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Season 1 | Episode 1 | “A Hard Day’s Night” | Aired Mar 27, 2005 AND Apr 9, 2015

You guys. This is an emotional gift. Grey’s Anatomy is giving us the pilot episode for no damn reason, and it’s a beautiful day (to save lives). Leading up to tonight’s new episode, we’re treated to a reminder of what made us all fall in love with ferry boats and that dark and twisty surgeon named Meredith. Try not to cry—let’s go over what makes the pilot everything.

Derek Butt
Little did we know, Derek butt sightings would become all but extinct. We can respect that, but we’ll always remember that nearly opening shot of Grey’s Anatomy—and let me tell you. There could be worse opening shots. YA FEEL?

Rilo Kiley’s “Portions for Foxes”
The first official music moment. Knowing how monumental Grey’s Anatomy would become in the television music world, Rilo Kiley’s initial song is a music moment to marvel at—from moment “go,” Grey’s got off on the right foot, putting together a songbook of artists that made our iTunes collection seem wayyy cooler than we ever dreamed it would be. Also you said weird things like, “There’s blood in my mouth ’cause I’ve been biting my tongue all week,” and people thought you were SO cool.

Introduction of the Nazi
1. Don’t bother sucking up. I already hate you.
2. You will answer every page in a run.
3. If I’m sleeping, don’t wake me.
4. Don’t kill the dying patient.
5. When I move, you move.

I think we’re done here.

Did you guys realize the FORESHADOWING when Bailey said, “George is your guy, and your guy suffers the most of every intern.” Total understatement. Georgie totally botched the surgery when he broke the purse strings—classic. Poor George totally ruined the first appy, and he went on to fail his intern exam and then get tumble-dried by a bus while saving a woman’s life. We miss you, boo boo. I’ll always be #TeamGeorge.

Stop Looking at me like you’ve seen me naked
The first of many stair conversations. WE NEED MORE OF THOSE. In this pro-health world we’re living in, we’ve seen a lot of elevator conversations lately but very few stair talks in season 11. But this stair talk is particularly great because it’s young MerDer. Best line of the entire thing? “Stop looking at me like you’ve seen me naked.” Oh, Mer. You cheeky girl.

Alex appears
Did you guys know that Alex wasn’t even originally in the pilot? Yep. Also, at the time, that wouldn’t have been a big deal (sorry Justin Chambers) because he was kind of a jerk. He called Meredith a nurse within minutes of meeting her (again, the future parallels to her mom are fantastic) and didn’t make the best impression. Luckily, we all came to fall in love with Alex Karev, even if it was a very rocky and rude road getting there.

Meredith’s patient is the first to code blue
Katie was a damn mess from the start, so when she coded, it was hardly a surprise. And then on top of it, after Meredith saved her, everyone was a huge jerk and she had to go out in the rain and vom.com. I’m still not really sure what the science was behind Katie’s condition because she was a pageant girl who had seizures and that … led her to flatline? I don’t know, but that’s part of the allure of Grey’s, ya know? You don’t need to know everything.

Twisted Sisters: Unite
There was something super magical about Cristina and Meredith working together to come to the conclusion of why obnoxious Katie was having seizures. But then Derek chooses Meredith to assist when it was actually Cristina who kind of put all the clues together. And there was something SO fierce about when Cristina got all high and mighty about how she doesn’t sleep with her boss for surgeries. Clearly, this tiff didn’t last long because, no offense to the cast of FRIENDS, but Cristina and Meredith had the best friendship of all time. OF ALL TIME. They end the episode in support of each other.

It’s a beautiful night to save lives
We get introduced to SO MANY important moments in the pilot including, but not limited to, the first time Derek says, “It’s a beautiful night to save lives.” Yeah, that eventually became, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives,” but it doesn’t matter, because it’s so incredibly important that we get to hear it … especially during the first surgery that Meredith gets to jump in on. And it all happens during that fantastic first voice-over, which is a special moment in itself.

The first voiceover
Grey’s Anatomy
voiceovers are so iconic. And for the most part, they’re all recorded by Meredith. However, it could be argued that the pilot’s voice-over is more important than any other. It sets the tone for the show, but also, it doubles as a surprise conversation between Meredith and her legendary surgeon mother. The big deal about that? It’s revealed that Dr. Ellis Grey actually has Alzheimer’s. BOY OH BOY.

How much did you love that blast from the past? How much does it freak you out that it all happened TEN YEARS AGO? I can literally feel the wrinkles forming on my face. Even if there’s not too much of a connection, the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy is always a fantastic way to celebrate #ThrowbackThursday. Bring it on—I say the whole series is worth watching again.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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