Grey's Anatomy (season 17)

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Grey's Anatomy
Season 17
Grey's Anatomy season 17 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes3
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 12, 2020 (2020-11-12) –
present (present)
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List of Grey's Anatomy episodes

The seventeenth season of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy was ordered on May 10, 2019, by American Broadcasting Company (ABC).[1] The season premiered on November 12, 2020.[2] The season is produced by ABC Signature, in association with Shondaland Production Company and Entertainment One Television; the showrunner being Krista Vernoff.

The series returned after seven months, the longest hiatus in between seasons, after production of the sixteenth season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States on March 12, 2020.[3][4] The season will have 16 episodes, making it one of the shortest seasons of the show, with only the first season having a shorter episode-count.[5]

The season also marked the return of Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, after his last appearance on the season 11 episode "You're My Home". He returned on the second episode "The Center Won't Hold",[6] and is expected to recur throughout the season.[7]


The number in the "No. overall" column refers to the episode's number within the overall series, whereas the number in the "No. in season" column refers to the episode's number within this particular season. "U.S. viewers in millions" refers to the number of Americans in millions who watched the episodes live.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [8]U.S. viewers
"All Tomorrow's Parties"
"The Center Won't Hold"
Debbie AllenAndy Reaser & Lynee E. Litt
Andy Reaser & Jase Miles-Perez
November 12, 2020 (2020-11-12)5.93[9]

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the doctors at Grey Sloan find themselves in uncharted territory as they work to save lives without any end in sight. Meredith, who leads the front-line workers, becomes increasingly frustrated as her patients continue dying from the virus. Fully recovered, Richard returns to work and is greeted by Bailey, who shows him the new safety protocols. Following an intervention from his co-workers, Andrew undergoes therapy for his mania and begins as an attending for the hospital. Jo and Jackson fumble around each other at work due to a failed sexual encounter, while Maggie's relationship with Winston deepens. After Owen gives Teddy a chance to tell him the truth about her affair with Koracick, he plays her the voicemail and ends their relationship. Amelia and Link adjust to parenting their newborn son, and Schmitt after failing to talk to Nico, gets his stress releived by him. Two different fathers who both have children in the hospital get into a fight, while Andrew's child-trafficking patient returns in bad condition. After Meredith faints in the parking lot at the end of her shift, she sees a vision of herself on a beach, where she sees Derek.

These episodes concluded a crossover event that began on Station 19 season 4 episode 1.
3663"My Happy Ending"Kevin McKiddMeg MarinisNovember 19, 2020 (2020-11-19)5.96[10]
Meredith is admitted to the hospital with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis; as her respiratory system continues to deteriorate, she flashes in and out of her vision on the beach, where she talks to Derek. Tom is assigned to train a new set of interns, but when he neglects his duty to do so, Richard takes over. Teddy works on Meredith's case, though Maggie is afraid Teddy's personal issues will distract her from performing her job well; Teddy later tries to apologize to Koracick, who finds out that he is also COVID positive. Jo treats a pregnant woman whose baby is attached to her liver, while Jackson and Link perform surgery on a sex therapist. After Bailey asks Meredith to update her advanced healthcare directive, Meredith looks to Richard for help. Amelia and Maggie both struggle with Meredith's failing health and turn to their respective boyfriends for support.
3674"You'll Never Walk Alone"[11]Allison Liddi-BrownJulie WongDecember 3, 2020 (2020-12-03)TBD
3685"Fight the Power"[12]Michael WatkinsZoanne ClackDecember 10, 2020 (2020-12-10)TBD
3696"No Time for Despair"[8]TBATBADecember 17, 2020 (2020-12-17)TBD

Cast and characters[edit]


Notable guests[edit]


On July 21, 2020, Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff announced in an interview that the season would address the COVID-19 pandemic,[14] with the season premiere set some weeks into the pandemic.[15] On July 30, 2020, it was announced that Richard Flood and Anthony Hill had been promoted to series regulars.[16]

In order to comply with COVID-19 protocols, Vernoff expressed that actors and crew are tested three times a week, while actors must wear masks between takes and during rehearsals. Cameras' lenses were changed in order to make people standing far apart look close together, speaking in the hair and makeup trailer is not allowed, and fewer scenes were written in each script to adjust to the schedules per episode.[15]

Filming for season 17 started September 8, 2020,[17] while the season premiered on November 12, 2020 with a 2-hour crossover episode with spin-off Station 19.[15] The season received a 16-episode order, making it the shortest since the first season.[5]


Viewership and ratings per episode of Grey's Anatomy
No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1–2 "All Tomorrow's Parties" /
"The Center Won't Hold"
November 12, 2020 Thursday
9:00 p.m.
1.3/8 5.93[9] 1.2 3.78 2.6 9.74[18]
3 "My Happy Ending" November 19, 2020 1.3/7 5.96[10] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "You'll Never Walk Alone" December 3, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Fight the Power" December 10, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "No Time for Despair" December 17, 2020 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


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  17. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 9, 2020). "Grey's Anatomy: Ellen Pompeo Shares First Season 17 Photo — Is It a Spoiler?". TVLine. Retrieved September 9, 2020.
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