Greys Anatomy: Longest running medical drama

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ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy broke the record for longest running medical drama. The record previously held by ER, which has 331 episodes, was broken when Grey’s Anatomy aired its 332nd episode titled “We Didn’t Start the Fire” on February 28.

The shows creator Shonda Rhimes is in shock about the major milestone the show hit. She tweets, “I am still a little in shock to discover @GreysABC is about to become the longest running medical drama ever. Best crew, best fans, best cast — once in a lifetime experience. #Greys Anatomy.”

Dedicated fans of Grey’s Anatomy have been anxiously, anticipating the announcement of season 16 of the show. It was announced that the show will continue, and beat the previously held record by at least one or two seasons.

Throughout the show, fans have been taken on an emotional roller coaster. The shocking twists and surprises are what have kept fans hooked for so long, and what has made it possible for the show to continue.

Spoiler: Only four of the original characters are still on the show. These include Meredith Grey, Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey, and Richard Webber. The other original characters were all killed off with the exception of fan favorite, Christina Yang.

With fans becoming so attached to their favorite characters, it is heartbreaking to see them die. George O’Malley was the first to pass away in the premiere episode of season six. Next was Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan, who both passed after the well known plane crash episode. The most shocking death of the series was Derek Shepherd, who was hit by a semi truck.

Senior Acacia Ballif says “I would watch Grey’s Anatomy on my death bed. It’s my favorite show.”

According to, the show outlasted ER because of its main character, Meredith Grey. “Meredith has been put through the wringer: She’s survived a drowning, a shooting, a plane crash, complications from pregnancies and an assault. Who could forget when she put her hand in a body cavity with a bomb in it? She’s also learned of three half-sisters she didn’t know about until adulthood − Molly (Mandy Siegfried), Lexie (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary). And  she faced emotional trauma from a disapproving, Alzheimer’s-ridden mother and a dad who abandoned her.”

Obtaining this award is amazing, and Grey’s fans are supporting from everywhere, not wanting the show to end anytime soon. 

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