Mar. 27, 2005
Returning Series
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy is a highly acclaimed medical drama that focuses on Meredith Grey as she struggles to maintain relationships while staying sharp at her new job. At Seattle Grace Hospital, she and her fellow doctors make new friends, new enemies and new lovers. The series follows through the hospital, finding personal and professional decisions are not black and white, only shades of grey.

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  • Fisher Plaza, which houses Seattle's ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, is used for some exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital. In the pilot episode when the patient is flown in via helicopter, you can see the KOMO 4 logo on the side of the building, and their 10+ satellite dishes on the roof. Fisher Plaza puts Seattle Grace conveniently close to the Space Needle, the Seattle Monorail, and other local landmarks. However, the hospital used for most other exterior, and many interior shots is not in Seattle. These scenes are shot at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California.
  • As is common for major television and film productions, stars of the show have become famous in roles other than those they originally sought. Sandra Oh was initially looking to audition for the part of Dr. Bailey. On Oprah, Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke) said that he had auditioned to play the role of Dr. Shepherd.
  • Rob Lowe was originally considered for the role of Derek Shepherd, but passed on it.
  • Patrick Dempsey auditioned for the role of Dr. Gregory House on House, before taking the role of Dr. Shepherd.
  • The character Alex Karev was not in the original pilot script. His role was inserted into the pilot as an afterthought, in order to provide a foil, as well as male companionship for Dr. George O'Malley. Since he wasn't added until after the pilot was shot, scenes with him were either re-shoots or digitally altered.
  • The Inuit doll that frequently appears in episodes, is named Ipecac. Ipecac is featured in an Easter Egg in the Season One DVD Bonus Features, where the cast and crew discuss the doll, its name, origins, and a plot to kidnap it.
  • The producers of Grey's Anatomy released a novel in 2006 depicting the lives and happenings of two bit-part characters; Joe the Bartender and Nurse Debbie. The book is double-sided, written in blog and IM form, while gossiping on the actions of the Grey's characters. The events discussed, give background information for Joe and Debbie themselves, and give insight on the events and cases the doctors deal with on the show.
  • In an early episode, Meredith is seen posting a poster asking for a roommate. The poster is only visible for a second, but it mentions that "Bush supporters need not apply" along with other details about the house.
  • Every episode shares the name with a song title by a popular artist. Several are named after The Beatles and R.E.M. songs.
  • The show's title is a reference to the famous anatomy book "Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body" by Henry Gray.
  • The show was originally supposed to be called "Complications".
  • In order to keep the plot and storylines secret, the main characters' names are changed in auditions.
  • Meredith went to Dartmouth College.
  • Cristina attended Stanford University, and graduated first in her class.
  • Dr. Meredith Grey lives on 613 Harper Lane.
  • The first person to refer to Dr. Shepherd as "McDreamy" was Cristina.
  • Dr. Cristina Yang is an M.D. and PhD.
  • Cristina's stepfather is Jewish.
  • Kate Walsh's character, Addison Shepherd, was only supposed to appear in five episodes, but quickly developed a fan base, so they kept her on.
  • The name "Dr. Mark Sloan" is a reference to Dick Van Dyke's character, by the same name, in the television show Diagnosis Murder.
  • Katherine Heigl dropped herself out of Emmy consideration in 2008, because she felt that she wasn't given the material that would warrant a nomination.
  • Izzie's full name is Isobel Katherine Stevens.
  • Karev's full name is Alexander Michael Karev.
  • The first person to refer to Dr. Sloan as "McSteamy" was Meredith. However, Meredith was not the first character in the show to use the term "McSteamy" in general. Nurse Tyler was the first to say it, instead of "McDreamy", as he most likely misheard.
  • Alex Karev was the first person to refer to George as "007".
  • SPOILER: T.R. Knight left the show at the end of season five, because he felt that his character George O'Malley wasn't given enough storyline, or on-screen time throughout the season. He said that there was a "breakdown in communication" between him and Creator Shonda Rhimes. Instead of making any demands, he just asked to be written out of the show.
  • Similarities between Katherine Heigl's characters in Roswell and Grey's Anatomy: in each, her character, Isabel/Isobel, has a pivotal scene in a pink, strapless gown, has a love interest named Alex, sees, talks to, and dances with a dead lover.
  • Original cast member Katherine Heigl was released from her contract during season six. She appeared in some episodes of the season, and then took time off to be with her family. She was supposed to come back for the season finale, although this never happened, and her last episode was "Grey's Anatomy" (2005) {I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked (#6.12)}.
  • SPOILER: All of the original interns (Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Alex Karev, George O'Malley, and Isobel Stevens) have had surgery at some point in the series. Meredith for liver donation to her father, an appendectomy, the surgeries to save her life after being attached by a patient, and a c-section, Christina for an ectopic pregnancy, Alex for the gunshot, George after he got hit by a bus, and Isobel for her cancer, as well as a transplant surgery for her daughter's cancer.
  • My So-Called Life, whose protagonist was named Angela Chase, was an ABC show, just like Grey's Anatomy. Three of the stars of My So-Called Life have made memorable appearances on Grey's Anatomy: Wilson Cruz played a gay teen, who was one of Angela's best friends, Ricky Vasquez made a guest appearance as Kyle, a gay man in 2011; Tom Irwin, who starred as Angela's father, Graham Chase, appeared three times as Police Commander Marty Hancock, who assisted Seattle Grace during one of its most crucial crises in 2010/11; and, Jeff Perry, who played Angela's teacher, Richard Katimski, was featured as Thatcher Grey, the father of Meredith, from 2006-2011.

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