The 'Grey's Anatomy' Quiz


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About This Quiz

If your idea of fun since 2005 has been watching sexy, sleep-deprived medical practitioners save lives every day, then you're probably a fan of the Emmy Award-winning show, "Grey's Anatomy."

But how deep into the lore of this ABC drama have you really gone? Do you know how many episodes the first and second season included? Do you know the name of Meredith Grey's mother? What about Meredith's home address? 

Shonda Rhimes not only created an emotionally charged and engaging world for these characters to live in, she personally decided what would be in each character's locker. 

The cast is also filled with incredible actors, from a Tony Award-winning actress, to a race-car driving auto aficionado; Do you know which actors they are?

If you live and die by watching "Grey's Anatomy" each week, are in love with all things Shondaland and think that Izzie Stevens should have left the show a season earlier, then you should ace this quiz! And luckily, even if you mess up, we guarantee that no one will flatline because of it. Phew!

Who is the creator of the television series "Grey's Anatomy?"

Rhimes also creates "Scandal" and "Private Practice." She was the executive producer of "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Catch" and "Off the Map." In all, she has produced thirteen series, written for seven series and created five series. It's not wonder that her production company is called, "Shondaland."


Which network airs the television series, "Grey's Anatomy," in the United States?

The ABC network airs the series. The network is actually owned by the Walt Disney Company. It was originally founded as a radio broadcast network, but five years after it's founding, it also became a television network.


True or false: The setting for "Grey's Anatomy" is Boston.

"Grey's Anatomy" is set in Seattle. The hospital is originally named Seattle Grace Hospital, but later in the series it becomes Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.


Which title was planned for the series, "Grey's Anatomy?"

The original planned title for the series was "Surgeons." This was revealed in a Shonda Rhimes television writing online masterclass.


Who is the lead character in "Grey's Anatomy"?

Dr. Meredith Grey is the lead character. She is the daughter of a famous surgeon, and the story follows her from intern to resident to eventual Chief of General Surgery. She is also the narrator of the show.


Which actress plays Dr. Meredith Grey?

Before "Grey's Anatomy," Pompeo appeared opposite Luke Wilson in the popular 2003 comedy movie, "Old School." She's been on "Grey's Anatomy" since 2005, when the show began.


When did "Grey's Anatomy" premiere?

"Grey's Anatomy" premiered in the U.S. on March 27, 2005. There are two spin-off series, "Station 19" and "Private Practice."


What is the name of the fictional hospital featured in the beginning of the series?

The show doesn't become Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital til later in the series. Exterior shots of Seattle Grace Hospital are filmed at the Veterans Administration Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center in North Hills, California.


Which band plays the theme song for "Grey's Anatomy?"

Psapp plays the theme song "Cosy in the Rocket." The band, which is from London, has been around since 2002. Their music has also been used on "The OC" and "Nip/Tuck."


Which character does Meredith Grey have a complicated romantic relationship with?

Dr. Derek Shepherd is also known as "McDreamy." He's been a character on the show since the pilot episode and was on the series for a decade.


Which character is NOT one of the original five interns in the series?

Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd is an attending physician in "Grey's Anatomy" and not one of the original five interns.


Which actress plays the character Dr. Addison Montgomery-Shepherd?

Walsh also acted in "The Drew Carey Show," "13 Reasons Why" and "The Umbrella Academy" among other shows, both on Netflix and broadcast TV.


What is the title of the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff starring Kate Walsh?

While Walsh appeared in "Bad Judge," "Private Practice" was the "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off, and it premiered in 2007. The show ran until 2013.


Which "Grey's Anatomy" character does the actor Patrick Dempsey play in the television series?

Dempsey is also a sports car racer. He's even said that he would give up acting if he could have a real career in auto-racing.


In 2005, "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on a Sunday night and bumped which legal drama series from the time slot?

When "Grey's Anatomy" premiered on Sunday, March 27, 2005, it replaced the series "Boston Legal" in the time slot for the remainder of the 2005 season.


Which actress left "Grey's Anatomy" in the middle of season six?

