Grey's Anatomy is a popular American hospital drama that has been running for six seasons.
Just The Facts
- Grey's Anatomy centers around a hospital, Seattle Grace, in which everyone has sex with each other constantly.
- The hospital is also unique for having a death rate that is higher for its doctors than it is for its patients.
Grey's Anatomy centers around the lives of a group of surgeons who work at a hospital in Seattle called Seattle Grace. Seattle Grace is somewhat unique because every week there is a new and exciting breakthrough in medical technology. While most hospitals are mostly busy delivering babies, fixing broken bones and treating old people with pneumonia, Seattle Grace is constantly using its residents and interns to perform cutting-edge treatments like face transplants and growing new limbs out of genetically engineered organic seaweed.
Despite the fact that a hospital that actually did these things would be the wonder of the Western world, Seattle Grace is constantly in jeopardy, suffering from funding cuts competition from other nearby hospitals. This might be due to the fact that it also suffers more disasters and attacks than if it was located in Afghanistan and made entirely out of alcohol bottles and naked women.
90% of the doctors in the show have either died or been horribly injured. The only exceptions to this rule are doctors who have had one or more family members die or get horribly injured. These injured doctors and family members then end up in Seattle Grace, an ironic situation that lost its irony when it happened for the sixteenth time halfway through the second season.
Every single one of the doctors on Grey's Anatomy is having sex with all of the other doctors, the nurses, and even some of the patients. In this aspect, Grey's Anatomy pretty much negates all those teenage dramas you watched when you were a teenager. There has never been a single sexual harassment case, STD, unwanted pregnancy, or even a bad breakup that could not be fixed by simply hooking up with the next hot doctor. If it weren't for the occasional episode about the dangers of homophobia and the importance of doing your best, it would be the anti-Degrassi.
Another notable thing about Grey's sex is the sheer amount of it that takes place in the hospital itself. Characters regularly have sex in the on-call room beds, in the hospital boiler room, and even in a patient examination room.
Above: What doctors are doing right before they come in to examine your mouth ulcer.
Although regularly shown scrubbing in for surgery, at no point is a doctor actually shown washing their hands after one of these sexy romps, instead heading back to treat patients with a fresh coating of lust still on their skin.
Apart from that, though, Grey's Anatomy's approach to relationships in the medical world is startlingly realistic, right down to the fact that most doctors really do look like this:
This section would be bigger, but pretty much everyone on the show is dead.
Meredith is the main character on the show. Viewers are constantly told that she has some sort of personality, but mostly exists as a blank slate for women to project their fantasies on to. This particular fantasy involves a rich, talented, handsome surgeon (Derek Shepherd, above) leaving his wife for you and marrying you just like he's been promising he'd do.
Alex's sole function is to walk around the hospital having sex with people. One must assume that he also practices medicine at some point, but mostly he just lies around in the on-call room, making love to women. Occasionally he will get into a fight or some other pickle that relates to him having sex with a lot of women. He always makes himself feel better about this afterwards by having sex with a woman.
Unlike Meredith and Alex, Cristina is one of the sole surviving surgeons with anything resembling a personality. Unfortunately, most of this personality goes into dealing with her troubled relationship with boyfriend and former Army surgeon Owen Hunt (above) who must continually deal with the PTSD he suffers from fighting Gauls in the Thirteenth Legion.
If you are a patient in Seattle Grace, the good news is that you have a pretty high chance of surviving. There is also a good chance that the doctors there will do cool stuff, like sew your dismembered arm on to your leg to keep it alive until it's ready for transplant, or ingeniously grow you a new liver using only some discarded scraps of meat they found in the lunchroom.
However, you risk certain death if:
- Your recovery occurs early in that week's scheduled drama, and you unwisely celebrate your recovery too soon, with tragically ironic results. For example, if your wife has just been cured of brain cancer but the episode's only ten minutes in, it's not looking good.
- Your bedside family members treat the doctors too rudely, thus putting themselves on the road to comeuppance
- You are romantically involved with one of the hospital's doctors, who all carry around them the pall of death
- The doctor seeing you has an important lesson to learn that week about hubris