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Genre: Television - Grey's Anatomy / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Peter Horton / Actors: Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey ... / DVD released 10 July, 2006 at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      20.03.2013 17:13
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      A fresh look at life in a hospital from a doctors point of view.

      From watching the trailer for this series, I knew it was something that I wanted to watch on television. Grey's anatomy is a cleverly titled drama following the lives of medical interns at Seattle Grace Hospital as they learn how to be surgeons. From the name alone, a play on the name of the medical textbook, Gray's anatomy, I was hooked.

      Initially, I felt that the series followed the Sex and The City format a little, with a key group of friends and the lead character providing a critical voice over at the start and the end of the episodes, but rather than being quite a shallow series, this was packed full of action. The series is quite short at only 9 episodes long when most American dramas are 22 episodes per series, but when watching this the first time round I didn't feel it was a short series due to the amount of content within each episode.

      Lead character is a female intern called Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who is the daughter of a famous surgeon, Alice Grey. She is a clever character but her life is full of drama. She is hiding the fact her mother is suffering from Alzheimers, as well as having a secret affair with one of her bosses.

      Her fellow interns have equally complicated lives. Izzy Stevens (Katherine Heigl) is struggling to get people to take her seriously after she posed as an underwear model to fund her way through medical school. Izzy is guaranteed to be the most moved by the lives of the patients she is working with, and you frequently see her taking that extra step beyond her duty to help them.

      Sandra Oh is the very brusk Cristina Yang, who is the complete opposite to Meredith - very competitive and willing to do almost anything to reach the top and prove herself within her field.

      George O'Malley (T.R. Knight) is someone who lets Meredith show her insecure side when they are in scenes together. George is a loveable dependable character with a strong sense of right from wrong, and there are some humourous moments throughout the series thanks to the relationship he has with his fellow female interns.

      Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) is the final intern we see as a main character in this series. He is a bit of a 'jock' character, who lacks in bedside manner, and comes off as a bit of a liability and a chauvinistic pig throughout the series.

      These interns are supervised be a few prominent doctors in this series. Dr Derek Shepherd, AKA Dr McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) specialises in neurosurgery, and is having a secret fling with Meredith which is one of the worst kept secrets ever.

      Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington) is a cardiac specialist, and Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is the resident in charge of the interns. The big boss is Dr Richard Webber (James Pickens Junior) and although he has a good eye for co-ordinating in the hospital, he is unaware of quite a few of the goings on between the staff.

      Part of my love for this series is you do not waste time getting to know characters superficially, but you are thrown straight into the action joining the interns on their first day on the job straight out of medical school. You don't need to be a doctor to relate to that feeling of not really knowing what it is you are meant to be doing, yet having to do it anyway.

      Each episode features interesting cases for the staff to work on, such as a woman with a 60Ib tumour, or helping a man with Parkinsons disease through surgery on his brain while he's awake, or treating a man who fell down the stairs while holding a nail gun and shooting himself in the head several times on the way. There is an emotional involvement in every episode as you see how the interns react, and whether they contribute to the patient living or dying.

      The characters are not always likeable as they work in this high pressure environment and have to work hard and play hard, but there is such an interesting dynamic between the main characters that is very morish and keeps you wanting to watch this. The characters seem quite straight forward at the start, but there is so much more than first meets the eye with them, though their basic personality stays like your first impression, each character is so much more than that.

      Some of the surgery scenes can be a little gruesome if you don't like to see operations - I find that they are well shot and fully believable to watch. It fits my idea of what it would be like to be a doctor rather too well.

      Although this is now 8 years old, I feel it seems just as fresh as it did when it first aired, and I found it just as interesting to watch again on lovefilm instant as I did the first time round.

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        06.02.2012 22:09
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        Addictive US drama at its best!

        "The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control, you're not."

        This review is of the first series of the brilliant US drama Grey's Anatomy.

        WARNING: This review of Grey's Anatomy series one may contain accidental spoilers.

        Grey's Anatomy:

        First screened in America in 2005, Grey's Anatomy is definitely a show to watch, become addicted to, then buy the box set (just so you can re-live the drama and see the twists and turns fall into place again).

        The whole series focuses on the trials and tribulations of five new interns at Seattle Grace hospital. However, as the title would suggest (Grey's anatomy a play on the famous medical book Gray's anatomy) the main focus is on the central protagonist Meredith Grey. As, the overall story running throughout the show is the progressing relationship between Meredith and Derek (her one night stand she picked up in a bar, who just happens to be her new boss).

        However, as every intern seems to have a secret to hide, the focus soon dwindles from Meredith. Although the main character, Meredith does not hog the limelight, as each intern has a story to tell. As the series progresses, we even get a glance into the lives of the residents and attending's, and find out that their lives are no better than the interns.

