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An outstanding beginning to one of TV's best shows

  • May 28, 2006
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Just when you thought TV execs had scraped the bottom of the medical show barrel, along comes GREY'S ANATOMY, a surprisingly fresh dramedy about the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their superiors. In particular, the show focuses on Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), the daughter of a legendary surgeon who - unbeknownst to everyone but Meredith - has advanced Alzheimer's disease. In the first episode, Meredith awakens next to her one-night-stand, then rushes off for her first day at work. When she arrives there, she discovers that her one-night-stand is in fact her boss, Dr. Derek Sheperd (Patrick Dempsey)!

Meredith's not the only one with problems - her friends and fellow have their share of difficulties as well. These friends include the wisecracking Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), ex-model Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), kind and shy George O'Malley (T.R. Knight), and the arrogant Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). In charge of the interns is the cantankerous Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson), also known as "The Nazi". They must also contend with the stern Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington), who hides a kind heart beneath his harsh shell.

There are two "hot" medical shows currently airing on TV, each resting on one side of the medical show spectrum. At the dark, pessimistic end of the spectrum is HOUSE, M.D. At the light end of the spectrum is GREY'S ANATOMY. GREY'S ANATOMY utilizes a staff of talented writers who consistently come up with intelligent, creative scripts and inventive scenarios for the characters. The show is never dull and always interesting, thanks in no small part to the writing staff. The dialogue is witty and well-written. The series masterfully fluctuates between being cheerfully humorous and grimly dramatic. None of this would be possible without the great writing staff. However, I must bring up the point that Meredith's voice-overs are so simplistic that they're cringeworthy.

Even if the writing wasn't top-notch, the cast would be able to keep the show afloat. Ellen Pompeo is very good as Meredith, but her performance is dominated by those from the rest of the cast. Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are particularly great, and the two work very well together. Sandra Oh is very amusing, and she has some great chemistry with Isaiah Washington - who is, by the way, excellent. Then there's Patrick Dempsey, whose Derek Shepherd is as suave and cool a doctor as ever there was.

It seems that most shows today have great soundtracks. GREY'S ANATOMY is no exception - in fact, it has one of the best soundtracks of any show airing today. The songs add new depth to each scene, always enhancing the show rather than detracting from it. The theme song, Psapp's "Cosy in the Rocket", works wonderfully in the credits sequence. I must say that the credits sequence is one of the best I've ever seen. I don't know what it is about it - it just seems perfect to me. There are no pictures of the cast, merely credits and images which let the audience know that this is more than a medical show: it follows the personal lives of the characters as well.

How odd that so many great shows have begun as mid-season replacements. GREY'S ANATOMY is one such show. What began as a mid-season replacement has now become one of the biggest shows on television - and rightly so. Great writing, inventive yet realistic scenarios, an excellent cast and a terrific soundtrack: what more could you want? There's only one flaw in the series' first season: it's a mere 9 episodes long.

GREY'S ANATOMY is like a breath of fresh air. And by the end of this season, you WILL be gasping for more.

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Just when you wanted to say "Oh no, not another hospital drama,"Grey's Anatomyturns into one of the most addicting series on television. With no big stars and no hype, the ABC series debuted last spring as a mid-season replacement and became a bonafide smash in its nine-episode season.


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The series, a hybrid of House's medical detectives and Dawson's Creek's hormones and catchy pop-rock soundtrack, follows five competitive surgical interns at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. There's optimistic ex-model Izzie (Katherine Heigl), bumbling do-gooder George (T.R. Knight), competitive glacier Cristina (Sandra Oh), cocky womanizer Alex (Justin Chambers), and the show's namesake, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), whose medical career is complicated by her famous surgeon mother who now lives with Alzheimer's, and her frowned-upon relationship with another surgeon, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey, enjoying the best career revival since Rob Lowe). The doctors juggle romance and foster friendships while trying not to stab each other in the back over surgeries.

Grey's Anatomy's first season, while entertaining, went a little far trying to find its groove, overdosing on Meredith's overly simplistic voice-overs ("At the end of the day… faith is a funny thing"), and musical montages. It has the usual trappings of a hospital drama (unusual cases, such as the patient with the 70-pound tumor, and trysts in...

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DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
Runtime: 387 minutes
Studio: Buena Vista

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