Grey’s Anatomy has gone on to become TV’s longest-running prime time medical drama after its impressive feat of 15 seasons and 15 episodes.
The medical series is also ranked as ABC’s NO.1 series with a net worth of $4 billion. However, despite its worldwide success and widespread influence, it’s dragging along with only a repetitive story line to offer.
“Everyone keeps leaving and everyone keeps dying!”
The series was introduced in 2005, after which it has churned out season after season to satiate the thirst of the audiences. Initially, the star cast consisted of 5 interns, Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Alex Karev, Izzie Stevens, and George O’Malley.
Since then, there has been a tremendous change in the cast with only Meredith and Alex as the last ones standing. The biggest catalyst was Oh’s exist. After Sandra left the show in season 10, Grey’s Anatomy was never the same.
It seemed like the producers weren’t left with any more dramatic endings or emotionally stimulating content. Following Oh’s exit, the very next season, another vital character was killed.
After Derek’s death, an aura of ‘me, myself, and I’ was created around the protagonist, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Moreover, in the 15th season, producers have tried to spin a romantic angle in Meredith’s life, but it just doesn’t seem to be working.
“I like girls. Romantically. Turns out I like girls. Women.”
Grey’s Anatomy is a sensation not just because of its shock value and dramatic angles, but also because it has contributed a lot in terms of sensitizing its viewers towards different social issues.
These range from the LGBTQ movement, women of color being in power, to destroying myths about differently abled people. This was evident from the tremendous support and fan base Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona’s (Jessica Capshaw) relationship had amassed.
Initially, these issues were incidental to the show. However now the producers are trying too hard to integrate them in the series.
So much so that the show has become a guidebook on how to accept social variations.
“I’m married to an orthopedic surgeon and I’m staring at my bone.”
In the first 10 seasons of the show, the storyline revolved around the personal lives of the characters. Viewers had a lot of fun dissecting their personal and work life which always tended to overlap.
Moreover, the storyline was continuous so the audiences had time to get involved in the lives of the characters. However, in recent seasons, the storyline doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Medical cases upon medical cases are coming in as seasons progress and the show is eliminating new characters leaving the audiences with no time to get emotionally involved.
In addition to the repetitive storyline, the medical jargon has increased and the new drama introduced has no shock value to it, making the plot seem petty.
Grey’s Anatomy has had a phenomenal run in the last decade. But it is time for the show to be replaced with series which have more to offer in terms of content and relevance.
The show will always be remembered for its bold and heartfelt content, but as all things come to end, so should the series.
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