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16 Facts About Grey’s Anatomy That Every Fan Needs To Know


Grey’s Anatomy is about to air for its unprecedented fourteenth season. It first aired in March 2005, keeping viewers in suspense for more than a decade and being the second longest-running medical drama in history, with only ER having stayed on television longer (15 seasons). While its fans certainly hoping Grey’s Anatomy will break that record in a few years, here are sixteen facts about the show to brush up on before the new season kicks off tonight with the 294th episode titled “Break Down the House”.

1. In the beginning, there was the idea: hospital bathrooms make it hard to shave your legs

Although creator Shonda Rhimes had been obsessed with watching surgical shows on the Discovery Channel for a long time, it wasn’t until a doctor told her how difficult it was to shave her legs in the hospital shower that she came up with the idea for a medical drama!

Inception: Hospital bathrooms make it hard to shave your legs.

Source: YouTube | Grey’s Anatomy – GreySloan 

2. The show was originally going to be set in Chicago

Chicago is Rhimes’ hometown and she had planned to have the series take place in the Windy City. However, she ultimately decided against it to differentiate the show from the popular ER, which was also set in Chicago.

The show was originally planned for Chicago.

Source: Doctor Stu’s Science Blog

3. It was supposed to be called Complications

A play on medical jargon, the show’s original title was meant to let viewers know that in the medical field, things can go wrong. By the time it aired, however, Grey’s Anatomy was already chosen – a play off of the name of an actual medical textbook.

 It was once called Complications.

Source: Wetpaint

4. Storylines come from fans and medical readings

Now established as a mega-hit, fans will email their ideas or instances of strange medical events and if the writers like it, they just might put it on the show! Other medical events in the show come from writers reading about various real-life cases.

Storylines come from fans and medical readings.

Source: TVLine | ABC

5. Actress Kate Walsh was originally hired for only a few episodes

In the end, she did so great with the rest of the cast that she was retained as a regular. She later got her own spin-off, Private Practice, which ran for seven seasons.

 Actress Kate Walsh was originally hired for only a few episodes.

Source: Grey’s Anatomy Wiki

6. Rhimes stocked character lockers herself

She knew the characters so well, she went ahead and stocked up on their goodies! Each shot of them getting in their lockers can be credited to her handiwork.

Rhimes stocked character lockers herself.

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7. Diverse casting

Rhimes has her own recipe when it comes to casting on all of her shows: “Take half the characters that you made men, and make them women. Take one character you were gonna cast one color, cast them differently.”

There's a secret for diverse casting.

Source: CliqueClack

8. Meredith is loosely based off of Carrie from Sex in the City

Many fans have pointed out similarities, and they’re not wrong. In fact, the show was pitched with Meredith as, “a more grounded version” of Carrie’s articles.”

Meredith is loosely based off of Carrie from Sex in the City.

Source: InStyle

9. A friend of Debbie Allen was diagnosed after watching the show

The actress revealed that a friend of hers saw an episode wherein she had similar symptoms to one of the medical cases. It prompted her to visit the doctor and was diagnosed as a result.

Debbie Allen's friend was diagnosed after watching the show.

Source: ABC

10. Several actors have directed episodes

Making their debut as directors, a handful of main characters have stepped behind the camera throughout the show’s run.

Several actors have directed episodes.

Source: CanalSony

11. Alex Karev wasn’t in the show’s original pitch

He was introduced in the pilot and has been on the show ever since!

Alex Karev wasn't in the show's original pitch.

Source: IMDb | Ron Batzdorff | ABC

12. Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey have appeared in every episode

In fact, they’re the only two characters to have appeared in every episode of the show’s until Derek was killed.

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey are in every episode.

Source: Tumblr | merderfan89

13. Rob Lowe was almost cast as Derek Shepard

The actor declined the role to star in another show on CBS that was ultimately dropped. Thankfully, that freed him up to appear on Parks and Recreation!

Rob Lowe was almost Derek Shepard.

Source: IMDb

14. ABC producers got a private concert to convince them to do a musical episode

You know the one: the infamous musical episode of Season 7. In order to talk high-ups into the idea, Rhimes commissioned a private concert and they ultimatelly voted yes!

 ABC producers got a private concert to convince them to do a musical episode.

Source: Grey’s Anatomy Scoop

15. There have been a lot of hidden cast pregnancies

Remember when Meredith donated her liver? Or the time Arizona went to Africa? What about Lexie’s binge eating? All pregnancy cover-ups!

 There have been a lot of hidden cast pregnancies.

Source: Instagram | @thesarahdrew

16. Henry Burton and Eliza Minnick are a couple

So are Denny Duquette and Lauren Boswell!

Henry Burton and Eliza Minnick are hitched irl.

Source: Twitter | @scottafloey
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