Set in the bustling halls of Abbott Elementary School, this critically acclaimed comedy series has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide with its clever writing, comedic timing, and a talented ensemble cast that brings each character to life in the most entertaining way. So it makes sense why the loyal fans of the show who have streamed every single episode since its inception are curious to know when the new season will premiere on the ABC network.
After all, it’s been months since we’ve gotten any new confirmation. As a result, if you are one of those who want to get clarity about the series’ official release date, then we can assure you that you have reached the right place to know all your answers which will definitely take you back to the not-so-average school and commence the session with another chapter. Here is everything we know so far about the third season of Abbott Elementary.
Abbott Elementary Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
In January 2023, the American mockumentary sitcom television series created by Quinta Brunso was renewed for a third season, months prior to the conclusion of the second. Now after the conclusion of the dual strikes, it has now been confirmed that Abbott Elementary Season 3 is scheduled to premiere next year on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 9 p.m. with a two-episode premiere. The remaining schedule for the ABC midseason premiere is as follows:
- 8 PM — The Conners
- 8:30 PM — Not Dead Yet
- 9 PM — Abbott Elementary (one-hour premiere)
- 10 PM — Judge Steve Harvey
Take a look at the official release date announcement as shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), quote, “Put it in your planners – #AbbottElementary is BACK with a new season premiering February 7 on ABC & stream on Hulu! “
— Abbott Elementary (@AbbottElemABC) November 16, 2023
Abbott Elementary Season 3: What to expect?
The official summary has not been released yet, but we are certain that the season will pick up right where it left off, which is the second season’s finale episode, “Franklin Institute.” The finale showcased Abbott Elementary taking a field trip to the Franklin Institute. Gregory is eager to spend time with a reluctant Janine who is avoiding him. Ava teaches the students about aliens, leading to chaos when someone spots an extraterrestrial in the museum.
Moreover, it is also expected to expand on the premise, which follows:
“In this workplace comedy, a group of dedicated, passionate teachers—and an oblivious principal—are brought together in a Philadelphia public school where, despite the odds stacked against them, they are determined to help their students succeed in life. Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do—even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude towards educating children.”
On the other hand, this season is confirmed to consist of a total of 14 episodes with an average runtime of 22 minutes, making it a shorter season compared to the last two seasons which have a total of 13 to 22 episodes respectively. This reduction in the official count was also confirmed by writer Brittani Nichols, as the dual strikes (WGA and SAG-AFTRA) affected the number of episodes and start date of the third season.
The main cast members who are expected to return include Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Janelle James as Ava Coleman, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, and Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard. In addition to this, Quinta Brunson serves as writer and executive producer alongside Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker of Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions.
The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Additionally, after both strikes were resolved, the third season was confirmed to begin filming on November 27, 2023. Like the first two seasons, the interior scenes of the series are filmed at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank in Burbank, California, with exterior shots of the series being filmed in front of Vermont Elementary School in Los Angeles.
All the seasons are available to stream on ABC along with FuboTV, Hulu, and MAX in selective regions (previously known as HBO Max). The show is also available for rent or purchase on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and Vudu, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on ABC’s official website and app, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel.
At last, we would also like to highlight that the network hasn’t released any new promo as the filming hasn’t begun yet.
In the meantime, check out the official promo for the second season to recall the plotlines and character arcs, which have received critical acclaim around the world. On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has received an approval rating of 100%, with an average rating of 9 out of 10, based on 18 reviews. Meanwhile, Metacritic has reported an average rating of 90 out of 100 based on eight reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.” Take a look at the official trailer below: