As an occasional TV viewer, far be it from me to question the apparently immense popularity of Fox Network's 24
, though how anyone can take Kiefer Sutherland's arboreal acting style seriously does perplex me. The network in question makes it up to me with its well-written medical series House
, featuring Hugh Laurie (the father in Stuart Little
) as Dr. House, the iconoclastic, antisocial, Percocet-addicted, brilliant diagnostician, both curing mysteriously afflicted patients and offending everyone who comes his way.