Thursday’s Best Reviewed: Grey’s Anatomy

One of the longest running shows featuring live humans takes the night with an episode featuring a long-coming divorce and a title clipped from Toni Braxton’s biggest hit. “Unbreak My Heart” finalizes the split between Jackson and April, all told in a backwards vignette style, straight out of Memento. Otherwise, to paraphrase Family Guy‘s on-point version of Tim McCarver, as good as the reviews were for Wednesday, that’s how as bad they were last night. One of Shonda’s other shows, Scandal, even made one reviewer from AV Club want to “take a bath.” The CW’s best straight-up sci-fi show, The 100, received solid reviews, and Vulture‘s Jenny Jaffe called this week’s You, Me, and the Apocalypse “brilliantly heartbreaking” in a 5 star review; however, for the most part reviews were tepid at best. Even the young critical favorite Baskets laid an egg (oy, I swear I didn’t realize what I was doing there until it was too late).

Thursday, February 25th’s Best: Grey’s Anatomy (8.5/10)

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While Grey’s Anatomy is known as a relatively traditional show, show creator Shonda Rimes has been known to let its hair down for experimental stylings at times. In the cleverly reference-titled “Unbreak My Heart,” the veteran show focuses on the crumbling marriage of Jackson and April, starting with their signing the divorce papers and tacking back to the day they met-cute at Grace Mercy West Hospital. Elizabeth Harlow at TV Fanatic singles out actors Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew who “deserve mad props for their performances. They carried the whole hour, and almost every scene was emotionally charged.” Maggie Fremont of Vulture waxes charmingly rhapsodic about #Japril, the couple who “found love in a hopeless place” (and I’ll accept any excuse to listen to that song).

The Rest of the Night:

The 100 – 7.9

You, Me, and the Apocalypse – 7.7

How to Get Away with Murder – 7.0

Colony – 7.0

The Big Bang Theory – 6.8

Baskets – 6.5

Elementary – 6.5

Vikings – 6.1

Scandal – 4.5

 

 

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