The BEST episodes of Grey's Anatomy

Every episode of Grey's Anatomy ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Grey's Anatomy!

A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.

Last Updated: 6/19/2024Network: ABC (US)Status: Continuing
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Death and All His Friends
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8.30
3393 votes

#1 - Death and All His Friends

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/20/2010

Cristina and Meredith's surgical skills are put to the ultimate test.

Directors: Rob Corn
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Losing My Religion
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8.26
1292 votes

#2 - Losing My Religion

Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired 5/15/2006

This episode is the second part of a two-hour season finale. Richard tries to get information from Addison about a family member's condition. Callie and George have a talk about his feelings. Meredith and Derek have a talk about Doc.

Directors: Mark Tinker
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Sanctuary
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8.20
3204 votes

#3 - Sanctuary

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/20/2010

Seattle Grace Hospital is hit with a crisis like no other in its' history.

Directors: Stephen Cragg
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Silent All These Years
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8.12
1199 votes

#4 - Silent All These Years

Season 15 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/28/2019

When a trauma patient arrives at Grey Sloan, it forces Jo to confront her past. Meanwhile, Bailey and Ben have to talk to Tuck about dating.

Directors: Debbie Allen
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It's the End of the World
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8.11
1599 votes

#5 - It's the End of the World

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/5/2006

An explosive case arrives at the O.R. that might endanger all the lives of the people working there, which leads Dr. Burke to declare a "Code Black" for the hospital. Bailey worries where her husband is as she is in labor. Also Izzie and Alex may be creating some heat.

Directors: Peter Horton
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Cold as Ice
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8.08
1445 votes

#6 - Cold as Ice

Season 14 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/10/2018

One of Grey Sloan Memorial’s own is seriously injured, making the team reflect on what is truly important to them. Meanwhile, Nicole Herman pays a visit to GSM and talks to Arizona about an exciting opportunity.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writer: Bill Harper
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Now or Never
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8.07
1548 votes

#7 - Now or Never

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/14/2009

In the second part of the two hour season finale, George delivers stunning news to Bailey, sending shockwaves throughout the hospital, and Izzie's friends anxiously await her recovery from surgery. Meanwhile Bailey is surprisingly displeased after being accepted into the pediatric fellowship program, and the victim of a near-fatal traffic accident brings the talents of Seattle Grace's doctors together. This is the second hour of a 2-hour season finale.

Directors: Rob Corn
Writer: Debora Cahn
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All of Me
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8.06
1415 votes

#8 - All of Me

Season 14 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/17/2018

The doctors attend Alex and Jo’s wedding, and things do not go as planned. Meanwhile, the stress from the past year has taken a toll on Bailey, and she will re-evaluate some of her decisions.

Directors: Debbie Allen
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Ring of Fire
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8.03
2896 votes

#9 - Ring of Fire

Season 13 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/18/2017

In the season finale, the doctors' lives are at risk after a dangerous patient escapes the hospital room. Alex must make a hard choice in his relationship with Jo while Meredith has some big news for Nathan that brings things to a turning point.

Directors: Debbie Allen
Writer: Stacy McKee
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As We Know It
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8.03
1442 votes

#10 - As We Know It

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/12/2006

Derek is still operating when he finds out about Meredith's current situation. Meredith is freaking out about her situation. Webber and Bailey are dealing with medical health issues. Cristina and Izzie have their own issues to deal with because of Meredith's situation. Addison freaks out when George tries to find a solution to Bailey's impromtu postponement. Overall, Seattle Grace Hospital is still under code black and the situation is getting worse.

Directors: Peter Horton
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Freedom (2)
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8.02
1203 votes

#11 - Freedom (2)

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/22/2008

Directors: Rob Corn
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Family Affair
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8.01
2125 votes

#12 - Family Affair

Season 12 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/19/2016

Meredith and Maggie support Amelia on an important day; Jo reveals that she has been keeping secrets from Alex while Arizona and Callie deal with the impact of their custody arrangement. Meanwhile, Ben leaps into action to help a friend.

Directors: Debbie Allen
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Fear (of the Unknown)
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7.98
1770 votes

#13 - Fear (of the Unknown)

Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/15/2014

The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital bid an emotional farewell to the beloved Cristina Yang. A possible act of terrorism rocks Seattle and causes chaos at the hospital. Meanwhile, Meredith makes a life changing decision and one doctor receives shocking news.

Directors: Tony Phelan
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True Colors
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7.98
2930 votes

#14 - True Colors

Season 13 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/11/2017

The doctors of Grey Sloan encounter a difficult case involving a dangerous patient. Meanwhile, Owen receives life-changing news that pushes Amelia to step up to support him, and Alex attends a medical conference after making a shocking discovery.

