10 Heart-Pumping Grey’s Anatomy Facts

Grey’s Anatomy hit our TV screens back in 2005, and it’s still as popular as ever 11 seasons later. The TV drama takes us on a journey through the lives of the hospital’s staff and their daily struggles in their personal and professional lives.

If you’re a big fan of the show, you will love the following 10 heart-pumping Grey’s Anatomy Facts.

1. Initial TV Show Name

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Grey’s Anatomy was originally called Complications, as the relationships and medical procedures are, obviously, complicated.

The show’s title is a reference to the famous anatomy book “Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body”.

2. Dr. Bailey

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Dr. Miranda Bailey was supposed to be a tiny blonde with curls, but the character was changed following Chandra Wilson’s audition. Her character was also inspired by creator Shonda Rhimes’ mother.

3. Alex Karev

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Alex Karev was never supposed to be in the TV show. His character was added to the script after the pilot had been shot, and so all his scenes in the first episode were digitally implanted.

4. Arizona Robbins

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Dr. Arizona Robbins was a latecomer to Grey’s Anatomy but was an instant success with fans. It’s therefore surprising that she auditioned three times for the series before she landed a role. The first audition was as Nurse Rosie, Derek’s love interest, and Melissa’s crazy college buddy, Sadie.

5. Grey’s Anatomy: The Musical

GREY'S ANATOMY - "Song Beneath the Song" - In a series first, the music that has been at the heart of the show and been beloved by fans comes to life for Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event. A cataclysmic event rattles the doctors of Seattle Grace to the core, as Callie, on the verge of an enormous life-changing moment with Arizona, envisions her hospital and friends as it has never-been-seen before. "Chasing Cars" (Snow Patrol), "How to Save a Life" (The Fray) and "The Story" (Brandi Carlile) are among the songs performed by the cast in one of the most special hours of "Greys Anatomy" yet, THURSDAY, MARCH 31 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/RON TOM) SARA RAMIREZ

Shonda Rhimes wanted a musical episode in season seven of the show so much that she got Chandra Wilson (Bailey), Sara Ramirez (Callie) and Kevin McKidd (Owen) to put on a concert for ABC’s producers.

6. The Medical Stories

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All the medical storylines are taken from medical journals found by the writers or stories sent in by viewers.

7. Organs

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All of the organs used on set are cow organs. Lamb brains are used for human brains, and a mixture of chicken fat and red jelly is used to create blood matter.

8. Plot Secrets


To prevent leaking of the show’s plot or storylines, all of the characters’ names were changed in the auditions.

9. The Inspiration

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Shonda Rhimes was inspired to write Grey’s Anatomy after her doctor complained that it was hard to shave her legs in the hospital’s shower.

10. Dr. Erica Hahn

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Dr. Erica Hahn seemed to almost randomly disappear off our TV screens. This is because the actress was let go from the show after the writers could no longer write for her character.

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1 Response

  1. March 24, 2015

    […] Grey’s Anatomy is in it’s 11th season, and is almost impossible to summarize. I think most fans could write a novel about their feelings toward this show, as Shonda Rhimes has really put her fans through the ringer over the past ten years. I mean, you know the show is intense when the actors regularly warn the viewers to get the tissues ready. […]

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