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It's Exhausting To Watch Pandemic-related Television, But It's Also Necessary.
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It's Exhausting To Watch Pandemic-related Television, But It's Also Necessary.


In March, I had one of those “taking stock of things” moments when I least expected it: it was Month 13 of the pandemic, and I happened to be watching the 17th season of a TV drama that had become aggressively about the pandemic, in which the title character had contracted COVID-19, and one indicator of the severity of her condition was measuring the physical distance between her and the ghost of her deceased husband.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey).

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain..

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed..

Other approaches taken by various TV shows — ignoring the pandemic entirely, acknowledging it for a few episodes and then letting it fade into the background, or mentioning it briefly and then setting the show in some vague post-COVID world — are certainly valid. After all, we've craved escapism over the last 15 months.

However, on shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "In Treatment," where grief, trauma, loss, and their ramifications are central to their emotional resonance, ignoring reality and telling audiences it's OK to look away would have been a disservice; they also demonstrate how there's no one-size-fits-all approach: it has to be done in a way that makes sense for the show.

Because the show is about therapy, the characters' anxieties and fears naturally take center stage. The revival follows a similar format as the show's original run, from 2008 to 2010, but with several welcome changes, most notably a more diverse cast and an acknowledgment that therapy is especially stigmatized and difficult to access for people of color.

Brooke lives alone in a sleek but spacious house designed by her father, whose recent death she is still struggling to process on top of everything else going on in the world.

“I feel like all these people are looking to me to tell them what to do about this moment we are in,” she tells Rita, “and I don’t know what to tell them! I don’t know what to tell myself!”

When one of the patients, a white man, decries "cancel culture" and complains about having to learn what he can and cannot say, the show's topicality can be overly blunt and direct.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas..

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities..

The show's dialogue on these issues can be heavy-handed, telling rather than showing, as "Grey's Anatomy" is prone to doing, but there's not much of a way around it, and it would have been strange for a major medical drama set in the present day to ignore the worst health crisis in a century.

As depressing as this season has been to watch, it all makes sense for "Grey's Anatomy." For the past 17 seasons and counting, the show has made a point of piling on tragedies and perilous situations, unrelentingly putting its characters (and us viewers) through the wringer.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home..COVID-19 was contracted by a number of her coworkers, including a friend and former mentee.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home..COVID-19 was contracted by a number of her coworkers, including a friend and former mentee..Her coworker was assassinated.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home..COVID-19 was contracted by a number of her coworkers, including a friend and former mentee..Her coworker was assassinated..And she has had to lead her team through a crisis that has tested everyone.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home..COVID-19 was contracted by a number of her coworkers, including a friend and former mentee..Her coworker was assassinated..And she has had to lead her team through a crisis that has tested everyone..She was deserving of more than the few scenes she received.

For the majority of this season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Dr..Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), no stranger to perilous situations, teetered on the brink of death as her fellow surgeons at Grey Sloan Memorial dealt with the grim realities of the pandemic..The four major characters who died throughout the course of "Grey's Anatomy" reappeared as ghosts in her dreamscape, most notably her deceased husband, Ghost McDreamy (Patrick Dempsey)..It says a lot about both “Grey’s Anatomy” and the hellscape of the last 15 months that even its fan-service elements, designed to counteract the exhausting experience of watching real life unfold in the show’s universe, quickly became unappealing..The presence of ghosts, particularly the reappearance of Ghost McDreamy, was usually accompanied by bad news..After briefly tuning out during the scene when the link between his proximity and Meredith's condition became clear, I hit the pause button to confirm that, yes, he did move significantly closer to her, yelled at my screen in frustration, and then thought that my reaction encapsulated just how much the pandemic has broken my brain...Most shows that have heavily featured the pandemic have been avoided with zeal..Yet I find myself admiring the hell out of the few shows I've happened to watch whose writers and producers chose not to shy away from reality, even if their choices didn't always work..HBO resurrected “In Treatment” more than a decade after its original run ended, believing that viewers would benefit from a show about therapy at this time..Though the pandemic and racial uprisings are not the sole focus of the characters' therapy sessions, the effects of the isolation and burnout caused by it all are always present, even in scenes where they are not explicitly discussed...However, it is largely effective..It's difficult to pull off a TV show about therapy, especially when the entire episode usually takes place in one room with two characters..In the case of Brooke's patient Eladio (Anthony Ramos), a home health care aide quarantined with the wealthy family who employs him, he isn't even in the same room because he sees Brooke through teletherapy sessions..Eladio is this season's most compelling patient thanks to a combination of Ramos' riveting performance and the staging and framing of his episodes..We see him on Brooke's laptop screen as well as in his room, where he frequently rotates his laptop or stands up and moves around the room..Instead of being a gimmick or a distraction, “In Treatment” uses the staginess of its format to its advantage..And perhaps it works even better now, when many of us have spent so much time alone with our traumas...While the pandemic is the backdrop for "In Treatment," it is the text on "Grey's Anatomy" that has depicted the events of the last 15 months in unflinching detail..Grey Sloan's surgeons have felt burned out and hopeless about their profession as patient after patient died from COVID-19..They've exhausted their supply of protective gear and ventilators..They've had to treat COVID deniers and anti-maskers, and they've been left wondering how they can even make a dent in the centuries of racial disparities in health care..The show has incorporated last summer's racial uprisings and an increase in anti-Asian racism, and has dedicated specific episodes to highlighting the pandemic's disproportionate impact on Black women and Native communities...I can't believe I'm saying this, but there have been times this season when "Grey's Anatomy" could have been even more grounded in reality..Dr. Throughout the season,.Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Grey Sloan's chief of surgery, is burnt out, which I wish the show had explored more thoroughly..Bailey, who was already dealing with the weight of being a Black woman, witnessed her mother die of COVID-19 after it spread through her nursing home..COVID-19 was contracted by a number of her coworkers, including a friend and former mentee..Her coworker was assassinated..And she has had to lead her team through a crisis that has tested everyone..She was deserving of more than the few scenes she received..

As more people are vaccinated and begin to live in what resembles post-pandemic life, we must remember that we have been through a prolonged period of deep trauma, which we are only now beginning to process, and that processing will look different for everyone. As much as I admire what these shows accomplished, I doubt I will want to revisit them in the months and years ahead, just as I don't want to relive it.

But perhaps we'll want to reflect on how much these times have changed us — and, yes, broken our brains; perhaps we'll want to remember how we documented what was happening, and these shows that chose to try to capture this strange and precarious time will become a time capsule.

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