Life is weird and complicated and scary and amazing, and Grey's Anatomy gets that better than anything. Every episode has its own theme, and each one is like a self-help book, but taken together it's like an epic 100+-hour movie that's better than any therapy you can ever get. I don't know what it's like to watch it over the course of years, but watching it all at once is turning me into an emotional mess and I love it.
Except whenever the Private Practice cast shows up, because I can't stand any of them and that show is the worst thing on TV. Can't believe it's the same creator.
I've also learned from the show that there are three rules that everyone in a hospital follows when speaking to each other:
1. Divulge your most private thoughts and feelings to whomever happens to be standing near you, regardless of how well you know them.
2. Everything is a metaphor. When you talk about a patient, you're really talking about yourself, or someone else.
3. Never be happy about anything that anyone has to say to you, ever.