rightful place as the Secretary of State, Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the Majority House Whip of United States, expands his ambitions and plots to himself become the President. The politics, treachery, and mind games played in this TV Series are something which is sure to do two things. Either it’ll boost and motivate you to do something in your life, or it’ll make you stop believing in humanity. Whatever may be the case, your current ‘Watching List’ needs to have this one, if you haven’t already watched it.
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1. Sherlock (2010-)
Many people might not know, but the character of Gregory House is largely based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. With a similar physical deformity, House is a drug addict just like Sherlock and is excellent in deducing relations and dependencies in medical science, which other might not immediately see or might not see at all. He also has a loyal friend in the form of Wilson (Watson in the case of Sherlock), who gives him support and mental guidance. So it’s quite natural that after watching the Hugh Laurie version, you should turn to the original version played by Benedict Cumberbatch. This BBC series looks at the inside of the mind of the brilliant detective and how he develops through life with his various adventures. Plus if you’re a fan of Dr. House you positively can’t miss this one. Cheers.
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