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"House M.D." Pilot (2004)

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16 November 2004 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Young kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler collapses in her classroom after uncontrolled gibberish slips out of her mouth while she is about to teach students. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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very good way to kick off the show, save for one glaring flaw See more (5 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Hugh Laurie ... Dr. Gregory House

Lisa Edelstein ... Dr. Lisa Cuddy

Omar Epps ... Dr. Eric Foreman

Robert Sean Leonard ... Dr. James Wilson

Jennifer Morrison ... Dr. Allison Cameron

Jesse Spencer ... Dr. Robert Chase

Robin Tunney ... Rebecca Adler

Andrew Airlie ... Orange Colored Patient

Rekha Sharma ... Melanie Landon (as Reika Sharma)

Maya Massar ... Asthma Mom
Dylan Basu ... Asthma Boy

Ava Hughes ... Sydney (as Ava Rebecca Hughes)
Kyarra Willis ... Kid #2
Ethan Kyle Gross ... Molnar (as Eitan Kyle Gross)
Candus Churchill ... Substitute Teacher
Michale Ascher ... Egg Salad Lady

Alana Husband ... Tech
Janet Glassford ... Reception Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Lana Li ... Child in Classroom (uncredited)

Mycole Metcalf ... Doctor (uncredited)
Maria Nicotero ... Nurse / Doctor (uncredited)

Ian Thompson ... Bus Driver (uncredited)

Alexander von Roon ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bryan Singer 
Writing credits
David Shore (created by)

David Shore (written by)