Directors: Kevin McKidd
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Didn't We Almost Have It All?
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7.97
1230 votes

#15 - Didn't We Almost Have It All?

Season 3 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/17/2007

Callie and George make a big decision. A successor to Chief Webber is named. A man named Jeff Pope arrives. He is looking for his wife and newborn child. Cristina and Burke's wedding day has arrived and so have the interns first-year exam results.

Directors: Rob Corn
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My Shot
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7.95
884 votes

#16 - My Shot

Season 16 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/2019

Meredith faces the medical board as her future as a doctor remains uncertain, and she’s forced to reckon with her past in some challenging ways. Meanwhile, the interns are put to the test as they are each vying to be the most successful on their respective cases in the absence of some of the attendings.

Directors: Debbie Allen
Writer: Meg Marinis
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Perfect Storm
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7.95
2287 votes

#17 - Perfect Storm

Season 9 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/16/2013

Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital enters crisis mode as the storm rages, resources become scarce and patients flood in by the busload. Meanwhile, one of the doctors fights for their life.

Directors: Rob Corn
Writer: Stacy McKee
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1-800-799-7233
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7.95
1942 votes

#18 - 1-800-799-7233

Season 14 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/18/2018

Jo finally faces her estranged, abusive husband Paul Stadler, while Grey Sloan continues to work with the FBI after a hacker has compromised the hospital’s computer system.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writer: Andy Reaser
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Get Up, Stand Up
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7.94
1995 votes

#19 - Get Up, Stand Up

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/12/2013

On the day of April's wedding, the Grey Sloan Memorial doctors are all preoccupied with their own drama. Meredith and Cristina continue to argue about their research and careers, Bailey comes clean to Ben about her feelings regarding him moving back to Seattle, and Shane puts himself in a risky situation. Meanwhile, Derek gets a phone call that will change his life.

Directors: Tony Phelan
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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
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7.94
2091 votes

#20 - Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Season 14 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/9/2017

After a roller coaster car falls off the track at the county fair, the doctors at Grey Sloan tend to patients who spark memories about ghosts from their past. The series 300th episode!

Directors: Debbie Allen
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Out of Nowhere
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7.93
2173 votes

#21 - Out of Nowhere

Season 14 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/16/2017

A hacker compromises the hospital’s computer system, causing monitors, phones, labs and patient files to all go down. As technology fails them, Bailey attempts to keep the peace but chaos erupts and the doctors are forced to get creative in their methods to treat the patients.

Directors: Kevin McKidd
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Drawn to the Blood
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7.91
1040 votes

#22 - Drawn to the Blood

Season 15 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/9/2019

Alex tries desperately to save his patient Gus while he waits for a severely agoraphobic blood donor to arrive from London. Jo reveals to Meredith why she’s been so down, while Catherine and Bailey hold a meeting to get down to the bottom of an insurance issue. Meanwhile, Maggie and Jackson go camping.

Directors: Kevin McKidd
Writer: Andy Reaser
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Blowin' in the Wind
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7.91
1244 votes

#23 - Blowin' in the Wind

Season 15 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/15/2018

Seattle is hit by a huge windstorm and Grey Sloan becomes inundated with patients; Alex and Jo are stuck at home and decide to make the best of it by having a second honeymoon; Meredith confronts Richard about getting his life back on track

Directors: Kevin McKidd
Writer: Meg Marinis
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17 Seconds
star
7.90
1443 votes

#24 - 17 Seconds

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/14/2006

George and Derek work together, Denny still doesn't have a heart, and Meredith gets paired with Callie. A 12-week pregnant girl dies in the O.R. and her parents try to keep the baby alive. This causes tension between Derek and Addison. One doctor's overreaction unites two bickering patients. Finn is still treating Doc for medical problems.

Directors: Dan Minahan
Writer: Mark Wilding
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Who's Zoomin' Who?
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7.89
1562 votes

#25 - Who's Zoomin' Who?

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/22/2005

A sexually transmitted disease breaks out and affects several members of the hospital staff. Chief Webber promptly calls a meeting. Meanwhile, the chief reluctantly tells Dr. Derek Shepherd about his own medical concerns. Izzie and Cristina worry about a patient's wife and daughter who can't agree on his care. Burke treats his college buddy Bill, whose medical diagnosis raises some questions regarding his wife's actions. Then just as Meredith and Derek grow more intimate, a surprise is revealed.

Directors: Wendey Stanzler
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