'Abbott Elementary' Fans, Here's How Season 2 Will Be More Like 'The Office'

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Class, it's time for school to get back to session. Abbott Elementary quickly became ABC's runaway hit when it debuted late last year, and it seems like everyone fell in love with the dysfunctional teachers at the Philadelphia elementary school. The mockumentary sitcom was so well received, Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it as "98% Fresh" rating, which is "a special distinction awarded to the best-reviewed movies and TV shows." Given how many TV shows there are available to stream these days, it's a true achievement.

But that's not all. Abbott Elementary clearly has people hooked because it also recently picked up seven Primetime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nods for show creator and actress Quinta Brunson. This was a historic moment for her, as she became the first Black woman to earn three nominations in the comedy categories in one year.

In light of the news, she had so much to say about it, including how grateful she is to be working on such a well-received TV show. "Crying shaking and throwing up has new meaning to me because I real life did all three," she wrote on Twitter. "Still speechless. Congrats to the entire staff and cast of Abbott Elementary. And I want to share this moment with all of the people who watch and love the show. Emmy nominated, baby!"

While the show currently rides the school bus to success, many fans are now asking about an Abbott Elementary season 2. Luckily, we paid attention in class, and we have some answers for you. Here's everything we know about the second season of Abbott Elementary:

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

Is there going to be a season 2 of Abbott Elementary?

100% yes. Season 2 of Abbott Elementary will premiere on September 21 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The show received its renewal news back in March, and in typical Principal Coleman (Janelle James) fashion, the show made the big announcement straight from her desk to social media.

Thank goodness for this news, because we have a lot of questions after the season 1 finale. Now that Janine is single, is she finally going to give her heart to Gregory (Tyler James Williams)? Speaking of Gregory, how will he fare as a full-time school teacher while balancing a relationship with Barbara (Sheryl Lee Ralph)'s daughter? Will we see more of Jacob (Chris Perfetti)'s relationship with Zach any time soon? And we need to find out whether Melissa (Lisa Ann Walter) ended up going out with the vending machine guy!

Needless to say, we're ready for school to start very soon.

Which cast members will be in season 2 of Abbott Elementary?

We've done our homework, here's an idea of which cast members we can expect to the return for season 2:

  • Quinta Brunson as Janine Teagues, the bubbly second-grade teacher who's single for the first time in her life

  • Janelle James as Ava Coleman, the unqualified yet relatable principal

  • Tyler James Williams as Gregory Eddie, the substitute first-grade teachers who's now a full-time staff member

  • Lisa Ann Walter as Melissa Schemmenti, a second-grade teacher who is all bark, and maybe a little bite

  • Chris Perfetti as Jacob Hill, the history teacher who just wants an in with the rest of the teachers

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Barbara Howard, a kindergarten teacher whom Janine aspires to be

  • William Stanford Davis as Mr. Johnson, a curmudgeon janitor who has a colorful past

Photo credit: Gilles Mingasson/ABC
Photo credit: Gilles Mingasson/ABC

Do we know what season 2 of Abbott Elementary will be about?

We can't cheat and give you all the answers! But in a June interview with Deadline, Quinta did reveal her hopes on what fans could expect come September.

"I think one thing that’s exciting to me is for the first season, I really wanted the characters to stay in the school for the most part," she noted to the outlet. "I think we leave maybe three times, to go to a nail salon, to go to the zoo. And that was on purpose, I just wanted the audience to fall in love with our school and they did and it worked and I’m so happy. So, this season, now we get to go maybe to some of the character’s houses, go out with them at night and stuff like that."

It looks like Quinta's not the only one with big plans for next season. In an April interview with Elle, the cast gave their thoughts on where their characters can go at Abbott Elementary. Here's what they said:

Brunson wants to take more field trips, literally and figuratively, outside of the Abbott Elementary halls; Ralph wants Barbara to start a choir in the vein of Sister Act 2; Walter wants the crew to travel to a teaching convention, except “they can’t afford an expensive one, so it’s, like, Atlantic City.” Williams hopes for more will-they, won't-they romance from Gregory and Janine: “[Gregory’s] got to grow a lot before he’s ready for a relationship, period, let alone with Janine. However, we can see, from the outside point of view, how if they do the work, they could really have something special.”

We're definitely excited to see what the new school year brings.

Where can I watch and stream Abbott Elementary?

When Abbott Elementary comes back for season 2, you can catch new episodes live Wednesdays night on ABC at 9 p.m. ET. If you want to watch it elsewhere, you can opt in to viewing via the ABC site on your laptop or the ABC app on a streaming device. But remember to have your TV provider information ready, since you may be prompted to enter it before watching.

In addition, you can use streaming sites like YouTubeTV, Hulu + Live TV or FuboTV to watch the show in real time. If you don't have accounts for any of these, each comes with a free seven-day trial to try them out.

Need to watch Abbott Elementary at a later date on a different schedule? Hulu will have all episodes available the next day. If you're a new subscriber, you can test out a 30-day free trial before signing up for plans that start at $6.99 a month. While you wait for season 2 to premiere, you can always stream season 1 right now.

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