Grey's Anatomy: Season 1 (2005)

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A guilty pleasure that's short on guts, Grey's Anatomy and its cast of improbably fresh-faced characters may be addictive, but lack authenticity.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2005

It's a grueling and eventful first 48 hours for the new crop of surgical interns at Seattle Grace Hospital in the debut episode of Grey's Anatomy. Among the newcomers are Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), still struggling to emerge from the shadow of her celebrated surgeon mother Ellis Grey (Kate Burton); fiercely competitive Stanford grad Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), who will in time become Meredith's best friend; former fashion model Isobel "Izzie" Stevens (Katherine Heigl), a bit put off that she's no longer the sole center of attention; amiable, naïve George O'Malley (T.R. Knight); and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), who wastes no time proving himself to be a pompous jerk. After a pep talk from chief surgeon Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.), the interns are placed in the not-so-tender care of supervising doctor Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), also known as "The Nazi" for reasons that become instantly obvious. During their two-day shakedown cruise, the rookies come face to face with the harsh realities of hospital life, with Meredith tending to a girl suffering from seizures, George enduring his first appendectomy, and Cristina finds that it's no picnic workiing under veteran surgeon Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington). But the biggest shock of all is reserved for Ellis, when she discovers that her handsome "one-night stand" from the previous evening happens to be her new boss, Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)! Peter Horton received an Emmy nomination for his direction of this inaugural episode.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2005

After considering several candidates, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) decides who will be her roommates during her first-year internship. Back on the job, she butts heads with a pediatric intern to save the life of a newborn child, and also claims temporary possession of a gruesome "souvenir" left behind by the man who raped her patient Allison (Alex Thayer). Meanwhile, Cristina (Sandra Oh) and Alex (Justin Chambers) get their act together, so to speak; George (T.R. Knight) spends a few disheartening hours with the Seattle Grace code team; and Izzie (Katherine Heigl) copes with a patient who speaks no English. In other developments, Burke (Isaiah Washington) finds out why Derek (Patrick Dempsey) may be chosen as chief of surgery over hm; and Webber (James Pickens Jr.) remains close-mouthed over how well he knew Meredith's mom.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2005

It's the annual Dead Baby Bike Day, in which the bicycle messengers of Seattle participate in a city-wide race. Unfortunately, there's been a spectacular accident, and the ER is filled to overflowing with injured cyclists and pedestrians. Among the casualties is a biker named Viper (Callum Blue), who has spokes protruding from his abdomen--not that this prevents him from hitting on Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), who has enough trouble on her hands fending off Derek (Patrick Dempsey). On a more somber note, anothere of the victims is an unidentified, brain-dead woman, whose organs may end up being harvested for a gay cancer patient (Keith David. It is up to Izzie (Katherine Heigl) to decide whether or not to remove the comatose woman's liver...and, more problematically, to determine how long to wait before doing so.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2005

Despite a grim prognosis, Cristina (Sandra Oh) stubbornly insists upon giving extra-special treatment to cancer patient Liz Fallon (Anna Maria Horsford), who happens to have been the longtime scrub nurse for Meredith's surgeon mother Ellis Grey (Kate Burton). In other developments, a constructor worker is brought to the hospital after shooting six nails in his head, a feat that turns out to be something far more than an on-the-job accident; and George (T.R. Knight) rebels at being treated as "one of the girls" by roomies Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Izzie (Katherine Heigl). The episode's high point occurs when Alex (Justin Chambers) comes across a sexy lingerie ad featuring Izzie, which he then pastes all over the interns' locker room--leading to an extremely revealing moment!

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Air date: Apr 24, 2005

During her first heart surgery, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) makes what she regards as a serious error, but is afraid to say anything for fear of losing her internship. Meanwhle, George (T.R. Knight) is saddled with a cranky emphysema victim (Kathryn Joosten) who insists that she has stopped smoking--but the X-rays tell a different story; and Alex (Justin Chambers) deals with a patient who is addicted to prescription pain killers, and will go to any lengths to keep the supply flowing. Finally, a middle-aged man (Jeff Doucette) with obstructed bowels may prove to be equally obstructive to Izzie (Katherine Heigl), who must take time off from planning a lavish party for her boyfriend Hank (Jonathan Scarfe).

