Grey's Anatomy: Season 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Grey's Anatomy: Season 5 (2008-2009)




Critic Consensus: Grey's channels its trademark sexy-soapy tone of seasons past for a fifth installment that's rejuvenated by some much needed character development.


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In the fifth series of this medical drama, military surgeon Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) joins the staff of Seattle Grace. His initial cold demeanour irks some fellow doctors, but he grows close with Cristina (Sandra Oh), who helps him with his PTSD. However, Cristina gets jealous of another new staff member: Sadie Harris (Melissa George), who was best friends with Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) back in college. Meredith asks Derek (Patrick Dempsey) to move in with her this series, and her half sister Lexie (Chyler Leigh) becomes romantically involved with Derek's pal Mark (Eric Dane). Meanwhile, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) begins seeing visions of her dead fiancé, and she eventually discovers that she has a brain tumour.


Ellen Pompeo
as Meredith Grey
Patrick Dempsey
as Derek Shepherd
Sandra Oh
as Cristina Yang
Katherine Heigl
as Izzie Stevens
T.R. Knight
as George O'Malley
Justin Chambers
as Alex Karev
Chandra Wilson
as Miranda Bailey
James Pickens Jr.
as Richard Webber
Sara Ramirez
as Callie Torres
Eric Dane
as Mark Sloan
Chyler Leigh
as Lexie Grey
Kevin Mckidd
as Owen Hunt
Jessica Capshaw
as Arizona Robbins
Brooke Smith
as Erica Hahn
Jesse Williams
as Jackson Avery
Sarah Drew
as April Kepner
Caterina Scorsone
as Amelia Shepherd
Jerrika Hinton
as Stephanie Edwards
Kelly J. McCreary
as Margaret "Maggie" Pierce
Brandon Scott
as Intern Ryan
Eric Stoltz
as William
Kimberly Elise
as Dr. Swender
Shi Ne Nielson
as Paramedic
Jason George
as Ben Warren
Tyne Daly
as Carolyn
Giacomo Gianniotti
as Andrew DeLuca
Faye Dunaway
as Dr. Campbell
August Schellenberg
as Clay Bedonie
John Getz
as Michael
Ed Lauter
as Timothy Miller
Grant Show
as Archer
Kathleen Early
as Dr. Daisy Pepman
Perry Smith
as Mrs. Anderson
Shi Ne Nielson
as Paramedic
Hector Elizondo
as Mr. Torres
Emily Kuroda
as Kendall
Michael Rady
as Mike Shelley
John Cappon
as Paramedic
Amy Aquino
as Marianne
Christa B. Allen
as Holly Anderson
Lauri Johnson
as Grandma Ruth
Amy Gumenick
as Becca Wells
Kay Panabaker
as Emma Anderson
Liza Weil
as Alison Clark
Tom Verica
as Michael Norris
Bre Blair
as Lauren
Perrey Reeves
as Margaret
Bonnie Bartlett
as Rosemary Bullard
Debra Mooney
as Mrs. Hunt
Rosalind Chao
as Kathleen Patterson
George Coe
as Ed Bullard
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Patterson
Kate Capshaw
as Arizona Robbins
Jon Rowland
as Alison's Boyfriend
Elden Henson
as Mr. Smithson
Robin Gwynne
as Becca's Mom
Payton Silver
as Dr. Knox
Sam Anderson
as Michael
Chelsea Taylor
as Alison's Mother
Perry Smith
as Mrs. Anderson
Zach Gilford
as Lt. Charlie Lowell
Gloria Garayua
as Intern Graciella
Brock Cuchna
as Recruiting Clerk
Mark Saul
as Intern Steve
Wayne Lopez
as Paramedic
J.F. Davis
as Recruiting Officer
Fidel Gomez
as Morgue Attendant
Jody Sclavos
as ER Nurse
Mac Brandt
as Paramedic
Joseph Williamson
as Intern Pierce
Tim Chiou
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for Grey's Anatomy: Season 5

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6)

It feels more like the good old days than Grey's has in a long time.

September 25, 2008 | Full Review…

With the fifth season... the program has closed the door on even tiny slivers of light.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Three and a half seasons of "Greys," I suffered through -- that's a lifetime of Meredith Grey insufferable whininess. And damnit: If Izzie is finally going to be killed off, I feel like I deserve to celebrate her departure.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Based on the two-hour premiere, it does appear like things are changing for the better at Seattle Grace hospital.

September 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

At least this season starts with a sense of business-as-first-season-usual.

September 25, 2008 | Full Review…

The big reveal of this season finale was that Meredith has quietly become a much more stable and sympathetic character, a very welcome payoff for an often painful season.

May 16, 2009 | Full Review…

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