Meet Meredith Grey, a brilliant first-year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Together with her fellow residents-in-training, Meredith navigates her way through the daily traumas and social land mines of life inside the hospital and out in the real world.
Obviously, you'd have to be a Grey's Anatomy fan to get into this package, because it chronicles the whole first season. I wasn't into the show heavily at that point; my ex got me into it as it progressed that year, but I do remember a few of these episodes from first-run, and I like having this collection around, on the days that are not Thursday and I want to see a classic episode of this show. One thing: I haven't seen Addison yet, as I don't think she appeared until season 2. No Callie either; she didn't appear until Season 3. This may not be for fans of Season 4 (current season), which is WAY different in tone than these DVDs. At this time, a few years ago, I thought this was the best show on TV ever. Due to some of the cast reshuffling, I no longer feel that way, as I do feel the quality has declined quite a bit (seasons 1-3 were the best, and I'd rate season 4 as 6/10, with some episodes rated as less than that). The "emotional" factor is still there, occasionally, and it is probably heavier than it was in season 1, where they were just defining who the characters were, but I'd definitely say give seasons 1-3 a spin before getting into the post-Burke era, which doesn't seem to be their strongest. Last point: in watching these episodes, it is clear to me that Burke (Isaiah Washington) is sorelly missed, as he was pretty much the "star" of the show at this time. Case in point is the season 4 "let go of the dress" episode, which was just rerun. That is one of the all time worst episodes in Grey's history. Also, you may want to keep in mind, as you watch these episodes from season 1, that the show was part of the Sunday ABC lineup at the time, bookended by "Desperate Housewives." I personally thought this was the best pairing in the show's history, and you can't tell me the pairing with Grey's and "Big Shots" is better, because "Big Shots" needs to be cancelled asap.
I started watching Grey's Anatomy just this season & I really couldn't stop! I love it to death; it has a hospital setting, yet a non-depressing aura & I had to start from the beginning, so I bought this season, plus 2 and 3. they came quickly, like everything usually does from Amazon & they were in good shape, too (i.e. the things in the middle that hold the discs weren't broken)...if you plan to order any Grey's Anatomy online, order them from Amazon (not walmart, because I just ordered season 4 from their website, only because I had a gift card & I read a review where someone said the things in the middle that hold the discs in place were broken, so now I'm worried about that.)
Grey's Anatomy is a lighthearted funny medical comedy-drama that gives more insight into the doctors' lives than similar shows like House or ER. The main characters of the show are the five surgical interns assigned to Dr. Bailey, a resident at Seattle Grace Hospital. These aren't just any interns, they're surgical interns, the most cutthroat group of them all. Under the tutelage of Dr. Derek Shepherd, a neurosurgeon, Dr. Preston Burke, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and "The Chief" Richard Webber, the interns learn and grow. The show focuses not only on their cases and individual lives, but on the interaction the interns have with each other, their coworkers, and their patients.
The interns are:
Meredith Grey--daughter of living legend and super-surgeon, Ellis Grey. Dartmouth Graduate, though doesn't make it plain that she knows more than everyone else--at least not all the time. Owns the house that three of the interns decide to share. An overall nice girl. It's a shame for poor Meredith that on her first day as a surgical intern she discovers she's slept with one of her bosses, Dr. Derek Shepherd (otherwise known as Dr. McDreamy).
Christina Yang--Brown undergraduate, Stanford Medical School, and overall overachiever. Christina Yang is smarter than you, and she's going to make it plain. Christina is the type of girl who if you were racing to the corner and you tripped and fell, she'd finish the race first then come back and see if you were okay. It works for her though and it's hard to dislike her for it.
Alex Karev--someone has to play the bad guy, and on this show it's Karev. He's the doctor who will tell you that you've got cancer and then tell you to suck it up when you shed a tear. The good thing about Karev though is that his brutal honesty isn't covering up for anything. Occasionally you find yourself wondering if someone can really be so callous. Yes, they can.
Izzy Stevens--Izzy is the pretty girl who people will always look at twice upon finding out that she's really a doctor. She paid her way through medical school by posing as a centerfold in a men's magazine and the male doctors don't want to let her be more than a pretty face. Izzy is the doctor you'd want to have if you were looking for compassion, and a kind word rather than the cold hard truth of the matter.
George O'Malley--rounds out the merry group by being the peacemaker and the one who keeps everything balanced. It's blatantly obvious that he has a huge crush on Meredith, but he thinks no one has a clue. For some reason, Dr. Burke has picked George as his favorite.
This group of interns offer humor, warmth, and usually some interesting turn every week. This show is the reason I watch television on Sunday, and for a little hidden insight check out greyswriters.com, where you can see what the writers were thinking when they came up with different story lines. This show is definitely worth taking a look at, even though the first season only has 2 discs with 9 episodes total.
Finally, one day it was a rainy, "movie" or "tv" show day. Well, I don't like shows with canned laughter. I don't like to be told when to laugh or boo etc. I do like drama with comedy when you least expect it. I like shows that have a good storyline and hook you into different characters that you follow each week.
The acting is top notch, and you can see as these characters begin getting into their parts. They make you laugh, they make you cry, but during this first season it is mostly laughter.
Give the show a few episodes and I can almost guarantee that it will suck you in after only a few episodes!!