Originally Posted by vaticanplum
My guess, having never seen the show, is that it's not "female writers expressing their ego fantasies" as much as it is Hollywood's drive to attempt to use beautiful people to substitute for regular human beings, and the public's buying into physical beauty as a form of escapism.
If all of these people were average-looking, would you have the same complaint? But that can't happen on television, not with the standards set as they currently are. People who would knock you over walking down the street serve as "the plain janes" and "fat girls" or "computer nerds" on television.
Point taken, but I'm really just trying to agree with Ed's take on his blog (please read it if you haven't). The lack of realism in the way these characters are written offends me more than anything having to do with the medicine, etc. Those are the two areas (whiny/unbelievable/self-obsessed characters, medical ridiculousness) where the show draws 95% of its criticism.