        Characters:
        Meredith Grey - The central character Meredith, played by Ellen Pompeo, is a first year intern at Seattle Grace. From the very beginning we see her relationship with Dr. Shepard develop. She is a promising young surgeon, who could be great, if she could overcome her mother issues (who also was a surgeon ... a brilliant pioneering one to be exact) and her relationship drama with Derek Shepherd. She is the character that binds all the other interns, who wouldn't normally be friends, together. She is loveable due to her imperfections and her humanity.

        Derek Shepherd - Patrick Dempsey plays the character of Dr. Shepherd, the head of neuro-surgery and also the main heart throb of the series. He earns the title Dr. McDreamy, due to his perfect hair and the deep meaningful gazes he exchanges with the character of Meredith. As he is an attending at the hospital, he is therefor Meredith's boss and so they try to keep their relationship secret. He seems like the perfect guy: sensitive, smart, sexy, honest and helpful.... But appearances can be deceiving as Dr. McDreamy has a big McSecret.

        Christina Yang - Sandra Oh plays one of the best characters in Grey's anatomy. Christina Yang is the competitive, rude, pushy, has no bedside manner and extremely talented intern. This accurate description does not paint the most the best picture but you will soon find yourself loving her. As the series develops, you get to see the emotional and softer side of Christina, realising that she is the way she is for a reason. She is also best friends with Meredith, and the friendship they have (however kooky and crazy at times) is so endearing and lovely. Definitely my favourite character.

        Izzie Stevens - The loveable and pretty surgeon. Izzie is caring, sweet but gets a bit too involved with her patients. She is roommate to Meredith and George, but often feels left out of the friendship between Meredith and Christina.

        George O'Malley - George is the surgeon who just about made it into the programme and has a lot to learn. Saying this, he does progress the most out of all the other interns. He is compassionate, not afraid to get his hands dirty, a quick learner and a really lovely guy. However, his crush on a certain intern seems to get in his way.

        Alex Karev - Acts like the 'Jock' of surgery. Alex is very sure of himself, both in surgery and with the ladies. He is a character that you learn to love, as at the beginning he may irritate viewers due to his arrogance. His relationship with Izzie Stevens is up and down, and he seems to be very anti- O'Malley.

        Dr.Bailey - Dr.Bailey is the resident of the five interns. In other words, they are her responsibility. Expect a lot of brilliant speeches by this wonderful character played by Chandra Wilson.

        Slight confusion:
        If you buy series one in America, there would only be nine episodes. This differs to the English version which has 14 episodes. However, you won't be missing out if you are an American viewer, as it appears that the other five episodes in the English boxset are in fact the first five episodes of the American Series two boxset. Sorry, this sounds confusing, but I cannot think of a better way of explaining it .

        Soundtrack:
        The soundtrack of the series is amazing! The songs fit in so well with the emotions of the drama and will easily become a favourite song of yours. In particular the song "Where does the good go" by Tegan and Sara is an absolutely brilliant song! Inara George's "Fools in love" is also a beautifully written song. You may find yourself loving the series so much that you need to buy the soundtrack (which you can purchase from amazon for just over £5)

        Price: At the moment, series one of Grey's Anatomy is selling on Amazon for £9.97.

        I was roughly 14 when I fell in love with this show and six years on, I still love this amazing drama. It is not something I would call a teenage drama, as there is a lot of references to sex, however I do believe that this is a universally liked show. Not only did I get my whole family into this series, but living at university, I also got my flatmates hooked as well. I definitely recommend this drama to anyone who likes medical tv but also to those of you who just like the drama of relationships. This show has both and fits in a nice balance between the stresses of work, and the stresses of relationships.

        If you have not seen this series, I urge you to watch it. You won't be disappointed!

        Thank you for reading my review.

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          14.09.2011 00:08

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          The best Medical Drama Television has ever created!

          Grey's Anatomy is a US Medical Drama starring Ellen Pompeo as the dark and twisty Meredith Grey. The show follows a handful of Surgeons completing their Surgical Residency at none other than Seattle Grace hospital. Eight of them will drop to an easier speciality, five of them will crack under the pressure, two of them will be asked to leave. How ever will they survive? This bunch of McHottie Doctors face a tough residency ahead of them, filled with romance, drama, and many-a scene in the infamous Seattle Grace elevator.

