Grey's Anatomy

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Grey's Anatomy
Greys Anatomy-Logo.jpg
Premiere March 27, 2005
Airs On hiatus
Creator Shonda Rhimes
Network ABC
Style 60-minute medical drama
Company Shondaland
The Mark Gordon Company
Touchstone Television
(seasons 1–3)
ABC Studios
(seasons 4—)
Seasons 13
Episodes 292 + 4 recap specials (through season 13)
Status Renewed through season 14 (2017-2018)
Origin USA
Official Site ABC
Official Twitter @GreysABC feed on Twitter
Official Facebook Grey's Anatomy on Facebook

Grey's Anatomy (known as Surgeons and Under the Knife during development) is a medical drama about several first-year surgical interns (later residents) at a Seattle hospital that began airing on ABC on March 27, 2005. It debuted in the slot following Desperate Housewives, but in fall 2006 ABC moved the show to Thursdays at 9 pm, where it currently competes successfully against CSI. According to Nielson ratings, season two averaged 19.9 million viewers per episode, making it the fifth most watched TV show in America for the 2005–06 television season.

Contents

Premise

What happens when seven surgical interns fresh from med school try to have normal lives while doing a job that leaves no time at all for a life? Grey's Anatomy is a medical drama that explores what happens when high-powered jobs and high drama mix in close quarters. Meredith Grey, the title character, is better known to her fellow interns and to the doctors at the hospital as the daughter of the groundbreaking surgeon Ellis Grey. Meredith must not only establish herself as a surgeon in her own right, but must also hide her mother's secret debilitating illness from everyone in the medical community. While there are theoretically many other doctors participating in the internship, the show focuses almost exclusively on Meredith, who narrates the opening and end of each episode, and her four closest friends.

George O'Malley is the cute but very awkward "boy next door" doomed to friend status despite his raging crush on Meredith. Cristina Yang, a cool, brilliant surgeon concerned only with advancing her own career, rubs everyone the wrong way yet eventually becomes Meredith's confidant and best friend. Like Cristina, Alex Karev insults and steps on everyone around him on his quest to become a plastic surgeon, but sometimes displays an inner decent nature completely at odds with his affected personality. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens is a beautiful, kind girl who worked her way out of a white-trash, trailer park childhood all the way to an MD, and is the only debt-free intern (having paid for med school by modeling). Izzie suffers occasionally from a lack of confidence, but in the hospital she connects with patients and cares for them very deeply.

