ONE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS
Grey’s Anatomy is a dramatic story about a group of new surgical interns fighting it out and figuring it out in one of the country’s most competitive residency programs. The group of five all battle the job, each other and life on a daily basis. Despite the cut-throat atmosphere and relentless stress the five manage to form friendships and grow with each other. They are all young, sexually charged and motivated.
Despite this thread of similarity, all five interns are unique. Meredith, a quietly ambitious doctor is the daughter of a famous surgeon. She hides the fact that her mother is ailing from Alzhimer’s and it eats her up. Christina is the definition of ‘motivated’ and ‘mean’, constantly vying for the top spot amonst the group. Isobel a self-conscious girl from a small town grew up poor and put herself through med school with her modeling, which becomes a source of embarrasment. George is the goofy guy next door who desperately wants the attention of the girls but is hopelessly awkward in their presence. Alex, although handsom, is as arrogant as they come and gives new meaning to the phrase ‘God Complex’.
The team of doctors who ‘mentors’ this group is just as diverse and troublesome. Dr. Derek Shepherd is the hospital’s new super-star surgeon. He soon finds out that a one-night stand, Meredith, is one of the hospital’s new interns. Despite the hospital’s policy he decides to continue his relationship with Meredith. Shepherd’s success threatens Dr. Preston Burke, who views the hotshot doctor as an obstacle in his climb to the top of the hospital. Burke is an amazing surgeon that seems to thrive on this conflict. He’s ruthless with the new doctors but in the end wants to help them.
The interns get a good dose of tough love from their daily drill-master, Dr. Miranda Bailey the senior resident, AKA "the Nazi." She has a love for junk food and for snapping at interns. All the doctors report to the chief of surgery, Dr. Richard Webber who has cautioned the interns that some won’t make the cut in his program. At times, he has a hard time treating Meredith as ‘another intern’ considering he knew her as her mother’s daughter, a world renowned surgeon.
MY TWO CENTS:
I had seen previews for the show last year and they looked interesting. But quite by accident did I catch the first episode.
I used to watch ER on occasion and thought that it was a really good show. But with "Grey’s" i literally didn’t want to miss an episode.
This show works so well because its so realistic, so human and you relate so much to the characters – they’re learning, they’re making mistakes and living life where they have to soldier on because they have responsibilities. In 9 episodes it became (through ratings and polls) the most addictive TV show for years upon years.
And you may notice that ER was supposed to be finished. Done. Gone. For good. But 5 episodes into Grey’s second series and ER mysteriously shows up again with a new series. And low and behold its ratings are actually down from their last recorded numbers.
The show is funny, has lots of drama, unrealistic at times and then more than real at other times. The workings of a real hospital? I will leave that for you to decide. The drama of every day in the life of a surgical intern. Too much work, too little time, but these interns always find time for the personal stories of their patients and, this is where the shows true colors come shining through.
The humanness of physicians and the people they care for; the love and dedication it takes to help someone become well, and the sadness and gloom of a death. The open heart surgery in an elevator by a first year surgical intern is hard to believe, but somehow it works.
This is a TV show that works as well. The personalities ring true; we like them, we want them to succeed.
I look forward to watching this show every Sunday night, the perfect end to a weekend, light heartedly funny, yet emotionally charged.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE:
George (to Meredith): You don’t get to choose. I know you’ve been going through a bad time. I know you miss Shepard. And I know that your life has, admittedly, been pretty unpleasant these days. You get points for breathing in and out. You get to be a little selfish. But you don’t get to choose a dog over me… I’m George. I sleep down the hall from you. I buy your tampons. I have held your hand, every time you asked. I’ve earned the right to be seen. To be respected. To not have you think of me, as less than a dog that you got at the pound. So, I’m not moving out. Whether you like it or not, I’m staying.