Sunday, August 18, 2013
Should Grey's Anatomy end after Season 10?
With the announcement of Sandra Oh leaving Grey's Anatomy people have started to wonder if they should just wrap the show all together. So many of the originals are gone and the show is doing well...so maybe going out on top would not be the worst thing?
Next season will be the 10th. That is a pretty good run for any show. Very few shows get past their 10th season...unless they are a cartoon or Law and Order which was on for 20 seasons (insanity). The Simpsons has been on the air for 24 seasons going into season 25. That's legit...for a show where the yellow skinned pointy haired people never change and the same stories can get played over and over.
But Grey's? There are only so many dramatic events that can happen to one group of people before the only thing left to do is have an 'end of the world' story line and actually go through with it.
According to some thorough research (aka a trip to the "List of longest running TV shows' Wikipedia page) it seems like besides the aforemention Law and Order, the longest running TV shows are cartoons (The Simpsons, 24 yrs; South Park, 17 yrs; Futurama, 13 yrs); Lassie, 19 yrs (seriously - what the hell!?); and CSI, 13 yrs.
Some of TV's most beloved shows lasted around 10-12 years. Murder She Wrote, NYPD Blue, and the original Hawaii Five-O clock in at 12 years. Cheers, MASH, Frasier and Happy Days all come in at 11. (7th Heaven was also on for 11 years, but I don't know if I can qualify it as one of 'TV's most beloved shows'). Some of the BEST shows ended after 10 seasons: Friends, Beverly Hills 90210, Murphy Brown, and CSI: Miami (seriously, they cut Horatio too soon).
After looking at normal length of a successful run of a show I think it is safe to say that ending Grey's after next season wouldn't be the worst idea. Go out on top. Don't drag it out another season until the viewers fall off and start watching anything else but the boring 'married with children' relationship of Derek and Meredith.
Shona, it's time. Let's wrap this show with some end of the world drama.