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Abbott Elementary season 3 release date, cast, plot, and more news

Here's everything we know so far about the Abbott Elementary season 3 release date, cast, and more as we prepare for another semester.

Quinta Brunson as Janine in Abbott Elementary holding balloons

When is the Abbott Elementary season 3 release date? Brought to life by the endlessly amazing Quinta Brunson, and utilizing behind-the-scenes talent from the likes of The Office, the heartwarming mockumentary feels like a warm hug.

Abbott Elementary is one of the best comedy series on TV right now — and it has the Emmys to prove it. If you’re anything like us, you’re already looking forward to season 3 (if not, you’re missing out on one of the best TV series in recent years). What’s next for Janine and Gregory’s romance? What celebrity namedrop will Barbara get wrong next? And will Ava TikTok continue to be a TikTok legend?

When is the Abbott Elementary season 3 release date?

Abbott Elementary season 3 premieres on Wednesday, February 7, at 9 p.m. with an hour-long first episode.

After lengthy strike delays in 2023, we finally know when we’ll be back at school. And to celebrate, we’re being gifted with an extra-long season premiere. Who said learning isn’t fun?

Janine, Ava, and Melissa in the Abbott breakroom

Who’s in the Abbott Elementary season 3 cast?

All the teachers we know and love will return in Abbott Elementary season 3’s cast.

That means more of Brunson’s high-energy Janine, Tyler James Williams’ low-energy Gregory, and of course, Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph as the wise Barbara.

Here is the Abbott Elementary Season 3 cast list:

  • Quinta Brunson as Janine
  • Tyler James Williams as Gregory
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara
  • Janelle James as Ava
  • Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa
  • Chris Perfetti as Jacob
  • William Stanford Davis as Mr Johnson

Jacob, Melissa, and Barbara in the school hall

What is Abbott Elementary season 3 about?

Abbott Elementary will likely continue with the Janine and Gregory romance in season 3 while solving episodic problems at the school.

Brunson told Deadline “It’s not like coming back to a family show where you can pop in on that family on any sitcom-y thing. It’s really like, what’s going on in the school?”

She also explained the writers’ room had to be inventive with regards to “explaining our absence… in a way that we think engages the audience [and] protects the world we built.”

Abbott Elementary season 3 release date: Quinta Brunson as Janine in Abbott Elementary holding balloons

The show invests in multi-episode arcs and is clearly going the distance with the Janine and Gregory slow burn. Fans are all but salivating over it with the number of almost moments they had in the first two seasons and their conversation in the season 2 finale.

The series has done a wonderful job keeping us coming back with a fresh take on every episode and constantly furthering our insight on its teachers. Dynamics deepen, and with that, the humor and drama take on new layers.

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Is there an Abbott Elementary season 3 trailer?

We should have a trailer for Abbott Elementary season 3 by January 2024 at the latest.

Both seasons 1 and 2 had trailers released shortly before they premiered, so it’s a safe bet that season 3 will follow the same pattern with its trailer.

Luckily, ABC’s official YouTube channel has playlists with lots of clips to keep us going until we get a first look at the next season.

Abbott Elementary season 3 release date: Quinta Brunson in Abbott Elementary

Where can I watch Abbott Elementary season 3?

In the US, you’ll be able to watch Abbott Elementary season 3 on ABC or Hulu beginning on February 7 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Abbott Elementary is a network show, so airs on ABC first before streaming on Hulu in the US. In the UK, the episodes come to Disney Plus, albeit on a slightly staggered schedule.

With season 2, half the season dropped on the streaming service on March 1, 2023, with the other half later in the year.

Melissa, Barbara, and Mr Johnson stand with students in Halloween costumes

How many episodes of Abbott Elementary season 3 will there be?

Abbott Elementary season 3 has fewer episodes than previous seasons. Co-creator Patrick Schumacker hoped for 22 episodes but strike delays caused this to change.

Season 1 had 13 episodes, while season 2 had a 22-episode run. Although Schumacker and the Abbott crew were crossing their fingers for another full 22 episodes, the writers strike and actors strike impacted this. Brunson confirmed this.

That’s everything we know about Abbott Elementary season 3. If you’re looking for other options while we wait, check out our guides to the upcoming Percy Jackson TV series release date and everything we know about The Witcher season 3. Alternatively, look to the big screen with our lists of the best movies of all time and the new movies coming soon.