The richly layered depths of House, M.D. are plumbed in this comprehensive companion to the critically acclaimed Fox television series that has proven to be a study in contradictions as both a straightforward medical procedural and an intricate character drama. Exploring the series characters, plotlines, and overarching themes, this definitive fans guide provides an intelligent and thoughtful analysis of this popular series, tackling complex questions such as Who is this medical Sherlock Holmesa misanthropic jerk with a brutal sense of humoror a tormented romantic hero in the tradition of Byron? How do the music, settings, and even the humor enhance an understanding of the series narrative? and What does the program say about modern medicine, ethics, and religion? Rounding out the discussion are exclusive interviews with many of the shows cast, executive producers, writers, and production staff.