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Every episode shares the name with a song title by a popular artists. Several are named after The Beatles and R.E.M. songs.
The character Alex Karev was not in the original pilot script; his role was inserted into the pilot as an afterthought in order to provide a foil, as well as male companionship for Dr. George O'Malley. Since he wasn't added until after the pilot was shot, scenes with him were either re-shoots or digitally altered.
Chyler Leigh (Dr. Lexie Grey) was pregnant with her 3rd child during season 5.
Kate Walsh's character, Addison Shepherd, was only supposed to appear in 5 episodes, but quickly developed a fan base so they kept her on.
Patrick Dempsey auditioned for the role of Dr. Gregory House on FOX's prime time medical mystery show, House (2004), before taking the role of Dr. Shepherd.
The show's title is a reference to the famous anatomy book "Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body" by Henry Gray.
The first person to refer to Dr. Shepherd as "McDreamy" was Cristina.
Shonda Rhimes said on an interview that she had a clear idea thought for the show's end, but its success kept growing to the point of her ending no longer being proper, so she decided to use the idea on a storyline and come up with another ending.
Patrick Dempsey and Kevin McKidd were in a love triangle in Made of Honor (2008).
Miranda Bailey was the only role written with a character description: "tiny blonde with curls."
As is common for major TV and film productions, stars of the show have become famous in roles other than those they originally sought. Sandra Oh was initially looking to audition for the part of Dr. Bailey. On The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Isaiah Washington (Dr. Burke) said that he had auditioned to play the role of Dr. Shepherd.
Isaiah Washington was fired from the show after Season 3.
In an early episode, Meredith is seen posting a poster asking for a roommate. The poster is only visible for a second, but it mentions that "Bush supporters need not apply" along with other details about the house.
Original cast-member Katherine Heigl was released from her contract during season 6. She appeared in some episodes of the season and then took some time off to spend time with her family. She was supposed to come back for the season's finale, though. This never happened and her last episode as cast-member was Grey's Anatomy: I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked (2010).
In order to keep the plot and storylines secret, the main characters' names are changed in auditions.
Similarities between Katherine Heigl's characters in Roswell (1999) and Grey's Anatomy (2005): in each her character, Isabel/Isobel, has a pivotal scene in a pink, strapless gown, has a love interest named Alex, sees, talks to and dances with a dead lover, and is extremely fussy about the holidays.
Through seasons 1-3, only two episodes were not narrated by Meredith. One was narrated by Dr. O'Malley and the other one by Dr. Yang.
Rob Lowe was originally considered for the role of Derek Shepherd, but passed on it.
The character name Dr. Mark Sloan is a reference to a Dick Van Dyke's character by the same name in the TV show Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Kevin McKidd (Dr. Owen Hunt) and Jessica Capshaw (Dr. Arizona Robbins) share the same birthday, August 9th, but they are 3 years apart.
The first person to refer Dr. Sloan as "McSteamy" was Meredith.
Singer Taylor Swift is a big fan of the show. She even named one of her cats Meredith Grey, after the main character. Covers of two of her songs were used in the soundtrack of two season 12 episodes.
The producers of Grey's Anatomy (2005) released a novel in 2006 depicting the lives and happenings of two bit-part characters; Joe the Bartender and Nurse Debbie. The book is double sided written in Blog and IM form, while gossiping on the actions of the Grey's characters. The events discussed give background information for Joe and Debbie themselves and give insight on the events and cases the doctors deal with in the show.
The show was originally supposed to be called "Complications".
Alex was the first person to refer to George as "007".
Many actors that have appeared in Grey's Anatomy (2005) have gone on to play roles in Scandal (2012), one of Shonda Rhimes' other shows. Actors include Scott Foley (Henry Burton), Kate Burton (Dr. Ellis Grey), Jeff Perry (Thatcher Grey), Robert Baker (Dr. Charles Percy) and Amanda Fuller (Dr. Morgan Peterson). Moreover, Kelly McCreary (Dr. Maggie Pierce) appeared in two episodes of Scandal (2012) before appearing in Grey's Anatomy (2005). Finally, Valerie Cruz guest appeared in both series.
Katherine Heigl dropped herself out of Emmy consideration in 2008, because she felt that she wasn't given the material that would warrant a nomination.
An article in a 2014 issue of the scholarly journal Communication Research reported on the results of several studies that all found that being a regular viewer of Grey's Anatomy (2005) correlated with having much more strongly negative attitudes toward organ donation than non-viewers. The article said, in part: "Of the medical dramas examined for depicting organ donation myths, perhaps no program features as many inaccuracies as Grey's Anatomy (2005) (see Morgan et al., 2007; Morgan et al., 2010; Morgan, Movius, & Cody, 2009; Quick, 2009). Unfortunately, the impact of these inaccurate media portrayals results in misguided societal beliefs about organ donation (Morgan et al., 2010) and often surface as reasons for declining to register to be organ donors (Morgan et al., 2005)."
Hilarie Burton (Dr. Lauren Boswell) & Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Denny Duquette) are a real life couple. They both played parts in Grey's Anatomy (2005), but not in the same season.