          Filled with not just talented but good-to-look-at doctors such as the charming Doctor Shepherd (Code-name McDreamy), and incredible story-lines and characters thought up by the ingenious writer Shonda Rhimes, Grey's Anatomy is a gripping rollercoaster, and an adventure that everyone should take. Now in it's 8th season, the show boasts numerous awards and hit ratings. The show sets the benchmark for drama series, particularly those of a medical nature. If you have yet to enter the world of Grey's Anatomy, pick up Season 1 now, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

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          02.02.2011 21:14
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          A medical drama that outstrips the rest

          I shall warn you now, courtesy of my housemate, I am a teeny tiny bit addicted to Grey's Anatomy, so my next few reviews will be Grey's Anatomy-centric! There have so far been six seasons released onto DVD, and the seventh season is being aired at the moment (when America stops going on three week breaks!). Season 1 was aired in 2005, although it took me until November 2010 to start watching the show (something which my housemate hasn't quite forgiven me for yet!).

          So, the title, Grey's Anatomy. Some of the more medically-inclined amongst you may recognise this as a reference to Henry Gray's medical textbook of anatomy, Gray's Anatomy. It is also a reference to the main character of the show, Meredith Grey, who tends to also narrate the beginning and end of each episode. I do say main character, but to be honest I feel that as the seasons progress, there is no clear main character and she only gets labelled thus as the show is named after her (or she is named after the show). Although, having said that (and re-watched season one), Meredith is definitely the main character -at least in this season.

          Anyway, I do digress. Season one begins with Meredith Grey and four of her fellow surgical interns, all fresh out of medical school, enrolling at Seattle Grace Hospital. Meredith, along with Cristina, Izzie, George & Alex are brought together and placed under the guidance of Dr Bailey. The young interns soon learn not to underestimate the tiny surgeon, who quickly demonstrates how she has earned her nickname - "The Nazi". They also find that working in the surgical wing of the hospital is not as easy as they first thought; not only do they have to try to not kill their patients whilst on a 48 hour shift, they have to keep up with Dr Bailey's expectations and deal with their personal lives that seem to be spilling into their work lives - one-night stands turning out to be the new neurosurgeon at Seattle Grace (Dr Shepherd, aka McDreamy), famous mothers with Alzheimer's, forbidden relationships, and annoying new roommates. All in 9 episodes!

          There are in total 9 main cast members in season one - the interns: Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, George O'Malley & Alex Karev; and the surgeons: Dr Preston Burke, Dr Miranda Bailey, Dr Derek Shepherd and Dr Richard Webber, Chief of Surgery. One of the things I like about the cast is that they were cast using a "blind-casting" technique, meaning that none of the characters had pre-specified race, and the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, selected cast members for their abilities & suitability for the role. This has led to quite a diverse cast, which can be unusual in some TV shows. Also, each character has their own story (some take longer to unfold than others across the seasons), their own goals, their own flaws; they aren't there as filler, but each is a main character in their own way, and you are able to get to know & learn to love (or sometimes hate) each one, rather than just one or two.

          Now you may have noticed that the show is surgery-based. Before any squeamish people are put off, I shall point out that although the show does involve a lot of accidents and surgery, there is minimum gore. Unlike a show such as Casualty, you are only given glimpses of blood or of insides, and you never see the accidents happen (that was always the worst part of Casualty I found) - you do however become quite proficient in reading scans and x-rays! Another feature of the show that I like is that it really is hospital-based. Granted, there are some scenes at Meredith's home, or the local bar, but I'd say about 80% of the show is hospital-based. I almost think that this has been done because interns and surgeons don't really have time for much else other than the hospital (at least in Grey's Anatomy anyway) - whether this is the case or not, it is quite refreshing that a show that is set in a specific place does actually keep its focus and stay in that place.

          The storylines are brilliantly written, and in each episode there is at least one patient who has you gripped to the TV. As this is a short season, I'd say it's similar to a pilot episode. It lets you get to know the doctors and the hospital, and get a feel for Grey's Anatomy itself. This doesn't mean that it isn't a good series - there is plenty to keep you hooked, and to be honest, I would recommend having season two on standby as nine episodes is no-where near enough (well in my opinion anyway). In later seasons there are patient storylines, or disasters, that go on for several episodes, usually mid- and end of season that get you even more gripped to the show; but more about these in later reviews.

          The only two hospital-based dramas I have ever seen are Casualty and Scrubs, which are opposite ends of the spectrum, one being more drama/gruesome based, and the other comedy based, but I must admit I grew tired of these long ago. It may be favouritism speaking, but Grey's manages to balance the drama and the humour perfectly. It can reduce you to giggles or to tears (sometimes in the same episode, which can be needed), and in my case make you forget to breath as I get so involved in what is happening. It can also be educating - I am now able to keep up with at least some of the medical things my brother spouts, courtesy of this show! I do have to attach a warning label however; Grey's Anatomy can also be very addictive. I managed to watch all six and a half seasons in less than a month - not the best use of time I know, but it is indicative of how brilliant and watchable this show really is. I'd recommend treating season one as a pilot series, easing you into the world of Grey's Anatomy, ready for the next six seasons! It is definitely one of my favourite TV shows, and I think it's going to be hard to topple. So I recommend start watching - and don't be too disappointed when you suddenly find you have caught up to real-time!

