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Grey's Anatomy Season Six Report Card: B-

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The 2009-10 season is in the books, but the summer break gives us a chance to offer up critiques on various programs. TV Fanatic will grade and review as many as we can.

Most recently, we took on shows ranging from The Good Wife to Gossip Girl and 90210. Today, we're on to Grey's Anatomy, a series we're finding uniquely difficult to assess.

The show is, to a point, a victim of its own success, and the standards it set over its first few years. Our B- grade seems low, since there is still so much we love about Grey's.

We just believe the show can be that much better.

What did we think of the sixth season of the ABC medical drama? Who was its best character? Did it meet expectations? Where are we headed next? Read on and comment.

Best character: We've always loved Meredith, Derek, Cristina and Bailey so much, let's focus on two that really developed this season - Alex and Mark. Both had some terrific story arcs that showed new facets of their personalities, which proved more complex than you might have originally thought. Most, if not all of the characters shined at times, but these two stood out.

Grandpa Mark!

Season Six brought out a different side of Mark Sloan.

Worst character: Izzie. Truthfully, this is more a critique of the actress who played her and how the situation was handled, which was somewhat out of the writers' hands. Izzie recovered, only to be fired, come back and leave again for good? As viewers, we felt as jerked around as Alex. To a lesser degree, we could've done without some of the Mercy West crew.

Best use of guest stars: Jason George beats out some worthy competition for this one. He was awesome, and easy on the eyes, as Ben, Bailey's anesthesiologist love.

Best episode: "Give Peace a Chance." The season finale was great and there were many strong weeks, but we absolutely loved this Derek-centric episode from early in the season. It was one of Patrick Dempsey's best performances and a moving story to boot.

Best storyline: The maturation of Meredith and the evolution of married life with Derek is a joy to watch. While we wouldn't call Cristina and Owen's struggles a joy, Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd are so terrific that they're no less compelling. All things Calzona. The introduction of Sloan Jr., the more we got to know her and how she affected him. The mesmerizing finale.

Worst storyline: While no single story line bothered us or made our eyes roll, there was a bit too much experimenting at times: A swarm of Mercy West doctors all at once, flashbacks, crossovers, episodes told from 12 perspectives, characters starring one week and barely seen the next. If the show lacked one thing for parts of what was overall a fine season, it was consistency.

At its best when: The core characters we love blend humor with emotion as they grapple with real-life professional and relationship situations we can relate to.

At its worst when: There's too much going on, or the action feels forced by "game-changing" events (sometimes necessary, but can become overkill as well).

Hopes for 2010-11: Grey's Anatomy is still a great show, and one we loyally watch for characters, the writing, the medical and personal story lines - all of it.

However ...

Despite our appreciation for all the serious, dramatic, funny and romantic action the show brings, there has been a shift in its direction, which to a point is inevitable.

As years pass, new characters are introduced that viewers don't take kindly to, since they've become attached to the original characters and are resistant to change.

Also, some of the episodes start to feel a bit repetitive, whether they're relationship-driven or over-the-top sweeps-week extravaganzas like shootings or disasters.

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Teddy and Jackson: Subtraction by addition?

The writers can return Grey's to its past glory by remembering what made it successful, focusing on the core cast and keeping some people and plots more peripheral.

Teddy's past with Owen, Mark's daughter, April's obsession with Derek and other stories were all fine on their own merit, but detract from what the show does best.

The cast has just gotten so big that there is no room for all the characters at times, and some of these sudden declarations seem to absolutely come out of nowhere.

Kim Raver and Jesse Williams are great, but the writers need to decide where the show is going and what their priorities are to keep things more focused next year.

Otherwise, history is destined to repeat itself, and we'll have another season lacking in continuity and feeling scattered, with occasional huge accidents to spice it up.

Enjoyable? Certainly. But it could be better.

Overall grade: B-.

What were your impressions of the season - and what would you like to see in Season Seven? What characters and episodes worked best in your view? Discuss below!

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Lexie will choose Sloan in the 7th season?

