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I’m not sure why exactly, but the best TV shows seem to be the ones that repeat the same formula week after week. Just take the American medical mystery drama House MD, which remains utterly compelling despite every episode having essentially the same plot.
Amid the snappy dialogue and cynical one-liners from Hugh Laurie (“Everybody lies”), what happens is this: a patient comes in with odd symptoms (“It’s autoimmune!”, “No, it must be an infection!”) gets given the wrong treatment by the baffled doctors (“Start the patient on broad-spectrum antibiotics!”), and comes close to snuffing it before a last-gasp epiphany from diagnostic genius Dr House, or sometimes one of his cohorts, saves the day. Phew!