“Grey’s Anatomy” trailer on ABC in 2005 convinced me that there can be different primetime television hospital dramas with diverse direction and point of reference than, for example, “ER” or “House MD”. Being an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television show, “Grey’s Anatomy” reflects the intensity of medical training mixed with the amusing and, at the same time, painful lives of protagonists, who realize that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey. And “Grey’s Anatomy” is about life itself.
Real Life Drama
Any fan of the series would probably agree that “Grey’s Anatomy” is smoothly keeping up being intense and interesting and there are hardly episodes that they do not make it. Unlike many drama shows that get boring because of their predictable style and conventional characters, “Grey’s Anatomy” scenario brings on abrupt and sometimes extreme emotional changes, keeping spectators alert and creating an atmosphere where anything can really happen. In fact, there’s no formula for the characters’ reactions, which makes “Grey’s Anatomy” a non-typical medical drama. At the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, interns are surrounded by hotshot physicians and residents, who try to balance their demanding professional roles at the hospital and their personal lives. All these characters create an amalgam of real life, a real drama. Moreover, the relationships between the characters are intense at times, but what makes this show fascinating is the realism it reflects. Characters fall in love, break up, get together again or have affairs, and they often make spectators feel that they have gone through similar cases and situations.
A Great Cast
“Grey’s Anatomy” premiered in 2005 with a cast of excellent actors. The really authentic and tough, yet not overly confident Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who actually narrates the story; the hotshot neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey); the sexy neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh); the assertive Christina Yang (Sandra Oh); the ambitious Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington); the insecure Izzi Stevens (Katherine Heigl); the arrogant Alex Karev (Justin Chambers); the naïve George O’Maley (T.R. Knight), the tough General Surgeon Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and the enigmatic Chief of Surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.). Over the course of the years, some are gone, and new characters are introduced in different seasons, permanently or for short periods, adding up to the excitement of the show.
Besides, most of “Grey’s Anatomy” actors have been nominated for Emmy Award and/or Guild Award.
Ellen Pompeo had 4 Wins and 7 Nominations for “Grey’s Anatomy” for the period 2005-2009. Two of her wins in 2007 were for Best Actress in Drama Series and for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her act as Ellen Pompeo.
Patrick Dempsey is nominated since 2005 till today for several awards including the Best Actor in a Drama Series and People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Star for his role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Kate Walsh won the award of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2007 for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Sandra Oh is nominated for the Emmy Award of Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series every year since 2005 till today as well as Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Isaiah Washington won the award of Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2006 and 2007 for his role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Katherine Heigl is nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Drama Series since 2005 till today for her role in “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Chandra Wilson was also nominated for an Emmy Award as a supporting actress for the period 2006 – 2009.
Exciting Medical Cases
Each episode features exciting, interesting and unusual medical cases, which keep the show together. Besides, “Grey’s Anatomy” is directed in a straightforward way, where medical surgeries are exposed on TV as they are performed in reality. Also, the show realistically depicts the trials the interns must undergo in order to scrub in the operating room. Actors perform their roles as interns, residents, doctors and surgeons so efficiently that spectators really get the feeling that they are part of the process when a doctor needs to operate or to explain the treatment of an unusual, yet existing and contemporary disease, to a patient. At the same time, there is humour involved where is needed and as much as is needed just to relax intense cases.
All in all, “Grey’s Anatomy” endorses excellence and equality. By introducing both male and female characters in superior positions at the hospital, both black and white, and a top graduate doctor to represent the Asian minority, the show reflects social equality and is created to appeal to a broad audience around the globe. Also, there is always an inherent relationship between the people’s drama and the doctors’ lives. The protagonists consult their patients based on their personal standards and moral cognition causing a series of events and a variety of incidents. For all these reasons, “Grey’s Anatomy” is the best drama TV show still on.