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            Medical drama without all the drama of medical language

            So, Grey's anatomy centres around a group of surgical interns on one of the best surgery programmes in the US, at the fictional Seattle Grace hospital. It shows them all on their first day and then throughout the seasons follows there development and their relationships. Also we see a lot from their seniors, the attendings and the chief (a great character). But mainly in this first season it centres all around Meredith Grey (a newbie) and Derek Shepherd (a bit shot surgeon). The way these two meet is just hilarious, real cringe type tv you can see it coming before it happens. It's hard to write about it without giving away story lines (since I have watched all the seasons now so i know where everything leads).
            A good thing about this show is that it's pretty low on the medical mumbo jumbo (unlike House!) and is much more centred around the characters than the medicine which I definitely prefer. They really build on the characters with time too, infact the cast remains pretty small but they still managed to keep it really exciting and it is truly addictive watching.
            Having watched all the seasons I highly recommend this show, it goes a bit slow around season 4 but only for a few episodes and then it picks up pace again.
            This show will make you cry for sure, you become so attached to the characters because the actors portray them so well and the writing is fantastic. At the beginning and end of each episode there is always a little naration (usually from Meredith but further into the show naratives can come from other characters too).
            Also the music on the show is great, they kick start a lot of unknows, snow patrol, the fray, joshua radin, anna nalick (to name but a few).
            So, go buy the box set :D You won't be disappointed it is 100% must watch TV. Another show to watch out for is Private Practice, a spin off from this show (I think it came about after season 2 of Grey's so don't watch it until then, otherwise you will be confused a little because the shows characters pop up in each which is really cool).

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            Definitely worth watching if you like medical dramas.

            I have been a big fan of medical dramas over the years but I have tended to stick with the same ones. I have always watched Casualty from a young age and I followed more or less every season of ER with religion. Scrubs came along and I laughed and cried along with them for again many of the seasons. So really, I felt I didn't need another medical drama to follow. I remember when Grey's Anatomy started, as it was advertised a lot. My parents watched the first series and always told me how good it was but it seemed I never had the time to sit down and watch it, nor did I have the money to buy the box set.

            Five to six years later and for my mum's birthday I got her the first series (after many many unsubtle hints) and my sister got her the second. Knowing that she wouldn't sit down and watch it by herself, I offered to start watching it with her. I was hooked by the first episode and three series down, I am waiting anxiously for the fourth on DVD to carry on watching.

            The first episode starts with five interns beginning their residency at Seattle Grace Hospital. They are quickly thrown together in a common bond as they begin to realise that working in a hospital wasn't quite what they what they had had in mind. Their mentor, Dr Bailey, has been nicknamed "The Nazi" and they quickly discover how she came by her name. Meredith finds out that the nice guy she took home with her the night before is none other than Dr Shepherd, the new neurosurgeon at Seattle Grace, instantly nicknamed McDreamy. Izzie and George move into Meredith's house, as her mother is currently in a nursing home and Cristina and Dr Burke find they enjoy working together.


            I think my love of it can fit into several categories:

            The characters: The main characters of Grey's Anatomy are well written, human people who are flawed. They are easy to relate to because they are not perfect. In the first episode we meet the 5 interns whose careers we will follow throughout the series. Meredith, George, Izzie, Alex and Cristina quickly become friends as they struggle to put their learning into practice. The main doctors featured are Dr Bailey, Dr Burke and Dr Shepherd, aka McDreamy and the chief of surgery, Dr Richard Webber. Other doctors come in later on and play a main role.

            The storyline: Unlike Casualty or ER, Grey's Anatomy focus's on surgery and the surgical ward. Whilst sometimes the story takes us into other parts of the hospital - the ER or maternity for example - the main focus is on surgical storylines. It means that some patient's storylines carry over into several episodes and means the writing can go more in depth than perhaps some of the ER storylines. Some of the stories have been incredibly sad and there are episodes which have ended with me in tears. Others are just incredibly funny and help lighten what could otherwise be a very serious episode.

            The music: The music in Grey's anatomy is just brilliant. Some of it I have heard before, other songs are new to me but make me want to go out and buy them. There are already 3 CDs released with music from the first three seasons and I'm sure there is a fourth one due any day now. The music covers a wide range of singers and genres.

            It is for a good reason that the show is one of the most watched prime time series in America. It has become one of my top ten television series and is certainly my favourite medical drama of all time. If you haven't already watched, start watching now!

