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    Playing Doctor: Grey’s Anatomy

    A Golden Globe and Emmy award winning American primetime television series, Grey’s Anatomy debuted on ABC on March 27, 2005. The title of the series is a reference to the title of the famous anatomy textbook Gray’s Anatomy. This medical drama, which snatched the first position from CSI on the charts, airs on ABC every Thursday at 9pm. The plot revolves around the surgical intern Dr. Meredith Grey at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital. The series, coming back for yet another season, follows the lives of the doctors and their social relations.

    The television show features an ensemble cast. The main character, Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo, is the eponymous character whose voice is the narration at the beginning and end of the episode. She is the daughter of a renowned surgeon, who is the recurring character of Ellis Grey, played by Kate Burton. Meredith has an affair with her boss Dr. Derek Shepard, played by Patrick Dempsey, and finds out that he is married. Dr. Shepard is head of neurosurgery and nicknamed by the interns as ‘McDreamy’ for his good looks. Other main characters include the emotionless robot like intern Dr. Cristina Yang, played by Sandra Oh, who covers up her boyfriend Preston Burke’s, played by Isaiah Washington, hand injury.

    All the characters experience some kind of change that is either good or bad. In the third season, Derek divorces his estranged wife and starts over with Meredith. Izzie Stevens, another intern, copes with the death of her fianc’eacute; and her decision to come back to the surgical program. Cristina Yang and Preston Burke try to heal his injured hand and keep it a secret from everyone. Also, George O’Malley’s father is diagnosed with cancer and a heart condition after having a fall and breaking his clavicle. The characters have their own story and are connected through their relationships as friends and colleagues.

    Even though the show is popular, it has its share of detractors. Some of the medical procedures and situations are inaccurately presented. The show at some points seems to focus more on who is sleeping with whom and the distress of a breakup. The episode ‘Staring at the Sun’ was entertaining to a certain extent. This episode enables the viewer to get back into the swing of things with respect to the show and its characters.

    One thing that stands out is when George O’Malley tells Cristina Yang that he chose her to look after her father because ‘she is the best’ and that she should ‘try to be human just this once.’ In the end she tells his father that ‘George is the best’ and that ‘He has raised a good doctor.’ This emotional ending adds something positive to the episode and leaves the viewer on a happy note. The different stories of the characters illustrate to us that we are all human and are prone to making mistakes. However, we learn from them and move on. The show, even with its flaws, is something interesting to watch.

    Grey’s Anatomy is a television series that many people watch due to its lack of realism. The show is centered on a hospital setting where medical terminology is frequently utilized. It is not just about curing individuals but also how the medical residents and interns interact and communicate with each other. The first and second seasons were released on DVD in February and September of 2006.

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