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Air date: May 1, 2005

The interns are dumbstruck by patient Annie Connors (Alex S. Alexander), who checks in with a 65-pound tumor--an all-time record for Seattle Grace. Another patient, Mr. Levangie (Bruce Weitz), suffers from Parkinson's disease, the proper treatment of which sparks a war of words between surgical intern Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and her gimlet-eyed supervisor Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Elsewhere, Bailey warns Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) that her relationship (such as it is) with Derek (Patrick Dempsey) may cost both of them their jobs; and Izzie offers advice to George (T.R. Knight) as he nervously prepares to ask Meredith out himself.

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Air date: May 8, 2005

It's a toss-up as to who is more disgusted by the news that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) has slept with Derek (Patrick Dempsey): Meredith's roomies Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and George (T.R. Knight), or the interns' granite-faced supervisor Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Back at Seattle Grace, Derek picks George to assist him during an extremely delicate brain operation, but George may lose the opportunity if he speaks up about the drinking problem of veteran anestheseologist Dr. Taylor. Elsewhere, Izzie performs emergency surgery on a disgruntled gent who has swallowed his girlfriend's car keys; Alex (Justin Chambers) meets a fellow former wrestler named Owens (Russell Hornsby), who has developed a morbid fascination with self-mutilation; and several of the interns become involved in the plight of a teenager who is suffering the aftereffects of a botched gastric bypass operation.

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Air date: May 15, 2005

Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek (Patrick Dempsey) argue bitterly over their treatment of a paralyzed mountain climber, but that's not the real problem between them. Meanwhile, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) becomes convinced that her patient Duff (Kevin Rahm) develops psychic powers during his seizures; George (T.R. Knight) has difficulty intubating a patient while his peers are watching; and Orthodox Jewish teenager Devo(Sarah Hagan) refuses to allow Alex (Justin Chambers) to insert a life-saving pig valve in her ailing heart. As for Cristina (Sandra Oh), her plans to abort her unborn baby are altered after she becomes acquainted with Zoey (Joan McMurtrey), a middle-aged, pregnant cancer victim.

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Air date: May 22, 2005

Worried about his failing eyesight, Webber (James Pickens Jr.) confides his fears to Derek (Patrick Dempsey), who makes a startling suggestion. After a night of passion with one of the nurses, George (T.R. Knight) becomes the latest victim of a sexually transmitted disease that has inflicted several other members of the hospital staff. Burke (Isaiah Washington) discovers that his best friend Bill (Wayne Wilderson) is a patient at Seattle Grace, a fact that casts unpleasant aspersions upon Bill's wife. And Izzie (Katherine Heigl) and Cristina (Sandra Oh) are caught in the crossfire as the family of an alcoholic bickers over the man's medical treatment. But the big "money scene" in this final episode of Grey's Anatomy's first season occurs at the very end, when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). discovers to her chagrin that she is definitely NOT the only woman is Derek's life.

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In the first series of this medical drama, a group of surgical interns, including Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), George O'Malley (T. R. Knight) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), begin working at Seattle Grace Hospital. On the night prior to her first day, Meredith goes to a local bar and sleeps with a man she never expects to see again. The man turns out to be neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), one of her new bosses. Izzie accuses Meredith of sleeping with her boss to get ahead, and as the series progresses, a complicated romance develops between Meredith and Derek.

Critic Reviews for Grey's Anatomy Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

They're all bursting with life and individuality, practically popping off the screen.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes pulls you into the interns' lives, and the actors keep you there.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Grey's Anatomy, ABC's new hospital drama, is the kind of TV product that's so instantly recognizable you feel like you've already dreamed it from premiere to finale.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Perhaps, like a selfless organ donor, the show will pass on the best parts of itself to another show that can really use them. And the most functional organ on Grey's Anatomy-its delightfully bilious spleen-is Sandra Oh.

Apr 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Grey's Anatomy, once it gets going, doesn't confound expectations or subvert its genre. Instead, it runs though the checklist of calamities that we've come to expect.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Great cast, snappy talk, good stories? This show had me at "Hello."

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The series has emerged as a quality guilty pleasure and, in its way, a fine successor to that recent Sunday night must, Sex and the City.

Oct 19, 2005 | Full Review…

There's a freshness about it that may appeal to those who have tired of ER.