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              A fantastic series that everyone should watch!

              Oh where on earth do I start with Grey's anatomy. Firstly I should probably point out that I am absolutely obsessed with Grey's anatomy. I have a tendency to really get into tv series boxsets (as you may have noticed from my reviews of the OC, one tree hill, shameless etc) however Grey's anatomy holds a special place in my heart.

              My mum had been banging on about Grey's anatomy for years, ever since it started being shown on UK TV. At the time I wasn't particularly interested, I used to enjoy watching ER back in the day and so thought it was just another hospital drama. It was only for my mum's bday in march that I even decided to buy the boxsets, she got the first and second series on boxset and I thought i'd better watch them with her.

              From the first episode on I was absolutely hojooked. Set in Seattle and narrated by Meredith Grey, the main character, we are introduced very quickly into the lives of a group of surgical interns who are starting their internship at Seattle Grace hospital.
              In the first episode Meredith has a one night stand the night before her first day at the hospital with a guy called Derek. When she turns up the next morning she is dismayed to find Derek is not only a doctor at the hospital , he is a consultant surgeon she will have to work with on a daily basis.

              Meredith , it transpires, is the daughter of the infamous surgeon Ellis Grey who previously worked at the hospital and Meredith is living in her house, although closely guarding the secret of her mothers alzheimers.

              We are soon introduced to the other interns, Izzie the former pin up who is gorgeous, kind and bakes. Alot. George is the geeky guy who soon becomes close friends with all the girls but has a not so secret crush on Meredith. Alex is the typical lads lad who sleeps his way around the hospital and Christina is a harsh work aholic who despite being highly competitive and annoying soon becomes best friends with Meredith.

              Grey's anatomy follows the same format as most hospital dramas, following the drama in the hospital as well as the drama in the doctors own lives. We see some great scenes of surgery, not for the faint hearted and some really interesting story lines which differ from a lot of hospital shows in that they focus only on surgery.

              What sets Grey's Anatomy apart from all the others however is the humour, which is apparent from the first episode and has often had me laughing out loud. Derek soon becomes labelled Mc Dreamy, due to his devasting good looks (I am a big fan!) which causes much amusement around the hospital and in later series is even joined by a McSteamy!

              I am now on series 4 and still highly addicted. I challenge anyone to watch the first episode and not want to watch more!

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                Enjoy this at your leisure, but don't leave it too long to get hooked into it.

                I came to Grey's Anatomy after becoming a fan of Brothers and Sisters and also Grey's sister show, Private Practice. I don't know what it is about American medical drama, however, they seem to make it much more interesting than what we produce in the UK.

                Grey's Antomy follows the lives of the interns, residents and patients at Seattle Grace Hospital. This is the first series of what is now six series and it has become a well loved show in both the USA and UK.

                To understand why Grey's Anatomy is so popular, you just have to look at the characters that we are introduced to in the first series. We meet the five interns that we come to know in the first series that consist of the following characters - Meredith Grey, George O'Malley, Izzie Steves, Cristina Yang and Alex Karev whose lives are interesting and complicated !

                Meredith is the daughter of a renowned surgeon. Her mother has developed Alzheimer's disease and she is the main character. George O'Malley is the insecure intern that develops feelings for Meredith, however, in this series keeps these in check. Cristina Yang becomes Meredith's best friend and although she is very disciplined and competitive, a friendship develops between Cristina and Meredith that sees them through tough times. We then have Izzie Stevens, who is the character that becomes the most attached to the patients that come into the hospital and finally, there is Alex Karev who is seem by the others as the most irritating and believes that he cannot make mistakes, which he tends to do !

                To add to this, there are the residents ! We have Miranda Bailey who oversees the interns and also Preston Burke and Derek Shepherd as surgeons. Both Preston and Derek develop relationships with two of the interns, however, I won't add this to the review - don't want to ruin the surprise for those that haven't seen the series !

                This is addictive tv and all I can suggest is that you haven't watched Grey's before, you get into it as soon as possible. I can't wait to start the second series !!

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                At times Grey's Anatomy can be funny, sad and exciting but most of all very entertaining.

                Well where do I start, first I have to admit this is my favourite TV programme. I often find it hard to pick just one favourite thing but I think this programme is so good it stands out head and shoulders above everything else.

                Grey's Anatomy has taken it's name from Henry Gray who is the author of Gray's Anatomy which is the textbook regarding human anatomy this is the staple book in most medical schools. The surname Gray was obviously changed to fit in with Meredith Grey's character.

                Grey's Anatomy series one was first shown in 2005 and follows the lives of a group of Interns at Seattle Grace Hospital. The episodes throughout the series are nearly always narrated by Meredith Grey and add a nice twist to the programme. Her narration often ties in with a theme or moral to the storyline.

