(Pocket-lint) - Medical drama Grey's Anatomy has been keeping us entertained for 17 years. From the minute Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd (McDreamy) hit our screens back in the day, it's been a emotion-packed show with multiple twists and turns to keep us all watching year after year.
Here is everything you need to know about Grey's Anatomy season 18, including how to watch it and which cast members are expected. You'll also find all the season 17 details below and where to binge watch the previous seasons of Grey's Anatomy (all 17 of them), as well as news on season 19.
Grey's Anatomy season 18 release date
Grey's Anatomy season 18 was released in the US on 30 September 2021 at 9PM ET (2AM BST). It was then released on 10 November 2021 in the UK.
It's currently on a mid-season break, but it will return with the ninth episode in the US on 24 February 2022, with the 10th episode airing on 6 March 2022.
How and where to watch Grey's Anatomy season 18
For those in the US, Grey's Anatomy season 18 is showing on ABC. You can stream it on Hulu and you can you also stream it through the ABC website too.
For those in the UK, season 18 of Grey's Anatomy is showing on Sky Witness. You can watch it if you have a Sky subscription, or a Now subscription.
How many episodes will there be of Grey's Anatomy season 18?
ABC hasn't confirmed how many episodes of Grey's Anatomy season 18 there will be, though there is the suggestion of 15, which would make it one of the shortest seasons.
There were just 17 episodes in season 17 of Grey's Anatomy, which was again one of the shortest seasons in the show's history with only the first season having less, and the fourth season having the same number of episodes.
Season one had nine episodes and season four had 17, otherwise the other seasons all have over 20 episodes, meaning there are now over 360 episodes in season one to seventeen. Binge-watching heaven.
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What is expected to happen in Grey's Anatomy season 18?
Grey's Anatomy season 17 had a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic with everyone at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital having to cope with the crisis, along with the continuing drama of their everyday lives, picking up where season 16 left off.
It looks like season 18 will answer a number of questions left open from season 17, and based on the teaser, it looks like there will be a major comeback.
Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) comes back for season 18 after she confirmed it on her Instagram (see below), and Megan Hunt (Abigail Spencer) also makes a return.
We also know there will be a couple of characters missing after their departure in season 17. No more Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) or Tom Koracick (Greg Germann) after both left for the Catherine Fox Foundation in Boston, and no DeLuca (Giacomo Gianniotti) either, of course.
Don't worry though, lots of the favourites are still expected, including Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Amelia Shepherd (Caterina Scorsone), Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington), Link Lincoln (Chris Carmack), Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd), Teddy Altman (Kim Raver) and Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr), among others.
Meredith's mother, Dr. Ellis Grey (Kate Burton), also makes a comeback. Should be interesting given she was killed off in season three.
How and where to watch Grey's Anatomy season 17
Grey's Anatomy is available to watch on Sky Witness in the UK. It started with a double header, with episodes one and two, but it continued as a week-by-week affair, like Line of Duty, with a new episode dropping every Wednesday from 7 April, rather than the entire season being made available on Sky On Demand at once. The season has now concluded so all the episodes are available to watch through On Demand.
In the US, Grey's Anatomy season 17 is available on ABC. Each episode can be streamed on the ABC website, as well as Hulu.
Where to catch up on previous seasons of Grey's Anatomy?
Grey's Anatomy season one to 16 are all available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and on Disney+ Star. You can watch season 17 on catch up through Sky - as mentioned - but you'll need a Sky subscription. It's also available to buy through Amazon.
In the US, season one to 16 are all available on Netflix US. You can then watch season 17 on the ABC website, or through Hulu if you missed it week-by-week.
Will there be a season 19 of Grey's Anatomy and when will it come out?
A season 19 has been confirmed by ABC so the medical drama will continue.
There have also been talks of a spin off show after Deadline reported that ABC's Signature President Jonnie Davis said it had been discussed.
The site then followed up the story with a clarification from Davis saying: "I would like to clarify some statements I made in a prior interview. There are no conversations about a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy at this time. We are 100 percent focused on producing season 18, with the incredible Krista Vernoff at the helm, and the amazing Ellen Pompeo leading our ensemble and co-executive producing. As the leader of ABC Signature, I meant only to convey my support and optimism for Shonda's brilliant creation."