If you don’t know who Shonda Rhimes is, she’s the creator of Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, along with multiple other contributions to shows and movies such as Private Practice and The Princess Diaries 2. Between her biggest three shows that I mentioned first, she has written and produced over 20 seasons of television, and all three shows are wildly popular. On Rotten Tomatoes, Scandal has a 95%, How to Get Away with Murder has a 90%, and Greys Anatomy has a 71%. Ignore the fact that Greys Anatomy has a 71% because it has been inarguably one of the most dominant shows of its time in terms of popularity and duration of time on the air, and there is no denying that Shonda’s work is something of a genius.
I used to watch Greys Anatomy with my parents as a kid, and I currently watch Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, so I can personally attest to the fact that Shonda is a mastermind of the industry, but what I always find myself wondering is how in the world she has been able to create so many seasons of content for these shows. Especially in regards to Greys Anatomy which is in it’s 13th season, I just do not understand how somebody can not only write that much content, but write content that is that good that the show can continue to be renewed season after season. When you think about it, after 13 seasons and 280 episodes, the ideas for new episodes have got to be limited, and the ability to continue the storyline has to become more and more difficult. Eventually, to be able to create new ideas, there have to be boundaries pushed. For example, in Greys Anatomy you will see episodes where patients have ridiculous and un-heard of injuries or ways in which they were injured, and these things become the focus for an entire episode. After 13 seasons, the viewer witnesses nearly every possible scenario that could be played out in a hospital, so Shonda has to find some new way to keep the story going.
I think that to do this in all of her shows, Shonda pushes boundaries at times by veering off the realistic storyline and putting in something that may be unrealistic or unlikely. While unrealistic things in a storyline are something that I personally hate in my television shows, Shonda does a good job of not making things too unrealistic, but doing so just enough to keep the storyline fresh, exciting, and in motion, and its simply unreal that she’s been able to create this much content for one show in Greys Anatomy, and then go on to do it in 10 more seasons of two other hit shows at the same time. Shonda just had yet another show get it’s pilot picked up recently as ABC picked up the pilot to another show she wrote for 2017. If you want to read about that, click here