Grey's Anatomy: The Curse of Popularity?

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Many fans and pundits alike have opined that in the past two years, Grey's Anatomy may have slipped a bit and lost its sense of balance.

With Season Five on the horizon, can it be recovered?

Grey's Anatomy became an instant and enormous hit because of its combination of several different elements into a wildly entertaining mixture: it was a medical show, a romantic soap opera and a comedy all at the same time.

What seemed to happen in Seasons Three and Four is that the show jettisoned everything except the romantic angst: comedic bits became harder to find, and the medical stories were limited to the occasional wacky patient.

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Complaints about the writing on Grey's Anatomy became big news last month when one of its own stars, the outspoken Katherine Heigl, criticized the material her character, Izzie Stevens had been given over the past year.

She was ripped by critics and fans, but in some ways, Heigl was late to the party; fans of the show had been complaining long before she did.

Earlier this year, a petition was circulated to protest its transformation "from being something amazing to something we don't even recognize."

Grey's Anatomy is not alone in losing the fire. With so many shows starting out huge and then imploding, some critics are starting to worry that the very act of getting popular is the creative kiss of death in TV.

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Agree with Ju, a 100%. From the time they got Burke shot this show has been nothing but depressing. They messed the beautiful romance between Burktina, killed all the humour, twisted the sap TRK's role completely around. Losing Burke been the worst decision, Washington brought charisma and magnetism to the show. W/o him it s just such a sad show. Any and every other show seems way morrrrre cheerful and bright, Grey's is a soppy sad mess w/o the power and fab. acting that IW brought to it, borrrrrrrrring. yawn.. loved the show until Season 2, watched Season 3 coz IW jussst cannot be ignored ...but sob.. now I can't even sit through it. What a great loss IW's leaving has been.........depressing.

Mcdreamy is mine

Despite all the unhappiness the show has caused to others, I'm still PSYCHED!!!


I think the problem was we anticipated so much from what season 2 gave us in the season ending that did not deliver in season 3. There was no consistency or congruency to the story lines of the prior two seasons. The characters did not mature and continue to grow, as a matter of fact they regressed. I recently had an opportunity to view all ten seasons of ER and I was just as interested in the characters that remained as each season developed. I think that's what makes a good series. It was great to follow the characters grow and mature through the years--even when the actors left the show, it was nice the way the characters were taken off the show--there was so much dignity--such a classy show.


I don't understand why the gay relationships are so important in this show. I didn't need to see erica and callie kissing last season. Ever since Isaiah left and all the gossip started about the gay comment, Shonda seems like she's trying to make it up to TR by putting that in the show. It's good without it, but if there's love scenes with that in it, I won't be watching.


Also what happened to the music? It used to be creative and interesting, now it's just pop schmaltz. It certainly isn't helping the convoluted romantic plot lines.


There is absoultely no way that the show will ever reach it's popularity peak in season 2 ever again. The reality is that the show is boring, plain and simple. There are not very many interesting characters, patients or storylines that fill the show anymore. It's just boring blah blah blah relationship crap that dulls down the show. I honestly think that the cast expanded way too much with all the additions because the writers have to fit like 12 different character storylines into every episode which is basically impossible. The ratings slipped and will continue to slip until the fun is brought back with Mer, Izzie, George, Cristina, Derek (sometimes), Chief and well Sloan was an addition but he is probably the best character now so he's fine. And BTW getting rid of Isiaah Washington was probably the biggest mistake Shonda ever made because he is irreplacable and there is no question that the show is not even close to the same.


Some of the slide was probably also caused by trying to keep one show at the top whilst trying to start and establish a new show (Private Practice). Personally I think they should stick with one show and make that the best it can be, and Grey's is the one pulling in the viewers.


Seriously I think it sucked to high heaven after the strike. George and izzie acting like strangers. Alex abusing Izzie verbally and threatening her physically and Izzie taking it, Derek being an even bigger ass than before. Gizzie is the only good thing this show did in the last two seasons and they were stupid enough to kill them. I am not watching. On and the ratings went way down after the strike.


Well, it got really good after the writer's strike, so maybe Grey's is back on track!


Yeah Grey's lost fans and the 'power' at late season 3 and early season 4, but IT'S BACK and it's going to be BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!!
i believe that season 5 is going to be great because all the writers are back and Shonda had figure out what's good, so..YAY!!! and wateva the stupid popularity curse is not gonna work on Grey's!! woooo~


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.