If you like medical dramas and haven’t heard of Grey’s Anatomy, you’re in for a treat. This popular show has a whopping 17 seasons at the time of writing, and is best known for airing on the ABC channel. The three names behind the production of this show are Betsy Beers, Shonda Rhimes and Krista Vernoff. 

At the heart of Grey’s Anatomy is the show’s namesake, Meredith Grey. There is also a team of doctors who work at Grey Sloan Memorial. Each day, they must make important decisions which dictate the fate of their patients. Behind the scenes, these staff members also navigate rocky relationships, from friendship to romance. 


Grey’s Anatomy has Meredith Grey at the center of the plotlines. This woman is able to call well-known general surgeon Ellis Grey her mother. The series starts out with Meredith being accepted onto a surgical residency program at the Seattle Grace Hospital. She is set up to work alongside colleagues such as Cristina, Izzie, Alex and George. 

There are several twists and turns in this series, but the backbone is the way each character develops from an intern to an experienced and seasoned doctor at the hospital. 

Cast and characters

  • Ellen Pompeo – Meredith Grey
  • Sandrah Oh – Cristina Yang
  • Katherine Heigl – Izzie Stevens
  • Justin Chambers – Alex Karev
  • TR Knight – George O’Malley
  • Chandra Wilson – Miranda Bailey
  • James Pickens Jr – Richard Webber
  • Isaiah Washington – Preston Burke
  • Patrick Dempsey – Derek Shepherd
  • Kate Walsh – Addison Montgomery
  • Sara Ramirez – Callie Torres
  • Eric Dane – Mark Sloan
  • Chyler Leigh – Lexie Grey
  • Brooke Smith – Erica Hahn
  • Kevin McKidd – Owen Hunt
  • Jessica Capshaw – Arizona Robbins
  • Kim Raver – Teddy Altman
  • Sarah Drew – April Kepner
  • Jesse Williams – Jackson Avery
  • Camilla Luddington – Jo Wilson
  • Gaius Charles – Shane Ross
  • Jerrika Hinton – Stephanie Edwards
  • Tessa Ferrer – Leah Murphy
  • Caterina Scorsone – Amelia Shepherd
  • Kelly McCreary – Maggie Pierce
  • Jason George – Benjamin Warren
  • Martin Henderson – Nathan Riggs
  • Giacomo Gianniotti – Andrew DeLuca
  • Jake Borelli – Levi Schmitt
  • Greg Germann – Thomas Koracick
  • Chris Carmack – Atticus Lincoln

Filming locations

There had been a possibility that Grey’s Anatomy would be set in Chicago, which is Shonda Rhimes’ hometown. However, as ER was already set in this location, the decision was made to differentiate the show by basing it in Seattle instead. 

There are a number of locations some people may find familiar which are used for external shots in this series. For example, Fisher Plaza in Seattle is used for a few exterior shots of Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital. There are also shots of air ambulances landing on the KOMO-TV news copter’s helipad, so viewers with a knowledge of Seattle would be free to draw the conclusion that the hospital is near the Space Needle.


The key concept behind the development of Grey’s Anatomy was the fact that Shonda Rhimes wanted to create a show which depicted smart females in competition with each other. She has said that she loved to watch surgery channels and would speak with her sisters about procedures which had aired on the Discovery Channel. 

When ABC asked Rhimes to write a pilot for another show, she remained intrigued by the concept of people discussing everyday aspects of life while carrying out medical procedures, and transferred this interest to what would become Grey’s Anatomy. The title of this show was given as a reference to the medical textbook Gray’s Anatomy, plus the title character of Meredith Grey. 

Episodes and reception

The first season of Grey’s Anatomy aired in 2005; impressively, a new season has aired every year since then. With the exception of season one, which aired in March 2005, each season has aired from September of that year. While the first season is fairly short, with just nine episodes, subsequent seasons average around 20 episodes. 

There are generally positive reviews for this show. It has been described by critics as one of the best shows around, and listed in some of the top shows worth watching in general. It has been listed in top ten lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, TV Guide, Orlando Sentinel, Movieline and NPR.

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