Grey's Anatomy: The case for long-running TV shows
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The most famous longest-running scripted TV series include UK series like Coronation Street, East Enders, Casualty, Holby City and many American shows like Supernatural, Law and Order, ER and Grey's Anatomy which celebrated its 300th milestone last week. These series have stood the test of time, counting more seasons than most shows could even dream of but should TV series be allowed to go on for so long? Shouldn't they have a finite lifespan to make sure the story is still interesting and worth following? When you hear about Grey's Anatomy you probably either shrug it off as a series that was once good but is well past its golden age. Or you jump up, talk about how shocked you were that Amelia Shepherd had a brain tumour, confess your unconditional love for puppy dog Alex Karev, or your worry for the future of Jackson and April who are still nowhere close to reuniting. You're watching it every week, 14 whole years later and the question is: Why? What has kept you, a loyal viewer and fan, going after so many episodes? Was it a bottle of Tequila? via GIPHY Grey's has, in my professional medical opinion, always had the right cure to what an audience needs: steamy affairs, devastating deaths and departures, heartwarming romantic moments, and strong enduring friendships. At times the drama might seem overdone, with couples that are constantly fighting and breaking up, too many long-lost half-sisters, and a death toll that could put Game of Thrones to shame. However, I promise you that for every crazy coincidence and ridiculous development like Maggie and Jackson seemingly becoming a thing, there's an iconic scene to make up for it. With 14 seasons on it's back, Grey's has tried so many different plot lines and pulled so many twists that it has found the perfect recipe for tears and entertainment. via GIPHY A TV show has 14 years' worth of history, it's well aware of who its characters are. The protagonists and side characters have had time to be fleshed out, explored, reinvented, ruined and broken more than once. Every character on the show has undergone a massive evolution: the only constant of the story is change. They may live in the same houses and work in the same hospital but every one of them has experienced loss, tragedy, joy, love and most likely a near-death experience or two.
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