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'Grey's Anatomy' Season 18: Release date, spoilers and all about ABC medical drama

Love, friendship, strife and challenges will be faced by doctors in the brand new season of the popular ABC medical drama
UPDATED SEP 19, 2021
A still  from Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
A still from Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

ABC's much-adored medical drama is all set to make a return with its eighteenth season and fans cannot be more thrilled! 'Grey's Anatomy' which is making a comeback has everyone ready to watch the doctors scrub back in. Running for over 16 years now the ABC show has garnered a gigantic fan following with the love only pouring in continuously.

Following the life of surgeons from the start of their careers, the drama is filled with heartwarming comradery, competition, love, fights and more as the viewers are treated to real-life medical situations in a hospital all while exploring the personal and professional relationships of the doctors. Here's everything you need to know about Season 18 of 'Grey's Anatomy'.


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Release Date

Season 18 will premiere on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 9 pm ET/PT.

Where to watch

'Grey's Anatomy' fans can watch episodes live on ABC or can download the ABC app to watch new episodes the day after they air on The show is also available for streaming on Hulu.


A medical-based drama centered around Meredith Grey, an aspiring surgeon and daughter of one of the best surgeons, Dr Ellis Grey, follows her rise to prominence. We see the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis all while overcoming personal and professional challenges. The ups and downs of a surgeon's life are explored in a manner that realistically showcases the behind-the-scenes of those in scrubs. A melting pot of nervousness, joy, fear, friendship and more is displayed in the medical background which also adopts a sex-driven and sometimes humorous treatment of its subject matter, making for a well-rounded watch of all the intriguing characters.



Depicting the real-life pandemic, Meredith spent most of the season being treated in the hospital while dealing with a severe case of Covid-19. Season 17 showed the struggles of navigating life in this whole new world. The finale ended with Meredith recovering from Covid-19 to take on the duty of training new residents. Lovebirds Maggie and Winston finally say I do with a beach wedding but not everything goes to plan as seen with Link's proposal to Amelia being met with failure. On a positive note, fan-favorite Kate Walsh is finally returning as Addison Montgomery.


Ellen Pompeo 

Golden Globe nominee Ellen Pompeo is one of television's most beloved actresses. Pompeo's film roles include the comedy 'Old School', the superhero film 'Daredevil', the caper film 'Art Heist', and the comedy-drama 'Life of the Party'. She also received the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Drama.

Ellen Pompeo attends the GLSEN Respect Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 19, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for GLSEN)

 Chandra Wilson 

Chandra Danette Wilson is an American actress and director. She also played the character of Bailey on 'Private Practice' and 'Station 19'. She made her New York stage debut in 1991 and began to land guest spots on a variety of prime-time television shows. She made her first film appearance in the 1993 film 'Philadelphia'. She is best known for her role as Dr. Miranda Bailey on 'Grey's Anatomy', for which she has been nominated for the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress four times

Actress Chandra Wilson attends the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)

James Pickens Jr 

James Pickens Jr is an American actor. His films include 'Menace II Society', 'Home Room', 'Gridlock'd' and 'Just Wright', starring Queen Latifah and Common. He is best known for his starring role as Dr Richard Webber 'Grey's Anatomy'.

James Pickens Jr. attends ABC Television's Winter Press Tour 2020 at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 08, 2020 in Pasadena, California.(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

 Kevin McKidd

An established star of film, television and theater, Scottish actor Kevin McKidd made his feature film debut in 1996, starring in Gillies MacKinnon's 'Small Faces'. In recent years, McKidd appeared in the films 'North of Hell' and 'Tulip Fever'. He plays the role of Owen Hunt in 'Grey's Anatomy'.

Actor Kevin McKidd attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at New York Hilton on November 20, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

 Caterina Scorsone  

Caterina Scorsone is a Canadian actress. She made her debut as a child actor on the Canadian children's program, 'Mr. Dressup'. She also appeared in a number of films, including 2010's 'Edge of Darkness' and 2014's 'The November Man'. She is best known for playing Dr Amelia Shepherd on  'Grey's Anatomy'.

Caterina Scorsone attends Entertainment Weekly Celebrates Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees sponsored by L'Oreal Paris, Cadillac, And PopSockets at Chateau Marmont on January 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Camilla Luddington 

Camilla Anne Luddingto is a British-American actress, best known for her role as Josephine “Jo” Wilson in the ABC medical drama series,' Grey's Anatomy'. She is also known for voicing 'Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider' video games, for which she provided the motion capture.

Camilla Luddington attends The Walt Disney Company 2020 Golden Globe Awards Post-Show Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Kelly McCreary

Kelly McCreary is a rising star in Hollywood. McCreary was seen on 'Scandal', 'Castle', 'Emily Owens', 'M.D.', 'I Just Want My Pants Back', 'White Collar', 'Rubicon' and 'Cyberchase'. She plays Dr Maggie Pierce.

Kelly McCreary attends TheWrap's Power Women Summit at Fairmont Miramar Hotel on October 25, 2019, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Kim Raver 

Film and television star Kim Raver has a brave yet vulnerable quality to her performances that has allowed her to take on a wide variety of leading roles throughout her career. She is best known for television roles as Dr. Teddy Altman on ABC's medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy', Kim Zambrano on 'Third Watch', and Audrey Raines on '24'.

Kim Raver attends the World Premiere of Disney's “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" at El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Jake Borelli 

Coming off of a breakout year in 2018, Jake Borelli has rapidly made a name for himself in the entertainment industry. He can currently be seen starring as Dr. Levi Schmitt on 'Grey's Anatomy'

Jake Borelli attends the Premiere Of Freeform's "The Thing About Harry" at The London West Hollywood on February 12, 2020, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Chris Carmack 

Chris Carmack is a talented actor, model and musician. He has guest-starred on popular dramas such as 'NCIS', 'CSI: NY', 'Desperate Housewives', 'Smallville' and more. He plays the role of Dr Atticus Lincoln.

(FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Actor Chris Carmack attends the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Anthony Hill

Anthony Hill currently plays Dr. Winston Ndugu. Hill played a pivotal guest role on HBO's 'Watchmen'. He also guest-starred on the first season of the Shondaland drama 'For The People' on ABC and played a supporting role in the Lifetime TV movie 'Faith Under Fire'.

Anthony Hill(ABC)

Richard Flood 

Richard Flood is an Irish actor best known for the character Tommy McConnel in the series 'Crossing Lines', James McKay in the series' Red Rock', Ford in the series 'Shameless', and is currently playing Dr Cormac Hayes on 'Grey's Anatomy'.

Richard Flood attends the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration at Chateau Marmont on September 16, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Kate Walsh

Kathleen Erin Walsh is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Rebecca Wright on the short-lived NBC sitcom 'Bad Judge', Olivia Baker on '13 Reasons Why', and The Handler on 'The Umbrella Academy'. Walsh returns as Dr Addison Montgomery.

Kate Walsh attends the opening night screening of "Sell By" during the NewFest Film Festival at SVA Theater on October 23, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)


'Greys's Anatomy' is created by Shonda Rhimes with her also serving as one of the executive producers alongside Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, and Allan Heinberg, and recently, Ellen Pompeo.



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