How Long Before ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Becomes the Longest-Running Medical Drama?
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How Long Before ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Becomes the Longest-Running Medical Drama?

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When will Grey's Anatomy end? How ‘bout 2018? Does 2018 work for you?

That’s how long the ABC hit would have to last to become the longest-running primetime medical drama on TV… American TV, that is.

ER, the current titleholder, lasted 15 seasons and 331 episodes.

Grey’s, meanwhile, is in its 12th season, and we’re about to see the 254th episode.

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The British show Casualty is the longest-running primetime medical drama in the world, having aired now for a crazy 30 seasons and 980 episodes. Grey’s would reach Season 30 in 2033.

In other genres, The Simpsons, with 27 seasons, is the longest-running scripted primetime series; and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with 17, is the longest-running scripted primetime live-action series (though Grey’s is only two episodes behind).

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At this rate, Grey’s certainly could break some records. The ratings are still strong, and ABC president Paul Lee is certainly devoted.

“I would like to see [it] run for many, many years to come,” he told reporters in May. “Grey’s Anatomy is written by one of the best writers in television. I know she has great plans for next season and many years beyond.”

Grey’s Anatomy returns on Thursday, February 11, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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