Unlikely Heroes on H&I

(Above: Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. Source: Heroes & Icons)

Next week, over-the-air channel Heroes & Icon will add two classic series featuring unconventional heroes: House and Monk.

House

Starting September 4, Dr. Gregory House will pull a nine-hour shift (11 am to 8 pm ET) every Tuesday.

The series, which first aired for eight seasons (2004 to 2012) on Fox, was inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes.

British actor Hugh Laurie, also known for his comedic collaborations with Stephen Fry, adopts an American accent for the title character, a misanthropic but brilliant physician who torments both colleagues and patients with biting comments — all in pursuit of the right diagnosis.

He leads a group of young doctors at a teaching hospital, teaching them diagnostic shortcuts and the art of subterfuge. His team includes Dr. Eric Foreman (Omar Epps),  Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley (Olivia Wilde) and Dr. Lawrence Kutner (Kal Penn).

Lisa Edelstein (Dr. Lisa Cuddy) is House’s frequently undermined boss, and Sean Patrick Leonard (Dr. James Wilson) is his forgiving colleague and perhaps only friend.  (Sherlock Holmes’ parallel: House/Holmes, Wilson/Watson).

You can also stream all eight seasons with an Amazon Prime subscription; or purchase individual episodes starting at $1.99 SD/$2.99 HD from Fandango Now and other providers.

Monk

Beginning September 6, one of TV’s most idiosyncratic gumshoes, Monk, will be on duty from 11 am to 8pm each Thursday.

The comedy-drama, which ran eight seasons (2002 to 2009) on USA, features a decidedly gentler, if no less tortured, soul who leaves no stone unturned to solve a mystery.

Tony Shalhoub is Adrian Monk, a former San Francisco Police officer whose obsessive-compulsive disorder is intensified by the traumatic, unsolved killing of his wife.

Three years after her death, Monk reenters the world as a private detective and consultant to the SFPD’s homicide unit, including Lt. Randall Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) and Captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine). He is assisted by his nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), in the first three seasons. She is succeeded by Natalie Teeger (Traylor Howard) for seasons five through eight.

Below, Shalhoub talks about his initial reluctance to take on the role:

You can also stream all eight seasons of Monk with an Amazon Prime subscription; or purchase individual episodes starting at $1.99 SD/$2.99 HD from Vudu and other providers.

You can watch Heroes & Icons with an antenna attached to your TV. Check Heroes & Icons’ “Where to Watch” page to find the channel in your area.

Check heroesandiconstv.com/schedule for the exact times of House and Monk in your area.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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