In a world of 90210's, Gossip Girl's and Vampire Diaries the traditional prime time serial drama has become a focused menage of teen and twenty something angst. As a mother in her thirties I have 'been there done that', so not going there again.
My thirties angst is supplied by a medical drama with the passion of a daytime soap and the pace of the famed E.R., what more could you want? This Prime Time drama has gone from no name to Hollywood scandal and back. The cast of characters is forever evolving as are the plots and the relationships. The anchors of the show Derrick Shepard and Meredith Grey are a fantastic on screen couple. The entire series revolves around the activities of Seattle Grace hospital. The challenges of patient care, personal relationships and the hazards of life in general.
The thing that draws me back every week is the brilliant writing. Shonda Rhimes is a beacon for all female writers who know romance and drama can exist in the same space. The plots are always moving forward, instead of remaining stuck in a recycling mode of story-lines. The relationships are the closest thing to reality I have ever seen on Prime Time.
Lovers and friends making mistakes and paying for them, Shonda never lets her characters off the hook when it comes to Karma adding a grounding that few shows can accomplish. Now I will admit the plots will at times go to the extremes, however this is entertainment after all. I will say though that my favorite episodes are the ones where the patients and or real issues are the focus.
There is one episode I remember clearly about a group of couples who get into a car accident. All are in their 40s and 50s, and lifelong friends. It is revealed in the episode that more than two of the characters have been secretly having affairs with the other. You automatically hear the dramatic music playing in the background, right? Well it is dramatic but not in a flamboyant manner. The episode soon shifts from the medical crisis to the crisis of two women whose friendship is about to die with the revelation. It is well acted, touching and real. There were no cat fights or screaming, just muted heartbreak and stunning physical emotion.
That is the kind of story and the magnificent writing I enjoy every week. Next time you have a chance plop down and settle in for an hour of Seattle Grace hospital. It is well worth it and you'll come back for more.
Grey's Anatomy will always be in my top ten favorite shows for its wit, banter and unique ability to relay the emotion, commitment and challenges of fictional life.