Let’s call a spade a spade: Grey’s Anatomy is a ridiculous show—in the best way possible, of course. The staff at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is under constant duress. Fires! Plane crashes! Multiple, tragic deaths! These doctors seriously can’t catch a break. Just when you think Meredith Grey and company are in the clear, bam: We’re hit with a car crash or an affair or Bailey missing her own wedding. To call Grey’s Anatomy “bonkers” would be a gross understatement.
So it’s only fitting a show like this have a dramatic title. Grey’s Anatomy is a great name because it’s ambiguous to folks who don’t watch the show. Who is Grey? And whose anatomy are we exploring? The title lends itself nicely to messy melodrama.
But it was almost called something completely different. And not just different: boring. In a new interview with BuzzFeed, Kate Walsh (who played Dr. Addison Montgomery for eight glorious seasons on Grey’s, and then for another six onPrivate Practice) revealed producers tried to change the name of the show three times.
“With Grey’s, I remember because I came in at episode eight, at that time the morale was really low. They kept changing the name of the show. It was Doctorsand then Surgeons and then Complications, and I was like, ‘What a bullshit show title!’ Grey’s Anatomy is the perfect title,” she said.
Um, Doctors? Surgeons? Complications? Those aren’t hit show titles. Those areGeneral Hospital knockoffs that air for two seasons in a Friday-night slot and develop a small, cultish following on Reddit.
Praise be that the producers came to their senses and just left the title as is. Yes, the show probably would have done well with a generic title, but it wouldn’t have the same kick. And what’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital without a little kick?