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This page contains timelines from Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. All time references in the shows are listed, but those who are chronologically incorrect, are marked with a footnote (with an explanation of why it's wrong at the bottom of the page).

Pre-ShowEdit

Grey's Anatomy Season 1Edit

  • Seasons 1-3 take up a year and is reflected in the summer and autumnal weather of Season 1.
  • Seasons 1-3, Meredith, Cristina, Izzie, George, and Alex are 1st year surgical interns and in the first year of their surgical residency.
  • Bailey is in her fourth year of surgical residency. Torres is also in her fourth year of residency, but in her third year of ortho residency, as confirmed later in Season 6 by The Time Warp.
  • A Hard Day's Night takes place on July 1 to 3, as the intern's 48 hour shift starts in the morning July 1. The new interns always start on that date.
  • The first season roughly spans 2 months.
  • Derek moved to Seattle 6 weeks before the second episode.
  • Shake Your Groove Thing the Chief says Mrs. Drake was operated on in 1999 and later says the towel was in her for five years, making the year 2004 (but the following season implies it is acutally 2006)
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest finished roughly at 6pm.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest lasts about 2 days.
  • Save Me takes place before the 16th of the month it takes place in.

Grey's Anatomy Season 2Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 3Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 4Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 5 Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 7Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 8Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 9Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 10Edit

Grey's Anatomy Season 11Edit

Private Practice Season 1Edit

  • Runs in parallel with Grey's Anatomy Season 4.
  • Violet reveals that she has fantasies of Bill Clinton leaving his wife for her in 2010.

Private Practice Season 2Edit

Private Practice, Season 3Edit

Private Practice, Season 4Edit

Private Practice, Season 5Edit

Private Practice, Season 6Edit

ErrorsEdit

During the initial years of the show, the year set was never formally mentioned, however, as the show progressed, time frames began to be mentioned in the show, leading to continuity errors throughout the series, such as:

  1. In the beginning of Shake Your Groove Thing, Richard Webber mentioned that Stephanie Drake was treated at Seattle Grace Hospital back in '99 and Preston Burke said he was a CT fellow at the time, however, paperwork revealed on-screen during Cristina's investigation showed that the patient was treated on 10-18-2000.
  2. Shake Your Groove Thing is the first episode that mentions a year in dialogue, spoken by Richard Webber regarding a patient being treated in 1999. The cast during the episode mentions that this occurred five years ago, making the current in-universe year as 2004. Although the show premiered in early 2005, the medical education year begins in July, making the 2004 year correct as this episode takes place early in the surgical internship. However, because the following two seasons make up a year, the in-universe year is likely pushed forward to 2007, as it would align later, chronologically, in season 6 and later when each season would encompass the July start year.
  3. In "Let It Be" Miranda announces that she is pregnant, and nine episodes later, she has the baby. So, at least six months must have passed for Miranda to carry the baby to term, or she was already heavily pregnant when the show started (yet she only told others about the pregnancy in season 2). She did inform Richard that she was carrying a boy at the same time as she informed him she was pregnant, indicating that she is at least 18-20 weeks pregnant at that point.
  4. The year is later contradicted by Izzie who claimed it was 2009 in Season 5's Now or Never.
  5. This is not correct, as This is How We Do It takes place somewhere after February. Considering the dates shown in It's a Long Way Back, it takes most likely place in early March.
  6. This is obviously wrong, as March 4 is a week before March 11, and not four weeks and two days later.
  7. This date, shown on the surgical monitor, is incorrect, as Teddy mentions in All You Need is Love, which takes place on February 14, that Henry died one month ago.
  8. Arizona's cell phone shows the date is April 12, 2012, but this is most likely the date of filming rather than the in-universe time.
  9. There is, chronologically , a time jump of 4 months between Thriller and Map of You despite being stated otherwise in the episode's dialogue.
  10. Heather Brooks died in mid-to-late June, as she had not taken her intern exam as of yet, which would mean that it has been four months since her death.
  11. This is incorrect, as Puttin' on the Ritz takes place before Map of You, which takes place after July 1. Considering that this episode takes place after Thriller and thus October 31st, the time between Puttin' on the Ritz and Man on the Moon is more than 4 months.
  12. This is most likely the date of filming rather than the in-universe date, as earlier episodes took place in April.

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