Grey's Anatomy: Season 13 (2016 - 2017)


Season 13
Grey's Anatomy

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Air date: Sep 22, 2016
Air date: Sep 29, 2016
Air date: Oct 6, 2016
Air date: Oct 13, 2016
Air date: Oct 20, 2016
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Air date: Nov 10, 2016
Air date: Nov 17, 2016
Air date: Jan 26, 2017
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With Alex (Justin Chambers) facing felony charges and a lengthy prison sentence after his attack on DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti), it's uncertainty for all in Season 13 of "Grey's Anatomy." The arrival of Dr. Minnick (Marika Dominczyk), the new head of the teaching program, causes a revolt among the attending physicians, leading Dr. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) to suspend Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). April (Sarah Drew) uses the upheaval to her advantage and bonds with Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen), her former mother-in-law, but in doing so risks her already fragile relationship with Jackson (Jesse Williams). Elsewhere, newlyweds Amelia (Caterina Scorsone) and Owen (Kevin McKidd) find their relationship derailing after a pregnancy scare and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) juggles being a doctor who wants to fix everything with a personal case that can't be fixed.


Ellen Pompeo
as Meredith Grey
Justin Chambers
as Alex Karev
Chandra Wilson
as Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr.
as Richard Webber
Kevin Mckidd
as Owen Hunt
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
Jason George
as Ben Warren
Martin Henderson
as Nathan Riggs
Giacomo Gianniotti
as Abndrew DeLuca
Marika Dominczyk
as Eliza Minnick
Debbie Allen
as Catherine Avery
Tessa Ferrer
as Leah Murphy
Sara Ramirez
as Callie Torres
Ravi Patel
as Tamir Dahr
Darby Camp
as Erin Miller
Sumalee Montano
as Lena McCallister
Monique Cash
as Gail Webber
Kimberly Quinn
as Reena Thompson
Klea Scott
as Dr. Eldredge
June Squibb
as Elsie Clatch
Kendall Joy Hall
as Little Stephanie
Heidi Sulzman
as Samantha
Rusty Schwimmer
as Patricia Phillips
Hal Holbrook
as Lewis Clatch
Richard Lawson
as Bill Pierce
Kate Lang Johnson
as Mindy Wallace
Phil LaMarr
as Steve Duncan
Erica Green
as Chelsea
Lina Green
as Chandler
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The season has been disjointed and frustrating, but it had some great moments too.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This season struggled with plots strung out far longer than they needed to be, but by doing this, the writers have neatly wrapped up all of them.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Thursday night's episode of Grey's Anatomy was many things. A return of our beloved characters, an emotional roller coaster, and, above all, a fast-paced, high-stakes reminder that somehow, in season freaking 13, this show is better than ever.

Mar 7, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the kind of storytelling that sticks with you.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Stephanie Edwards is possibly in the top three most tragic Grey's Anatomy characters of all time... and here we are, presumably dealing with our natural-haired, crazy-talented, third-wave intern star.

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

What a long, sometimes tedious trip this season has been, huh? I blame Minnick, mostly... Doesn't it say something that some of the season's best episodes were stand-alones...?

Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Something's definitely missing on a show that used to be a refreshing take on a stale it is just another medical drama.

Sep 27, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…

What Grey's Anatomy has going for it that very few other shows do right now is its history. An extensive, over a decade long, emotional history.

Sep 23, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Grey's Anatomy: Season 13

