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|Grey's Anatomy - Season 1
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Publisher: Buena Vista
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Manufacturer: Buena Vista
Label: Buena Vista
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Ntsc
Language: English (Original Language)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Running Time: 386 minutes
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Release Date: February 14, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: March 27, 2005
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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.
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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. (Sometimes, a little too light--the opening credits sequence features an eyelash curler next to medical instruments and red-painted toes savorting with a male patient under a sheet)
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. The DVD covers the first season's nine episodes, plus commentary on the pilot and a behind-the-scenes feature. --Ellen A. Kim
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GREY'S ANATOMY is "a winner," raves the New York Daily News. Both a critical hit and fan favorite, season one burst onto the television landscape with gripping plot lines, a sensational soundtrack, and hot stars, including Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, and Sandra Oh. Now you can experience all the drama, romance, and excitement of GREY'S ANATOMY from the very beginning. Meet Meredith Grey, a brilliant first-year surgical intern at Seattle Grace Hospital. Together with her fellow residents in training, Meredith navigates her way through the daily traumas and social landmines of life inside the hospital and out in the real world. GREY'S ANATOMY is a smart and witty look at young people struggling to be doctors and doctors struggling to stay human.
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So addicting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 25, 2006
Grey's anatomy is not the typical doctor hospital show that you're used to seeing. This show is about young interns trying to survive a very difficult, competitive, and harsh program to try and become head surgeons. The characters on here our all diverse and unique, and you are immediately drawn to them. All very likable characters. Some of the surgeries grossed me out, i have a weak stomache. So you may find yourself turning your head and yelling ewww.
It took me awhile to buy this dvd because i usually hate hospital shows, but i kept hearing my peers talk about it, so i went ahead and bought it. There is a good mix of drama, romance, and comedy that keep this show entertaining. Only nine episodes on here, but it's worth the money. I can't wait til season two comes out September 12th. Gonna be more pricey than season one, but will have far more episodes.
This is a wonderful, wonderful, spectacular show. June 12, 2006
I'm going to make a confession. When this show first came on, I did not watch it. I honestly thought it would be yet another hospital show, like ER. Or trying to be the ABC version of House. Not to mention, I was watching Crossing Jordan on NBC at 10 pm. I kept hearing people talk about how awesome Grey's Anatomy was, and happened to catch the STD episode when Crossing Jordan did not come on, and was hooked on the show. I was overjoyed when season 1 was coming out on DVD and bought my copy. I finally got around to watching my set, and it really solidified my love of this show.
Grey's Anatomy centers on the lives of medical interns. Main characters are Meredith Grey, who has a lot to live up to, being her mother was the infamous Ellis Grey, top surgeon at the hospital at one point. Izzie, who is way more then a pretty face. She is compassionate, and very smart. Chirstina, very competitive, but guarded. George, the sweet loveable one, and finally Alex. Alex is the guy with the big head, but he is a hottie(and knows it!!!), you will love and hate because he will do and say things that will have you hating him one min, then does something else that will have you loving him the next.
The show is a great blend of drama, thrills and comedy. It's sexy too, and the sexual chemistry between McDreamy, and Meredith is simply fantastic!!! Now I have to admit, Burke and Christine's relationship kind of snuck up on me, and poor George!!! Seems everyone knew how he felt about Meredith except Meredith, and it really makes me feel even more sorry for him (especially with what happened between them during season 2).
What I liked about season 1 is I enjoyed every episode. Every episode had something, that made me like it, so I don't have any particular episode that really stands out as a favorite I will want to watch more then others. I will admit, I find it irresponsible, that Christina ends up pregnant, and so many staffers end up with an STD. You would think medical professionals would know better!!!! 3 Interns, 4 residents, and 6 nurses end up with syphilis. That's just gross. Gross and irresponsible, but I digress. I guess it was good they had that happen, to show just because you are in the medical field, they are still human.