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

With a terrific musical soundtrack, a great-looking cast, and some decent romantic, humorous and poignant story lines, this familiar-looking workplace series has heart.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Okay, so the overdramatic plotlines still exist, but it's not the medicine that makes the show interesting. Rather, it's the unique characters and their ability to suck you back in every week as if they were childhood friends.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

We've seen Oh rock qualifiedly as the hot chick in the movie Sideways, and Heigl has shown she has ready reserves of fierceness and vulnerability. Why isn't one of them playing Meredith Grey?

Mar 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Aside from the soapy, sexual overtones, what has so many people hooked on Grey's Anatomy is the complexity of its characters.

Mar 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grey's Anatomy: Season 1

  • Oct 10, 2019
    My favourite part was the ending where the screen got black and it all ended
  • Aug 22, 2019
    This show drew me in so much. Love it, hope it continues for a long time!
  • Jun 05, 2019
    Season 1 of Grey's Anatomy was a breath of fresh air. The characters, the relationships, and the comedic parts - I was glued to the series in an instant. Praise to all the actors!
  • Dec 04, 2018
    Grey's Anatomy is a medical drama series that stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey; in the beginning of the show Meredith starts out as an intern at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital and works herself up to becoming an attending. Although, throughout her journey she faces difficult times such as almost drowning, the loss of her husband, breakups and even a plane crash as well as good times with her friends and children and the most important of all, reaching her goal of becoming an attending. “A Hard Day’s Night”, the first episode begins with Meredith waking up with her first night stand, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) the guy she meets at the bar and leads the audience to thinking it's going to play out one way but ends up going a total different route. Throughout the show the actors deal with realistic scenarios at the hospital and play their roles so precisely making the audience believe as if everything that was happening was actually occuring in real life. When doing surgeries they have all their medical equipment in the surgical rooms and throughout their dialogue they use medical terms when communicating with one another, as well as when performing surgeries. When performing surgeries they elaborate the steps almost as if the audience was following along. The show has a roller coaster of emotions from leaving the audience all happy and excited to crying at one point and confused at another. All in all Grey's Anatomy is a show with many seasons that expresses multiple emotions and connects with the audience as if they were there and emotionally lets the audience connect with the characters. Take some time out of your day and watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy by the end of the night you'll be seasons in.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Uma das melhores séries da História (apesar de algumas temporadas menos boas) que me faz rir e chorar em cada episódio. O enredo desta temporada deixou-me sempre cativado e curioso. Se a série continuasse sempre com este rumo, a série seria melhor ainda.
  • Oct 25, 2018
    An overly-dramatic series that will pull directly on the heartstrings of the emotional tween girl. Cue Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars.
  • Oct 25, 2018
    Grey's Anatomy is an American series produced by ABC Studios which portrays the lives of surgeons at Seattle Grace Hospital as well as their professional routines and conquer or personal failures. Created by Shonda Rimes, it had its first episode published in 2005, and currently, the scenes from the 15th season are being recorded. Due to the fact that she has an unusual number of episodes for a series (208 so far), several actors participated in her plot, however only 4 participated in all the seasons so far: Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Gray), main personage in which plot, main series develops on it; Justin Pohambers (Alex Karese), impresses the audience with his positive change of personality throughout the series, Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), very charismatic, has almost 100% approval of fans and critics, James Pickens. Jr. (Richard Weber), is the oldest surgeon, shakes up all his philosophical teachings on life. Over the years, Grey's Anatomy has been missing out on a number of critically acclaimed characters, including Dr. yang, played by Sandra Oh, who, according to critics, was responsible for losing 17% of her audience. exit in the 9th season. Although it is a medical series, the doctors' private life ends up being very exposed. The director leaves behind the idea of ??transmitting medical teachings, and clings to tell about the details of the life of each professional. However, some fans they learn, among so much personal drama, a little about being a doctor, nomenclatures and protagonosticos of diseases learned by laymen give rise to the expression "formed by Grey's anatomy".
  • Oct 05, 2018
    sooooooo addictive. Binge-worthy
  • Feb 09, 2015
    81% Great start to one of the most successful TV series in the decade, it definitely ranks up as one of the top tier Hospital Dramedys today.
  • Jan 06, 2015
    Mildly addicting. Binged watched while I knitted a scarf. Haha.

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