Grey’s Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: Delays and Uncertainty

By: Dan Cooper

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Grey's Anatomy Season 20 Release Date: Delays and Uncertainty

Grey’s Anatomy, the popular medical drama that has been captivating audiences since 2005, is set to return for its 20th season. The show was renewed for another unprecedented season in February 2023, extending its already impressive run of 420 episodes. While it is expected to air during the Fall 2023 season, ongoing writer’s strikes may cause a significant delay.

Currently, Grey’s Anatomy is only available for streaming on Netflix in two regions: the United States and Canada. Fans eagerly await the arrival of the new season on the streaming platform, but the release date remains uncertain.

Historically, Grey’s Anatomy has adhered to a strict schedule on ABC, with new seasons premiering in June and subsequently becoming available on Netflix. However, due to the ongoing writer’s strike, which began on May 1, 2023, the show is absent from the ABC Fall 2023 schedule. Consequently, the release date for the new season on Netflix is continuously being pushed back. It is now anticipated that the show will make its return in late 2024, although this projection is subject to change.

Regarding the show’s future on Netflix, the streaming platform currently holds the rights to Grey’s Anatomy for its lifetime plus an additional three years. With the 2024 season on the horizon, Netflix will maintain exclusive streaming rights until 2027. If the show is renewed for a 21st season, this timeline will be extended once again.

While there is a possibility that Disney, the parent company of ABC, could negotiate with Netflix to bring Grey’s Anatomy exclusively to its own streaming platform, no such agreement has been reached thus far. Given Disney’s current focus on cost-cutting, it appears unlikely that they will pursue this option at the moment. Additionally, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has an ongoing partnership with Netflix, working on various projects, such as the expansion of Bridgerton, The Residence, Sunshine Scouts, and The Warmth of Other Suns.

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