Fisher Plaza, which houses Seattle's ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, is used for some exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital. In the pilot episode when the patient is flown in via helicopter, you can see the KOMO 4 logo on the side of the building and their 10+ satellite dishes on the roof. Fisher Plaza puts Seattle Grace conveniently close to the Space Needle, the Seattle Monorail, and other local landmarks. However, the hospital used for most other exterior and many interior shots is not in Seattle; these scenes are shot at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California.
Karev's full name is Alexander Michael Karev.
Derek's full name is Derek Christopher Shepherd.
Dr. Meredith Grey lives on 613 Harper Lane.
The Inuit doll that frequently appears in episodes is named Ipecac. Ipecac is featured in an Easter Egg in the Season One DVD Bonus Features, where the cast and crew discuss the doll, its name, origins and a plot to kidnap it.
As of 2016, this is the last broadcast network TV series to win the golden globe for best television series drama.
Cristina attended Stanford University and graduated first in her class.
Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev) and Camilla Luddington (Dr. Jo Wilson) have a 13 years age difference.
Lexie's full name is Alexandra Caroline Grey.
Dr. Cristina Yang is an MD-PhD.
Ellen Pompeo has stated in an interview that Shonda Rhimes originally wanted to pair-up her character with Isaiah Washington's because she wanted an interracial couple on the show. However, Pompeo preferred Patrick Dempsey because in real life she is in an interracial relationship and thus being paired-up with Washington felt too close to home.
Izzie's full name is Isobel Catherine Stevens.
Meredith went to Dartmouth College.
Cristina's stepfather is Jewish.
T.R. Knight was asked to appear in flashback scenes during season 6 but he refused, preferring to pursuit other projects.
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My So-Called Life (1994), whose protagonist was named Angela Chase, was an ABC show, just as Grey's Anatomy (2005) is. Three of the stars of My So-Called Life (1994) have made memorable appearances on Grey's Anatomy (2005): Wilson Cruz, who played a gay teen who was one of Angela's best friends, Ricky Vasquez, made a guest appearance as Kyle, a gay man in 2011; Tom Irwin who starred as Angela's father, Graham Chase, appeared 3 times as police commander Marty Hancock who assisted Seattle Grace during one of its most crucial crises in 2010/11; and, Jeff Perry, who played Angela's teacher, Richard Katimski, was featured as Thatcher Grey, the father of Meredith, from 2006-2011.
Ellen Pompeo grew up in Boston just like her character, Dr. Meredith Grey.
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Derek Sheppard (Patrick Dempsey) and Lizzie Sheppard (Neve Campbell) who are brother and sister on the show also starred in a movie together, in 2000, known as Scream 3.
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Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd), Eric Dane (Mark Sloan), and Hector Elizondo (Carlos Torres) all previously starred in Valentines Day (2010).
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The name of Joe's bar is actually "The Emerald City Bar."
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George O'Malley was referred to as Bambi.
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On season 6, episode 10 "Holidaze", Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres) sings "Silent Night".
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

13 hours after filming April Kepner's birth scene, Sarah Drew (Dr. April Kepner) went into labour herself.
Eric Dane (Dr. Mark Sloan) decided to leave the show since he got a role on The Last Ship (2014). Shonda Rhimes had a hard time deciding what to do with his character so she decided the best option was for him to die. In an interview, she had stated that she did not want Mark to be mourning the loss of Lexie and that they're still together somehow.
Meredith's dreams in the first episode of season 5 can be considered a foreshadowing of Derek's death in season 11, since both events involve Derek's car being rammed by a much larger vehicle (a bus in season 5 and a truck in season 11).
Chyler Leigh (Dr. Lexie Grey) decided to leave the show in order to spend time with her three children.
T.R. Knight left the show at the end of season 5, because he felt that his character George O'Malley wasn't given enough storyline or on-screen time throughout the season. He said that there was a "breakdown in communication" between him and creator Shonda Rhimes. Instead of making any demands, he just asked to be written out of the show.
All of the original interns (Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Alex Karev, George O'Malley, and Isobel Stevens) have had surgery at some point in the series. Meredith for liver donation to her father, an appendectomy, and a c-section, Christina for an ectopic pregnancy, Alex for the gunshot, George after he got hit by a bus, and Isobel for her cancer, as well as a transplant surgery for her daughter's cancer.
Callie Torres often seems to have a type, such as blond and blue-eyed, such as Erica Hahn and Arizona Robbins. (Season 5)
Most of the main female characters have been pregnant (Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, Callie, April, Bailey, Arizona, Amelia, Addison).
Sarah Drew and Jesse Williams knew that Jackson was going to interrupt April's wedding to Matthew when they began filming season 10, so when they read it in the table read for season 10 episode 12, they weren't that shocked.
In the hospital shooting episode when Meredith tells Christina she is going to be a god mother Christina says if they get into a plane crash she will keep the child, and in Season 9 Meredith, Derek and herself are all in a plane crash.
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Dr.Derek Shepherd Died on March 26 2015
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