When Grey’s Anatomy came onto the pop culture scene in 2005, the hospital drama seemed like the most unique, coolest TV show ever. It was fresh, funny, smart, romantic, and most of all, pretty thrilling to watch. We never knew what was coming next, whether we were waiting to see what would happen in Meredith and Derek’s love story or what crazy thing would happen at the hospital.
These days, we don’t quite feel that way anymore, and as much as we love Shonda Rhimes, we have to admit that we’re kind of disappointed with what this show has become. Sometimes that just happens since it’s rare to watch a show for this many seasons (we’re on number 14) without getting bored or annoyed. In the case of Grey’s Anatomy, however, we have to say that there a few times where it has gone completely off the rails. Check out the gallery to see the 19 ways that Grey’s Anatomy has become a huge disappointment.
Callie and Arizona. April and Jackson. Owen and Cristina. We used to tune into Grey’s Anatomy to swoon over the best couples ever. Everyone seemed totally made for each other and like they would never, ever break up. That’s definitely not the case these days. Now all of the best couples on the show are apart and it’s for good. We don’t get why no one can stay together.
The reasons why they split up aren’t that great, either. Callie and Arizona were clearly going through something, and Jackson was just being a jerk when he got mad at April. At this point, we’ve spent way too much time waiting for April and Jackson to hook up again, and it feels like we should just give up. *Sigh*
It goes without saying that we’re still depressed AF that Derek Shepherd died in the season 11 episode “How To Save A Life” (which seems like a super strange title). It will probably never seem like a real thing that actually happened. It’s shocking every time that we remind ourselves of this. The truth is that way too many characters have died on Grey’s Anatomy. One of the worst was definitely George O’Malley, AKA the sweetest intern ever. That was a rough one.
Whether we’re watching major characters bite the dust or the minor ones, we still hate it. At this point, it’s getting pretty old. Why is this show so tragic? Aren’t the doctors supposed to be saving lives?
From Cristina Yang to Callie Torres, we’re mourning the losses of so many characters, and they didn’t even pass away. Nope. They’re still alive and well. They just decided to leave Seattle and the hospital and move on. Meanwhile, we’re sitting at home on our couches going, “Um, who said that you could leave us?!”
We’re not okay with losing these amazing characters and we feel that void they have left behind every time that we watch a new episode. It’s hard to stay excited about a show that allows so many characters to leave. We don’t want to care about anyone now because we’re terrified that they’re going to walk away. Yup, we have some serious abandonment issues now.
Remember when Meredith Grey was cool, calm, and collected? She was pretty awesome. She was tough, she always knew what to do in any situation that came up at the hospital, and she totally knew how to get Derek to fall for her. She was the definition of a cool girl, the kind that we all want to be.
Then she lost the love of her life and now it’s all over. She’s such a boring character now. She’s either crushing on a new guy and feeling guilty about it and ignoring him, or she’s just doing her job. Nothing interesting is going on in her life and it just doesn’t feel the same anymore.
At first, the creative structure of Grey’s Anatomy episodes was really exciting and interesting. We loved tuning in to see what surprising thing was going to happen at the end of each episode and the medical cases were strange and captivated our interest. Now, we have to say that the show feels predictable and like it’s just following an old formula. We pretty much know what’s going to happen before it does and that’s just not what we want as TV fans. It feels like a real shame since we’ve been watching this show for so many years.
Remember in the season one finale when Meredith found out that Derek was actually married and his wife, Addison Montgomery, showed up at the hospital? Or in the season two finale when Denny Duquette died? Those were some amazing, surprising moments and were what we really loved about Grey's Anatomy.
Unfortunately, the season finale moments aren’t shocking anymore. It’s hard to think of a recent finale that has such an “OMG!” moment. And isn’t that the point of a show like this? We don’t get why we can’t see the glorious dramatic moments that we used to.
Let’s start with the names. At first, the hospital was called Seattle Grace, and that’s probably how us loyal, long-time fans still think of it. Then the hospital merged with another one and was known as Seattle Grace Mercy West. Finally, it was called Grey Sloan Memorial hospital which was a tribute to Lexie Grey and Mark Sloan (sob).
Okay, fine, that was a sweet name change, but the hospital is totally unrecognizable from its former self. While we love Bailey, we definitely think that Richard was a much better chief and he should be the only one in charge of things. When Eliza Minnick was hired last season to shake things up, it was a great big mess, and we couldn’t handle it.
It makes sense that if we’ve been watching a TV show for a long time, we feel like we know the characters super well. We might even reference them in conversations as if we’re chatting about good friends. We’re weird like that. These characters, unfortunately, have become so predictable though that it’s just hardly worth watching. At all.