  • Jan 08, 2019
    Loyal watcher from day one. You have not lost me yet.
  • Dec 24, 2018
    Its good to see that every relationships are being shaken and strech. And if you watch Grey from season 1, you have mix felling on this season, because you can not sided and say that 'this side is right or wrong'. I like this season better then previous one.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    "Grey’s Anatomy" é um dos poucos casos em que, mesmo cientes dos seus problemas, sentimos como se fosse impossível dizer adeus.
  • Aug 22, 2018
    Television series that are concerned with the noble practice of medicine have been a constant feature to almost every TV season lineup since the fifties. Fromm prime time show like ‘Ben Casey’ and ‘Dr. Kildare’ through family friendly faire encompassing beloved series including ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’ and ‘Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman’, audiences have always flocked to stories concerned with the daily, life or death struggles routine faced in the practice of medicine. The genre is so popular that the world’s record for longest running drama at over 55 years starting in 1962. In prime time this hypothesis is proven with the series, ‘E.R.’ lasting 15 seasons, the subject of this consideration is about to match the significant milestone, currently in its 14th season, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. The reason why medical shows generate such popularity and can achieve such longevity is rather simple, they are general considered addictive. A hospital, or in some instances, a medical practice provides an inexhaustible source every facet of the human condition from the joys of a new life coming into the world to the anguish of a terminal diagnosis, the hospital covers life literally from womb to tomb. ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has built their success on these elements but what undoubtedly has played a considerable factor in its longevity is the undeniable talent the series’ creator and showrunner, Shonda Rhimes, has for telling a story. It requires a special level of creativity to maintain an uninterrupted for over 14 years and Ms. Rhimes has mastered it. She fully exploited an aspect of real life in a large, teaching hospital that was frequently overlooked in the traditional offerings of this genre. Not only are the patients and cases in a state of constant flux but so are the staff, technology and even the facilities. Interns become residents that move on to attendings. Some of them will work alongside or replace the teachers, department chiefs and administrators. ‘Grey’ Anatomy’ has managed to capture this connection to reality and successfully integrate the addictive fundamentals of a soap opera. Thirteen years into the story the original premise of following the professional and personal exploits of a group of first year surgical residents would be impossible to justify. Unlike many series time moves in a feasible realistic pace. The titular character, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), is no longer that love struck first year resident. Meredith is now the Chief of General Surgery, a widow and single mother. Through a rather involved set of circumstances she is also an owner of the hospital rebranded, Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. A combination of attempts at realism and the best use of soap opera techniques, severe grief is not something that is resolved in a few episodes or even a season. It has been several years since the death of Meredith’s husband Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). Those years were turbulent with many emotional and professional tribulations to overcome. This has brought the young doctor living in the shadow of her world renown mother into the person who leads, comforts and offers sage advice. Her house is home for her extended family similarly to the situation that formed the foundation of the early years. The difference is now the people surrounding Meredith are now among the leaders of the hospital’s surgical community. Those that have moved out to a place of their own still are frequently found chilling in the living room or preparing food in the kitchen. Many of the issues the next generation face are reiterations of problems the older cast members endured. While this can easily be misunderstood as a hackneyed repetition longtime fans are able to notice the nuances of generational differences. The reawakening of Meredith’s romantic feelings is an example albeit one utilizing changes in the titular character. This season highlighted such situations were original characters are faced with situations placing them under familiar pressures applied in different methodologies. Concerns of ranking and positions within the professional hierarchy. Dr. Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), has always been the bedrock of the resident life at the hospital regardless of what name it happened to bear. As the universal father figure, he has inspired and consulted generations of surgeons as the chief. After stepping down and relinquishing the position to Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson). Richard had a medical condition that hindered his full attention to the responsibility. After stepping aside for his long-time friend Richard assumed the position of Director of the residency program. His portion of the season’s drama came about due to the matriarch of the family with the largest financial stake in the hospital’s ownership, Dr. Catherine Avery (Debbie Allen). She pressures Bailey into hiring a new Director for the resident program, Dr. Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk), how has a drastically different idea of how to format the training. Ostensibly hired as a consultant it came as a shock to most when Catherine names her Richard’s replacement. She had not considered the fierce loyalty Richard held with the staff, both long timers and recent additions. The chiefs and other attendings, supported by most of the residents, demonstrate their displeasure. They do everything possible to sabotage Minnick. One doctor caught in personal quagmire is Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). Arizona has more than her share of personal loss making her one of the most sympathetic characters I the show. The plane crash that served as a major plot changing even killed several main characters and resulted in Arizona losing a leg. She also divorced from her wife and is a single mother. Her current position in the hospital is the Head of Fetal Surgery. She develops romantic feelings for the interloper that clouded her judgement. The moment of truth in the showdown between the Chiefs and Dr. Bailey occurs when hey decide to freeze Minnick out of their surgeries effectively derailing her training program. In the fallout Bailey makes an example of the chiefs by suspending Meredith. In a typical twist common to soap operas Catherine and Richard are married. The intersection of personal and professional lives is never truly distinct in this series. A troubled marriage will experience escalations to almost unbelievable levels. Bailey’s problems as Chief of Surgery are just beginning with the training program. Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers), got into an altercation that escalated to a punch thrown. Alex was arrested facing felony charges that will send him to prison and revoke his license to practice medicine. This reflects badly on the hospital particularly since he the Chief of Pediatric Surgery. After Meredith’s best friend, Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), to a position in another country, Alex has become ‘her guy’, the person she can always depend on for emotional support. Typical to the foundation of this series these examples are only the tip of the emotional ice burg that unfolds during the 24 episode of this season the trials and tribulations of this group of dedicated healers continued to remain eminently entertaining. Season 14 is already underway and there is little doubt that this show will take that place un the world’s record book. There are very few television series that can exhibit this degree of longevity and even fewer that can do so while remaining so robust and engaging.
  • Dec 07, 2017
    I wish she would stop with all the sex, homo crap, anti christian, and anti gun crap. If you take all that out it could be a good show that is unbiased. I want to be entertained not indoctrinated.
  • Sep 08, 2017
    I'm a big fan of the show, but this season started off extremely slow. It wasn't until mid-season when things picked up.
  • Jul 02, 2017
    The season finale was so good!! They've kept me interested every single season. If you're a person who has never watched this show and feel like watching 13 seasons is too much for you, trust me, its worth it.
  • Jun 16, 2017
    Never watched this show till about 3 months ago I started watching on Netflix and OMG! it's like a train wreck that you can't stop watching. I'm done now and waiting for season 13 to come to Netflix. I never thought I would watch this show, I was an ER nut. It's so good!
  • Apr 24, 2017
    The most depressing season of Grey's Anatomy I have ever seen. I don't know if I can continue to watch it.
  • Feb 18, 2017
    The writer's attempt to slow the timeline down and explore character development has proven to be extremely unorganized and frustrating. This may be the worst season to date.

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