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
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.
Grey’s Is Better At Romance
Grey’s Anatomy is a medical drama with a heavy dose of melodrama. Sometimes that puts GA at a disadvantage in comparison to something like ER, but when it comes to things like romantic relationships, it puts them at a distinct advantage.
ER had some pretty epic romances, but those always felt secondary to whatever drama of the week the characters were dealing with. Grey’s managed to incorporate their romantic drama into the medical issues that are going on and into the overall storyline. The show has also never been afraid to let its romance plots take center stage.
Grey’s Is Better At Soap Opera Drama
The style of drama most often used in soap operas has a bit of a reputation in the world of television, and although it’s kind of an unfair stigma it’s also pretty understandable.
Bringing the drama level to its highest possible peaks can either go really well or very badly, and it takes a lot of writing skill to go over the top while keeping your audience invested in the story. In that regard, Grey’s Anatomy has always been able to go completely balls to the wall with its drama while keeping the audience completely riveted.
Grey’s Is Better At Friendships
When most people think of Grey’s Anatomy, they probably think of a medical romance drama. However, Grey’s doesn’t get enough credit for its well developed friendships. Because the show focuses on the characters and their personal interactions, the friendships that develop between them feels much more believable.
It’s easy to watch and enjoy the show because even if the characters are dealing with the most insane, over the top drama imaginable, their relationships with each other feel like the kind of friendships that most of the people watching can relate to in some way.
Grey’s Is Better At Weird Medical Cases And Procedures
ER was always a show that was a drama grounded in reality, which is one of the things that made it so reliably entertaining. However, Grey’s Anatomy never shied away from the writers’ more extreme ideas and scenarios.
Because they’re working in a state of the art hospital in Seattle instead of a more humble emergency room in Chicago, the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy saw some of the strangest and most extreme cases from all across the country, and it’s much easier to believe than it would be in a situation like ER’s.
Grey’s Is Better At Character Driven Drama
ER and Grey’s Anatomy fall under the same category, so it’s easy to see why many people compared the two. However, at their heart they’re two very different shows. ER was fundamentally driven by the drama of medicine, whereas Grey’s Anatomy is a show that has always been fueled by the drama of its characters.
Obviously their medical careers and experiences in the hospital have a huge impact on their development and the stories they tell, but GA has always been excellent at keeping their characters as the heart of the show.