For as much as I criticize Grey’s Anatomy in my recaps it is still one of the shows I look forward to each week. I think most of the reason I still like it is that the female characters have never been archetypes. Each and every one of them is fully realized and the relationships between the women on the show are never stereotypical. This is shocking for a TV show let alone a soap are actually more like real friendships. This is due to show runner, lead writer, and creator Shonda Rhimes, this week’s smart dame.
Rhimes currently is in charge of not one but three network TV shows, Grey’s Anatomy, it’s spin-off Private Practice (though it is ending this year), and Scandal. Each show centers on strong, smart, independent women with an incredibly complex and difficult job, for the most part Shonda and her writers do extensive research to make sure these ladies look and sound like the amount of education they must have had to have to jobs they are in. An example of how this isn’t the case on other TV shows is my beloved Heart of Dixie, even I have to admit NOBODY buys Rachel Bilson’s character of Zoe Heart as a doctor let alone surgeon. Rhimes is able to keep the soap opera plots without dumbing down her characters, which I appreciate. I would imagine a lot of this has to do with the fact that she, like many of her characters, is in a field dominated by men and she will not subject herself and her characters to the stereotypes we subscribed to certain jobs. Whether you like her shows or not you can’t argue with the fact that Rhimes is a definitely deserving the title smart dame of the week.
I really admire Ms. Rhimes, and it seems others do too: she recently sold a pilot from Issa Rae, creator of the funny web series “Awkward Black Girl,” as well as a series based on a View-like talk show. Just this week it was announced she would produce a new teen sci-fi thriller! Shonda can do it all! And I will probably watch all of these before I ever see another episode of Grey’s Anatomy!-M
*Image came from Reuters.