Grey’s Anatomy on Sky Witness
Full disclosure: for most of my life, my heart has belonged to a different TV hospital (I won’t say which one, but George Clooney used to work there), so I wasn’t a Grey’s Anatomist until I had a baby. “Here’s some low-effort TV,” I thought. “I’ll just put this on in the background, while I crawl around after my baby, because I won’t get mentally involved at all.” Such hubris. The “baby” is now three years old; I am several seasons deep into my Grey’s Anatomy binge, and fully invested.
Set in a fictional Seattle hospital, Grey’s Anatomy – from Shonda Rhimes, the brainbox behind the hit series Scandal – follows the professional and personal lives of Drs Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Yang (Sandra Oh), Stevens (Katherine Heigl), McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey) and others, as they navigate the multiple messy intersections of medicine and life. They seek comfort from one another, and, at times, more than just friendship... It’s hard to sum up 13 years’ worth of drama without spoilers, but the show handles tough, timely topics – such as healthcare for immigrants, sexism in the workplace, gender identity, domestic abuse and police brutality – and mixes them seamlessly with dramatic elements like secret siblings, a musical episode and something that could be interpreted as “hot sex with a ghost patient”.
The long-awaited premiere of season 15 hit our screens this week, but before catching up with that, why not do as I did and binge-watch all 14 seasons on Sky Witness via Now TV? Bonus: if you have a baby, by the time you’re done, they might, like my son, be able to reel off terms like “subdural haematoma” and “vitals are normal”, plus (thanks to an episode as pivotal as the Red Wedding was to Game Of Thrones), the entire lyrics to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol.