• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 27, 2005
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic 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: Adam Buckman
    Feb 20, 2013
    88
    That rare TV show that comes to the air fully formed, as if everyone involved has been working together forever, instead of just a few weeks.
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    The series presents the medical cases in credible style by stressing the patients' humanity and by refusing to shy from grim prognoses.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    Feb 20, 2013
    80
    The storytelling and dialogue are amusing, mildly touching and unpredictable...And Grey's Anatomy wins points for its cast, starting with Pompeo, who artfully combines brains, ambition, sexy good looks and glimpses of innocence. [25 March 2005, p.Zone3]
  7. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Feb 20, 2013
    75
    A familiar premise with fresh faces and equal doses of humor and pathos might be the right prescription for fans of the genre. [27 March 2005, p.039]
  8. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Feb 20, 2013
    70
    If Grey's Anatomy falls short of being the next "ER," it's because it's too slickly produced. It comes with the kind of heart-tugging music and exquisitely lighted contemplative moments you might expect to see on, say, "The O.C." But the writing and acting, if not the staging, helped pull me through surgery. [26 March 2005, p.E3]
  9. Reviewed by: Paul Brownfield
    Feb 20, 2013
    70
    It's promising material, even if you rarely get to experience it without the sudden intrusion of a Counting Crows-like dirge or the strange sensation that Sarah Jessica Parker is wondering, in voice-over, whether she has what it takes to be a brain surgeon. [25 March 2005, p.E29]
  10. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Feb 20, 2013
    70
    The best thing about Grey's Anatomy is the way it homes in on what it feels like to be at a new job, with new pressures, competitive new colleagues, demanding bosses and one life-and-death situation after another. [25 March 2005, p.107]
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 20, 2013
    63
    While hardly an exceptional series, Grey is a competent one. Still, if it hopes to run, it will need to make adjustments such as dumping Christina's already tired habit of seeing patients merely as her ticket to exotic procedures.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    50
    There are bright spots here, including Pompeo's skillful performance and the surprisingly touching relationship between Meredith and her mother, a renowned surgeon. But to be worthy of study, Grey's Anatomy needs more of a brain.
  15. 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]
  16. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 20, 2013
    50
    Ultimately, there's nothing new about the bones of Grey's Anatomy. Somebody needs to reinvent the hospital drama, stat.
  17. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Feb 20, 2013
    40
    The kind of TV product that's so instantly recognizable you feel like you've already dreamed it from premiere to finale. It might as well be over before it really starts.
  18. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Feb 20, 2013
    30
    Will need defibrillator paddles applied to its thorax, stat, if it hopes to survive the season.
  19. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Feb 20, 2013
    30
    It could use a trip to the O.R. to remove some formulaic stories, and a visit to the clinic for an injection of originality. [27 March 2005, p.H03]
  20. 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.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »