How Many Episodes of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Are There? The Show Is About To Break A Record

For 15 seasons, audiences have watched Grey’s Anatomy diligently (almost) every Thursday night. Now, the TGIT Shondaland flagship series on ABC is hitting a major milestone. Here’s what you need to know about the record Grey’s is breaking this week.

Meredith Grey and Andrew DeLuca on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti in Grey’s Anatomy Season 15 episode “We Didn’t Start the Fire” | Eric McCandless via Getty Images

Grey’s Anatomy is now the longest-running medical drama ever on TV

With its 332nd episode, airing on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, Grey’s Anatomy becomes the longest-running medical drama on primetime TV. The series breaks the record help by E.R., which aired for 15 seasons from 1994-2009.

Krista Vernoff, the series’ showrunner, simply tweeted “So. Wild. So grateful.” when sharing the news. Vernoff, who was a writer and producer on the first four seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, left the show and returned to act as showrunner in 2017.

Creator Shonda Rhimes had this to say

Though she is no longer the showrunner, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes congratulated the cast and crew for breaking this record. Rhimes, who also created the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice as well as TGIT drama Scandal, is currently working exclusively for Netflix on a project based on a New York Magazine article.

The promo for the episode pays tribute to characters both past and present

Considering how long the show has been on the air, it’s not surprising that not everyone has stuck around for its entire run. Of the original cast members, only four remain: Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), James Pickens Jr. (Richard Weber), and Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey). Wilson is directing the landmark episode, her 20th so far.

Though the description for the episode doesn’t seem to point to a clip episode or anything of the sort, one of the promotional trailers for it features characters like Derek Shepherd, Cristina Yang, Mark Sloan, and many more who have since been written off.

Will there be more seasons?

Though some may feel that Grey’s Anatomy should have ended years ago, the series is still a major cash cow for ABC. As the titular character, Pompeo has frequently been asked how long she will continue to do the show, and her answers have varied.

In 2018, she told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m clearly not prepared right now to make any formal announcement about my future on the show. That’s something that Shonda Rhimes and I will do together. But I’m feeling like we have told the majority of the stories that we can tell.”

Pompeo’s current contract is set to expire in 2020, at which time she’ll have to renegotiate or say goodbye to the series forever.

Who will stick around on Grey’s Anatomy?

Some of the most pivotal characters have come and gone from the series, but others have been around for a long time. Fan favorites like Jesse Williams’ Jackson Avery don’t appear to be going anywhere, and with the return of Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) as a series regular, plenty of fans are as invested as ever.

But in a show where cast changes are frequent, it’s hard to say what’s to come. As long as Grey’s Anatomy keeps breaking records, maybe that will be enough of a draw to keep it going.  

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