Grey’s Guilt

Why I Still Watch Grey’s Anatomy & Why You Definitely Shouldn’t

By Madi Daigle

I just did the math. I have spent 112 hours of my life watching Grey’s Anatomy. That’s around 4.5 days. That’s 150 episodes. At this point I have invested so much time in watching the shenanigans these characters get into I can’t turn back now. I’m
in too deep. It would seem like a waste if I quit now, and if there’s one thing I’m not it’s a quitter.

It all started the summer after my junior year of high school. At that point Grey’s Anatomy had been on for four seasons and I had managed to avoid watching it. Many of my friends did, but I just mocked them for how obsessed they were with this ridiculous doctor show. Then one fateful summer afternoon my friend and I were bored and she said, “Hey, I have all the Grey’s Anatomy seasons on DVD – want to watch them?” Next thing I know it’s 9 episodes later and I’ve watched the entire first season. Thus begins my four-year love affair with Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t know if it was my recent break-up with my serious high-school boyfriend (puppy love you guys, it’s strange), but I soon developed a weird attachment to these characters. They were like my best friends!

So like any love affair it was great at first, exciting and fun and really time consuming. The on-again-off-again with Meredith and Derek, the way everyone was sleeping with everyone else, the House-esque medical mysteries that were being solved by these lovable medical interns – it was all so compelling! But then it started to go WAY downhill.

It all began when Izzie (Katherine Hiegl) started “seeing” her dead boyfriend. She was basically dating (and awkwardly screwing) this non-existent guy all because she had this tiny brain tumor. Shit got really weird. Then they killed off George (T.R. Knight), the most lovable character on the show. Then all the new people from the “Mercy West-Seattle Grace merger” came. Honestly at that point it was just depressing. Since then the medical anomalies have gotten crazier, characters have gotten even more ridiculous and the storylines more far-fetched. If all of this shit actually happened in Seattle (GIANT sink holes, bombs in people, crazies shooting up hospitals, people covered in concrete etc. etc.) I’m pretty sure no one would want to live there.

Now anytime I mention Grey’s Anatomy in public (which I try to avoid) 99% of everyone says, “You still watch that show??” And the answer is yes, yes I do. Am I ashamed? Maybe a little. Do I wish that I didn’t have to? Absolutely. I wish I could tell you that despite its ridiculousness Grey’s has some redeeming qualities. That it’s actually an underrated drama with great character arcs and really flawless cinematography. But it’s just not true. It may be too late for me, but it’s not for you! Get out while you still can. Or better yet, just don’t start. The first few seasons may have been pretty good, but the crap that follows is probably not worth it.


Madi Daigle is a student at Northeastern University who loves the big city even though she is from Maine. You can follow her on Twitter here.


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