Grey's Anatomy Seasons
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The sixteenth season of Grey's Anatomy premiered September 26, 2019. It is broadcast on Thursday nights at 8 PM on ABC. After the mid-season break, it will air at 9 PM after Station 19.



Showrunner Krista Vernoff confirmed the season would chronicle following storylines:

  • The ramifications of Meredith, Richard, and Alex's being fired and Meredith going to jail.
  • The continuing love triangle between Owen, Teddy, and Tom as well as Teddy’s struggles with motherhood
  • Amelia taking time to figure out who she is.
  • Jo's emergence from her psychiatric treatment.
  • Storylines regarding the United States' immigration policies and "broken" medical care system.
  • Meredith defends her medical license.


Main Cast

Recurring Guest Stars

Prominent Guest Stars

Recurring Co-Stars

Notes and Trivia

Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Teaser Promo (HD)

Grey's Anatomy Season 16 Teaser Promo (HD)

  • The renewal for the show's sixteenth season was first somewhat confirmed on February 5, 2019. Karey Burke, President of ABC Entertainment, stated at a TCA session that the show was implicitly renewed for its sixteenth season when Ellen signed on for seasons 15 and 16. At the same time, she confirmed that they were in early conversations to keep Grey's going even beyond the sixteenth season. This renewal was made official on May 10, 2019.
  • Production for this season started on July 15, 2019.
  • The table read for the season premiere took place on July 25, 2019.
  • A kick-off party for cast and crew took place on July 28, 2019.
  • Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti filmed their first scene on July 29, 2019.
  • This is the first season since season 10 for which ABC released promotional photos for every member of the cast.


No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date
343 1 "Nothing Left to Cling To" Debbie Allen Krista Vernoff September 26, 2019
Meredith, Richard, and Alex must deal with the consequences after Bailey fires them from Grey Sloan for insurance fraud. After disappearing into the fog, Jackson helps a man in a dangerous situation, as his relationship with Maggie comes to a new crossroad. Meanwhile, Tom gets new responsibilities at the hospital that throw the doctors for a loop.
344 2 "Back in the Saddle" Kevin McKidd Meg Marinis October 3, 2019
The Grey Sloan doctors operate on a man who crashed into Maggie's car as Owen, back from paternity leave, struggles with Tom's new position. Outside the hospital, Meredith's recent firing doesn't stop her from diagnosing those around her. Plus, Richard and Alex start anew and it's not easy. All the while, Jo readies herself to return to work, and Amelia has a new revelation in her relationship with Link.
345 3 "Reunited" Michael Medico Andy Reaser October 10, 2019
With new restrictions, Meredith tiptoes the line of protocol as she helps Jo with a difficult procedure from afar and Koracick makes things challenging for Owen at Grey Sloan. Meanwhile, a patient at the hospital is brain-dead after falling into a construction site, and her two sisters must decide whether or not to keep her alive.
346 4 "It's Raining Men" Michael Watkins Mark Driscoll October 17, 2019
After Meredith inadvertently stirs up negative press for Grey Sloan, she tries to make things right with her former colleagues, jeopardizing her community service hours. Station 19's Ben and Vic bring a young woman into the hospital, and Jackson stands up to Koracick when he goes too far with a patient's family. Meanwhile, Bailey receives unexpected news and Owen finds himself at Pac-Gen North, which Alex sees as a recruiting opportunity.
347 5 "Breathe Again" Chandra Wilson Elisabeth R. Finch October 24, 2019
Meredith has a court hearing after skipping out on community service, while Bailey and Jo have a patient that Jo realizes is from the treatment facility. Richard and Gemma grab breakfast together and things go awry.
348 6 "Whistlin' Past the Graveyard" Pete Chatmon Julie Wong October 31, 2019
Alex is hoping to impress investors at Pac-North Gen, but when he hears disturbing news about skeletons on the construction site grounds, he enlists Richard to help with distraction tactics. Teddy feels the pressure to be super-mom after tasking herself with creating original Halloween costumes for Allison and Leo, while Meredith fears she won't make it home in time for trick-or-treating with her kids. Elsewhere, Jackson tends to a pediatric patient who is upset she is spending her Halloween in a hospital.
349 7 "Papa Don't Preach" Daniel Willis Jalysa Conway November 7, 2019
Catherine is back in town and has no idea what's been going on between Jackson and Maggie, while her relationship with Richard has become distant. Owen and Amelia treat a woman who fell in the basement and quickly realize that there is more to the story and Maggie is shocked to learn about some of Richard's relatives who are seeking help.
350 8 "My Shot" Debbie Allen Meg Marinis November 14, 2019
Meredith faces the medical board as her future as a doctor remains uncertain, and she's forced to reckon with her past in some challenging ways. Meanwhile, the interns are put to the test as they are each vying to be the most successful on their respective cases in the absence of some of the attendings.
351 9 "Let's All Go to the Bar" Kevin McKidd Kiley Donovan November 21, 2019
Jo becomes a safe haven volunteer and gets a call that a baby has been dropped off at Station 19. Meanwhile, Meredith moves forward with her life after facing the medical board. Jackson takes a big step in his budding romance with Vic, while Bailey and Amelia swap pregnancy updates.
352 10 "16.10" Krista Vernoff January 23, 2020
Second part of a cross-over that started out on Station 19's third season premiere.
353 11 "A Hard Pill to Swallow" Michael Medico January 30, 2020
354 12 "The Last Supper" February 6, 2020
355 13 "16.13" February 13, 2020
356 14 "16.14" February 20, 2020
356 15 "16.15" February 27, 2020


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  • On August 6, 2019, filming took place at Masters University and a nearby location. The scenes include no loud noises or special effects.
  • With Krista Vernoff now helming both shows, the worlds will blend more together. While ABC's entertainment president Karey Burke had previously stated that there would be "weekly cross-overs", she later re-iterated that statement and said that there will likely be only 3 to 4 real cross-over events peppered throughout the season.[1]
  • On August 8, 2019, TVLine announced that Krista Vernoff had informed them that she was trying to get a former main cast member back for an appearance this season, but she didn't share who it was or for how many episodes.[2]
    • It was later confirmed that the alum is not Katherine Heigl.
    • A few weeks later, it was announced that the deal didn't work out.
  • Krista later shared in an interview that the standalone episodes of the season would be shaped more like One Day Like This so that the episodes feel more coherent to the rest of the season while maintaining the focus on one or more characters.
  • As has been for the past two seasons, the crew and select cast travelled to Seattle to film scenes on location that will be spread throughout the season.[3] The following people have been confirmed to be in Seattle: Debbie Allen, Kevin McKidd, Krista Vernoff, Ellen Pompeo, Jake Borelli, Giacomo Gianniotti, Jason Ganzel, and Linda Klein.


DVD Release


Cast Promotional Photos



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