Television producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes, 52, has been having a very good year — but that’s nothing new. She’s been having very good years since Grey’s Anatomy premiered on ABC in 2005; now in its 18th season, it ranks as the longest-running prime time medical drama in TV history. In February, Rhimes premiered her Netflix true-crime limited series, Inventing Anna, and this month, her Emmy-winning period drama Bridgerton returns for its much-anticipated sophomore season. But how does the trio of shows rank among her best? Here, our ranking from one-season flops to all-time-great megahits.
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11. Off the Map (2011)
The premise: What do you get if you take the grey out of Grey’s Anatomy? This one-season flop swaps out the rainy Seattle setting of Rhimes’ biggest hit for a remote jungle in an unnamed South American country, where a crew of idealistic doctors runs an underfunded clinic. The cast included future Grey’s stars Martin Henderson and Jason Winston George (50), plus Friday Night Lights actor Zach Gilford and Mamie Gummer, the daughter of Meryl Streep. Expect incidents involving zip lines, crashed helicopters, tropical parasites and even a giant anaconda.
The best part: You can’t beat the lush setting, with Oahu doubling for the Amazon.
10. Still Star-Crossed (2017)
The premise: This high-concept Shakespearean sequel is set in the aftermath of the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as Verona is plunged into citywide riots between the warring Capulets and Montagues. In order to make peace, the newly returned Prince Escalus (Sterling Sulieman) orders Juliet’s cousin Rosaline (Lashana Lynch) to marry Romeo’s cousin Benvolio (Wade Briggs), kicking off a string of feuds, fights and mysteries, involving a secret society known as The Fiend. The series was dismissed by many critics as a lavish if emotionally flat melodrama, and it was canceled after seven episodes.
The best part: Despite the material, Lynch had undeniable star power, and she went on to star as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel and Nomi (the first female 007) in the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die.
9. The Catch (2016-2017)
The premise: In this stylish cat-and-mouse game, The Killing’s Mireille Enos stars as L.A. private investigator Alice Vaughan, who’s in for a rude awakening within the very first episode: She finds out that her fiancé, Benjamin Jones (Peter Krause, 56, Six Feet Under), is actually an international con artist who disappears after stealing her heart — and her clients’ money. Alice and her fellow P.I. team members set out to reveal his true identity. The series lasted for two seasons, but it never quite lived up to the promise of its sleek Catch Me if You Can vibes and Alice’s killer ’60s-inspired outfits.
The best part: Rose Rollins was a charming scene-stealer as Alice’s business partner Valerie.