Grey’s Anatomy has told many stories of outrageous medical cases, interns trying to make the cut, love stories, breakups and more. The show made history in 2018 when it became ABC’s longest-running primetime drama after getting renewed for Season 15.
The show has long survived behind-the-scenes drama and major twists, but it’s time to put it to bed. Here are nine brutally honest reasons why Grey’s Anatomy should get canceled soon.
1. The tragic finales have lost all shock value
The show takes place in a hospital, so people dying is a given. But as if that wasn’t enough, the doctors have had to survive a shooting, a bomb, a plane crash, a storm causing power outages, and more. Shonda Rhimes previously revealed why the characters face so many disasters.
“The shooting episode was done for a number of reasons,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter. “Ultimately, the point of it was to leave our entire group of people fresh, like naked babies in a weird way, in terms of being in an operating room and starting over.”
Although it does make sense to want to put characters through a tragedy in each finale to set them off in a new direction, it also has desensitized fans. After a while, the tragedies just don’t get much of a reaction anymore unless it’s a character you really care about. But there is another reason these big moves have hindered the show.
Next: Fans had to put up with this repeated issue.
2. Fans are more dedicated than the stars
It’s perfectly reasonable for actors to want to try something new after a certain amount of time. But that doesn’t really lessen the blow to fans who managed to stick with the show for over 15 seasons. It also doesn’t help when a bunch of actors leave, which usually spirals into rumors and causes the remaining stars to have to defend themselves.
For example, it was pretty disheartening for fans to experience the show’s main love interest, Derek Shepherd, dying after 11 seasons. Actor Patrick Dempsey said he wanted to leave the show because “I think after a certain period of time, no matter how much money you make, you want control out of your own schedule.” If the actors are no longer having fun, how can fans?
Next: The show hasn’t been able to recapture this.
3. It hasn’t managed to recapture the learning spirit it once had
In the beginning, we watch Meredith Grey and her generation of fellow interns trying to figure out medicine. It was a good way to get an unknowledgeable audience into the show without having all the doctor jargon go over their heads. It also made the main characters very relatable, since they were just trying to figure things out.
The show has tried to recapture this spirit multiple times by introducing new interns and having the first generation be the teachers. But since we have grown with Meredith, we are a lot less forgiving of mistakes made by the new interns. They come across as more of a nuisance than anything else.
Next: This aspect of the show has gotten out of hand.
4. The number of main character deaths on the show is too outrageous
The finales aren’t just a problem because they desensitize the audience. It’s also outrageous to think of all the relatively young doctors who have died, like Derek Shepherd, George O’Malley, Lexie Grey, Mark Sloan, and so many more.
Yes, killing off characters is an option when your actors are departing. But looking back, perhaps the writers could have turned to other options instead.
Next: The end of the show could lead to more of this.
5. We will get more fresh projects from those we love
Rhimes made headlines for cementing a deal with Netflix. Ellen Pompeo is also looking forward to telling new stories in a different capacity.
“I am really into producing, I love producing,” Pompeo told Us Weekly. “It’s like one problem after another, it’s problem-solving 101. It’s like a great experiment in problem-solving. Acting is … it’s a young girl’s game.”
Next: This type of show will always be on television if it ends.
6. Medical dramas are too common to draw this one out
Grey’s Anatomy has talked about tough issues and broken boundaries for women on television. But in the end, it is a medical drama, and they are a dime a dozen on network television.
Plenty more have popped up since that feel even more exciting, like The Good Doctor. There isn’t really a reason to hold on this long.
Next: The show has run out of this.
7. The show has run out of compelling romances
The show started off with multiple romances, like Derek and Meredith, Cristina and Burke, Callie and Arizona, and Cristina and Owen. But all of them have ended, and there haven’t been more compelling romances to replace them.
In a way, this could be a good thing and allows the show to be about something other than love interests. But if the medical drama part is getting stale along with the romances, then what is there left to save?
Next: We could get a return of this character.
8. It could finally mean a return of Sandra Oh
There have been multiple losses on the show, but the biggest one has to be Sandra Oh, who played Cristina Yang. She was Meredith’s best friend, and their relationship was arguably more important than her marriage to Derek Shepherd.
Luckily Cristina wasn’t killed off, but given a different job. It would be surprising if the show finally ends without her making one last appearance to say goodbye to fans.
Next: We need this kind of ending.
9. Meredith deserves a hopeful ending
Meredith has lost so many co-workers, friends, and family members. She has managed to thrive without them, which is great. But it’s time to give Meredith a hopeful ending in some way. She has been through more than enough.
Perhaps she moves on finally from the hospital for a bigger and better job. Maybe that job includes Cristina, so it becomes a nod to what the show was originally about. These things will set the character off into a better place while also acknowledging where the series has been.
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