It's easy for a big show like Grey's Anatomy to receive criticism. One might even think its enduring popularity makes it a target for critique.
The most recent season saw a shift in presentation and format, as the realities of a worldwide pandemic worked their way into the show. Storylines revolved around the disease and other current events, and filming had to be adjusted to account for social distancing.
Some fans appreciated how the reflection of reality could elevate the emotional core of the series.
Hi, @EllenPompeo, sorry for all the @GreysABC tags but 17 is the most groundbreaking, life changing season. Serious… https://t.co/8A49odsaEv— Cathryn (@Cathryn) 1624069173.0
But not everyone is so positive.
One commenter disagreed and couldn't stand the new season.
@cathryn_lee @EllenPompeo @GreysABC I guess I'm an alien because this season was dumpster 🔥 trash! I love the show but not this season.— I_speak_YOU_listen (@I_speak_YOU_listen) 1624073206.0
It's common for fans of a show to not like some aspects, and vent them online. However, it's rarer for the star of the show to actually respond.
Ellen Pompeo, who plays the titular Dr. Meredith Grey, responded to the tweet, reassuring the critic that she was more than welcome to be unimpressed with the recent season.
She even thanked the commenter for the thought.
All good! Seventeen seasons we can’t please everyone all the time … it’s definitely not easy keeping it going and k… https://t.co/AV2JX6p1sc— Ellen Pompeo (@Ellen Pompeo) 1624074586.0
People were amazed at Pompeo's tact and appreciation.
Smartest negative feedback reply ever. I've never seen Grey's Anatomy, but this actor in it is impressive. https://t.co/EmcLukcs56— Hey, It’s Eric! 🖖 (@Hey, It’s Eric! 🖖) 1624320005.0
Ok, THIS is a good example for other stars. We all want great TV. And sometimes it ain’t that. And as a fan who fee… https://t.co/vJgogr2bqc— call me v 🐉🔥 (@call me v 🐉🔥) 1624309842.0
Don’t care about this show but I think this is honestly one of the more sane, reasonable celebrity/disgruntled fan… https://t.co/8Zdwh99RuA— Still Not Ron Howard (@Still Not Ron Howard) 1624260919.0
Fans were just super happy with the show overall.
@EllenPompeo As someone who has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Grey’s, I loved the season. Seeing everyone com… https://t.co/6vThZj1ecA— michelle hernandez (@michelle hernandez) 1624082438.0
@EllenPompeo i hate that they said this, i hate when people say stuff like this in general, season 17 was so good.— madi ♡ (@madi ♡) 1624074617.0
@EllenPompeo How was this season not the best legit the brought most of the dead ones back when we thought we would never see them again?!?!— Kim (@Kim) 1624074632.0
@EllenPompeo I freaking loved this season!!! It was amazing seeing all the vulnerability in everyone. It was about… https://t.co/j86hYvwhxB— 🥰ROLLISI IS ENDGAME🥰 (@🥰ROLLISI IS ENDGAME🥰) 1624074847.0
But that's not to say there wasn't some debate.
@iiffiy @callmeskyblue For me it's beautiful. They tried to pleased the fans in this hard time (pandemic) by reunit… https://t.co/4DI3zvSrAK— pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (@pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis) 1624242569.0
@shawnmisamore @callmeskyblue @cathryn_lee @EllenPompeo @GreysABC Yeah same, it was different to the others but it… https://t.co/MgALQxNHgg— Squeegie Beckenheim (@Squeegie Beckenheim) 1624116422.0
@EatACookieToots @cathryn_lee @EllenPompeo @GreysABC They will live another day and my opinion will too. 🤪— I_speak_YOU_listen (@I_speak_YOU_listen) 1624207948.0
Grey's Anatomy just wrapped up their 17th season, and has been renewed for an 18th. The show follows the lives of fictional doctors in their careers as they deal with medical emergencies and personal drama.
The long running series is coming up on its 400th episode. If the next season has at least 20 episodes, it'll definitely hit that milestone.