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The ABC series Grey's Anatomy, which premiered in 2005, quickly gained a huge fan base and enjoys cult status today. Read ten interesting secrets about one of the most popular medical drama's out there right here!
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Did you know that every single episode of Grey's Anatomy (except the 301st) is named after a song? The very first episode was called "A Hard Day's Night" after the song of the Beatles. But Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" and "The First Cut is the Deepest" by Sheryl Crow are also in there!
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Did you know that Isaiah Washington was supposed to get the role of "McDreamy"? But in the end (fortunately) the part went to Patrick Dempsey.
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Did you know that the popular medical drama almost got a different name back in 2005? Originally, the series was to be called Complications.
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Kate Walsh's character of "Dr. Addison Shepherd", was actually supposed to appear for just five episodes of Grey's Anatomy. But since her character was so popular among the fans, Walsh ended up receiving a main role for the second and third season of the show.
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Isaiah Washington, who played "Dr. Preston Burke", left Grey's Anatomy after the third season - but not voluntarily! The actor was fired from the cast. Washington had allegedly made derogatory comments about the homosexuality of his colleague T.R. Knight, who played "Dr. George O'Malley" four four seasons.
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Over the last 17(!) seasons of the show, fans got to see a lot of organs - they're real, by the way! Most of the organs come from cows, for operations on the brain they use sheep. Yummy!
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Apparently, Patrick Dempsey wanted to be a TV doctor for a long time before he landed his role on Grey's Anatomy. Before he auditioned for Grey's Anatomy, he had already tried to get the role of "Dr. Chase" on the popular FOX medical drama House,. Fortunately for Patrick (and all the fans!), that dream came true with the part of "McDreamy" in Grey's Anatomy!
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Did you know that creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes came up with the idea for the series? A doctor told her how hard it is to shave your legs in a hospital shower. That was the starting shot for Complications, uh we mean Grey's Anatomy of course.