The Use of Elevators in the TV Show “House M.D.”

House, MD, ran for eight seasons on Fox for a total of 176 episodes, from 2004 – 2012. It received numerous nominations and awards throughout its span, during which an average of 14.2 million viewers tuned in each season.

The main character, Dr. Gregory House (portrayed by Hugh Laurie), is the overbearing and manipulative genius who is the head of the diagnostics department at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey. In House’s own words, he “takes cases other doctors fail to diagnose.” House also walks with a cane, due to a severe leg injury early in his career. It is because of this injury that he is addicted to Vicodin – a powerful pain killer.

As I am currently binge-watching the entire series on Netflix, I began to notice that there are multiple elevator scenes. House uses elevators to his advantage and to serve his own agenda.

In this post, we will take a look at just three of these scenes and how the elevators were crucial to the plot.
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So, What’s That Blue Asterisk On The Elevator Door?


If you have ever noticed this blue asterisk on an elevator door and wondered what the symbol meant, then today is your lucky day.  The symbol is known as the Star of Life and was originally designed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and trademarked in 1977.  It’s since become the general symbol for emergency medical services. When it appears on an elevator, it generally indicates that an elevator is big enough to hold a stretcher large enough to accommodate a 24″ by 84″ stretcher.  If such elevators are not available, the patient may need to be transported downstairs on a stair chair.  The snake emblem located in the center of the star is known as the Rod of Asclepius, widely used as the symbol of medical care worldwide.  

Check out this blog by for more information or read the Wikipedia page on the Star of Life.  Now you know!

Photo of the Week

See anything wrong with this photo?


Well, it seems that the elevator is not the only thing “out of service” in this photo.  To the left of the elevator you will see that the emergency phone is not working either.  So, hopefully no one who uses this parking garage is in a hurry or needs to call for help.  However, I bet the stairs are happily waiting.