The roller coaster ride that is Grey’s Anatomy
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The roller coaster ride that is Grey’s Anatomy

In Part 3 of our special series on most popular American TV shows, we talk about the emotional roller-coaster ride that is Grey’s Anatomy.

tv Updated: Jun 23, 2016 20:02 IST
Abhinav Verma
Abhinav Verma
Hindustan Times
Entertainment,Hollywood,Grey's Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy premiered on American television in 2005 and has been on since then. It’s currently in its 12th season.

Every time you come across an irresistible and soul-appealing Facebook status which you read and say to yourself, “That touched my heart in the most intimate way,” you may have to thank Grey’s Anatomy for it.

Such is the popularity of this show, that people can’t help but share quotes from the show on social media. Grey’s Anatomy premiered on American television in 2005 and has been on since then.

Read: Not you too Callie! Sara Ramirez is quitting Grey’s Anatomy

It’s currently in its 12th season. The show revolves around fictional lives of doctors and interns, and their intricate attempt to balance out their personal and professional lives.

The heartbeat of the show is the strong yet evolving relationships of characters with their work, and the people around them. With its strong emotional connect and impact with the viewers, it’s one of most popular shows on TV.

The show has won the Golden Globe Award in 2007 for the Best Television Show in Drama. And last and not the least, the show gave us McDreamy, played by the ever-so-charming Patrick Dempsey.

Did you know?

Learning the craft for the show, Isaiah Washington used to actually learn all the surgeries before the show.

Actor Isaiah Washington who played Preston Burke on the show would actually learn all the surgeries that he had to perform in the show.

Did you know that actor Kevin Mckidd is Scottish in real life and has a thick Scottish accent.

Actor Kevin McKidd who plays the role of American Owen Hunt is Scottish in real life. And if you want to hear his real accent, you should watch the movie Maid of Honour, which came out in 2008.

Can you believe Grey Anatomy could have been titled Complications.

Initially Grey Anatomy was going to be called Complications. Can you believe that?

Mcdreamy could have been played by actor Rob Lowe, but instead the role went to actor Patrick Dempsey.

Initially Actor Rob Lowe was considered for the role of Derek Shepherd, but the role went to Actor Patrick Dempsey.

Ellen Pompeo could have been a part of a different show altogether until that show’s pilot got cancelled and she landed Grey’s Anatomy.

Actor Ellen Pompeo wanted to do a different pilot of a TV series called Secret Service, but the show did not get picked up and she ended up playing the titular character of Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy.

Watching a lot of surgical shows on Discovery channel paid of for Shonda Rhimes. (Youtube)

Shonda Rhimes, the creator the show used to watch a lot of surgical shows on discovery channel. The story goes that Shonda got the idea for the show when a doctor told her how hard it is to shave her legs in the shower.

Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey characters in the show had sizzling chemistry.

Ellen Pompeo did not know that Patrick Dempsey was married until the finale of season 1. And top it off, Dempsey had no idea that his character in the show was married until halfway through the first season.

All medical storylines depicted in the show are thoroughly researched.

The medical storylines which are an integral part of the show can be found in medical journals that the writers of the show read or interesting ideas sent in by viewers.

The show production found a creative way to prevent leaks.

To prevent leaks from the episodes, the writers keep changing the names of the characters during the auditions.

Actor Sara Ramirez has won an award for best actress in a musical for ‘The Lady Of The Lake In Spamalot’.

Sara Ramirez who played the role of Calliope Torres has starred as the “The Lady Of The Lake In Spamalot”, a broadway musical, and won a Tony award for best feature actress in a musical.

Actor Sandra Oh was the one who gave the name Mcdreamy to Patrick Dempsey ‘s character. (Credit )

It was Actor Sandra Oh who played the role of Cristina Yang, gave the name the popular nickname Mcdreamy to Patrick Dempsey’s character Derek Shepherd.

The title of the episodes are the taken from the title of songs from various artists. The show’s soundtrack is also hugely popular among its followers. (Youtube )

Did you know that the title of the episodes in the show comes from popular song titles? One of the episodes in season 1 was titled after the song “first cut is the deepest” by American singer Sheryl Crow. In season 8, one the episodes was titled after “poker face” by American singer Lady Gaga.

5 Mcdreamy facts you need to know

Patrick Dempsey popularly known as Mcdreamy, has a huge female fan following. (Youtube )

1) Patrick Dempsey loves to drive race cars.

2) One time Patrick Dempsey helped a teen who had crashed his car onto his property. He got a crowbar and got the kid out of the car.

3) When he was 21 he got married to a woman who was 48. His wife was his manager and the mother of his best friend.

4) Patrick was dyslexic till the age of 12.

5) Oh before he came on Grey’s Anatomy he could have landed the title role on House.

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First Published: Jun 23, 2016 20:02 IST