Abbott Elementary season 2: next episode, trailer and everything we know about the sitcom

Janelle James as Ava speaking on a mic in Abbott Elementary season 2
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary (Image credit: ABC/Gilles Mingasson)

Abbott Elementary season 2 is here!

Without question, Abbott Elementary was easily the Cinderella of television shows when it debuted in the middle of the 2021-2022 season. The hit sitcom managed to pull in millions of TV watchers, eventually garnering a viewership that rivaled that of the Modern Family finale according to Newsweek

Now on the heels of receiving three Emmys, an African-American Film Critics Association honor as the Best TV Comedy and three Hollywood Critics Association Television awards, the series has a lot of wind in its sail in its sophomore season. 

Here’s everything we know about Abbott Elementary season 2.  

When is the next Abbott Elementary season 2 finale?

Abbott Elementary wrapped season 2 with the season finale on Wednesday, April 19, at 9 pm ET/PT on ABC. Here is a synopsis of the episode titled "Franklin Institute":

"Abbott Elementary takes a field trip to the Franklin Institute. Gregory is eager to spend time with a reluctant Janine who is avoiding him. Ava teaches the students about aliens, leading to chaos when someone spots an extraterrestrial in the museum." 

Check out this promo video for the episode. 

Abbott Elementary season 2 cast 

Quinta Brunson as Janine smiling in Abbott Elementary season 2

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary season 2 (Image credit: ABC/Gilles Mingasson)

In an exciting announcement for the series, it recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. That is a major accomplishment for a show to receive for its freshman year on the airwaves. 

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With that said, the entire season 1 cast is back, which is great news for those diehard Abbott Elementary fans. Returning as the heart and soul of the series Janine Teagues is show creator and executive producer Quinta Brunson. While Brunson has previously been featured in shows like iZombie and A Black Lady Sketch Show, to date Abbott Elementary marks her biggest project. She’s also slated to star in the upcoming Weird: The Al Yankovic Story as Oprah Winfrey. 

Also, reprising her role as everyone’s favorite principal Ava Coleman is Janelle James. Coleman was previously in the TV series Black Monday, and she was the host of the ABC competition show, The Final Straw

Rounding out the main cast are Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, The Walking Dead), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Ray Donovan), Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap, Shall We Dance) and Chris Perfetti (The Resident, In the Dark).  

Abbott Elementary season 2 plot 

Quinta Brunson smiling as Janine Teagues in Abbott Elementary season 2

Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary season 2 (Image credit: ABC/Gilles Mingasson)

Fans should be thrilled to learn that Quinta Brunson has previously told Elle that she has a plan for as many as nine seasons of Abbott Elementary. So that doesn’t sound like she’ll run out of material for the show anytime soon. 

Now if we had to guess what’s coming up in the new season, we’d say Janine is going to be on a journey of self-discovery. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend Tariq (Zack Fox), she’s free to explore herself as a single woman and to date. While for many viewers a breakup with Tariq should mean she’s free to be with her "friend" Gregory, provided Barbara’s daughter Taylor (Iyana Halley) is not in the picture.

But let’s face it, sitcom romances between main characters can take a while to actually manifest. For example, it took Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) on The Office practically four seasons before they finally started dating. 

The new episodes should also prove quite interesting for Ava. Now that the blackmail card she played to get her position as principal is no longer effective, and she’s made an enemy of Superintendent Collins (Reginald C. Hayes), it appears she may actually be on track to do some work now that her job is genuinely on the line. We aren’t sure what her doing real work looks like, but we’re excited to see it. 

Abbott Elementary season 2 trailer 

Talk about excitement. ABC has released a trailer for this upcoming season of Abbott Elementary, building further anticipation for one of the best comedies currently on television. Take a look. 

Check out this teaser from ABC as well. 

How to watch Abbott Elementary season 2 

Abbott Elementary is an ABC original series and as such, episodes air live directly on the broadcast network. For individuals that no longer utilize traditional cable/satellite television, ABC is available to stream on live TV streaming services such as Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.  

Prefer to watch content on your own time? No problem, as Hulu streams new episodes the day after they air. You can purchase a Hulu subscription in just a few clicks.  

Abbott Elementary season 2 UK release date

The first 10 episodes of season 2 premiered on Disney Plus in the UK on March 1. 

Has been Abbott Elementary been renewed for season 3?

The answer is a resounding yes. As reported in Deadline, Janine and company are returning for season 3. 

Terrell Smith

Terrell Smith has a diverse writing background having penned material for a wide array of clients including the federal government and Bravo television personalities.  When he’s not writing as Terrell, he’s writing under his pseudonym Tavion Scott, creating scripts for his audio drama podcasts. Terrell is a huge fan of great storytelling when it comes to television and film. Some of his favorite shows include The CrownWandaVision, Abbot Elementary and Godfather of HarlemAnd a fun fact is he's completely dialed into the TLC 90 Day Fiancé universe.