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I am new to watching Greys, but have pretty much caught up on everything by watching during the day. I am addicted! Was already fan of Patrick Dempsey. I have to say I would love to have Burke come back. I love Cristina, and her eyes. I am an RN who for most of my 30 yr career worked in a lg inner city hospital. Never watched medical shows as they were always ridiculous. Grey is the closet I have seen. A lot of things I see on the show, wouldn't happen where I worked (the docs taking people for tests,and Baily who I love would be crucified with her attitude,other stuff is realistic. As an evangelical christian, there are story lines I dont care for. Mer and Derrick need to make it legal after some drama as if the finale wasn't enough. Not necessary for the big white dress, but decent and close friends there,small. BUT- to get back to my original point, the finale this year was so real that I couldn't sleep for 2 days! We've had gun scares and police in the hospital and yes Callie would hand that man bandages and send him on his way. I was afraid we would start hearing copy cat stories. Bring on the drama!

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i thought overall that the series was ok. But i think that was becasue the season finale was so good. It was just about the main characters mostly and no one else really. I didnt really like the baily story in the last episode i thought it was kinda weird, but thats just me. I also thought that the Izzie story was disapointing because she used to be one of my favorite characters. Relationships for nest season:
Mark+Lexie (thats my favorite relationship next to Maradith and Derik of course) although i do think that Alex should be like jelouse or something

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forgot to mention! hoping to see in season 7...
- mark-lexie-alex love triangle resolved
- brunette lexie
- maybe callie+arizona or cris+owen meeting their partners' parents
- mer interested in building a family with derek
- more jackson+lexie. not necessarily as a couple, but as close friends. these two have sooo much chemistry!

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love 'give peace a chance' too. it was derek-centric and i loved the other scenes with the other characters. arizona breaking down into tears after threatening the chief was priceless etc... ooo i wouldn't want Burke to come back if he has intentions of getting back with cris. unless his real intention is to tell cris he's sry and has moved on then yes, i don't mind if he comes back for an episode or two. in season 7...
- i would like to see how mer handles the miscarriage news with derek. i mean she can't hide it from him forever right?
- callie and arizona and their cute babies :D 10 BABIES! XD
- cris and owen being more light-hearted and fun. they've had enough angst in season 6
- seeing arizona and owen's crib. we haven't seen their place yet!
- more owen playing the guitar :) it'd be nice if he plays it for cris

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I actually didn't watch much this year; got frustrated with the way the characters are written. When the season opened with all of them laughing at George's funeral, I decided I couldn't take much more. Arizona seems to always want to talk about her problems with Callie in the middle of the worst situations. The post-it wedding is a cute, personal story, but the fact that they are not legally married will cause a problem at some point. Besides, with Meredith's abandonment issues, it would work so well with the story to do it because no one has ever placed her first and made such a commitment to her. The Izzie storyline would have been legendary if she died right after the wedding last year. I realize that her leaving was not the fault of the writers, but they hinted at it all last season, so they still could have done it. I did watch the season finale, and the actors did a great job. Bailey was incredible. Christina was awesome in the OR. Meredith offering herself up to save Derek was moving. But realistically, would Callie have given a killer some gauze and sent him on his way to do more damage? I guess I will wait for signs that things are better next season before I decide whether or not to watch. I'm worried, with Shonda getting another series, because that is when the inconsistencies started; back when she was split between GA and Private Practice.

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I agree with guess_me. :D

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The future plotlines:
get Der to relinquish the interim chief gig, he's recovering from a gsw so he'll need to recuperate. Good excuse for a six month sober Webber to have proved he can go back to his old responsibilites, with strings attached of course. I'm bored with Der being the chief! Get Der in his scrubs plz! Cris to be waylaid by Avery, it's too obvious to get her back with Hunt again so soon. Hunt will need recovery time too, so all nearly fourth year residents who didn't get wounded step up to doing solo surgeries sooner than usual.
Lexie will have a huge quandry, she knows Alex isn't over Iz,so is she happy to be second best?
MerDer to move into the house in the woods. No lodgers (hooray)just enough time to adjust before Mer gets pregnant. A few dramas along the way with the preganacy of course

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HOPE FOR 2010 - 11 BURK COME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! PLS!!!!!!!!!! ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!

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