Television medical dramas aren't necessarily a new trend, but they have grown increasingly popular within the last two decades. There's a thrill and a rush about watching doctors, and their supporting team, save lives and deal with love and loss in the setting of a hospital. Probably because doctors have always been revered as heroes when they save lives, yet behind closed doors nobody knows about the personal triumphs and tragedies they encounter aside from their talents of caring for the human body.
One of the most popular shows that ushered in the trend of doctor-themed soap operas was the groundbreaking NBC series ER, which ran as part of NBC's storied Must See TV Thursdays along with powerhouse sitcoms Friends and Will & Grace. The series ran for fifteen seasons and scored multiple awards including the NAACP Image Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, GLAAD Media Award as well as twenty-two Emmy awards out of one hundred twenty-four nominations. That's a major accomplishment for any series.
Following that same formula ABC's hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy has also been a longstanding staple of Thursday night television since 2005, ushering in a steamier and seductive look into the other side of life inside and outside of the emergency room. Now in its sixteenth season it has surpassed ER as the longest-running medical drama in television history. But is the show starting to lose some of its luster? And if so, is it time for the drama to finally come to an end?
According to Showbiz Cheatsheet there are still many folks that love catching up with Dr. Meredith Grey and her observations on life and the human condition, which is a great start. However they do have some suggestions.
In a Reddit thread, critical viewers offered a range of suggestions that, if enacted, might save Grey’s Anatomy from cancellation. One Reddit commentator recommended that Alex’s sister become a bigger part of the storyline and that Meredith’s character should be given a brother.
And there's also another theory that ties into whether or not the series should pull the plug and move onto the afterlife of reruns.
Over the years, the primary characters of Grey’s Anatomy learned surgical techniques and hospital protocol while enduring a countless array of calamities, including bomb threats, plane crashes, and hospital fires, explains PopSugar.Now that the lead characters have aged well beyond medical school, there’s not nearly as much teaching going on as there was in the first three seasons. And that may be the key to saving the show.