‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16: When Will the Latest Season Drop on Netflix?

Viewers are half-way through Grey’s Anatomy season 16 and patiently awaiting the midseason premiere. In the meantime, fans would love to rewatch the first half of the season. Let’s take a look at when viewers can expect to stream season 16 on Netflix.

James Pickens, Jr., Justin Chambers and Ellen Pompeo
James Pickens, Jr., Justin Chambers, and Ellen Pompeo | Jessica Brooks via Getty Images

Which original characters remain on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in season 16?

Over the past 16 years, Grey’s Anatomy fans went through many character changes. Two of the most devastating departures on the show were that of Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). 

Cristina bid farewell to Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) during the season 10 finale when she moved to Zurich, Switzerland to further her career aspirations. Derek’s shocking death occurred during season 11 when he was hit by a semi-truck. When he was rushed to the local ER, the surgeon refused to perform a head CT scan, which ultimately led to his death.

Izzie Stevens (Catherine Heigl) concluded her run on the show when she left during season six after Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) refused to continue their marriage.

George O’ Malley (T. R. Knight) tragically died at the end of season five after he was hit by a bus. His fellow surgeons worked on him in the ER, but did not realize it was their beloved friend until it was too late.

The only original cast members that remain on Grey’s Anatomy in season 16 are Meredith Grey, Alex Karev, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.) All four have said they will continue the show until the end. 

Is season 16 the last season of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’? 

With 16 seasons, many viewers ask if the show will ever come to an end. The series is still one of the most popular primetime shows on American television. It is now the longest-running American primetime scripted medical drama, surpassing ER, Scrubs, and M*A*S*H.

On May 10, 2019, Grey’s Anatomy was renewed for seasons 16 and 17. Both Shonda Rhimes and Pompeo agree that they will stop doing the show when they both agree. 

“The show is so popular,” Pompeo told Ellen Degeneres in October 2018. “Everywhere I go, whether it’s Italy, whether it’s France, London, Kansas … the people that come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me how meaningful the show is to them.” 

“I got to keep doing it, man, because we’re touching lives and making a difference,” she continued. Pompeo sees no end in sight for the medical drama. 

When will ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 16 be streaming on Netflix?

The season finale of Grey’s Anatomy typically occurs in mid-May. Then, the entire season drops on Netflix about one month later. 

The 15th season of Grey’s Anatomy came to Netflix on June 15, 2019, almost exactly one month after the season finale on May 16, 2019. 

We expect the season 16 finale around May 14, 2020. Then all episodes of season 16 will arrive to Netflix about one month later around June 14, 2020. 

In the meantime, viewers can watch the first 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. The season 16 midseason premiere is Jan. 23, 2020. The series returns to its original time slot on ABC—9 p.m.—following the spinoff, Station 19.