‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Callie Torres Holds an Impressive Record in TV History

Many characters have come and gone on Grey’s Anatomy. But there aren’t many that hold groundbreaking records. Callie Torres stands out because of this, and Sara Ramirez talked about what the character means to them.

What happened to Callie Torres on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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Callie Torres was an orthopedic surgeon who was introduced in the second season of the show. She was bisexual and got married to George O’Malley (T.R. Knight). They divorced after he cheated on her, and he later died.

Callie eventually got married again to Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). Their relationship was rocky at times. While they were broken up, Callie slept with Mark (Eric Dane) and got pregnant with Sofia. Mark died, and Callie and Arizona raised Sofia together.

Their marriage didn’t end up working out either. Callie started dating Penny (Samantha Sloyan), and they wanted to go to New York together. But Callie lost custody of Sofia to Arizona. The parents agreed to alternate school years and Christmases. Ramirez’s last appearance was in season 12.

Callie Torres holds an impressive record in TV history

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Ramirez has moved on from the character. But the character still holds the record for the longest-running LGBTQ character in TV history with 239 episodes, according to Out. Ramirez talked about what Callie means to them.

“Prior to Callie Torres, I’d never seen myself represented on television,” they said. “There was so much I didn’t know that I didn’t know…so I’ve caught up with myself in a lot of ways.”

The Tony winner came out as bisexual in 2016, then non-binary in 2020. They have since moved on to other shows and will be in the revival of Sex and the City.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is continuing to bring more representation 

Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres on 'Grey's Anatomy' smiles wearing a red top and brown jacket.
Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Ron Batzdorff/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

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The show is continuing to bring more LGBTQ representation. Levi Schmitt (Jake Borelli) became the first gay male doctor on the show. Levi is currently in a relationship with Nico Kim (Alex Landi).

Grey’s Anatomy also announced E.R. Fightmaster will be the show’s first non-binary doctor named Dr. Kai Bartley. The character was already introduced in season 18. Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) met Dr. Kai while visiting a hospital in Minnesota. Meredith was still considering if she wanted to take a job there finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Meredith took the job, and Amelia will be helping her. It seemed like Kai had a strong connection with Amelia in the first few episodes, but it’s too early to tell where their story will go. It looks like Callie’s legacy is living on, and there’s always a possibility Ramirez will make an appearance again.