Actress Katherine Heigl made her last appearance on "Grey's Anatomy" in episode 12 of season six. She said that she decided to leave the show so that she could focus on raising her family. Heigl played the character Dr. Izzie Stevens in the series.


True or false: The title, "Grey's Anatomy," is the name of a medical book first published in 1958.

The title "Grey's Anatomy" was inspired by Henry Gray's, "Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical," published in 1858. The book is commonly known as "Gray's Anatomy" and is still used by medical students today.


In which "Grey's Anatomy" season premiere did the character, George O'Malley, die?

O'Malley died in the premiere episode of season six. Actor T.R. Knight played Dr. O'Malley. His character was killed-off by heroically pushing a woman out of the way of bus, saving her life, but losing his in the process.


Which character holds an MD and PhD in philosophy in the series?

Dr. Yang received her MD from Stanford University and her PhD in philosophy from University of California, Berkeley.


Which actor plays the "Grey's Anatomy" character Dr. Cristina Yang?

Before appearing in "Grey's Anatomy," Oh co-starred in the Academy Award-winning drama "Sideways." She was on "Grey's Anatomy" til 2013 and continues to work as an actor.


Which of the five original intern characters, other than Meredith Grey, is still on the series "Grey's Anatomy?"

As of the end of season 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Alex Karev and Dr. Meredith Grey are the only remaining characters of the five original interns.


Which actor plays the character, Dr. Alex Karev, in the series "Grey's Anatomy?"

Before he co-starred in "Grey's Anatomy," Chambers had a supporting role as the character, Massimo, in the 2001 romantic comedy, "The Wedding Planner."


In "Grey's Anatomy," what is Meredith Grey's address?

Meredith Grey's address is 613 Harper Lane. The address is made up, but the house does actually exist! It's actually at 303 Comstock Street, Seattle.


Which "Grey's Anatomy" character attended Dartmouth College?

Meredith Grey attended Dartmouth College. Dartmouth was founded in New Hampshire in 1769.


What is Dr. Derek Shepherd's cause of death in the series "Grey's Anatomy?"

In season 11, Dr. Derek Shepherd dies of injuries from a car wreck. Dr. Meredith Grey, his wife, is pregnant with their third child when she takes him off life-support.


Which bar do the characters of the series "Grey's Anatomy" frequent?

Emerald City Bar is also referred to as Joe's Bar. Seattle is often referred to as the "Emerald City."


Which of Meredith Grey's parents is a world-renowned surgeon in the series?

Meredith Grey's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey, is a world-renowned surgeon. Meredith ends up naming one of her children after her.


Which character is the chief of surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital until later in the series?

Webber is the chief of surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital throughout most of the series. The character had an affair with Meredith Grey's mother.


True or false: As of the twelfth season, Meredith Grey has two children.

Over the course of the first 12 seasons of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey has three children: Zola, Bailey and Ellis. Ellen Pompeo, who plays Meredith Grey, has two daughters and a son.


Which "Grey's Anatomy" character gave birth during a bomb scare?

In the series "Grey's Anatomy," Dr. Miranda Bailey gave birth to her son, Tuck, during a bomb scare. Actress Chandra Wilson plays Dr. Miranda Bailey in the television series.


Which unhealthy habit did most of the doctors on "Grey's Anatomy" originally have?

Most of the characters were also smokers. Meredith Grey was seen smoking more than anyone else.


Which alcoholic beverage was Dr. Yang and Dr. Grey's favorite?

According to Shonda Rhimes, she wanted to show women drinking more heavily on TV because women are rarely shown drinking hard alcohol in media.


Which of the five original interns was not in Shonda Rhimes first pitch for the show?

Alex Karev wasn't originally a character, and was actually added in after the pilot had already been filmed. He's now one of two remaining interns from the beginning of the show.


How many episodes was the first season of "Grey's Anatomy?"

Because the first season premiered in March, it was technically a half season and therefore, only nine episodes long. The second season was 27 episodes.


Which actor from the show also won a Tony for their role in Broadway's "Spamalot?"

Ramirez won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Lady of the Lake in "Spamalot." You can hear her on the original Broadway soundtrack.


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