Grey's Anatomy: Season 5 (2008 - 2009)


Season 5
Grey's Anatomy

Critics Consensus

Grey's channels its trademark sexy-soapy tone of seasons past for a fifth installment that's rejuvenated by some much needed character development.



Critic Ratings: 11


Audience Score

User Ratings: 130
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Air date: Sep 25, 2008
Air date: Sep 25, 2008
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Air date: Oct 16, 2008
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Air date: Oct 30, 2008
Air date: Nov 6, 2008
Air date: Nov 13, 2008
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Air date: Dec 4, 2008
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In the fifth series of this medical drama, military surgeon Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) joins the staff of Seattle Grace. His initial cold demeanour irks some fellow doctors, but he grows close with Cristina (Sandra Oh), who helps him with his PTSD. However, Cristina gets jealous of another new staff member: Sadie Harris (Melissa George), who was best friends with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) back in college. Meredith asks Derek (Patrick Dempsey) to move in with her this series, and her half sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh) becomes romantically involved with Derek's pal Mark (Eric Dane). Meanwhile, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) begins seeing visions of her dead fiancé, and she eventually discovers that she has a brain tumour.


Ellen Pompeo
as Meredith Grey
Patrick Dempsey
as Derek Shepherd
Sandra Oh
as Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl
as Izzie Stevens
T.R. Knight
as George O'Malley
Chandra Wilson
as Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr.
as Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
as Callie Torres
Eric Dane
as Mark Sloan
Chyler Leigh
as Lexie Grey
Kevin Mckidd
as Owen Hunt
Brooke Smith
as Erica Hahn
Jessica Capshaw
as Arizona Robbins
Jesse Williams
as Jackson Avery
Sarah Drew
as April Kepner
Caterina Scorsone
as Amelia Shepherd
Jerrika Hinton
as Stephanie Edwards
Kelly J. McCreary
as Margaret "Maggie" Pierce
Brandon Scott
as Intern Ryan
Kimberly Elise
as Dr. Swender
Shi Ne Nielson
as Paramedic
Jason George
as Ben Warren
Tyne Daly
as Carolyn
Giacomo Gianniotti
as Andrew DeLuca
Faye Dunaway
as Dr. Campbell
John Getz
as Michael
Ed Lauter
as Timothy Miller
Kathleen Early
as Dr. Daisy Pepman
Perry Smith
as Mrs. Anderson
Shi Ne Nielson
as Paramedic
Emily Kuroda
as Kendall
Michael Rady
as Mike Shelley
Amy Aquino
as Marianne
Christa B. Allen
as Holly Anderson
Lauri Johnson
as Grandma Ruth
John Cappon
as Paramedic
Liza Weil
as Alison Clark
Kay Panabaker
as Emma Anderson
Tom Verica
as Michael Norris
Amy Gumenick
as Becca Wells
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Hunt
Bonnie Bartlett
as Rosemary Bullard
Rosalind Chao
as Kathleen Patterson
Bre Blair
as Lauren
Jon Rowland
as Alison's Boyfriend
Robin Gwynne
as Becca's Mom
Elden Henson
as Mr. Smithson
George Coe
as Ed Bullard
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Patterson
Kate Capshaw
as Arizona Robbins
Chelsea Taylor
as Alison's Mother
Perry Smith
as Mrs. Anderson
Payton Silver
as Dr. Knox
Zach Gilford
as Lt. Charlie Lowell
Brock Cuchna
as Recruiting Clerk
Gloria Garayua
as Intern Graciella
Mark Saul
as Intern Steve
Wayne Lopez
as Paramedic
J.F. Davis
as Recruiting Officer
Fidel Gomez
as Morgue Attendant
Jody Sclavos
as ER Nurse
Mac Brandt
as Paramedic
Tim Chiou
as Paramedic
Joseph Williamson
as Intern Pierce
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Critic Reviews for Grey's Anatomy Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

It feels more like the good old days than Grey's has in a long time.

Sep 25, 2008 | Full Review…

With the fifth season... the program has closed the door on even tiny slivers of light.

Oct 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Three and a half seasons of "Greys," I suffered through -- that's a lifetime of Meredith Grey insufferable whininess. And damnit: If Izzie is finally going to be killed off, I feel like I deserve to celebrate her departure.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Based on the two-hour premiere, it does appear like things are changing for the better at Seattle Grace hospital.

Sep 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At least this season starts with a sense of business-as-first-season-usual.

Sep 25, 2008 | Full Review…

The big reveal of this season finale was that Meredith has quietly become a much more stable and sympathetic character, a very welcome payoff for an often painful season.

May 16, 2009 | Full Review…

Assuming the desire to stay at this hospital depends on replenishing key storylines, the longterm diagnosis doesn't look good.

Sep 25, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You'll pardon me if I'm more interested in the weekly guest stars and in the work done by Grey's standouts Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. Their characters, Miranda Bailey and Richard Webber, are the heart and soul of Grey's.

Sep 25, 2008 | Full Review…

Tonight, through the miracle of modern medicine, the show comes roaring back.

Sep 25, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Aside from the soapy, sexual overtones, what has so many people hooked on Grey's is the complexity of its characters.

Sep 25, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Grey's Anatomy: Season 5

  • Nov 04, 2018
    Fantástico. Toda a temporada, todos os papéis, tudo foi bom. Aplausos para Ellen Pompeo no episódio "Stairway to Heaven", Dempsey em "I Will Follow You Into Dark", Sandra Oh no episódio "Elevator Love Letter" e, finalmente, Heighl em "Stand By Me". O melhor mesmo foi o final da temporada com o épico "007"... "É o George! É o George!"...
  • Jan 28, 2015
    More unrealistic and silly as it goes along. Ghosts, new boring characters, storylines that cut off for no reason (probably cause they're idiotic) are among the peeves. The guest characters and the continued brilliant performance of Oh are the only reason to watch

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