Originally Posted by cwilson
As another physician, I hadn't watched the series in a year or two for the same reasons and wondered if it had gotten more believable, since it's so universally praised. Flamboyance trumps substance with too much of the American public.
Some of the most brilliantly funny writing was on some episodes of HBO's Extras, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, creator the The Office in Britain.
I am not a doctor, but I do love HOUSE. Realistic? NO!!! Besides, wouldn't many of these patients with crazy afflictions get bounced due to lack of insurance anyway?
Still Hugh Laurie is fun to watch and his character is a hoot.
I can forgive "realism" on that show far more than I could on something like the CSI shows (MIAMI being the biggest, albeit prettiest looking, offender).
I'm no cop, either. But folks, those crime scene unit people do not pull guns on perps (or chase them around), question suspects, make arrests, etc. They collect evidence after the fact and analyze it for the "real" cops. And no crime lab can have DNA results ready in minutes (or hours or days), solve crimes in an afternoon or have access to computer systems that rival the ones Tom Cruise's future cop used in MINORITY REPORT.
Wanna see what real crime unit officers do on a TV crime drama? They're the background characters on LAW & ORDER (and it's progeny).
End of rant.
And yes, EXTRAS is brilliant. But I've never seen it broadcast in HD (even on HBOHD). Only "letterboxed" SD.