                There are five interns in total, these are:

                Meredith Grey is the daughter of the renowned surgeon Ellis Grey, even though she is a good doctor there is a lot of pressure to live up to her mother's reputation. She is the main character but not all of the episodes just focus on her.

                Christina Yang becomes Meredith's closest friend, Christina is an extremely competitive and capable surgeon but has a tough exterior. She rarely makes mistakes and is the best to cope under pressure.

                Alex Karev is the laid back one, very self assured, the other interns find him irritating. He believes he is a better doctor than he actually is and this can be when he makes mistakes.

                George O'Malley is the most insecure of the interns and is the complete opposite of Alex. He is very caring and sensitive and is often the butt of jokes.

                Izzie Stevens used to be a model, she did this in order to pay her fees for medical school, this was so she would have no debts. Although due to this fact not many people take her seriously as a doctor. She often becomes too emotionally attached to patients but in some ways this can be good.

                There are watched over by Miranda Bailey played by Chandra Wilson. Miranda is a resident with the nickname of "The Nazi" as she doesn't stand for nonsense and is a very disciplined woman. You definitely wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her!

                The entire surgical program is headed by the Chief of Surgery Dr. Richard Weber he knew Merediths mother Ellis Grey so he can remember Meredith as a young child so has a bit of a soft spot for her. He is in charge though and like Miranda Bailey stands for no nonsense.

                There are two other doctors who work in Seattle Grace and they are Preston Burke played by Issiah Washington he is a cardiothoracic surgeon and Derek Shepherd who is a Neurosurgeon.

                The first episode begins with Meredith starting her first day at Seattle Grace Hospital and being stunned to find out that the person she had a one night stand with is actually her boss Dr Derek Shepherd. You are introduced to all the interns, some are nervous some are excited. George O'Malley is excited to find out that out of all the interns he has been chosen to perform the first operation.

                This first series of Grey's Anatomy follows the interns as they progress through their first few months of internship, you become more attached to the interns and also the other doctors who they work with. The medical emergencies are not always straightforward and the episodes are always exciting and interesting. The operations can sometimes be a bit bloody and gory but as long as you aren't squemish it shouldn't really be a problem.

                The good thing about Grey's Anatomy is it tends to be more of a Drama than just medical cases. This makes it a little different to the usual medical programme such as ER or Holby City.

                The charcters in this programme all gel together very well, they all have good points but also have flaws. Especially Meredith who can be a little whiny, quite troubled at times but likeable all the same. In the end though you can understand the way she is because of her past.

                Music also plays a major part of the programme and often features songs which always help to enhance the episodes. Interestingly all the episodes are named after songs. For example A Hard Days Night, The First Cut Is The Deepest and If Tomorrow Never Comes.

                This show is definitely worth a watch and is currently up to Series 5 with Series 6 due to air in America around September. It's just a shame that I don't live in America so I will have to wait till much later to watch it!

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                good- cant say a bad word about it

                Two words Patrick Dempsey, if you have no other interest in the plot lines of the show these two words will keep you watching. Dempsey plays just one member of a hospital team responsible for training a handful of interns through their early days at seattle grace a hospital in seattle. Before you lose interest and say oh this is just ER for modern times read on the show contains a much wider storyline interlinking relationships at the hospital with the interns personal relationships. The surgery the interns get involved in are far more imaginative than previous shows and the real magic of the show is delving in to the feelings of the characters about their training and how they interlink with one another as oppose to other shows which show the experts getting it right every time, for once we get to look at what happens when things go wrong and how it effects the people on the other side of the surgery. failing that patrick dempsey is hot and 60 minutes of him is well worth wasting an hour of your life over.

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                03.12.2008 00:03
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                Unplug the phone and settle down for an evening of pure pleasure!

                Seriously Addictive! I was lucky enough to catch the first few episodes when I was in Amercia and after only the first few minutes I was hooked. Thankfully it was not long before it was aired in the United Kingdom and the DVD released.

                The first series of Grey's Anatomy is amazing, the characters work so well together although they are all so different. It has comedy, drama, romance and action. It makes you laugh out loud and because it is so captivating you will end up feeling part of the show and when there is a soppy part you will most likely cry!!

                I had thought that this was a typical girly programme but men seem to love it too.

                Patrick Dempsey makes a great Mc Dreamy and his on screen chemistry with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) is brilliant.

                Katherine Heigl brings many depths to Dr. Isobel Stevens (Izzie) and does a great job at making people realise that you can achieve your potential if you really want to.

                Unplug the phone and settle down for an evening with Grey's Anatomy for pure pleasure.

