Is there a more complex and, ironically, appealing character on television today than Hugh Laurie's Dr. House.? (Forgive the link here to Fox television - not my favorite network as a rule, for purely political reaons.) He is a Vicodin-popping son-of-a-bitch, liar and probably misogynist. He disparages friends relentlessly. If there is a purpose to his mistreatment of his colleagues - no higher value system seems at play - then it is lost on me. So, why do I keep watching, other than to admire Laurie's acting craft? For the very complexity of the character. There is no better antidote to the vacuousness of the people on reality television shows and most cop shows than this intricate, deeply human, fault-ridden character with a tenuous ego.