Grey's Anatomy: Season 1, Episode 1

A Hard Day's Night (27 Mar. 2005)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama, Romance
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The first shift for new surgical interns Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, George and Alex proves eventful and backbreaking.

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Meet Meredith Grey. Daughter of famous surgeon Ellis Grey and currently a first year intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. On her first day, she meets her fellow interns: Cristina Yang, a highly competitive Stanford graduate. George O'Malley, a quirky yet warm hearted guy. Izzie Stevens, a former model who's always optimistic. Overseeing them is Miranda Bailey, dubbed by her coworkers "The Nazi". Meredith also gets a surprise when she realizes that her one night stand from the night before is her new boss. Written by Alex

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Every episode of the show is named after a famous song. "A Hard Day's Night" is a song by The Beatles. See more »

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When we see the chopper approaching Seattle Grace Hospital, the logo on the side of the building reveals the "hospital" is actually a local TV station. See more »

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Dr. Derek Shepherd: [waking up] Ugh.
[picks up Meredith's bra]
Dr. Derek Shepherd: This is... uh.
Dr. Meredith Grey: [grabs her bra from him] Humiliating, on so many levels. You have to go.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Why don't you just come back down here and we'll pick up where we left off?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No, seriously. You have to go. I'm late. Which isn't what you wanna be on your first day of work so...
Dr. Derek Shepherd: So, you actually live here?
Dr. Meredith Grey: No.
Dr. Derek Shepherd: Oh.
Dr. Meredith Grey: Yes. Kind of.
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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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