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A Hard Day's Night 

The first shift for new surgical interns Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, George and Alex proves eventful and backbreaking.

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Hitting the national scene concurrent with Hurricane Katrina is the show that made "McDreamy" a household name --S1E1 of a series following 30 interns, but focusing on 5, and the ups and downs of their 7-year residencies at Seattle Grace Hospital. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | Romance

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27 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Originally, the writers and creator wanted Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) and Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke) to be a couple. Ellen vetoed the suggestion because it too closely mirrored her personal life. Ellen is married to Chris Ivery. See more »

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When Dr. Shepherd asks the interns for help on the Katie Bryce case, Izzie puts her hair up in a clip twice. See more »

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Dr. Cristina Yang: [Meredith has just finished a surgery that Cristina wanted to perform] We don't have to do that thing, where you know, I say something, then you say something, and somebody cries, and there's like a moment...
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yuck.
Dr. Cristina Yang: You should get some sleep. You look like crap.
Dr. Meredith Grey: I look better than you.
Dr. Cristina Yang: Not possible.
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References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

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Ready to Rise
Written by Vaughan Penn
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Good, but far from great
19 February 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

E.R., House, Nip/Tuck... Seriously, was there any real need of another hospital drama? Probably not. Does that mean Grey's Anatomy is a load of rubbish? Certainly not. It just isn't as good as the aforementioned serials.

The main problem seems to be the fact that when you name a show after the leading character, said person should be a little out of the ordinary. Exhibit A: Buffy (and its spin-off Angel), Huff and, again, House - three programs featuring edgy, scarred protagonists who would like to make a difference but struggle to accept themselves. What does Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) have that makes her so special? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, the Seattle Grace Hospital intern who got in because of her famous mother (Kate Burton) is the least interesting character of the first episode, and that's something that stuck for the rest of the inaugural season.

Not that the concept itself is bad: having Meredith endure a 48-hour shift on her first day at work and then realize her boss, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), is actually the man she slept with the night before is a fun idea, if used the right way. Unfortunately, the right way is not blasting the viewer's ears with pseudo-philosophical reflections, told in a never-ending voice-over that is more often than not annoying: sure, it worked for Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City or, staying in the medical field, Zach Braff in Scrubs, but those shows are funny and original - Grey's Anatomy, on the other hand, sets out to satirize the clichés of the genre, and succeeds admirably: the gallery of supporting characters is amazing, from the hard-working overachiever (Sandra Oh, the cast's standout) to the anxious momma's boy (T.R. Knight) via the strict supervisors (Isaiah Washington and Chandra Wilson). Shame creator Shonda Rhimes sacrifices their screen-time in favor of Meredith's pointless musings.

And yet I like the show. How come? Well, the writing gets sharper in later seasons, and so does the narrative impact of the surgical procedures (whereas Season One is a soap opera, with less operating tables and more sex); the supporting cast is perfect (Oh and Dempsey especially); and despite the overall uninspired narration the series never gets boring, courtesy of a pace that leaves no room for dead air.

In short: a polished, if rather shallow opening episode. It ain't E.R., but hey, no one ever said it had to be.


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