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Developed by Philadelphia-born comedian Quinta Brunson, who also stars in the series as its main actor, Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary that takes the behind-the-scenes feeling of The Office and focuses on a Philly public school. Brunson’s character, Janine Teagues, is a spunky, go-getter second-grade teacher whose viral optimism shines a light within the hallowed halls of Abbott.
Featuring other notable actors like Janelle James, who voice acts for the character Fran in Central Park, and Sheryl Lee Ralph, best known for her role in Sister Act 2, as well as Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Tyler James Williams, and William Stanford Davis — it’s become a series that’s hard to ignore. On top of its latest Primetime Emmy Award, the show has received several Golden Globes, a Peabody, and a Critics Choice Award for best comedy.
If you have yet to watch the series, it’s time to watch seasons one and two (with three along the way). Below, we’ve outlined a few ways to catch the series, a couple of which are free.
How to Watch Abbott Elementary Without Cable
Along with watching the latest season of Abbott Elementary, there are a few ways you can stream the complete series from the comfort of your home (some of which offer free trials).
1. Stream Abbott Elementary With DirecTV
Abbott Elementary season 3 airs live on ABC on February 7th at 9/8c. Viewers can tune in without cable with a five-day DirecTV Stream free trial. The service comes with local channels plus channels like ABC where you can watch the series. A DirecTV Stream Entertainment plan starts at $69.99/month for your first two months of streaming, then $84.99/month.
2. Stream Abbott Elementary on Max for Free
The easiest way to stream the series for free is through Max (check out our outline below), which means you’ll need an active subscription to watch online. A Max ad-free plan costs $15.99/month, while a subscription with ads will run you $9.99/month. Max also hosts other great films and series like The Devil Wear Prada, And Just Like That…, and Fifty Shades of Grey, perfect for a night in.
Get Max Free With DirecTV Stream: You can also get Max free when you sign up for a DirecTV Stream subscription. Plans start at $69.99/month and include a five-day free trial. The trial grants you access to all of DirecTV’s channels like ESPN, live news coverage, HGTV, and HBO. You can also get a Max add-on included for up to two months free. After that, your Max subscription will cost the standard $15.99/month for the ad-free package.
Get Max With AT&T: AT&T customers can also get Max free thanks to the company’s current promotion, which lets you watch Max for free with eligible Unlimited phone and internet plans. Check to see if your plan includes Max at att.com. If you’ve already signed up for one of the eligible plans, all you’ll have to do is download the Max app to get free streaming!
3. Stream Abbott Elementary on Hulu
Both seasons of Abbott Elementary are currently streaming on Hulu, with season three on the way. The best offer they currently have is by bundling for only $14.99/month. Not only do you get access to Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN, but if you upgrade to Hulu + Live TV, you can access hundreds of channels, including ABC, FOX, NBC, BET, and more. The plan costs $76.99/month and requires no equipment setup or additional service.
4. Stream Abbott Elementary on fuboTV for Free
If you’re looking to catch the new series as it airs weekly, fuboTV is a great option. A subscription is normally $79.99 a month, but the streamer is currently offering a 7-day free trial right now. Once the free trial is over, you’ll be charged $79.99/month, or you can cancel your free trial anytime.
Abbott Elementary Reboot: Cast, Reviews, Runtime, Rating
A mockumentary that takes place in a Philly public school, Abbott Elementary sees its director Quinta Brunson play Janine Teagues, a second-grade teacher whose optimism is constantly at odds with the harsh realities of Abbott’s limited resources and overextended staff. Over time, Janine gradually wins over her colleagues, featuring dignified Barbara Howard (Sheryl Lee Ralph), shady Melissa Schemmenti (Lisa Ann Walter), cartoonish Jacob Hill (Chris Perfetti), rookie Gregory Eddie (Tyler James Williams), and custodian Mr. Johnson (William Stanford Davis).
The series has two seasons already, with a third along the way. It was a hit for ABC, winning multiple awards, including several Golden Globes, a Peabody, and a Critics Choice Award for best comedy.
However, as Brunson tells Rolling Stone, she sees this as an opportunity less about awards and more about honest conversations around equity and race. “I wanted [my character] to ride the bus,” she tells journalist Mankaprr Conteh. “[Executives] thought that looked too poor to be enjoyable,” she explains. “Because they were like, ‘Can she be in a Nissan?’ It was anything they could do to not have this character on the bus. That socioeconomically represented something too unenjoyable to watch.”
As the show heads into its third season, it’s hard not to acknowledge the impact Brunson and the show have had on viewers. Abbott Elementary is now available to watch across streamers. Tune in to watch this award-winning series.