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The Best 'Grey's Anatomy' Seasons

Updated November 12, 2020 13.5k votes 2.9k voters 136.4k views17 items

List RulesVote up the best seasons of Meredith Grey's life.

Since first airing in 2005, the seasons of Grey's Anatomy have been filled with drama, excitement, and near-death experiences. People who are fans of the show have very strong opinions when it comes to choosing the best Grey's Anatomy season, which is exactly why this ranking of Grey's Anatomy seasons exists. You might also be interested in on-set drama in TV shows (Katherine Heigl anyone?) and the best TV doctors of all time. Many fans of the show have voted on this list of the greatest Grey's Anatomy seasons, so this order isn't just the opinion of some random writer or blogger.

Some of the most memorable episodes of Grey's Anatomy come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy, especially as the cast and characters have changed over the years. This medical drama has even led to the spin-off series Station 19 and Private Practice. If you're asking yourself, "What is the best season of Grey's Anatomy?" or "Which season of Grey's Anatomy is the best?" then this list will answer your questions.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Grey's Anatomy, and vote down any bad seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Grey's Anatomy season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

 

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    The sixth season of Grey's Anatomy premiered on September 24, 2009 and contains 24 episodes. This season finds the staff at Seattle Grace Hospital dealing with the departures of Izzie and George.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Good Mourning," "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked," and "Death and All His Friends"."

    Memorable moments from Season 6 include:

    • The unexpected death of George.
    • Alex and Izzie break up.
    • A shooter goes on a rampage at Seattle Grace.
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    The first season of Grey's Anatomy premiered on March 27, 2005 and contains 9 episodes. This season introduces viewers to Meredith Grey and the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "A Hard Day's Night," "If Tomorrow Never Comes," and "Who's Zoomin' Who?."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Meredith sleeps with Derek before realizing that he's her new boss.
    • Baily busts Derek and Meredith.
    • Meredith meets Addison.
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    The eighth season of Grey's Anatomy premiered on September 22, 2011 and contains 24 episodes. This season finds Meredith and Derek dealing with personal and professional problems.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Free Falling," "Suddenly" and "Flight."

    Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

    • April becomes Chief Resident.
    • Adele is found wandering the streets.
    • Meredith, Derek, Cristina, Mark, Lexie and Alex are involved in a plane crash.
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    The second season of Grey's Anatomy premiered on September 25, 2005 and contains 27 episodes. This season primarily centers on the love triangle between Meredith, Derek and Addison as well as Izzie's relationship with Denny.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Into You Like a Train," "As We Know It," and "Losing My Religion."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Derek chooses Addison.
    • Alex kisses Izzie.
    • Baily has her baby.
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