Here’s how to watch all 17 seasons of the award-winning medical drama Grey's Anatomy for free wherever you are in the world
Created and produced by Shonda Rhimes, Grey’s Anatomy debuted in 2005 and is currently in its 17th season. The TV series follows a group of medical interns as they juggle their unpredictable, and often scary, careers with life outside of the hospital. It is centred around its title character Dr Meredith Grey, played by Ellen Pompeo.
The only streaming service that’s currently showing all 17 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy is Hulu (free month-long trial) and Netflix US. Alternatively, you can watch the first 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on Disney Plus or Amazon Prime (month-long free trial) in the UK. All the aforementioned streaming services can be accessed from abroad using a good VPN service for streaming, like ExpressVPN.
Grey’s Anatomy won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Drama and has earned a number of Emmy Award nominations over the years. When the medical TV series first premiered on TV nearly 17 years ago, many of its cast were practically unknown, but the show is largely responsible for sky-rocketing many of their careers. Famous faces such as Sandra Oh, Katherine Heigl, Eric Dane and Patrick Dempsey all became household names after they first appeared on the show.
Apart from Pompeo, the rest of the aforementioned cast all left after the first few seasons and have gone on to achieve varying levels of success in movies and other TV series. Grey’s Anatomy is currently in its 17th season. Given each season is roughly around 24 episodes, there’s plenty of drama, trauma, tears and laughs to get you through the next few months.
Regardless of whether you’ve watched the show before, or you’re a seasoned fan looking to binge-watch the last few seasons in preparation for the latest seasons, we’ll tell you how to watch Grey’s Anatomy wherever you are in the world – for free!
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How to watch Grey’s Anatomy for free in the UK: Amazon Prime
UK viewers can currently watch the first 16 seasons on Amazon Prime Video. Unfortunately, season 17 is not yet available on the service or indeed anywhere in the UK. With a full Amazon Prime subscription, you’ll get benefits such as free next day delivery on thousands of Amazon products, Prime Music, brilliant Amazon deals and, of course, Prime Video, so you can binge-watch thousands of films and series to your heart’s content.
You have three options when subscribing to the popular service. You can either get an Amazon Prime monthly subscription for £7.99 per month or £79 a year – which works out cheaper in the long run. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video only for £5.99 a month. All three options begin with a 30-day free trial during which time you can enjoy all the perks of the service and even cancel your subscription if you’re not happy with it.
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How to watch Grey’s Anatomy in the UK: Disney Plus
Until recently, your only option of watching Grey’s Anatomy in the UK was to subscribe to Amazon Prime Video. However, with the recent addition of Disney Plus’ sixth brand, Star, you can now also watch the first 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on Disney Plus.
A Disney Plus subscription costs £7.99/mnth or £79.90/year. Unlike Amazon Prime Video, there’s no free trial anymore but with the wealth of content on offer, we reckon it’s a great option especially if you have kids and are fans of Star Wars, Marvel, The Simpsons and of course America’s longest-running primetime medical drama – Grey’s Anatomy.
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How to watch Grey’s Anatomy for free in the US and Canada: Hulu
Grey’s Anatomy first premiered on ABC in the US way back in 2005. The channel is one of the few places where you can watch the latest season (17). However, a more convenient method of watching the latest season for free is to subscribe to the popular streaming service, Hulu.
The service has three different plans starting from just $5.99/mth, but all plans come with a 30-day free trial, which is enough time to stream all 17 episodes of the latest season, and all your favourite episodes from past seasons.
How to watch Grey’s Anatomy in the US and Canada: Netflix
At the time of writing, all 17 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy are available to watch on Netflix US, while the first 16 are available on Netflix Canada. You need to sign up for a Netflix subscription plan if you don’t have one already. This price differs based on which of the two countries you live in.
For example, the standard US Netflix plan costs $13.99 a month, while a standard Netflix Canada subscription costs slightly more. Like Amazon Prime, most Netflix plans come with a 30-day free trial during which time you can cancel your subscription without being charged a penny.
How to watch Grey’s Anatomy anywhere abroad: Use a good VPN service
Regardless of whether you want to access Grey’s Anatomy on Hulu or Netflix in the US or Disney Plus or Amazon Prime in the UK, there’s only one method by which you can achieve this – and that’s by using a good VPN service. A VPN is a piece of software that tricks your computer or mobile device into thinking that it’s in another country to the one it actually is by changing your IP address. This means that you can access films, series and videos on streaming websites (such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix) that are geo-blocked in your region.
A good VPN service encrypts all your browsing traffic because everything that you do while it’s switched on will be invisible to everyone, including your own ISP and even hackers. To use a VPN, you’ll need to download the service on your device, change your location to either the UK, US or Canada (depending on what streaming service you want to watch Grey’s Anatomy on), then log into your Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus or Netflix account as you normally would.
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There are lots of VPNs out there and deciding which one is the best value and safest to use can be a nightmare. Luckily, we’ve tried and tested plenty of them to ensure you can make an informed decision based on your needs. Apart from being two of the best VPN services in the world, both ExpressVPN and NordVPN give you access to Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus in the UK, and Netflix in the US and Canada.
ExpressVPN: Our number one VPN for the past two years running is ExpressVPN. Apart from being the fastest VPN we’ve tested, it comes with 24/7 support and has a strict policy against logging customer data. You can use it on five devices at the same time, and PwC has audited the entire service to prove that your browsing data is never exposed to the service, your ISP or hackers. Our readers get three months free on the one-year plan, and you can also avail of a 30-day moneyback guarantee in case it doesn’t meet your expectations.
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