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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 27, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11
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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

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  • Starring: James Pickens Jr., James Pickens Jr., Katherine Heigl
  • Summary: Grey's Anatomy is a hospital drama that focuses on Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), one of several third year residents at a Seattle Grace hospital. Along with her colleagues, Meredith struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at work.

    The professional roles and real lives of a
    diverse group of surgeons collide unexpectedly in this Golden Globe-winning ABC television drama. As a third-year resident at Seattle Grace Hospital, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) tries hard to live up to the reputation of her legendary surgeon mother while hiding the fact that her mom now suffers from Alzheimer's disease. As if life weren't complicated enough, Meredith also marries boss, Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Meredith's friend and rival Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) finds herself in a romance with 'army man' Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) how came to Seattle Grace from Afghanistan were he worked as a doctor. As for Meredith and Cristina's fellow residents (some not so much)-- Isobel "Izzie" Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) -- they've got problems of their own. Izzie does not want to be judged by her underwear-model past and works hard but when she gets cancer, she gets fired and leaves her husband Alex. Alex is still better at bedding the ladies than bedside manner after his wife leaves and is trying to get over the grief. When Merediths little sister 'little grey' or Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh) joined the picture in season 4 and is dating 'McSteamy' Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) who was married to Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh [who now stars in the show Private Practice]). Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) turns out to be gay and now Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) is now her partner. All eight residents still answer to the roar of senior resident Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), affectionately known as "the Nazi." But even Dr. Bailey jumps to it when Chief of Surgery Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.) is on the scene. But there is one thing you must remember "Medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey." Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Shonda Rhimes
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Mar 27, 2005
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 08:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Feb 20, 2013
    90
    Like Hugh Laurie's irascible "House" title character, star Ellen Pompeo's newly minted Dr. Grey conveys such substance that you simply can't stop watching. [25 March 2005, p.B33]
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Ulie
    Feb 20, 2013
    88
    Grey's wants to offer something for everyone, it seems, and does an admirable job not only of mixing drama, comedy and romance, but also of mixing in issues of today's complicated world of science. [24 Mar 2005, p.47]
  3. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    In this age of "Desperate Housewives" and "The O.C.," it is refreshing to see a television show whose heroines aspire to meaningful work as well as meaningless sex.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 20, 2013
    70
    Nobody's apt to forget "ER" because of this, but the mix of a youthful cast, crisp dialogue, romance, the Darwinian workplace struggle to survive, and life-or-death situations combine to make the show appealing and watchable in spite of its familiarity.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 20, 2013
    60
    A mixed bag. Diagnosis: Some good dialogue, but it also suffers from a mild case of predictability.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Feb 20, 2013
    50
    So far Grey's Anatomy is groping for a balance between over-the-top nuttiness and heartstring plucking drama; it lands awkwardly in the dram-edy category. If it would stop trying to be droll and ironic (this is no "Scrubs"), it just might make the cut. [27 March 2005, p.F01]
  7. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Feb 20, 2013
    20
    The script by Shonda Rhimes, nimbly directed by Peter Horton (once an actor on "thirtysomething"), is nothing but a casserole made of equal parts ham and corn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Grey's Anatomy is the best television show of the 21st century. The medical drama collaborates drama with romance, comedy and even a bit of medicine manages to get in the mix! The chemistry between the cast members is phenomenal especially the long-standing relationship between Ellen Pompeo's character Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey's character Derek Shepherd. They have a presence that makes the viewer feel warm and themselves as actors have an exceptional chemistry, personally two of my favourite actors. Also the friendship between Meredith and Sandra Oh's character Cristina is welcoming and comedic. It has a great storyline thanks to the amazing creator Shonda Rhimes. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    Acted greatly, plus great dramatic scenes, "GREY 's ANATOMY" is one of the best of the history. me myself, really enjoyed it. it's not that usual drama that you can see in such series like ER. it's more DRAMA than SURGERY! if somebody says that it's not Excellent, he/she has not watched all seasons! Expand
  3. May 3, 2013
    10
    Great show. Makes me laugh and cry each episode. The story line always leaves me shocked and curious. Can't wait till the finale to see how it all ends for this season. You go Shonda Rhimes and the rest of the crew. I love you all, continue your great work! Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    8
    Although diminishing in quality season by season, the storyline are good enough to keep the viewers hooked. Grey's Anatomy is one of the best medical drama on air. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2010
    8
    Season 1 of Grey's Anatomy set the stage for many many years of great television. I love the interactions between all the characters and the acting is great. My favorite moment of the season was the arrival of addison. I still see that moment as one of the biggest game changers and shockers ever to happen in the seven seasons that Grey's has been on the air. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2012
    7
    The show has had potential from its beginning and has shown an admireable ability to quickly develop complex characters. Sandra Oh's playing of Yang brings a very funny atmosphere to the team with her twisted sense of humour and innapropriate behaviour. The complicated relationship between Derek and Meredith can be fun, but also annoying at times. Expand
  7. Mar 16, 2012
    2
    This concept has been done before, and much better too. Let's put pretty people in scrubs and put ridiculous scenarios in front of them. Being in the medical field, I find this insulting the intelligence of Americans. I just hope people don't think this crap mimics reality(except maybe the sleeping around). Pass, pass, pass. Expand

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