The medical cases are very diverse, the woman with the 50 pound tumor, the man who has seizers, but is fearing of losing his psychic gift, the woman who chooses to have her baby over her own health, the man who ends up with nails in his head from a nail gun, and decides to have a surgery that could cause him to lose some of his memory. The rape victim who bit off her attackers penis. The case that had me misty eyed was the nurse played by Anna Marie Horsford (Amen) and the only reason she was at the hospital was to die. That was sad, and when Christine tried to save her, even though she had a DNR order, you saw the first inkling of Christine's toughness, and her vulnerability.
I was so happy when Izzie got in Alex's face after he posted those photos of her all over the hospital. When she started stripping down, and then said "while you have $200 grand in school loans, I'm out of debt", all I could do was clap and say YEAH IZZIE YOU ROCK!!! When George realizes the nurse he slept with also had a relationship with Alex, and he attacks Alex, again, I just yelled. George seems kind of passive, but eventually let's his edgy side show.
I simply love Dr. Bailey. She is tough, she is no nonsense, and she takes no mess. They call her the Nazi, and she knows it!!! If you are under Bailey's watch, you won't be getting away with nothing, even though Izzie and Christine did manage to sneak a dead body and perform an autopsy they were not supposed to perform. Awesome!!! When Izzie first starts out she is performing rectal exams, and not happy about it. You can't help but laugh at her expressions when she does them. Poor George is called 007 because a patient almost dies during a surgery he helped perform.
The one surgery that really made my mouth drop was when the woman who had a prior surgery has a towel left in her!!! Walking around with a towel inside of you for five years is totally nuts, but hey I've heard of worse.
Another scene that had me laughing was George screaming "I'm a man" and trying to push back on buying tampons for the girls when he did the shopping for the week. Also not wanting to see Izzie walk around in her underwear was funny also.
Even though the show centers mainly on the interns, some of the other doctors get some camera time as well. Dr. Burke is a handsome man with a God complex, and he has his eye on the Chief of Surgery position. However, he finds out that Richard has brought in another doctor who could also end up with the position, which would be McDreamy, so now Burke has to prove himself worthy of the position.
Meredith is not only having to deal with being a first year intern, but has to come to grips with the fact her one night stand, is also her boss, her mother is suffering from Alzheimer's and she is trying to keep it a secret, and trying to decide if they were going to sell her mother's house or get roommates and live in the home. She decides to live in the house
Season 1 is a short set, but you get so much material, you don't even really notice you only get 9 episodes of the show. If you are a fan of this show, then you must have the season 1 set as part of your television on DVD collection. I'm already saving for season 2 DVD set!!!!
I will voice I'm NOT happy with ABC's decision to move the show to Thursdays for the next season. Not pleased at all.
One of the Best Shows on TV today June 11, 2006
This show is absolutely great, its worth every minute spent watching it.
I'm not a big fan of Medical Dramas really; I never watched ER or Scrubs or anything like that. But I loved Grey's Anatomy.
The mix of drama and comedy and realism was done excellently.
I myself am a medical intern, and i assure you much of what you see is realistic about the medical world. They may not get the medecine right 100% of the time, but they do get it right! In fact they do it so well that i find myself giving my own superiors quotes and clinical facts from the show.
They also give a pretty true portrayal of an interns life.. it is that hectic and that non-stop and the doctors are really that gruelling if not more so.
Yet we still find time (if even it means making more than 24hrs in a day) to get caught up in all the drama of surrounding life.
If there's any show to put on your must see list its this!!
Saved me from a TV-free life June 10, 2006
My TV plate was full, so I didn't watch the first season as it aired. When hearing that I'd have to let go of Arrested Development and West Wing in the same year however, it was time to do some "dating."
I Like this show. I'm not ready to love it yet, but I'm hooked. For someone who hasn't watched a medical show since Qunicy, this is a big deal. I LIKE that Meredith's character doesn't overwhelm the show. She feels real to me, as opposed to being a larger than life figure who has it all worked out.
Okay, some of these people are entirely too good looking, but that's showbiz. If it were a totally serious medical show, I sure wouldn't be watching it.
