Grey's Anatomy: Real is as Real Does
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
GREY'S ANATOMY has come under fire occasionally, in it's first two years of existence, for producing story lines that were deemed unbelievable. The critics focus on some of the medical quandaries faced by the cast, claiming they lacked any basis in real-life. That none of those medical emergencies actually occur in the day-to-day happenings in a hospital. GREY'S ANATOMY has even been deemed by some the most unrealistic hospital drama of all-time.
I vehemently disagree.
GREY'S ANATOMY takes place in the fictional Grace Hospital in Seattle, Washington and follows the lives of the interns who work there. After all the medical dramas to grace our screens in the past, how is this one different? GREY'S ANATOMY does not focus on the medical side of things, but on the personal lives of those who work in the hospital. In this way, the show has made itself, what I believe, the most realistic medical drama on television. Of course, I am not a doctor. I don't work in a hospital. However, if I did, my guess is that I would not act like the characters on E.R. That is, to say, that every day would not be filled with heart-thumping drama and end in triumph or awful tragedy. I would mostly care about what that hot foot doctor on the second floor thought of me.
I'm not saying I would be callous and uncaring. It's just that once I went home, my thoughts would more often than not meander to the personal dealings of my co-workers and friends than with that day's patients. This is where GREY'S ANATOMY succeeds. It's about relationships. An hour-long chick flick set in a hospital.
Not only are the medical story lines on the back-burner, the characters don't speak in the uber-serious, time-is-of-the-essence, intense sort of speak that other medical shows use. They talk in a modern, normal, humorous way, using slang and irreverent nicknames as the language of choice. Weirdly, this makes us enjoy and feel these characters in a way that other, more serious shows, only wished they could. GREY'S ANATOMY may not portray hospital life in the most truthful of ways, but it does portray its people truthfully and, let's face it, people are the only things that matter.