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                  25.11.2008 10:43
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                  Great show, great acting

                  I have to start by saying greys anatomy is definitely one of my favourite shows around at the moment. It is a medical drama based on the lives of interns studying at Seattle Grace Hospital. When I fist saw Greys anatomy advertised it wasn't something that I thought I would be interested in, I don't like such programmes as Casualty or Holby City and I assumed it would be kind of like those. My friends were always talking about how great the show was so I decided to give it a go. I m glad I did as now I never miss an episode.

                  Cast:

                  Ellen Pomeo = Meredith Grey (intern)
                  Sandra Oh = Christina Yang (intern)
                  Katherine Heigl = Izzie Stevens (intern)
                  Justin Chambers = Alex Karev (intern)
                  T R Knight = George O Malley (intern)
                  Chandra Wilson = Miranda Bailey (Dr)
                  Patrick Dempsey = Derek Shepherd (surgeon)
                  James Pickens = Richard Webber (chief)
                  Issiah Washington = Preston Burke (Surgeon)


                  The story:

                  The first series of grey's anatomy was released in 2005 but as I mentioned before I didn't get to see it till a bit later. The first season is basically introducing us to the new interns of Seattle Grace Hospital; it gives us a witty look into their day to day lives and stresses of becoming a surgical intern. We look into the troubles of Meredith Grey who is trying to keep her mothers alzeihmers disease a secret from the rest of the group. Meredith's mother was once a great surgeon at Seattle Grace and Meredith feels a little confused, so she keeps the secret to herself.

                  Before her first day as an intern, Meredith sleeps with DR Shepherd UN aware that he will actually be one of the Surgeons at Seattle Grace where she is about to be an intern. Their affair continues as a secret as they are afraid of what the group will make of a surgeon dating a student. The other students will soon be cold towards Meredith in thinking that she is sleeping her way to the top.

                  On the other hand George has developed an infatuation with Meredith, he wants to tell her how he feels but he is scared incase she doesn't feel the same way.

                  Before becoming an intern Izzie Steven used to be a Model, once the group get their hands on old pictures of Izzie in somewhat sexy posses they will never let her live it down. Izzie wants to put her past behind her and concentrate on her internship as a professional career.

                  We see disagreements between the 2 surgeons and high lights and low lights of life in the Hospital.


                  Near the end of season 1 we see DR Shepherds estranged wife DR Addison Shepherd as she shows her mature role within the hospital.

                  I found that I really adapted with the characters well, they all have very different personalities and I think that a review doesn't do the show justice. The acting is superb and we really do feel for the characters. Although the show is mainly serious considering we see surgeries taking place, we can also get a humorous feel as parts can make you laugh or even want to cry.

                  I couldn't wait to see series 2 and I have to say they get better and better.

                  Overall this is definitely a programme worth watching. The new series is currently showing on Living TV at the moment but I would definitely recommend seeing the first seasons so you can adapt to the characters. You can buy the box sets from HMV or Play.com where they are generally reduced.

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                    14.11.2008 05:15
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                    Grey's Anatomy is ADDICTIVE

                    Grey's anatomy is the hit of the year and well many years to come. It is my favorite show on television today! I was late to jump on the greys anatomy band wagon. When I finally heard about this phenomanal show I had to see it for myself. So I rented the first season on DVD and from the first episode on I was ADDICTED. I couldn't stop watching the show if you paid me. Episode after episode. Each episode is filled with drama, intrigue, medical mysteries, and very entertaining characters.

                    Grey's Anatomy takes place in Seattle at Seattle Grace Hospital, where interns and the residents that teach them are working their hardest to be the best surgeons of the country, all the while dealing with their unequivacle social lives.

                    The shows main character is Meredith Grey, who is a surgical intern eventually resident who is ever workign to live up to the reputation of here dearly departed mother who was revered for her surgical abilities. The other interns involved in this show are Christina Yang, Meredith's cynical and brilliant best friend. Christina is one of those characters you have to take with a grain of salt. She is very pessimistic and is obsessed with being the best at everything she does.

                    George O'Malley, the adorable and mild mannered intern who could use a serious boost in self esteem. George is somewhat talented, but the only way he will ever get anywhere is if he learns to believe in himself.

                    Isabel Stevens "Izzie" played by Knocked Up's Katherine Heigl. Izzie is the "hot" doctor of the show that has a tendancy to get a little too personal with her patiences, which in turn causes her a lot of tragedy in her personal life.

                    Alex Karev the jaded intern who is overly confident and very cynical. He doesn't let people in very easily. He doesn't let anyone get too close.

                    Miranda Bailey is the strong and nononsene resident who is in charge of molding this group of interns into capable and confident surgeons.

