10 similarities between Gregory House and Sherlock Holmes

I submit for your inspection one Gregory House: medical genius, head of diagnostics, (once a) vicodin addict, and a narcissist who choose only one case per week according to what interests him.  His cunning and biting wit balances his cold calculations of patients as he diagnose them of their illnesses.

For book lovers it would be easy to spot Sherlock Holmes in Gregory House.  For those who have not heard of Sir Conan Doyle’s most beloved fictional character and best detective of all time, let this be your introduction.

Sherlock Holmes is a consulting detective, great violinist, eccentric, has a lot of out-of-the-way-knowledge, and a regular cocaine user.  His capability to observe and deduct is exceptional and his knowledge of chemistry, anatomy, and sensational literature is profound if not accurate.  He chooses his cases according to what he think is interesting and is lethargic (mostly due to cocaine as he shoots it in his system to cure boredom) until a case has caught his interest.

Holmes never entertained romantic relationships and has only been interested in Irene Adler as she was the only woman to outsmart him.  House does not regal in any romantic relationship and not until season 7 did he became involved with Dr. Cuddy—and who knows what would happen in the next season.  But both believe that romanticism could cloud their abilities of deductive reasoning.  Holmes can be heard saying so and in the scenes after House and Dr. Cuddy became romantically involved, you would hear House complaining to Wilson that his attraction to Dr. Cuddy makes him a crappy doctor.

House was taken from Holmes (Holmes is pronounced with a silent L — home)

Another variation of home is house.

These are some of the similarities between the two:

  1. Holmes and House are very good judge of character.  They are capable of deducing motives and histories of their clients and the people around them on the basis of their appearance, actions, and a close observation of their personalities.
  2. While Holmes read agony columns in the paper, you will see house watching tv soaps.
  3. Both are addicted to narcotics to pass boredom and the only thing that interest them the most is solving cases.
  4. The only person they feel closest to are their bestfriends–and mind you, Wilson (House’s bestfriend) and Watson (Holme’s bestfriend) are no bungling sidekicks. Their bestfriends save from their own misery and addiction at the precise moment it was needed.  Wilson and Watson were the major player in weaning House and Holmes in their narcotic addiction.  House and Holmes exude indifference but underneath the cold exterior, they have, in subtle ways, proved to be loyal and steadfast friends to Wilson and Watson.  Both call their bestfriends by their last name.
  5. Both suffers from a Rubik’s Complex.  They need to solve the puzzle.  Holmes solves crimes, House figure out diseases.  House and Holmes has this innate need to find the truth.  Breaking the law is not a question in their search for it but once found, they have no qualms in bending the truth if they think it is necessary.
  6. In the course of watching House and reading Sherlock Holmes, we get to know more of the private lives of the people surrounding them than the star themselves.  
  7. Both love music and no avid follower of fashion. Sherlock Holmes play the violin and House play the piano and guitar.    
  8. Both live in 221B (Sherlock’s address is 221B Baker St.)
  9. They are bigger than their professional titles and their titles are confusing anyway.   Dr. Gregory House is not just a doctor.  He is called a diagnostician— which differentiates him from any doctor that has a certain speciality.  He knows out-of-the-way-medical-facts because he is not limited to any medical speciality.  Sherlock Holmes is not a real policeman and not just a detective.  He says he is a consulting detective to which the police force (and other people) turn to for help.  Because he is not a policeman, he does not feel limited by the law and would often break them to solve his cases.  It is hard to criticize the approach if one is consistently successful.
  10. In their narcissism lies the paradox of humility.  It is hard for them to accept their mistakes but when they are successful they do not need the public’s recognition.  Both are happy to pass the credit to someone else.  They both downplay their roles in their cases but will not be criticized for being wrong.  People don’t love House M.D. because it is fast paced and intellectually engaging (although these are charming points as well).  They love House M.D. for reasons why Sherlock Holmes is a classic.  The eccentricity of the main character appeals to our need to be special.  

When you fashion a character from one of the best characters ever written, you will most likely come up with a winner.  It is a good way of re-introducing a classic literature to the new generation in a medium that they will respond and relate.  Hopefully this will intrigue them to pick up the book to discover the genius behind Gregory House’s character.

 Sherlock Holmes has four novels and fifty-six short stories to choose from.

10 Responses

  1. Fonzi Marquez November 23, 2011 / 12:55 am

    Sherlock Holmes = Holmes = Home = HOUSE. Coincidence? Nope. :)

    • 13thWiTCH November 23, 2011 / 12:58 am

      nope :) the maker of house md is a fan of sherlock homes :)

  2. Tessa Mata November 23, 2011 / 4:57 pm

    Nice points! :)
    Can’t seem to find a like button on this post. Hmm… consider that feature ;)

    • 13thWiTCH November 23, 2011 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks tessa mae :)
      disabled the plug in but working on putting it back for a smoother texture in the template!

  3. Minks November 24, 2011 / 7:36 am

    Wow!!! galing :) Gonna buy season 8 of house padala nako semo :)

    • 13thWiTCH November 24, 2011 / 1:18 pm

      hold on to it! see you when i come to manila :D yey!

  4. Greg November 25, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    Great post Lay. The similarities are there on the surface but your analysis is quite good. The coolest similarities run in the characters themselves. You are quite a good researcher, one of those past lives? Or something you have neglected to mention? Good job!

  5. tim November 25, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    Looking forward for this movie to come out. It would be amazing. BTW amazing review huh! You
    are always the best Lay!

    • 13thWiTCH November 27, 2011 / 4:31 pm

      yeah, after i finished this article, went to see happy feet and saw the sherlock holmes 2 trailer :) coolness

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