Grey's Anatomy is a medical drama television series aired by ABC and created by Shonda Rhimes.
The series portrays the life of medical interns, residents and attendings at Seattle's fictional Grace Hospital and their gradual evolution into seasoned doctor, while focusing also on their personal lives and relationships.
Grey's Anatomy first aired on March 27th, 2005 as a mid-season replacement and has been renewed for a thirteenth season, which premiered on September 22nd, 2016.
Grey's Anatomy cast members have undergone major changes throughout the thirteen seasons, with many major characters leaving and being replaced by new ones.
Grey's Anatomy main characters over the thirteen season have been:
- Dr. Meredith Grey, starred by Ellen Pompeo (season 1 - 13), the series protagonist portrayed as a surgical intern and eventually obtaining the position of a resident, later the position of an attending and from season 12, the position of Chief of General Surgery.
- Cristina Yang, starred by Sandra Oh (season 1 - 10), was introduced as a surgical intern working her way up to resident and eventually becoming a cardiothoracic surgical fellow.
- Izzie Stevens, starred by Katherine Heigl (season 1 - 6)
- Alex Karev, starred by Justin Chambers (season 1 - 13)
- George O'Malley, starred by T.R. Knight (season 1 - 5)
- Miranda Bailey, starred by Chandra Wilson (season 1 - 13)
- Richard Webber, starred by James Pickens Jr. (season 1 - 13)
- Preston Burke, starred by Isaiah Washington (season 1 - 3)
- Derek Shephard, starred by Patrick Dempsey (season 1 - 11)
- Mark Sloan, starred by Eric Dane (season 2 - 9)
- Callie Torres, starred by Sara Ramirez (season 2 - 12)
- Owen Hunt, starred by Kevin McKidd (season 5 - 13)
- Arizona Robbins, starred by Jessica Capshaw (season 5 - 13)
Over the past few years Grey's Anatomy has been one of the highest rated television drama series in the 18 - 49 demographic, having been among the top 10 US series for several years (although the ratings have fallen over the past few seasons).
Grey's Anatomy also won several awards including 2007 Golden Globe Award for the Best Television Series and multiple Emmy Nominations.