When the new doctors first step into Seattle Grace Hospital, to their horror they are assigned to Dr. Miranda Bailey, nicknamed "The Nazi" for her treatment of interns. They have seven years of specialty surgical training ahead of them, during which time they will devote almost 24 hours a day to their demanding but ultimately rewarding job at the hospital. Aside from Dr. Bailey, the interns often interact with cool and collected heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke, hotshot neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd, and chief of surgery Dr. Richard Webber. While each episode features interesting and unusual medical cases at the hospital, the show mainly focuses on the relationships—friendly and romantic—that connect and divide these characters as they try to balance their lives and their crazy jobs as surgeons.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Ellen Pompeo Dr. Meredith Grey * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Sandra Oh Dr. Cristina Yang * * * * * * * * * *
Katherine Heigl Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens * * * * * *
Justin Chambers Dr. Alex Karev * * * * * * * * * * * * *
T.R. Knight Dr. George O'Malley * * * * *
Chandra Wilson Dr. Miranda Bailey * * * * * * * * * * * * *
James Pickens, Jr. Dr. Richard Webber * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Kate Walsh Dr. Addison Montgomery o * * o o o o o
Sara Ramirez Dr. Calliope "Callie" Torres o * * * * * * * * * *
Eric Dane Dr. Mark Sloan o * * * * * * *
Chyler Leigh Dr. Lexie Grey o * * * * *
Brooke Smith Dr. Erica Hahn o o * *
Kevin McKidd Dr. Owen Hunt * * * * * * * * *
Jessica Capshaw Dr. Arizona Robbins o * * * * * * * *
Kim Raver Dr. Teddy Altman o * *
Sarah Drew Dr. April Kepner o * * * * * * *
Jesse Williams Dr. Jackson Avery o * * * * * * *
Caterina Scorsone Dr. Amelia Shepherd o o o o * * *
Camilla Luddington Dr. Jo Wilson o * * * *
Gaius Charles Dr. Shane Ross o *
Jerrika Hinton Dr. Stephanie Edwards o * * * *
Tessa Ferrer Dr. Leah Murphy o *
Isaiah Washington Dr. Preston Burke * * * o
Kelly McCreary Dr. Maggie Pierce o * * *
Jason George Dr. Ben Warren o o o o o o * *
Patrick Dempsey Dr. Derek Shepherd * * * * * * * * * * *
Martin Henderson Dr. Nathan Riggs * *
Giacomo Gianniotti Dr. Andrew DeLuca o * *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Moe Irvin Nurse Tyler Christian * * * * * *
Sarah Utterback Nurse Olivia Harper * * * * *
Steven W. Bailey Joe the Bartender * * * * * *
Kate Burton Dr. Ellis Grey * * * * *
Loretta Devine Adele Webber * * * * * * * *
Kate Anthony Nurse Kate * * * * *
Ray Ford Ray the Paramedic * * * * *
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Denny Duquette * * *
Teresa Huang Nurse Ruth * * * * *
Nicole Rubio Nicole the Paramedic * * * * * *
Candice Afia Dr. Laura * * * *
Joseph Williamson Dr. Pierce Halley * * * *
Elizabeth Reaser Rebecca Pope * *
Mark Saul Dr. Steve Mostow * * * * *
Amrapali Ambegaokar Dr. Dani Mandvi * * *
Tymberlee Chanel Dr. Claire Allan * * *
Gloria Garayua Dr. Graciella Guzman * * *
Molly Kidder Dr. Megan Nowland * * *
Winston Story Dr. Leo * * *
Payton Silver Dr. Knox * * * * * * * *
Samantha Sloyan Dr. Penny Blake * *
Brandon Scott Dr. Ryan Spalding * *
Kate Mines Nurse Gloria * * * *
Scott Foley Henry Burton * *
Debbie Allen Dr. Catherine Avery * * * * *
Tina Majorino Dr. Heather Brooks * *
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One March 27, 2005 May 22, 2005 9
Season Two September 25, 2005 May 15, 2006 27 + 2
Season Three September 21, 2006 May 17, 2007 25 + 2
Season Four September 27, 2007 May 22, 2008 17
Season Five September 25, 2008 May 14, 2009 24
Season Six September 24, 2009 May 20, 2010 24
Season Seven September 23, 2010 May 19, 2011 22
Season Eight September 22, 2011 May 17, 2012 24
Season Nine September 27, 2012 May 16, 2013 24
Season Ten September 26, 2013 May 15, 2014 24
Season Eleven September 25, 2014 May 14, 2015 24
Season Twelve September 24, 2015 May 19, 2016 24
Season Thirteen September 22, 2016 May 18, 2017 24
Season Fourteen September 28, 2017

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Terminology: A listing of common terminology heard in the series
  • Music: A listing of the music used on the series

Media Releases

DVD and Blu-Ray

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season February 14, 2006 purchase 2
The Complete Second Season September 12, 2006 purchase 6
The Complete Third Season September 11, 2007 purchase 6
The Complete Fourth Season September 9, 2008 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season September 15, 2009 purchase 7
The Complete Sixth Season September 14, 2010 purchase 6
The Complete Seventh Season September 13, 2011 purchase 6
The Complete Eighth Season September 4, 2012 purchase 6
The Complete Ninth Season August 27, 2013 purchase 6
The Complete Tenth Season September 2, 2014 purchase 6
The Complete Eleventh Season September 18, 2015 purchase 6
The Complete Twelfth Season August 30, 2016 purchase 6
Blu-ray Season Sets  (Region A)
The Complete Fourth Season September 9, 2008 purchase 4
The Complete Fifth Season purchase 7
The Complete Sixth Season purchase 1
The Complete Seventh Season purchase 1
The Complete Eighth Season purchase 1

Soundtracks

Title Release Tracks Discs
Season Compilations
Season 1 Soundtrack September 27, 2005 purchase 15 1

External Sites