Produced by
Todd London .... co-producer
Gerrit van der Meer .... producer
Original Music by
Christopher Hoag 
Cinematography by
Newton Thomas Sigel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Elliot Graham 
Casting by
Amy Lippens 
Production Design by
Mark Hutman 
Art Direction by
Kendelle Elliott  (as Kendelle Elliot)
Set Decoration by
K.J. Johnson 
Costume Design by
Louise Mingenbach 
Makeup Department
Belinda Bryant .... makeup artist
Leo Corey Castellano .... special makeup effects artist
Rita Ciccozzi .... key makeup artist
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects artist
Felix Fox .... special makeup effects artist
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist: Harlow FX
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Matthew Jorgensen .... painter/lab technician: WM Creations
Rich Knight .... makeup lab technician: W.M. Creations
Toby Lindala .... special makeup effects artist
Carol McCoo .... hair stylist
Nancy Stevens .... key hair stylist
Solina Tabrizi .... personal hair stylist: Sela Ward
Sharon Markell .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Alex Garcia .... executive in charge of production: Bad Hat Harry Productions
Mary Guilfoyle .... production manager
Brian Pines .... executive in charge of production: Heel & Toe Films
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Arnold .... second assistant director
Lisa Chu .... additional second assistant director (as Lisa Chu Dietze)
Lee Cleary .... first assistant director
Sarah Pryzibilla .... second assistant director: second unit (as Sarah Blumenthal)
Gerrod Shully .... third assistant director
Jim Vickers .... second unit director
Art Department
Sandy Adams .... set dresser
Hugh Conlon .... construction coordinator
Jacqui Dudeck .... Art Department Assistant
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Tim Fassino .... set dresser
Michelle Gasque .... art coordinator
Kenneth Heimer .... propmaker
Dorit Hurst .... buyer (as Dorit Oberman)
John B. Keys .... scenic artist
Bryan Korenberg .... property master
Emily Lawless .... painter
Alicia Marquez .... assistant property master
John S. Ogden .... propmaker
Phillip Thoman .... on-set dresser
Mike Wells .... construction coordinator
Cale Wilbanks .... art department assistant
Sean Will .... lead painter
Kim Youngblood .... construction auditor
Lynn Chaulk .... on set painter (uncredited)
Doug Hardwick .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Haida Harper .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jan Holmsten .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Kon Iliov .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Victor James Martinez .... concept artist (uncredited)
Mike McLeod .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Kyle T. Moore .... greens lead (uncredited)
Sam Page .... set designer (uncredited)
Shane Reed .... leadman (uncredited)
Jeremy Stanbridge .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Derek Casari .... adr stage engineer
Lee Gilmore .... foley editor
Tiffany S. Griffith .... dialogue editor
Gerry Lentz .... re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Rich Weingart .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Weingart)
Steven D. Williams .... supervising sound editor (as Steve Williams)
Rob Young .... production sound mixer
Brydon Baker III .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
Bradley Clouse .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Steven Willer .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shea Clayton .... special effects crew
Scott McGowan .... special effects makeup
Scott McGowan .... special effects technician
Ron Petruccione .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dan Aguilar .... digital compositor
Nick Damico .... digital effects artist
Changsoo Eun .... visual effects artist
Andrew M. Harvey .... motion control producer
Steve Kullback .... visual effects producer: Zoic
James Lima .... visual effects supervisor
Dan Lopez .... visual effects
Kevin Quattro .... digital effects artist
Jim Rider .... motion control cameraman
Alexander Soltes .... digital artist
Greg Tsadilas .... CG supervisor
Jarrod Davis .... digital artist (uncredited)
Sean Fleming .... production assistant: motion control unit (uncredited)
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Elan Soltes .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Phil Culotta .... stunt coordinator
Debbie Evans .... stunts
Oliver Keller .... stunt double
Ray Lykins .... stunt coordinator
Dina L. Margolin .... stunt double
Tod Nakamura .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunt double
Jimmy N. Roberts .... stunt coordinator
Ann Scott .... stunt driver
Jim Vickers .... fight choreographer
Jim Vickers .... stunt coordinator
Erik Betts .... stunt double: Joe Morton (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Barrett .... electrician
Levon Besnelian .... grip
Chris Centrella .... key grip (as Christopher Centrella)
Vincent Contarino .... rigging gaffer
Randy Crawford .... lighting technician
Scott Dropkin .... camera technician: doggicam
Eli Golub .... grip
Jennifer Ann Henry .... additional first assistant camera
Brian Holechek .... grip
Jim Holt .... electrician
Troi Horton .... dolly grip
Scott Humbert .... still photographer
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first asst. camera"a" camera
Ian Kincaid .... gaffer
Josh Knight .... camera loader
Ben Krout .... rigging grip
Brian A. Kuchera .... key grip (as Brian Kuchera)
Richard J. Lee Jr. .... assistant chief lighting technician
Yaron Levy .... electrician
Rob Lueker .... electrician
Jeff Mart .... camera operator
John McGonegle .... assistant chief lighting technician
Darren McLean .... gaffer
Tim Merkel .... camera operator
Dean Morin .... second assistant camera
Jon Myers .... Steadicam operator
Michael Nie .... crane operator: Technocrane
Edward Nielsen III .... assistant camera
Sean Oxenbury .... dimmer board operator
Scot Petitclerc .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Sanderson .... digital video assist
Steven Douglas Smith .... camera operator (as S. Douglas Smith)
Dan Squires .... assistant camera: a camera
Gary Stark .... dimmer operator
Jaimie Trueblood .... still photographer
Pete Villani .... electrician (as Peter Villani)
Isabella Vosmikova .... still photographer
Gary A. Williams .... chief dolly grip
Giovanni Zelko .... electrician
Steve Zvorsky .... lighting technician
Christian Murray .... key rigger (uncredited)
Justin Panzanaro .... grip: New Jersey (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... location casting
Suzanne Crowley .... casting: UK
Stephanie Laffin .... casting associate
Coreen Mayrs .... location casting
Janelle Scuderi .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Bellamy .... costume supervisor
Susan O'Hara .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jason Dale .... first assistant editor
Ray Daniels III .... additional editor (as Ray Daniels)
Tommy Paul .... post-production assistant
Jack Paulson .... assistant editor
Thor Roos .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... music editor (as Jenny Barak)
Nicole de la Torriente .... music consultant
Massive Attack .... composer: theme music
Cody Westheimer .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Michael Forte .... transportation co-captain
Wayne Power .... transportation coordinator
Mark D. Hysen .... driver (uncredited)
Bruce Scott .... production driver (uncredited)
Tana Tocher .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Gilbert Beliso .... set production assistant
Deborah D. Bose .... location manager
Michael Burnett .... puppeteer: animatronic pig puppet
Jill Christensen .... production coordinator
Lily Garcia .... production assistant
Lance Gentile .... medical technical advisor (as Dr. Lance Gentile)
Gregory Harty .... key set production assistant
Matthew V. Lewis .... assistant to executive producer (as Matt Lewis)
Rachel Light .... assistant to executive producer
David B. Lyons .... assistant location manager
Jane McKernan .... production accountant
Don McNeill .... main title
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor: second unit
Matt Mulder .... title designer
Adam Neubauer .... office production assistant
Jenny Paul .... assistant to executive producer
Hunter Peil .... production assistant
Mike Reichman .... production secretary
Willy Roberts .... office production assistant
Adrian Salpeter .... script coordinator
Jake Sargeant .... title designer
Andrew Shulkind .... remote head technician
Patrick Tarpey .... animal trainer
Jason Taylor .... assistant to executive producer
Karen van Blankenstein .... medical technical advisor
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Geoffrey Colo .... clearance coordinator (uncredited)
Annette Encinas .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Gordon Juli .... security (uncredited)
Paul Matthaeus .... creative director: title sequence (uncredited)
Jill McQueen .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Porohowski .... security captain (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Shore  creator

