Here’s How to Watch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ For Free to See the Return of Addison & More Surprise Cast Members

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After omonths of waiting, Grey’s Anatomy is back for season 18! And the good news doesn’t end there: Fans also have a few ways to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free this year, and we’re diving into each of those options below.

Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes, premiered in March 2005 with original cast members Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang), Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens), T.R. Knight (George O’Malley), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey), James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber), Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke) and Patrick Dempsey (Derek Shepherd.) More than 15 years later, only three original cast members remain: Pompeo, Wilson and Pickens. But season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy may have some other blasts from the past in store for fans.

For everything there is to know about season 18 of the beloved ABC medical drama—from how to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free, to when season 18 begins—just keep on reading below!

When does Grey’s Anatomy 2021 start?

Grey’s Anatomy season 18 will on September 30, 2021, at 9 p.m. on ABC.

When does Grey’s Anatomy 2021 air?

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

Who is in the Grey’s Anatomy 2021 cast?

Original cast members Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), Chandra Wilson (Miranda Bailey) and James Pickens Jr. (Richard Webber) are all confirmed to return for season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy. They will also be joined by other returning cast members Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), Camilla Luddington (Jo Wilson) and Kim Raver (Teddy Altman), according to Deadline.

There are also some surprise casting announcements for fans on season 18 of Grey’s Anatomy—including the return of Kate Burton, who is reprising her role as Meredith’s mother Dr. Ellis Grey, and Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, who played Dr. Derek Shepherd’s estranged wife on the series from season 1 to season 3.

How to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free

So how can one watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free? Ahead are various free tricks and tips to stream Grey’s Anatomy at no cost, whether it’s live or the next day. Pro tip: Combine the free trials and set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free all season long.

Hulu+ With Live TV Free Trial

Hulu+ With Live TV is another option to watch the the Grey’s Anatomy online for free. Along with access to Hulu’s library of 80,000 movies and TV shows, the service also offers more than 75 live channels, including ABC to watch the Grey’s Anatomy, as well as 50 hours of DVR. The best part about Hulu+ With Live TV, however, is that it offers a seven-day free trial. Hulu+ With Live TV costs $65 per month if one chooses to subscribe after their trial ends.

Fubo TV Free Trial

Another way to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free is with Fubo TV’s free trial. Fubo TV’s seven-day free trial.  Fubo offers more than 100 channels, including ABC to watch the Grey’s Anatomy, as well as at least 250 hours of DVR, in case you want to watch the award show again. The service costs $65 per month after your free trial ends, so be sure to remember to cancel your trial before it expires.

Sling $10 Deal

For those who want to watch Grey’s Anatomy online live, Sling is an excellent option. Though the service doesn’t have a free trial, Sling has a current deal that offers users one month for just $10. Sling offers two plans: Sling Blue and Sling Orange. (Sling Blue is more suited for news and entertainment, while Sling Orange is better for sports and family.) Both include the $10 first-month deal and cost $35 per month after the deal ends, if one chooses to subscribe. Both also offer 50 hours of DVR and channels like ABC, which is where Grey’s Anatomy airs. If you had to choose one, though, we recommend Sling Blue to watch Grey’s Anatomy. Not only does the plan include more channels, but it also allows the user to stream on three devices (Sling Orange allows only one), which means that you can split the cost with two other people, who can stream Grey’s Anatomy (or other TV shows) on their own devices. (That’s just $3.33 per person.)

Hulu Free Trial

The easiest way to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free is with Hulu’s 30-day free subscription. Though not live, Hulu uploads new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy the day after they air, so users can catch up the morning after the night show. The service—which offers more than 1650 TV shows and 2,500 movies along with Grey’s Anatomy—starts at $5.99 per month for its basic subscription with ads. It’s ad-fee plan costs $11.99 per month. Both plans come with a 30-day free trial, so users can watch at least four seasons of Grey’s Anatomy at no cost.

Verizon’s Free Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ Bundle

If you’re a Verizon customer (or know someone who is), there is another free option. For a limited time, customers with unlimited plans, such as Get More Unlimited and Play More Unlimited, have access to Verizon’s complimentary The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. Disney+ and ESPN are nice, but Hulu is the real reward here to watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free.

So how do you claim your free Hulu subscription? Well, Verizon has a FAQ here that explains the steps a Verizon customer needs to take to access Disney+ for free, but here’s the gist: Go to My Verizon site or the My Verizon App. In the app, go to the Plans & Devices page and click Explore Adds. On the site, choose Account on the top menu and click Add Ons & Apps.

There, customers will be able to choose The Disney Bundle, which includes Disney+, Hulu and ESPN. After choosing the bundle, click Get It Now. Enter the email address you want to use for your subscriptions, check your email for confirmation and voila. You can now watch Grey’s Anatomy online for free. The deal ends soon, so it’s best to sign up now.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. Stream the next day on Hulu.


How to Save a Life: Inside the Story of Grey's Anatomy

Image: Courtesy of St. Martin’s Press.

How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy

For more about Grey’s Anatomy, read Lynette Rice’s behind-the-scenes book, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy. In the New York Times Bestseller, Rice investigates the past decade and a half of Grey’s Anatomy and reveals the never-before-told stories behind the controversial exits (and firings) of cast members like Isaiah Washington, Katherine Heigl and Patrick Dempsey, who left the show after accusations he “terrorized the set.” How to Save a Life is a must-read for any Grey’s Anatomy fan.

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