Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Gregory House: The Same Character?

I saw Sherlock Holmes yesterday with my daughter, my son, and my son's girlfriend. It's a well-made move; however, I fell asleep near the end. Just couldn't keep my eyes open because I didn't get enough sleep the night before, Christmas Eve.

As I watched the movie, it dawned on me how much the relationship between Holmes and Watson is like House and Wilson on the Fox television show House. If you're a fan of House, you know that he tends to sabotage Wilson's relationships the same way Holmes seeks to derail Watson's marrying Mary.

Here is a scene of House annoying Wilson by waking him up with his guitar playing. If you see the movie, you'll see Watson complaining about Holmes disturbing him with his violin playing.

I told this to my movie companions and they all told me they didn't see it while I kicked myself for not seeing it before. So, I came home and looked it up.

Wikipedia's post on House says the show is inspired in part by Sherlock Holmes and that originally the character Wilson was supposed to work with House the way Watson works with Holmes. In addition, at another website there's a whole section on how Dr. Gregory House is like Sherlock Holmes, and naturally it includes three obvious similarities (aside from their names)--that they both have difficulty with friendships; they both solve mysteries using acute observation skills, including drawing on psychology to make deductions about people and their motivations, and they're both drug addicts.

Furthermore here's something I'd forgotten, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created Sherlock Holmes, based the character on a doctor, Dr. Joseph Bell. And even their home addresses are similar. Sherlock Holmes lives at 221B Baker St and D. Gregory House lives in apartment 221B.

So, I told this to my children, ages 19 and 28, after I researched it and they said something like, "Sure, Mom. Whatever you say."


Erin said...

Wow! I love both House and Sherlock Holmes and I never noticed the similarities. But I do now! Thanks for pointing that out! I really enjoyed reading about how House is somewhat (if not a LOT) based on Holmes. Really cool! Thanks for posting! :)

msladydeborah said...

I can see the relationship after paying close attention to the trailer from the movie.

Gee ma-you're not supposed to admit that you fell asleep during the film. That indicates that you can no longer hang like you use to!

I just finished watching the original Sherlock Holmes on TCM this weekend. It is obvious that the current film has way more action than the original films.

le0pard13 said...

I'm hoping this take Sherlock Holmes in today. And that's a fascinating similarity, Nordette. Good one. Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

I noticed this! This is how I discovered this post, actually, because I was Googling to see if anybody else had noticed the relationship!