Makeup Department
Miia Kovero .... key hair stylist (season 1)
Art Department
Mark Pallatt .... set dresser (season 2)
Visual Effects by
James Lima .... visual effects supervisor: pilot episode
Greg Tsadilas .... CG supervisor (multiple episodes)
Other crew
Jim Vickers .... fight choreographer
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

43 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Rebecca Adler is named after the main female antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series of novels. House is based on Holmes.See more »
Factual errors: It is shown that steroids initially relieve symptoms of neurocysticerocis followed by worsening. House says that it is due to dead worms causing inflammation for which he gives albendazole (which is in fact used to kill the worm). In reality, what happens is when albendazole is administered it causes death of worms which may worsen symptoms and needs steroids to relieve symptoms. Here it is shown exactly opposite.See more »
Dr. Gregory House:Gorgeous women do *not* go to medical school... unless, they're as damaged as they are beautiful.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Scrubs: My House (#6.4)" (2007)See more »
You Can't Always Get What You WantSee more »

8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
very good way to kick off the show, save for one glaring flaw, 10 June 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

House MD starts off in a very smart way because, with the exception of a few moments in some scenes, it could be any other episode. The show's structure from episode to episode relies on it being a case by case basis for the doctors to work on, and this one involving a kindergarten teacher (Robin Tunney), who collapses suddenly in her classroom while teaching, isn't exclusive as being something that could only happen in a pilot episode ala alien abduction in The X-Files. This goes for House's clinic cases too, in this case being a man who's completely orange (looked like someone out of Willy Wonka for a moment) and a boy who can't figure out what asthma is. Already creator/writer/producer David Shore sets up the dynamics of House's personality- acerbic wit, sometimes razor-sharp, but he does care deep down about what he does even it takes a lot, like the patient not wanting to live anymore in Tunney's case, for him to show it. And already right away Hugh Laurie displays his incredible ability to balance out how a man with quick thinking (usually with the conceit of 'oh, I just got it while talking about something else') and a cynicism that comes with the job, and a leg problem.

So why not exactly a great pilot, or rather something that could right away be one-upped? I think, really, it has to do with the direction from Bryan Singer, and specifically a technical decision. I know some may admire how Singer and his DP put a sort of purple-ish tint on the whole episode, but it just does not work, at all, especially in the context of the rest of the series which does not feature it again. It's a choice that didn't add anything dramatically to the episode, except perhaps to be something akin to what's done on CSI. It's too much of a distraction in scenes that should just be focused squarely on not getting in the characters/actors' way (the constant tracking shots, a trademark since the days of ER, is paramount), and keeping the mood tense during the moments of crises with the patient. It's not that it isn't decent what Singer's doing with Shore's material, and most notably this comes with the shots going inside of the patient's system to see what's going wrong, a visual effect probably taken from Singer's days doing X-Men. But that one tint makes what is otherwise an excellent pilot a downer.

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