                    Oh and Derek Shepard, better known as Dr. Mcdreamy, played by Patrick Dempsy, Derek is the sexy confident brain surgeon who is off and on in Meredith Grey's love life throughout the seasons of the show.

                    This show is just wonderful. I absolutely love it and if you haven't heard of it or seen it you must start watching the show now! It is wonderful.

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                      23.09.2008 17:59
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                      Grey's anatomy, Season 1

                      Grey's Anatomy is an American television medical drama. I would say it's an ER for the 21st century. It's fast paced, clever and extremely well written. It's so fast paced that sometimes the opening scenes before the break move so quickly that when the adverts do eventually come I have to sit back and catch my breath after all the drama.

                      Usually something quite dramatic happens in the first couple of minutes such as a shocking accident and the patients are quickly moved to the hospital where their diagnosis brings all sorts of troubles to the doctors.

                      The shows main character is Dr Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) who started off as an intern and is now a second year resident. Meredith does lots of voice over's during the show too as each one tends to follow a human relationship theme. Her mother was a doctor at the hospital too but suffered from Alzheimer's and eventually passes away. Her father left her and her mother when she was five and basically she is still emotionally scarred from this event and has trouble forming any relationship with men as a result.

                      The show first came out in 2005 and season 5 will be shown during 2008/2009. The doctors all work at Seattle Grace Hospital in Seattle. It is shown on Living TV here in the UK.

                      The rest of the characters are made up of the rest of Meredith's intern friends and the more established doctors who work as their mentors and superiors. The other interns include Izzie Stevens (the cute doctor), Cristina Yang (the very ambitious doctor), George O'Malley (the nervous doctor) and Alex Karev (the hot doctor who dates the nurses but is starting to grow a conscience in the latter series)

                      The intern's spend most of their days discussing their various relationship problems, and generally they spend more time on these than actually with the patients. Of course, nothing ever goes to plan for them. A lot of the early scenes show them in Joe's bar across the street where they go after their shifts. This was where Meredith first meets, McDreamy her doctor crush, properly known as Dr. Derek Shepherd. He's the George Clooney of this medical drama, floppy hair, cheesy grin but cute as can be, and theirs is an up and down relationship if ever there was. Derek's wife had an affair and he left to come to Seattle Grace where he meets Meredith in the bar, they start a very passionate affair and everything is great until the wife comes back and things are difficult. That coupled with Meredith's father issues mean theirs is a very stormy on-off relationship. In a way I think this storyline has gotten a bit too much! I wish now they would decide one way or the other (but I would like it if they got together forever) but it's getting a bit boring as the storyline seems to always be repeating and never reaches a resolution but I suppose this is what increases ratings.

                      The medical parts of the show are extremely well done. They generally have a few cases each episode and the background story of the patients come into it a lot too. One of the patients is generally more severe than the rest and their treatment usually involves risky brain/heart/etc/etc surgery which mostly comes out well. The show seems to use a lot of the proper terminology and machines etc so there is definitely a real feel to it. In fact the title of the show, Grey's Anatomy refers to a famous medical handbook.

                      I think the range of characters and different individuals in this show is the key to its success. Each one plays an important part in the overall story line and enhances the show as a result. They have a good mix of different races, religions and levels of authority all working in their own different ways to reach the same conclusions and to achieve the same things out of life.

                      A great show which has still kept its momentum up even though it is now going into Season 5!! Season 1 has been a great introduction to the show and the DVD is well worth getting as I could watch it again and again.

                      The DVD box set consists of 3 discs and they last for a total of 370 minutes. I believe they are approximately £20 at the moment in most DVD shops.

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                        As scientific as it might sound, Grey's Anatomy has more of a drama to it then medicine. But it sure blends the two in a very entertaining way. The plot surrounds a groups of young interns who enter the Seattle Grace Hospital for their internship is surgery.

                        Grey is actually the name of one of the interns, Merilyth Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo. Even though the show seems to be named of Grey but buts not exactly only her story. All the interns and attendants get their full part of the story.

                        The incoming patients add a constantly changing element to the show. In each episode, new patients add new drama. The doctor patient association is shown in a very good way. Being a medical student itself, i cant totally relate to it by thinking of how I relate to my patients in our teaching hospital.

                        Even though the writers and the actors have tried to depict the hospital environment as real as possible, it surpasses some of the medical ethics in terms of how the doctors share their personal lives with the patients and also b showing the interns having affairs with their attendants. But then, all this actually happen, and above all, that is the most entertaining part of the show.

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                      Just when you wanted to say "Oh no, not another hospital drama," Grey's Anatomy turns 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. 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 the on-call room), but with more warm fuzzies and light touches. 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. --Ellen A. Kim