So seriously, I'm sure someone other than me has noticed it but House is based on exactly the same framework as Home Improvement. Even their names make it obvious!
House, as you know, is a doctor who deals with patients and his staff and solves medical mysteries. When he has a problem he can't solve he goes and talks with his friend Dr Wilson and next thing you know he has an epiphany and he figures it all out.
Home Improvement - basically the same premise. The main character Tim Taylor works on a tv show and has a wife and kids. The kids squabble like House does with his staff. House banters with his wife the way House does with Cuddy. The kicker - when Tim needs to sort things out he goes to the yard and talks things over with his neighbour Wilson. Then he too has an epiphany and sorts everything out.
Coincidence? I think not....