‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How Long Will It Take to Binge-Watch Every Season Since the Beginning?

Now that season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy dropped on Netflix on May 9, 2020, many fans want to know how long it will take to binge-watch the entire series. The beloved medical drama won’t return until fall 2020, so fans have plenty of time this summer to binge all 16 seasons. 

Caterina Scorsone, Kelley McCreary, and Ellen Pompeo on 'Grey's Anatomy'
Caterina Scorsone, Kelley McCreary, and Ellen Pompeo on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ | Christopher Willard/ABC via Getty Images

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How to stream all 16 seasons for free

All 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy are available for streaming on both Netflix and Hulu. Both streaming services offer a 30-day free trial if you don’t already subscribe to either. 

All 363 episodes of heartache and heart attacks also air on Lifetime Monday through Friday at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. If you have a cable subscription, you will have the chance to relive the series slowly — a few episodes at a time.

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Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey) renewed her contract through season 17, so we can expect at least one more season. After new episodes air on Thursday night, viewers can stream the show Friday through Hulu.  

‘Grey’s Anatomy’: How long will it take to binge-watch all 16 seasons?

The rate at which you plan to watch Grey’s Anatomy will affect how many days it takes you. We will remove all commercials, opening credits, and closing credits in all of these examples, using Bingeclock. If you don’t sleep or pause the drama for any reason, it will take 10 days, 20 hours, and 9 minutes to watch — if you could keep your eyes open that long.

If we factor in sleep, you can binge Grey’s Anatomy in 17 days — watching 16 hours per day. However, if you also would like to eat and spend some time doing other things, it will take a little longer. 

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If you treat Grey’s Anatomy like a full-time job, bingeing 8 hours per day, seven days per week, it will take you 33 days to watch all 16 seasons. If we tone that down to only four hours each evening as you wind down from your day, you can still get through the series in 66 days.   

When will ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 17 premiere on ABC? 

If this were a typical year for Grey’s Anatomy, the season 17 premiere is Sept. 28, 2020. However, the April 9, 2020, season finale of Grey’s Anatomy was not intended to be the last of season 16. There were four more episodes planned, but production was halted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

To keep the September premiere date, production would need to begin filming in late July 2020. Showrunner, Krista Vernoff seems hopeful that things will be on track for the fall.  

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“We are disappointed that we don’t get to complete our storytelling this season,” Vernoff tweeted on March 27, 2020. “The good news? [Episode 21] plays like a satisfying finale! It’s not where we planned to end, but it’s beautiful & the questions that linger we will answer next year.”

In reply to her original tweet, the showrunner clarified that she meant, “Next Season, not next year.”

After you binge-watch all 16 seasons, hopefully, season 17 will premiere Sept. 28, 2020.