Does anyone like April Kepner? We’ve tried, but honestly, she’s always been a very whiney character, and that’s something that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. It’s hard to keep watching a show where it doesn’t seem like any of the characters are becoming more mature and better versions of themselves. Sure, we all mess up and make mistakes, and not always acting the way that we should is just a normal part of life. But we watch TV to become inspired and feel some pretty strong emotions. We want to see more character growth than is actually happening.
It sucks to admit this as a Grey’s Anatomy fan and yet it’s something that everyone who is still tuning in totally feels. Everyone agrees that the first three or so seasons were the greatest and that the creativity and quality of the show has gone down since then. Sorry, Shonda, we still love you. But we have to admit this.
No matter how much we might enjoy some of the more recent episodes (like that great season 13 one where Meredith is stuck on a plane with her crush, Riggs), we can’t say that the show is anywhere close to its former glory.
One of the best Grey’s Anatomy episodes was when Kyle Chandler guest starred as Dylan Young, the head of the bomb squad. A bomb was literally inside of a patient and it was an epic, insane, magical episode. We all loved seeing Coach Taylor of Friday Night Lights on our favorite show. It was a pop culture addict’s dream.
Sadly, there aren’t that many exciting guest stars on the show anymore. Sure, Matthew Morrison has appeared as Jo’s abusive ex-husband, but... that’s just not the same, especially since the character is such a jerk we can’t get happy about it. Where have all the cool guest stars gone?!
How many of us can confidently say to someone we just met at a party that we love Grey’s Anatomy and have absolutely no shame about watching it? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Unfortunately, it’s not a show that we can brag about tuning into on a regular basis. It’s become part of the guilty pleasure category and it’s not really considered a serious, critically acclaimed drama anymore. We’re kind of sick of having to explain ourselves and give people reasons as to why we’re still watching this show that’s been going on for way too long.
From shootings to a plane crash to a musical episode, Grey’s Anatomy has used every single TV cliché in the damn book. Sure, it’s totally fine to use one of these because clichés exist for a reason (sometimes, they’re really good for storytelling and just have to be done).
But why would this show use every single one of them?! That just doesn’t seem like a good idea. It makes it hard for us to take the show seriously since these moments are just too corny to really care about.
We all love Richard and Bailey. We can’t not. They’re kind of like our TV dad and mom, or at least some older mentors that we look up to and ask for advice (well, in our minds, at least). Can we really say that these two characters really have great storylines these days? Richard and his wife, Catherine Avery are often fighting over something that doesn’t even make sense, and Bailey is usually walking around in a huff over, again, something that we don’t really understand. These characters deserve better for sure.
Does anyone love the newest batch of interns? What about Eliza Minnick? The answer is probably no. It’s not like we haven’t tried to embrace the newer characters. We have. We just don’t think that they hold up to the original cast members. They’re kind of dull and just don’t have that many obvious personality traits or, really, reasons to be on the show. And when they take away screen time from the characters and couples that we have loved for years, it definitely sucks. We don’t see this problem changing anytime soon.
There must be other TV shows that have other behind the scenes drama… right? It’s hard to think of one. All of the stuff that has happened when the cameras aren’t rolling has really made it hard for us to focus on the show. And, to be honest, it all kind of takes away from the viewing experience. From Isaiah Washington calling T.R. Knight a slur to Shonda Rhimes and Katherine Heigl’s long-running feud — it’s all a bit much to take. We think that the drama should only be scripted and captured when the cameras are on.
This is so true, right? Any fan has to feel this one pretty hard. If we happen to bring up the fact that we’re watching it, our friends will definitely ask, “Oh, you’re STILL watching that?” as if we’re totally crazy. It’s getting pretty old and yet this happens every time it comes up in conversation. It’s not like we can blame them. We don’t really know why we’re still watching, either, except that we seem to be unable to stop. We wish that our friends were still fans so we could talk to them about everything that’s happening, including how frustrated we are about certain characters and storylines, and it sucks that no one seems to be watching anymore.
It’s hard for most TV shows to even make it to the five or six season mark. 14? Really? It just seems like such a crazy high number. What else can the characters go through? Can anything surprise or thrill us anymore? The fact that this show has lasted for so many years is totally turning us loyal fans into jaded, cynical beings. If we thought that the show needed this many seasons, we would be the first to defend it. But we just can’t. We’re confused about why so many seasons are necessary.
Yeah, we get it: this is a super popular show and since Shonda Rhimes is the creator and showrunner, it’s probably going to last forever. Or another 10 seasons. Either one. But since we’re already into season 14, we think that this show is totally going to last for much longer than it should, and we’re not into that. Actually — thinking about it now — we think it may have already outstayed its welcome.
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