A chief problem with the arts is that they have the ability to make anything, even that which is evil, seem beautiful. This is the problem with House, one of Fox' most enduringly popular TV shows, which I suspect is a good deal more philosophically profound than most people realize. (Spoilers ahead).
The titular House, a brilliant diagnostician, depressed curmudgeon and Vicodin addict, is the crisis of modernity given physical form. He is utterly self-absorbed and virtually never exhibits even the slightest regard even for his friends. He heaps scorn and abuse on friends and enemies, fellow doctors and patients, superiors and subordinates alike. He is also, unsurprisingly, an atheist (a poorly considered one, judging by the few times he's spoken on the topic) and a consequentialist, and nearly every episode revolves around some moral crisis produced by his willingness to disregard basic ethical considerations in order to achieve his desired end: solving whatever medical mystery is threatening his patient's life (saving the patient's life, on the other hand, is a secondary goal).
It's hard to see House as an endorsement of consequentialism. It's quite clear, for one thing, that House himself is a miserable bastard who'll die alone and in excruciating physical and mental pain. He destroys the lives of everyone near him: he wrecks an ex-girlfriend's marriage; corrupts a subordinate to the point that he murders a patient under his care (and thus destroys the doctor's marriage, as well); and at one point, after spitefully mistreating a police officer in the clinic, nearly ruins the lives of everyone in his department in the ensuing investigation. Perhaps his crowning recent achievement is the corruption of an ethically upright child prodigy turned medical doctor, who, after a season of her refusal to submit to House's questionable antics, finally induces a fake heart attack in a patient in order to con her parents into agreeing to a surgery the patient didn't want.
Despite the fact that House is a thoroughly unlikeable, hatchet-faced prick in thrall to an ideology responsible for the deaths of millions, it's unfortunately obvious that we're supposed to regard him as heroic, or at least lovable. His subordinates, for the most part, stick up for him, partly out of irrational deference, partly out of terror for his monstrous rages (which occasionally culminate in physical assault). His boss, also a rank consequentialist, routinely covers up for his excesses, including committing perjury to hide his theft of Vicodin from the pharmacy of the hospital she oversees. His best friend, an underfed beta male who's girlfriend he killed, continues to orbit him in some kind of weird, codependent brolationship we're all supposed to think is sweet. I wish I was making this stuff up.
It would take a sophisticated mind to tease out the subtle condemnation of House's toxic gestalt from its otherwise largely sympathetic portrayal of the character. Unfortunately, sophisticated minds are not what the West is presently in the business of producing, and most of the show's viewers are apt to walk away admiring the brilliant and tortured Romantic antihero who bravely defies those crusty, tired medical ethicists who've never saved anyone's life before. It doesn't help that some episodes are so ham-handedly bad that the agenda behind them is practically lit up with flashing neon bulbs, such as the episode in which a patient raped into pregnancy expresses hesitation about getting an abortion; House ridicules her religion (which she articulates terribly, sounding like an ill-read Protestant teenager) and, making use of appallingly bad reasoning to which the woman readily consents by acknowledging its supposed rationality, bullies her into getting the abortion, anyway.
I'm almost inclined to wonder if there's a Machiavellian element to the show, with the producers producing an apparently pro-consequentialist message for the ignorant masses beneath which simmers an esoterically anti-consequentialist message for those with the intellectual heft to recognize it. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it. But I think it's worthwhile that House is widely seen as one of the best shows on television, and is pretty much the only one out there right now about which a post like this could be written.