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12 Reasons Rewatching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ From The Beginning Is The Perfect Way To Prepare For Season 13

When this coming fall television season rolls around, ABC’s long-running medical soap Grey’s Anatomy will be turning lucky 13. That means in its decade-plus stint on the air, the show has seen 12 seasons, 269 episodes, 28 series regulars, three hospital name changes, and hundreds upon hundreds of surgeries. That’s a lot of stuff to remember; I bet there are certain cases, guest stars, and plot points that even the most diehard fan will have forgotten at this point. Which is why I’m here to tell you, before Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 begins in September, this is the perfect time to rewatch all 269 episodes.

Premiering in March of 2005 as a midseason replacement for Boston Legal, brought to TV by an unknown producer named Shonda Rhimes, and airing at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday nights after Desperate Housewives, nobody knew quite what to expect from yet another medical procedural entering the television landscape. But starting with the show’s pilot “A Hard Day’s Night,” which chronicled the interns’ grueling first 48-hour shift, Grey’s Anatomy earned rave reviews, high ratings, and eventually three Primetime Emmy nominations, including one for supporting actress Sandra Oh. And the rest, as they say, is history.


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