Grey's Anatomy suffered a hell of an adolescence: An instant hit when it debuted in 2005, the show had phenomenally addictive early days that gave way to some very awkward in-between years full of ill-conceived guest-star arcs (Brooke Smith's no-nonsense Dr. Erica Hahn? Melissa George's nutso Dr. Sadie Harris?), ghost sex, and extraneous moping. This season, however, something miraculous happened the show didn't just survive through its seventh season, it got better. Way better.
Its epic season finale last spring, in which a gunman roamed the halls of Seattle Grace, killing or seriously wounding several characters, marked a rite of passage. What could've been classic shark-jumping instead sparked renewal. Since then, Grey's has gotten funnier, more mature, sexier, and braver. Here, we examine the thriving vital signs of the healthier-than-ever doctor soap.
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