All 15 'Grey's Anatomy' Seasons Ranked by Their Posters (PHOTOS)
The asymmetrical stained-glass aesthetic is eye-catching, and Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) gets a glossy close-up, but so too do her fellow original cast members: Justin Chambers (Alex Karev), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), and James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber). It’s an attractive design, but more importantly, it’s a fitting tribute to the Grey’s stars who have been around the longest.
The perfect key art for the post-McDreamy era: A super-stylish Meredith emerging from the grief of the prior season and looking hella hopeful about the future. Here, the umbrella makes sense: The metaphorical rain is ending and the skies are clearing up. (Take note, Season 6 poster.)
One of the simplest posters is one of the best. No conspicuous airbrushing or Photoshopping, no collages or pastiches. Just a full-frame photo of three of the show’s leads rocking their navy attending scrubs and living their best lives. Plus, Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang) gets the foreground for her final season on the show.
Never mind that the hospital atrium doesn’t actually have that view of Seattle… or any view of Seattle, really
. This is still a beautifully rendered poster, one promising catharsis after Season 6’s deadly finale.
Sure, the graphic artists probably spent a lunch break putting this poster together, but the graphic is still eye-catching in a pop-art, Saul Bass-y
way. We’re not mad at it.
The third Meredith-only key art in the span of four years makes us think of all the other cast members who have yet to see their faces on a Grey’s poster: Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Kelly Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson), and even Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery), just to name a few. Plus, points off for recycling a photo — or, at least, an outfit
— from the prior season.
We wanna dislike this poster, but we’re not immune to its charms. McDreaminess aside, the “Live for the moment” tagline pairs well with the collage of iconic scenes from the show’s first four season. And we see you, nearly-naked Eric Dane (Mark Sloan).
The second season’s poster is a retread of the Season 1 poster you see below, but at least the actors don’t look quite so FaceTuned this time around.
Really digging the off-kilter grid. Semi-digging the tagline. Not digging the hazy aura, a glow that almost screams, “It’s a medical show with heart
!” (Also, y’all remember Desperate Housewives
Too bad Derek (Patrick Dempsey) couldn’t save his own life, are we right? No, the tagline to this perfectly adequate poster probably relates more to Mer realizing she could
live without Derek but didn’t want
to. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a choice in the matter — and accordingly, the DVD version of this poster
erases Derek’s face entirely.
Any poster in which you can discern each individual beard hair on Patrick Dempsey’s stubbly face can’t be all bad. But something about his spooked expression and Ellen Pompeo’s porcelain doll visage gives this poster an unnerving edge.
We’d live for a poster focusing on Cristina and Meredith’s “twisted sister” relationship, but this ain’t it. The characters’ heads seem to be pasted on other people’s bodies. It looks the graphic designers based the poster on this scene
, but where are Meredith’s long sleeves? J’accuse!
Don’t tell us what to do, poster! Even discounting all those imperatives in the background, this design is just uninspiring. And they did our homegirl Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres) dirty by making her that small!
Say, Grey’s Anatomy
, could you spare some change? Not only are all the stars’ faces smushed together in this hodgepodge, but the irises of their eyes are also weirdly lightened. It must have been a trend of the mid-2000s
Honestly, the season that “changes everything” didn’t really change much of anything, for our money. And that umbrella motif makes sense in the context of rainy Seattle but doesn’t say much else about the show. Season 13 did the umbrella thing so much better.
If you’ve ever seen a poster for Grey’s Anatomy at a subway station or a bus stop, you have BLT Communications to thank: The creative agency has been designing the posters for the ABC hit since Season 1.
Frankly, though, we’ve liked some of the posters more than others, and we’ve ranked them by effectiveness and appeal in the gallery above. Click through for our best to least favorite key art!
Grey's Anatomy, Season 15 Premiere, Thursday, September 27, 8/7c, ABC
The ABC series' EP breaks down what's to come