The medical drama centered on a diverse ensemble of doctors at the fictional Seattle Grace hospital began a run that’s presently reached nine seasons and nearly 200 episodes. A consistent ratings hit for ABC, the show’s success helped elevate creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes to prominence. It also yielded a spinoff, Private Practice, which ran for six seasons. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Kevin Corrigan, uncle (44); Richard Denning, governor (d. 1998); Nathan Fillion, captain (42); Fred Foy, narrator (d. 2010); David Janssen, fugitive (d. 1980); Elizabeth Mitchell, Islander (43); Brenda Song, socialite (25); Paula Trickey, beach cop (47).