I understand this is not limited to Dynasty, so if someone wants to cross-post, feel free (nor sure how to ). I am wondering whether Grey's Anatomy is truly a unique phenomenon as a prime-time drama or if other shows could have duplicated its ratings success and longevity. Grey's certainly had a huge number of disasters piling onto the characters (bombs, plane crashes, you name it) as well as soap staple after soap staple of personal dramas, so it's not like it is a different genre than Dynasty or Dallas or Knots or Falcon Crest. I don't know if we can even say "it doesn't focus on rich people" when some of them own a hospital, all of them are surgeons, and some are part of an international corporation. I think one important difference is that Grey's allows for the passing of the baton by slowly introducing new characters into the canvas, trying them out, and sometimes discarding them, whereas the 80s soaps only brought in new blood when they were forced to by the main cast leaving--and that may have been too late. Other thoughts?