Over the years, we’ve said goodbye to a lot of “Grey’s Anatomy” cast members. Ahead of the 11th season premiere of the series, CableTV is looking back at the former cast members and deciding if we miss them or not.
Dr. Christina Yang (Sandra Oh)
After playing Christina Yang for nearly 10 years, Oh’s character was written out of the show. Following news of her exit, Oh’s co-star, James Pickens Jr., referred to Dr. Yang as an “independent yet vulnerable” and “competitive yet caring.”
In 2011, Yang made the “Philly Magazine” list of 10 Best Doctors on Television. According to the magazine, Yang was a “total bada**” and “straight shooter.” Yang also appeared on Comcast’s list of TV’s Most Intriguing Characters.
On the show, Dr. Yang was not just a great doctor. She was a good friend, partner and role model. She embraced all the qualities we each strive for — she was loyal, motivated, strong and focused.
Dr. Yang is MISSED.
Dr. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane)
Fans said goodbye to Dane’s character, Dr. Mark Sloan, aka McSteamy, after the show’s ninth season. Dr. Mark Sloan was the unofficial bad boy of the series. While he made some questionable decisions during his time on “Grey’s Anatomy,” including an affair with his friend’s wife, Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh), you couldn’t help but want to tame him.
He was also a part of a couple great TV bromances with Dr. Derek Shepherd and Dr. Jackson Avery. In fact, he was named by Zap2It on their 25 Top TV Bromances list in 2012.
“He’s the guy you shouldn’t go out with but you can’t help yourself,” his co-star Kate Walsh said.
Despite his sometimes-smug ways, Dr. Sloan was the guy fans were rooting for. Behind his confident, charming exterior, Dr. Sloan was dealing with personal struggles, and it’s a shame we didn’t get to see more of that play out.
Dr. Sloan is MISSED.
Dr. Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh)
Dr. Grey passed away after sustaining life-threatening injuries in an aviation accident during season eight. He was a bit of a fish out of water on the show. Coming from a normal background, being thrown into the madness of the hospital appeared to catch her off guard. Still, her work ethic and education won over many fans.
It didn’t, however, win over the critics.
“Everything she says and does is obnoxious and does harm to someone,” Laura Burrows said.
Dr. Grey was interesting at times, and many of her relationships were interesting to see evolve. Still, her character was disposable on the series.
Because of that, we believe Dr. Grey is NOT MISSED.
Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh)
Dr. Addison Montgomery was the rich girl of the series, but that wasn’t all she was known for. Her main storyline involved of a love triangle with Dr. Derek Shepherd and Dr. Meredith Grey.
Although Dr. Montgomery was somewhat cold and uncaring during her first couple seasons, she eventually became known as the girl you love to hate. And, on any series, that’s an important role.
Sure, she was the one coming between the love story that was Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Grey, but no romance comes without hardships. Plus, Dr. Montgomery was funny, and her comedic relief was great for the series.
Dr. Montgomery is MISSED.
Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl)
Dr. Izzie Stevens was cast on “Grey’s Anatomy” as a sweet, vulnerable character, but as seasons progressed, she became “condescending and passive aggressive,” according to Yahoo! Voices. The character also engaged in an affair with Dr. George O’Malley, which Heigl wasn’t happy about.
“They really hurt somebody, and they didn’t seem to be taking a lot of responsibility for it,” Heigl told “Vanity Fair.” “I have a really hard time with that kind of thing. I’m maybe a little too black and white about it.”
If Heigl couldn’t get on board with her character, how could we?
Dr. Stevens is NOT MISSED.
Dr. George O’Malley (T.R. Knight)
Dr. George O’Malley quickly got on the bad side of fans when he engaged in an affair with Dr. Meredith Grey. They also weren’t on board with his relationship with Dr. Stevens. Even Knight admitted during an interview with “The Chicago Tribune” that his character was exhibiting strange behavior.
“How is he going to recover from this?” Knight said, talking about his character’s affair with Dr. Grey. “I think George has a lot of growing up to do. Part of that is making horrible, stupid mistakes.”
Dr. O’Malley is NOT MISSED.
Dr. Preston Burke (Isaiah Washington)
Dr. Preston Burke started out cold, but eventually, he softened. Although he was always determined and hard working, it was his softer, more vulnerable side that interested fans.
In addition, fans seemed to love his relationship with Dr. Yang. Yahoo! Voices referred to the romance as “one of the most touching and funny attractions” of the show.
Dr. Preston Burke is MISSED.
The new season of “Grey’s Anatomy” begins tonight on ABC.
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