Grey's Anatomy: Season 1
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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 the on-call room), but with more warm fuzzies and light touches. (Sometimes, a little too light--the opening credits sequence features an eyelash curler next to medical instruments and red-painted toes savorting with a male patient under a sheet)
Pompeo, who can sound just like Renee Zellweger if you close your eyes, is likeable but not strong enough of a presence compared to her co-stars. Luckily the quirky dialogue and stellar acting by the ethnically diverse cast, particularly by Chandra Wilson (Dr. Bailey, aka "the Nazi") and Oh, who won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress, more than make up for it. The DVD covers the first season's nine episodes, plus commentary on the pilot and a behind-the-scenes feature. --Ellen A. Kim
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What really differs the show from any other medical show I've seen is the character development. The character development helped keep me interested and I felt I got to know Meredith and the other interns. I also got a feel for the hardships being an intern is and how much work goes into becoming a doctor. You also get a feeling of connection with the interns because of how much we find out about them. Dr. Shepherd, Dr. Bailey, and Dr. Burke help them along the way and offer some good advice. It's very informative and I've learned a few things watching it.
Overall I think Grey's Anatomy is one of the best and most addictive shows on TV right now. This DVD is a great way to see it from the beginning and it's priced right and I highly recommend it.
The patients they see also have us wanting more from the characters. Its like ER that the patients any of the patients can die at any time. Its not cheesy in that the ones we love manage to live, because, on several occasions, they have died when its least expected.
By having an outstanding storyline (with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger) and fantastic chemistry, the show manages to stand out among the many medical dramas seen over the years. Even though the 1st season is a bit short, its still worth checking out.
Season one starts out with the introduction of the show's heroin Meredith Grey [Ellen Pompeo] getting herself into a hilariously messy situation (I won't give it away, but let's just say Dr. Derek Shepard [Patrick Dempsey] looks just as good in the morning as he does in his doctor's scrubs). What happens in the first scene of the series sets the story for the rest of the season. Pompeo gives an honest performance (we never feel like she's acting, and we can't help but want her to succeed in her endeavors).
The show's supporting cast consisting of Sandra Oh paired with Isaiah Washington is one of the show's most pleasant surprises. There is a spark between these two by the second or third episode that viewers will notice (perhaps even before the writers did?) leading one to root for them to get together as well.
Other TV buffs may recognize Katherine Heigl from the now defunct (but equally as great) Roswell. Heigl plays an intern/part time model that is strong willed and intelligent. In season one there are hints of a relationship between her and fellow bad-boy intern, Alex (you may recognize him as Masimo, the goofy Italian guy from the Jennifer Lopez flick "The Wedding Planner"). Is she just what he needs to show a softer side of himself?
With smart writing and likable characters, this show has the gripping medical dilemmas of "ER," the solid camaraderie of "Friends," and the heart of "Gilmore Girls." Buy season one, and catch season two on ABC, Sunday nights at 10:00 PM.
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I've seen a few rerun episodes and really liked them. Came across seasons 3 and 4 at Goodwill. Paid $11 for both and figured what the hell I might as well buy the seasons 1 and 2... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Schae
I bought it as a gift for someone else and when they went to watch it they wouldn't play. At that time I rechecked it and it did not say non USA format. Read morePublished 2 months ago by christina doyle