I’ve known my friend Jody since 6th grade. For almost as long as we’ve known each other she’s been trying to get me to watch Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve always told her I would but still haven’t. We go round and round with this.
This weekend our husbands were out of town for work so we were bingeing our respective shows and she told me to watch Grey’s. I told her I would. And then I did!
I know what you’re thinking, how have I not watched this show before? For starters, I usually jump on shows after the fanfare wears off. 90210, Gilmore Girls, New Girl are all shows that I didn’t start watching until many seasons in.
Secondly, I already watch a ton of shows. How much is a ton? Price is Right, Difficult People, The Good Place, American Grit, Brooklyn 99, New Girl, Last Man on Earth, 24, Homeland, The Mindy Project, Cathfish, Teen Mom 2, do you need me to go on? You can see why I don’t need another show to watch.
I knew if I didn’t watch Grey’s right away, I’d keep pushing it off. I’ll watch the pilot and then we can be done with this, is what I thought to myself.
As soon as I was done I texted Jody. Her response? Watch episode two and let me know what you think.What?! No! This was a one time thing!
Okay, fine. I decided to give another episode a try the next day. And I loved that one, too.
Grey’s is a hard show for me to watch because I don’t like seeing medical procedures. I’m fine if it’s happening to me, but I don’t like having to see others going through it. I once passed out during an operating room scene in a movie.
It was a crowded movie theater at the Mall of America. I remember seeing the surgery start. Soon my vision started to narrow until I passed out. The next thing I remember was hearing the lady next to me yell, “Turn up the house lights. She passed out.”
They turned on the lights which makes moviegoers really hate you. They walked me out to the hall and put me in a wheelchair. Some emergency medical technicians (EMTs( asked me a bunch of medical question. After realizing this was an anomaly, they told me to make an appointment with my doctor and sent me on my way.
To make matters worse, they didn’t even give us a rain check to see the rest of the movie! They probably didn’t want me to ruin another movie for hundreds of people.
On the plus side, I figured this out before attempting medical school. Well, this along with a bad summer in college interning at a doctors office. But that’s a story for another time.
I’m having to really be aware of my breathing as I watch the show so I don’t make myself pass out. I’m also reminding myself that this isn’t real blood and guts. I’ve made it through three episodes without passing out. But I’m still taping smelling salts to my shirt in case my husband comes home to find me passed out and needs to wake me.
To binge or not to binge.
I’m very good at binge watching television. House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Longmire, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are just some of the shows I binge.
I checked The internet movie data base (IMDB) to see how many episodes of Grey’s we were talking about. I lost count at 293 episodes. That is an intimidating amount of episodes to binge even for a pro tv watcher like me. The thought of it made me not want to take on this task. But the show is good and it has a lot to teach me.
So I decided that I’ll try to watch an episode of Grey’s a day. That will get me caught up on over a decade of Grey’s in a year.
That’s some Chip Foose logic right there. If you’re not familiar, Foose starred on the show Overhaulin’ where he helped people overhaul a vehicle for an unsuspecting family member in a week’s time. But Foose broke days down into three eight hour shifts, meaning they could get do three times as much work in one day.
So why watch Grey’s?
Last year (which is comedian speak for it was probably much longer than that) I read Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person. The book chronicles Rhimes’ year of saying yes to things that would normally scare her. If you haven’t read it, do it! So good.
Before reading the book, I didn’t know much about her. I learned that Shonda is the queen of tv. Something I probably would have known had I started watching Grey’s the hundred or so times Jody has asked me to in the past.
One of the things that makes her so great is her dialogue writing. As someone who has written two screenplays, I can tell you that writing dialogue is so hard. I can usually start the dialogue but then it just goes on too long or it takes a weird turn or I don’t know how to end it.
Watching Grey’s will be good for me as a writer. I found some Grey’s scripts online so I can see how she writes the dialogue and how it plays out on screen. It’s not just tv watching, it’s Bachelors Degree in tv writing. At least that’s how I’m looking at it, which is another reason why I only want to tackle one episode a day.
Which shows do you binge? Which shows do your learn the most from?
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