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5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

ER and Grey’s Anatomy are different shows,with obvious comparisons. Here are 5 things The ER does better and 5 ways Grey’s Anatomy excels

When ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy first started, it felt like ABC was just trying to fill the void that had been left when NBC’s own long-running medical drama ER had finally ended. But Grey’s Anatomy managed to carve out a huge chunk of television history on its own, and when Grey’s premieres this fall it will actually finally surpass ER in length.

Although ER and Grey’s Anatomy are both distinct and different shows, there are a lot of natural and obvious comparisons to be made between the two. Both have cemented their place in the annals of TV history, but there are some things that Grey’s Anatomy has absolutely killed it with and other things that ER has excelled in. So here are 5 things that Grey’s did better, and 5 things that ER is still the king of.

ER Is Better At One Off Episodes

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

ER and Grey’s Anatomy are both medical dramas, but ER was more focused on the medical aspect while GA was focused on the drama. ER is the kind of series that has its overarching plots, characters, and relationships, but for the most part anyone could watch a random episode of ER and be entertained without feeling lost.

ER always did a fantastic job at focusing on one particular story at a time (or a few story lines over the course of an episode) and concluding that story within the span of an hour.

ER Is Better At Relatable Characters

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy always amped up the drama whenever possible, making it an entertaining show but very hard to relate to. ER, on the other hand, let the natural drama unfold and speak for itself, making its characters a lot easier for audiences to connect with.

ER had the occasional flair for the dramatic, but watching the characters deal with family troubles, uncomfortably real prejudices, and personal medical issues was something that everyone watching could understand. ER reflected the drama that exists in the real world, and its characters were all the better because of it.

ER Is Better At Rotating Characters In And Out

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

Any show that lasts for a decade and a half is going to have a lot of cast members and characters come and go, and the show’s writers are probably going to want to work with new characters and sometimes run out of material for older ones.

Because ER was so good at focusing on the emergency room and the events going on within County General hospital, they had a much easier time writing characters in and out of the overall story . That, and they had an easier time bringing old characters back when they needed to too.

ER Is Better At Big Events

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

Every medical drama in TV history has loved to do what people call “event” episodes or arcs. These episodes center around some major emergency that occupies the attention of every character in the series, and they’re generally some of the most exciting stints in any medical drama.

Both Grey’s Anatomy and ER could turn things up pretty well when they were focusing on a huge event. However, ER was just better at it. Their events always felt a little more grounded in reality, and because emergency was their specialty it always kept the thrills going.

ER Is Better At Believable Medicine

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey's Anatomy

5 Things ER Did Better Than Grey’s Anatomy

It’s actually a testament to ER’s quality that they managed to take a very simple concept and execute it so well that the show wound up becoming one of the most memorable TV shows ever made.

For the most part, ER was always working with stories about common medical issues with relatively simple answers. Although the show always pumped up the excitement factor, it still felt like everyone was watching something that could have really happened. On the other hand, Grey’s has a tendency to make their cases and treatments as extreme as possible in every circumstance.

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