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Shonda Rhimes' 'Grey's Anatomy' to Make History as Longest-Running Primetime Medical Drama

Shonda Rhimes' 'Grey's Anatomy' to Make History as Longest-Running Primetime Medical Drama

 

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On the last day of Black History Month, Shonda Rhimes, the first African American woman to create and executive produce a Top 10 network series, is making history again with her show 'Grey's Anatomy.' After 15 seasons and 332 episodes , the show will surpass 'ER' and become the longest-running primetime medical drama in television history. 'ER' ended with 15 seasons and 331 episodes in 2009. 

Rhimes took to social media on Wednesday to share the historic news, writing: "A lot has happened in 332 episodes and tomorrow we become the longest-running primetime medical drama. People. You don't want to miss this!" 

Since 'Grey's Anatomy' made its debut in March 2005, Rhimes has become the third Black woman to be inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Oprah Winfrey and Diahann Carroll were inducted in 1993 and 2011, respectively. In addition to bringing groundbreaking shows like  'Scandal' and 'How to Get Away with Murder' to the small screen, Rhimes also inked a deal with Netflix to develop original content.  

Grey's Anatomy's record-breaking episode airs on ABC tonight at 8 pm ET.