Stream On: The Hugh Laurie pair o’ docs

By on April 16, 2020

Dr. Gregory House and Dr. James Wilson have a lot in common with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. (IMDb.com)

English comedian Hugh Laurie originally became widely known for A Bit of Fry & Laurie, a 1989 sketch series with partner Stephen Fry, and as P.G. Wodehouse’s 1930’s slacker Bertie Wooster in Jeeves and Wooster. His broad comedy achievements continued with roles in the period comedy series Blackadder and the film 101 Dalmations. But drama called to him, resulting in a part in onetime girlfriend Emma Thompson’s Sense and Sensibility, and the British spy series Spooks. And in 2004 he gained the role for which he is most known in America, that of the ascerbic but brilliant Dr. Gregory House.

(Amazon.com; Prime Video; “Free” on many Roku channels) 2004-2012 [TVPG]

Gregory House, M.D. (Laurie), a misanthropic medical genius, heads a team of diagnosticians at the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. The series is structured around a central plot with some supporting secondary stories and narratives that cross over seasons. Most episodes revolve around the diagnosis of a primary patient and start outside the hospital, showing events ending with the onset of the patient’s symptoms. The typical episode follows the team in their attempts to diagnose and treat the patient’s illness, which often fail until the patient’s condition is critical. They usually treat only patients who have not been accurately diagnosed, and House routinely rejects cases he doesn’t find interesting.

Like much forensic drama, House features a flawed genius, and a proxy for the audience, an everyman who is the genius’ sidekick, friend or coworker. In this case, the “homage” to Holmes is pretty overt: “House” for “Homes” (Holmes); and instead of Dr. John Watson, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), who is House’s best friend. House’s home is even at 221B Baker Street, but in Princeton, N.J.

And like Holmes, Dr. House is an impatient and narcissistic drug addict, who does no more than acknowledge the ordinary protocols of human interaction. The cases, thoroughly researched by the writers, can involve arcane and obscure illnesses, such as celiac disease, which House featured in “Forever” in 2006, long before it became popuarly known.

This darkly comic and deeply psychological show won numerous awards but ended eight years ago already; thanks to streaming it is still available for new viewers. Here’s a trailer.


Dr. Eldon Chance and his cohort “D” navigate a dangerous and violent world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness. (IMDb.com)

(Hulu; on-demand on other platforms) 2016-2017 [TVMA]

Hugh Laurie’s character in Chance is a far cry from the brash misanthrope he plays in House. Dr. Eldon Chance is a forensic neuropsychiatrist in San Francisco, whose patient complains of abuse from her partner, a police detective. Against his better instincts, he becomes romantically involved with Jaclyn, discovering at first hand her dangerous life of police corruption, manipulation, and abuse. While dealing with a divorce of his own and secrets he has been trying to hold back for years, he has to save her, as well as himself, from the escalating situation.

At his antique dealer’s shop, he meets “D” (Ethan Suplee), an intelligent but violent furniture restorer, who hints at a past in the special services and is willing to help Chance, who is now coming under suspicion from Jaclyn’s abuser. They receive quiet assistance from another shady cop, who has his own problems wth the detective, until he blackmails Chance and D into going after a software tycoon who might be a serial killer. Mild-mannered Dr. Chance, with D’s tutelage, becomes emboldened as his own understanding of ethics becomes muddied.

It’s a very well-done story, which feels more and more claustrophobic as it progresses. It was created by Kem Nunn, who helmed John From Cincinnati with David Milch, and Alexandra Cunningham. Here’s a trailer from Hulu.

Next time, we’ll get local with Netflix’s new series Outer Banks. Email me and follow Stream On OBX on Twitter and @PeteHummers on the Outer Banks Network.

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Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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