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9-1-1 Season 6 - What We Know So Far

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Fox's hit disaster drama "9-1-1" combines small-scale human drama with enormous, city-affecting crises. Focusing on first responders living in the Los Angeles area  — 9-1-1 operators, paramedics, firemen, and policemen — the show gives us moments of interpersonal drama and romance spliced with nightmarish personal injuries and horrifying natural disasters. 

The show has subjected its characters to huge fires, enormous earthquakes, and window-shaking explosions during its first five seasons on the air. While the show has lost a few regulars in that time, mainstays like Athena Grant-Nash (Angela Bassett), her husband Bobby Nash (Peter Krause), and Maddie Buckley (Jennifer Love Hewitt) have been reliably anchoring the show for the majority of its existence. 

The show's audience loves this kind of drama-laden action, and they might now be wondering when they'll be treated to a 6th season of seeing their favorite characters in constant calamity. When will the new season start airing, who will feature in it, and what will it be about? Here's what we know so far about "9-1-1" Season 6. 

What is the plot of 9-1-1 Season 6?

Fans who have been following "9-1-1" know that Season 5 in particular put each member of Station 118 through their paces. With the villainous Jonah (Bryce Durfee) infiltrating their team, it took the combined efforts of several members to finally expose his crimes and bring him to justice. That said, the finale ends things off on a hopeful note, with every member of 118 finally reunited. In an interview with TV Line, executive producer Kristen Reidel explained how Season 6 picks up where the characters last left off and explores the dynamics of the various couples in the "9-1-1" universe, which range from really good to needing some major work.

Of course, the season is also set to feature the professional endeavors of the crew as they protect the city of Los Angeles. However, Reidel cautioned that the scope of the public emergencies they must contend with has softened a little bit from previous seasons. "We've moved away a bit from the giant, multi-episode disaster," she said. "Those are a little hard to find once you've done an earthquake and a tsunami."

That being said, the Season 6 premiere will see a massive blimp crash into a soccer stadium filled to the brim with spectators, so things are still shaping up to be far from any sort of peace and quiet for the main cast. Hey, the show couldn't be called "9-1-1" if stuff like this didn't happen on a routine basis.

Who is starring in 9-1-1 Season 6?

Regarding the main cast of "9-1-1" Season 6, most major players from the previous season are back, except for a few (hopefully) temporary absences. Confirmed for a return are Angela Bassett as Athena Grant-Nash, Peter Krause as Bobby Nash, Oliver Stark as Buck, Aisha Hinds as Hen Wilson, Kenneth Choi as Chimney Han, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Maddie Buckley (via TV Line). Though it seemed for a time that Ryan Guzman's Eddie Díaz might be leaving "9-1-1," he's back as well.

As for faces that may or may not pop up, Arielle Kebbel's Lucy Donato will be missing from the beginning of Season 6. "The hope is that we'll be able touch base with Lucy later in the season and have her for a few episodes," Kristen Reidel told TV Line. Chimney's brother Albert (John Harlan Kim) may also return, but according to the executive producer, the logistics have not yet been worked out.

One cast member who audiences likely won't see back is Rockmond Dunbar's Michael Grant. The character exited the show midway through Season 5 after Dunbar and Disney failed to come to an agreement over the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for actors working on the corporation's productions. "I have enjoyed the last 5 seasons with this wonderful cast and crew and will cherish the time I've been blessed to spend with this series and wish everyone involved nothing but the best," the actor said in a statement to Deadline.

What is the release date of 9-1-1 Season 6?

Since Season 5 of "9-1-1" ended off in May of 2022, fans have been eagerly anticipating a premiere date for the next installment of the show. Fortunately, the time is nearly at hand for the series to finally kick off Season 6. According to TV Line, the season premiere is set for Monday, September 19. The episode will be titled "Let the Games Begin, and as mentioned prior, it will feature one of the weirdest and most horrific "9-1-1" emergencies yet, as the 118 rushes to action when a blimp crashes into a stadium during a crowded soccer game.

The official synopsis for the episode is as follows: "When a blimp suffers mechanical failure and its engine catches fire, Athena and the 118 must rescue victims both inside and outside a packed sports stadium. Bobby and Athena drop off May on her first day of college and discuss honeymoon plans, while Maddie and Chimney go to couple's therapy in the all-new "Let The Games Begin" Season Six premiere episode of 9-1-1," (via The Futon Critic).

Following the premiere, subsequent episodes are expected to be released on a weekly basis, starting with Episode 2, titled "Crash & Learn," which will debut on Monday, September 26. It is currently unknown how many episodes Season 6 will have in its entirety.

Who is directing 9-1-1 Season 6?

While "9-1-1" features many different directors across its lengthy slate of episodes, we already know who the director will be for the Season 6 premiere. Jann Turner, who has directed several episodes of "9-1-1" in the past, will helm the episode, as she revealed in a post on Instagram

Fans who are less familiar with Turner's name may be impressed by her strong background across television, including some of the most bingeworthy medical shows of all time. The creative has directed episodes of "Teen Wolf," "Castle," "The Fosters," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Jane the Virgin," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy," "Chicago Fire," "The Resident," and plenty of other notable TV shows (via IMDb). All of that is to say that it seems as though the beginning of "9-1-1" Season 6 couldn't be in safer hands. However, the complete list of directors for Season 6 has yet to be revealed.

Is there a trailer for 9-1-1 Season 6?

Fans who want a sneak peek at what's in store for the "9-1-1" cast during Season 6 are in luck, as several trailers teasing the events of the season premiere are publicly available. The first trailer features a crowded stadium during a soccer game as one of the announcers takes notice of an ominous shadow beginning to loom over the festivities. A second teaser features a quick recap of some of the biggest disasters that the "9-1-1" crew has ever faced before once again featuring the shadow over the soccer stadium among horrified screams.

The third trailer for the episode offers the most in-depth look at the episode thus far. Set to an alternative cover of "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins, the preview features both Athena and Bobby responding to the chaotic scene of the blimp crash. Other scenes from the episode are teased, including Bobby locating a victim who doesn't appear to be alive and a frantic police car chase. But perhaps the most the striking part of the trailer comes with Hen's ominous line, "Losing someone is never easy," before cutting to Athena's screaming Bobby's name. If this trailer is anything to go by, it seems that the leading character could be in real danger and we may possibly have another contender for the saddest death on "9-1-1" on our hands.

Where to watch previous seasons of 9-1-1

With Season 6 promising another exciting slew of adventures for the "9-1-1" crew, there may be prospective fans looking to catch up on every season of "9-1-1" or longtime viewers that want to refresh their memory on earlier events. Fortunately, there are a couple different places where the first several seasons of the action-drama are available.

The most all-around accessible option for watching "9-1-1" is Hulu, which has all of Seasons 1 through 5 available for streaming with a basic subscription. Amazon Prime Video and Vudu also offer all of these episodes for individual purchase for those that want to pick and choose what parts of the show to watch. Finally, for those that are only lagging behind by a small margin and need to catch up on some of the latest episodes, Fox is hosting a free-to-watch Season 5 on their site, though these episodes may soon be rotated out.