Rule number one, don't bother sucking up. I already hate you, that's not gonna change. June 4, 2006
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I began this short first season of Grey's Anatomy with confusion. Was it a comedy program, was it a drama, was it the cliche dramedy, or was it simply another television program attempting to bite what little piece of the ER pie there was still remaining? It feels as if a network cannot be successful unless they staple their nightly lineup with either a lawyer-based program, or a medical drama. With Grey's Anatomy on ABC, Scrubs on NBC, and ER still on NBC, one could probably get their own medical degree by simply watching prime time television. Either way, Grey's Anatomy is your cliche addictive dramedy that is not quite as original as Scrubs and not to the emotional level that ER attempts to consistently be at. It is, simply put, bland, but addictive.
Grey's Anatomy reminds me of a bag of Cheetos. As you open the bag, a gust of overwhelming smells enters your body. You assume that what you are about to eat is going to be the greatest taste sensation to enter your mouth. This could be equated to the opening scenes of Grey's Anatomy, but as you begin to chow down on those cheesy corporate made morsels, you discover that they taste just like everything else that you have ever eaten, and leave nothing more than bad breath and a orange powder on your fingers. Yet, here is where Grey's Anatomy finally gets you. Grey's Anatomy is the orange powder on your fingers that you cannot help but continually lick off, instead of just rinsing clean. While the characters are cliche and seen in every television program created (the trailer park girl who worked her way to the top, the insecure boy, the jock, the over-achiever, and the "regular" middle-ground character), the story surrounding Grey's Anatomy will make you want to watch another episode after another episode, devouring every drop of orange powder, instead of simply washing it off.
Grey's Anatomy is a painful show. There are characters that you will love (the "Nazi" seems more real than anyone else on the show), the jokes will make you smile occasionally, and the intensity of being a first year doctor is obviously in place, but where Grey's Anatomy fails is the originality. This is not original programming. Using the season finale cliffhanger as an example, we, as a society of television watchers, have seen this all before. The "shock" of the final episode did nothing for me. I was not flabbergasted or excited about the upcoming season, I just felt cheated. Why can't programs like this be more original? You have recycled elements (newbies at a prestigious hospital) coupled with cliche moments (the head newbie has a relationship with the head doctor). Even if you haven't seen this series yet, you already know what is going to happen.
I think what utterly disappointed me about this program was the lack of "realism". Sure, perhaps the lingo within the hospital walls were correct, and perhaps even the way that the interns were treated was accurate, but I do not feel that the characters (George, Izzy, Cristina, Alex, and Meredith) seemed plausible in any way. I hate television programs claiming to be realistic dramedies that take the Friends route to acutely describe the social lives of the characters. What I mean by this is that bills, transportation, outside circumstances that would typically be labeled as "real life", seem to go by the wayside and simply handed to them. Take for example the party that Izzy threw at Meredith's house, how unbelievable was that? At least 50 people and no cops were called or was there any concern of how much money these medical interns had to pay for all the booze. Again, this was just one of many instances of this occurrence, but I hate when television programs take these shortcuts. I want realism, I want real characters, and is it too much to ask that I want "real" issues. Grey's Anatomy did not provide with enough laughs or enough original drama for me to enjoy it further than just your typical television series.
Overall, I thought Grey's Anatomy played it safe. The characters will not instantly attract you, but by the end of the first season there is a small spark in their eyes. I will denounce the originality of this show because ... well ... there wasn't any. The actors surrounding the characters were amateur at best, not quite grasping a character as a whole, but instead playing whatever had to be done for the immediate episode. I know, from the votes listed here, that I will be in the minority, but I didn't think Grey's Anatomy needed to be as publicized as it was. Was it good? I would classify this series (at least the first season) as just "general" viewing. If you were waiting for something to do for about an hour, I would put this program on, but to be a fan ... I think that would be difficult. I look forward to the next season to see if the creators keep with their theme of unoriginality, or if they decide to actually push the envelope for a bit. For this viewer, I hope they can muster enough strength to do the latter ...
Grade: *** out of *****