In fact, the true danger presented by House became clear to me while I was watching 30 Rock. Tracy was on a new mix of brain drugs and was suffering from tinnitus and hallucinations, and it suddenly reminded me of the start of a House episode when Something Goes Wrong with someone, then they wake up in hospital. In fact, I couldn't help but think that it would be pretty cool if this actually turned out to be a House cross-over episode. And then I started thinking about how this would improve most series.
Heroes would give House a whole new slew of genetic conditions to diagnose. I'd watch Friends if it was 'The One Where Ross Gets Boneitis, And Is Treated With Richly-Deserved Contempt By House'. Hell, I'd watch Sex In The Fucking City if I knew someone was going end up at House's mercy.
And that's when I realised: thoughts like this are surely the first symptom of becoming a fan-fic writer. I had never thought of myself as being that way inclined, but the slippery slope has suddenly become all too clear. I just hope I'm being a hypochondriac here...
(No offense meant, fic-ers.)