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Shonda Rhimes is the mastermind behind television series like "Gray's Anatomy", "Scandal" and "How to Get Rid of Murder". After working for years with ABC Studios, Rhimes signed a contract with Netflix.
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As a fan of "Gray's Anatomy", I'm used to hearing an exhausting and easily readable question from Google: "Is this show still relevant?"

Yes, that's it. And with the 332nd episode of Thursday (8 EST / PST), the ABC series surpasses "ER" as the oldest medical drama series.

Of course, this is not the audacity it once was and many original characters have left the series after being dying or not (but mostly dying). Nevertheless, Gray's pulse continues to beat, and there is no need for a defibrillator to resurrect the scenarios each season. Here's why:

1. An inexhaustible distribution

"Gray & # 39; s Anatomy" takes place at SeattleThe Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital (his last name, anyway), and focuses on members of a surgical residency program. These programs train surgeons before they are dispersed to other hospitals. Anyone can still find a job and leave, so it's easy to write someone (however, in the show, people tend to stay occasionally).

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Of course, it would be boring if the only The way the characters came out of the series was done by jumping jobs. The creator Shonda Rhimes killed so much that he became the target of jokes.

2. The will of his main wife to continue

Ellen Pompeo, blessed her heart, played Dr. Meredith Gray for 15 seasons. She has been wearing the series since her debut, first as a trainee and now general surgeon of rock star.

There is something gratifying to see someone cross the lowest (the death of her husband) and the highest (win a coveted surgical award).

Ellen Pompeo in ABC's "Gray's Anatomy". (Photo: Richard Cartwright, ABC)

3. The show evolves for the current climate

Just like "Law & Order", if you have seen it in the headlines, it is likely that you have already seen it in "Gray's". The series has intrigued everything from sexual conversion surgery to the reverberant effects of racism. This is not limited to patient cases: Last season, writers tackled the #MeToo movement head-on with a plot featuring the prestigious surgeon Harper Avery (Chelcie Ross). After his death on the screen, it was revealed that a group of women he had sexually harassed with signed DNAs.

4. Resurgence of streaming

Thanks to Netflix, Hulu and other services, fans can discover all kinds of series. In the case of "Gray's Anatomy", viewers have a lot to catch up with – and they do it anyway. Younger viewers were introduced to the series via Netflix. This helped keep "Gray's" at the forefront of ABC dramas until another medical drama, "The Good Doctor", was presented to the audience. autumn 2017.

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5. This is reliable

You know what to expect when you look at "Gray's": feelings, feelings and feelings. Despite all the staging of the cast, personal and professional drama never fails to meet the challenge, for both old and new characters. What "Gray" wants is "This Is Us" or a soap opera has deadly consequences, at every turn, making the romances in the middle of the trauma much more optimistic (and raunchy).

Meredith has been in a number of flirting and has come out since the death of her husband Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) during Season 11, and now pursues Andrew DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti). Elsewhere, Jackson Avery attempts a relationship with Maggie Pierce (much to the chagrin of Japril fans).

6. The most wacky intrigues imaginable

Meredith (and, of course, Pompeo) was put to the test: she survived a drowning, shooting, plane crash, complications of pregnancy and assault. Who could forget when she put her hand in a body cavity with a bomb inside? She also learned about the existence of three half-sisters she did not know until adulthood – Molly (Mandy Siegfried), Lexie (Chyler Leigh), and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) ). And she had to deal with emotional trauma from a disapproved mother with Alzheimer's disease and a father who abandoned her.

And that's only Meredith. Izzie cut Denny's LVAD thread? The John Doe who was hit by a bus was George? Owen's sister is not dead after all? "Gray & # 39; s" is above all a soap opera and, in this vein, it mines the past in search of "hidden secrets". Of course, Maggie's revelations were apparently in the works for a while, but choosing to keep the kid in love with Richard and Ellis for 10 seasons gave the series a creative boost.

7. Hope for the future

Despite all the trauma, our favorite characters (and especially Meredith) come back stronger week after week, season after season. And it helps us to manage our own demons and put them in context. There is something poetic in all of this, as Meredith's voices saya comforting constant.

The show finally will be canceled, no doubt when Pompeo and Rhimes agree to agree. Meredith by Pompeo is the key to the longevity of the series, so when she leaves, it will be time to unplug the series.

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