Grey's Anatomy is a very well known series! It started in 2005 and is still very popular. even though, most of you might already know this series. I'll start with a small introduction. At the start of Grey's Anatomy, you're following the lives of five surgical interns at Seattle Grace Hospital. The main protagonist is Meredith Grey. She's one of the interns and the daughter of a high valued general surgeon: Ellis Grey.
The focus is on these 5 interns and all of their struggles. They want to learn, be the best, find love. You get to see it all. Grey's Anatomy offers here a great combination: you're getting the drama of their social lives (friendship, love, fighting, tiredness, hope, giving up) but you also get to see a lot of the hospital. Not only how the interns grow and learn, but it also shows some interesting patients. I've always really liked this combination.
During the episodes/ seasons, the focus changes and is widened. There are more and different main characters. Everyone has their own story. And the viewer gets to see it all.
How about the actors?
The 5 interns the series start with are portayed by Ellen Pompeo (as Meredith Grey), Sandra Oh (as Christina Yang), Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev) and T.R. Knight (George O'Malley). Other main characters in the first season are Chandra Wilson (as Mirande Bailey), James Pickens Jr. (as Richard Webber) Isaiah Washington (As Preston Burke) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd: McDreamy).
Grey's Anatomy is created by Shonda Rhimes. She wanted a racially diverse cast and used the color blind casting technique. Which means: For every character, the role was written without defining of how they should like (So also without predetermining the characters race). This resulted in a diverse cast.
Meredith Grey is played by Ellen Pompeo. Rhonda had seen Ellen the movie the Moonlight Mile and was impressed. So she wanted her for the role of Meredith. Sandra Oh initially auditioned for the role of Dr. Miranda Bailey, but was eventually cast as Christina. Could you imagine her as Miranda? That would be so weird! (Of course it actually wouldn't be weird, because we wouldn't know her as Christina!). James Pickens Jr. plays the role of Dr. Richard Webber. But Ernie Hudson was initially also asked to audition (But he didn't). Isaiah Washington originally audition for the role of Derek Shepherd. But was eventually cast as Preston Burke. So.. Isaiah could have been McDreamy!
And there are so many cast members, I could go on forever! A few other actors who get important roles in the series laer on are: Eric Dane (Mark Sloan), Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres), Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery), Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins) and more!
For fans of the Walking Dead..: We get to know Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the Walking Dead as the big mighty Negan. He also played a while in Grey's Anatomy. He played the role of heart patient Denny Duquette who has a romance with intern Izzie. I think Jeffrey plays his role as Negan very well. But sometimes, I just think: Denny, go back to Izzie! I can assure you that he was way more likable and friendly in Grey's Anatomy ;)
Who will like this?
You'll like Grey's Anatomy when you enjoy some (medical) drama, hospitals/ surgeries and female leading characters. Shonda Rhimes wanted to make Grey's Anatomy a series she'd love to watch herself. And a series that contained smart women competing. She wanted to portray 'realistic women'. To like Grey's Anatomy, you have to be up for a bit of romance and drama. If you purely want to watch horror or action, this ain't for you! Sig can always tell when I'm watching Grey's Anatomy again.I always watch series on my laptop and Sig is like "Oh has Grey's Anatomy started again?". How does he know? By the screaming and crying coming out my laptop! I don't want to make it sound superficially, because Grey's Anatomy isn't. But it does contain a lot of screaming and crying (Much more than the other series I watch haha).
Grey's Anatomy also contains a message: Often you start and end the episode with a small story or lesson. I really like that in Grey's Anatomy. Sometimes I agree, sometimes I don't. But I like the concept and it works really well.
How many seasons?
12 seasons and still running! Season 13 will start on September 22, 2016!
I really like Grey's Anatomy! I'm already watching the show for years and own season 1 to 10 on dvd. I've seen the first seasons twice, the latest once. I was very excited about the first seasons. What I love the most is the combination of the bigger story with the small ones. The character development is awesome and a lot happens to them (more than in a usual lifetime luckily). But aside from that, they have really awesome small (1 or 2 episode) stories as well. Stories about patients and events. I'm not one to cry over a series or movies. But if I'd ever cry, I would do it because of an episode of Grey's Anatomy. One of the most heartbroken stories/ scenes I've seen in Grey's Anatomy is the episode 'Into you like a train'. In a train crash, 2 people have been impaled on a metal pole. Tom (an older man is his 50s) and Bonnie (in her 20s, engaged). But they have to slid back one person from the pole, to able to do a surgery to remove it from the other. The one that will be slid back, has the most chance to die. Tom wants to sacrifice himself. But Bonnies condition is far worse. The doctors pick her. You get to see them both on the pole. Bonnies fiance also enters. Heartbreaking episode! And that's just one of the many impressive episodes of Grey's Anatomy!
What I also like a lot abut the series is the Meredith Grey/ Christina Yang friendship. The quote I put in this article (Not everyone has to be happy all the time all the time. That's not mental health. That's crap.) says it all. That's how they are. And I love that. Meredith Grey herself says it: "I'm not happy and bubbly. I'm dark and cloudy." Which doesn't mean Grey's Anatomy is just one big depressive show to watch haha. I like the sarcasm and rawness. She's an easy character to relate to and I love hearing her life thoughts in all the episodes.
Talking about favorite characters... Here are some I really like: Arizona Robbins, Mark Sloan, Christina Yang, Owen Hunt. What are yours?
The characters and life lessons may sometimes feel 'real' or gives you inspiration for real life: The overall plot isn't that real. And it better be not! What these doctors and interns go through in all these seasons, is just to much for a lifetime! I don't think it's a major issue. But it makes me able to relate on details and not on the bigger picture.
My love for Grey's Anatomy has peaks and valleys. Mostly peaks. But at season 10/11 I had a biiiig valley. I even thought about stopping to watch the series. It just didn't feel right anymore. Too many new characters. Too many that had already left. Not a good balance between the bigger story and the small ones. It was just off (in my opinion). I've watched season 12 also already and I really loved that season. Luckily! I loved that season. So I'm excited for the next one.
The worst episode.. Was one from season 11: "How to save a life". [SPOILER ALERT] Stop reading if you haven't seen this episode yet. I'll keep it as general as possible to avoid giving spoilers to ones who accidentally might see this. But I hated this episode because of how obvious and unsurprisingly it was. It's not that I couldn't handle this character leaving the show. But it felt like I was watching Final Destination. I didn't feel anything. Except irritation haha. How about you? [END OF SPOILER].
What do you think about Grey's Anatomy. Love it or hate it? What's your favorite quote or life lesson from the show?
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