Why Watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Reruns in a Hotel Room


We all have our ideas about how life should be lived (and, ideally, enjoyed to the fullest), but only one person is right: me. In this new column, titled “No, but listen” the little rituals that get us through the day will be analyzed – and celebrated – with abandon.

I missed a lot during the first year of the pandemic, a time that I remember as by turns terrifying and boring. I wanted to eat at a restaurant, do karaoke with my friends, hug my extended family…but one thing I didn’t realize was the experience of staying in a hotel. I’m not talking about a fancy hotel or a white lotus– style extended travel sequence; just your average place with a fairly clean bed, free just ok coffee in the morning and – this is the most important part – a TV in the room.

I spend a lot of time in hotels like these – I’m both in a long distance relationship and I live 15 states away from most of my friends and family, and that’s why I feel empowered to share with you the secret to getting the most out of it: Go to bed, order room service if it’s is an option and spend between an hour and a whole day watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns on Lifetime or WE.

Here is the beauty of Grey’s Anatomy being pretty much the oldest show in the universe: it was sold into syndication so long ago that there always seems to be a rerun on cable. It doesn’t matter if you’re a longtime fan who’s seen every episode or a casual watcher who vaguely knows the show is about doctors who like to have sex with each other. When you are in a hotel room, the usual rules do not apply and Grey’s Anatomy becomes the most compelling and easy-to-ignore TV program you can stream.

You might be thinking, Hey, I’m not much of a medical drama fan, is it okay if I watch a Law and order raise instead? And while your question is valid, I’m here to tell you that no, it’s not. This has be Grey’s Anatomyand that has be a hotel (don’t even tell me “Airbnb”). Not wanting to overdo it, but Grey’s is like a microcosm of life; it’s vast and messy, and the drama is both unimportant and heart-pounding enough that you really care whether or not Random Featured Extra #1 survives its life-threatening operation.


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