It's the bedrock of the Shondaland empire, required viewing (and tweeting) for its legion of devoted fans, and the place young actors go for career-boosting arcs—much like ER before it or, on the East coast, Law & Order: SVU .
After those had petered out, I didn’t pay attention to the show until a couple months ago, when it was on at the gym and I found myself watching it; before I knew it, I had fallen down a hole and started the series from the beginning.
(Side note: Grey's is the perfect gym show because it's addictive, chatty, and will make you terrified of death so you want to work out more.)
After discovering this, I spent hours combing through timelines that superfans made online trying to make sense of it all, and it just doesn't work, no matter how many convoluted fan theories— Lexie Grey doesn’t exist, for instance —you pile on top of it.
There are multiple references to Meredith being blonde even though she demonstrably isn’t and in the super early days, there was a cheesy theme song:
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