Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues in Abbott Elementary holding balloons in the classroom

We’re Going Back to School! Get Ready for ‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3

Are we really surprised that Abbott Elementary has been renewed for season 3? The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series hit its comedic stride early on and shows no signs of slowing down. Created by Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary follows a group of educators at an elementary school in Philadelphia, hitting all the right notes of the workplace sitcom, including the wonders of a slow burn romance and the power of meaningful social commentary.

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Many fans will undoubtedly be wondering how long they’ll have to wait for Abbott Elementary season 3 and what to expect plot-wise from the next batch of episodes. So let’s get started!

When will Abbott Elementary season 3 premiere?

The season 3 renewal for Abbott Elementary was announced in January 2023—it was the first series picked up at ABC for 2023-2024. However, due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes that took place during the second half of 2023, Abbott Elementary season 3 was delayed. Previous seasons of the show were released in September, but season 3 has now been confirmed to premiere on February 7, 2024, on ABC, with the first two episodes debuting that day. After that, new episodes of Abbott Elementary will drop weekly.

Abbott Elementary season 3’s first official trailer has finally been released. You can watch it here:

Which cast members will be returning for Abbot Elementary season 3?

The entire core cast of Abbott Elementary is returning for season 3. This includes Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard, Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Shemmenti, Janelle James as Ava Colman, Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, and William Stanford Davis as Mr. Johnson.

What will Abbot Elementary season 3 be about?

Janine and Gregory in 'Abbott Elementary' looking cute
(ABC)

As the teachers took the students on a sleepover trip to the Franklin Institute in the last episode of season 2, Janine and Gregory finally confessed their feelings for one another. Though they’ll remain friends (for now), this shift in their dynamic will undoubtedly affect how they act toward one another at school. Abbott Elementary season 3 will deal with the fallout from their confessions and continue to showcase the struggles teachers and students face every day. Additionally, Ava will be testing a new management style, and if the trailer is anything to go by, our favorite teachers will try to get her to stop, whatever it takes.

Bring on the new school year!

(featured image: ABC)


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