Everything We Know About ‘This Is Us’ Season 4
We’re already counting down the days until the season four premiere of This Is Us. While it’s only a matter of time before the new episodes hit NBC, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know about the upcoming season, including how to watch, who’s joining the cast and spoilers all around.
Keep reading for all the details on This Is Us season four.
When does 'This Is Us' air?
Season four of This Is Us will return to NBC on Tuesday, September 24. Although we don’t know much about the premiere, we expect it to take place on the Big Three’s birthday, similar to past seasons.
How do I watch?
While the episodes will be broadcast exclusively on NBC, you can stream them online the day after they air.
No cable? No problem. You can also watch This Is Us on a number of streaming services, including Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV.
How many episodes are in season four?
Just like season three, the new one will consist of 18 episodes.
When does production begin?
Much to our delight, season four already started filming. In July 2019, Mandy Moore (Rebecca) posted a photo on Instagram, featuring her and her on-screen husband, Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), in full costume.
What's the plot?
Unfortunately, not much is known about the new episodes. However, series creator Dan Fogelman previously revealed that season four will branch out and focus on the Big Three as they start their own families.
“We are starting to move towards new chapters in season four with the Big Three…some of the more mysterious or dramatic pulls of the series might start falling into the hands of some of our other characters,” he told Good Housekeeping.
Who's starring in it?
All of the original cast is expected to return, including Ventimiglia, Moore, Sterling K. Brown (Randall), Chrissy Metz (Kate), Justin Hartley (Kevin), Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth), Chris Sullivan (Toby) and Jon Huertas (Miguel).
Season four will also feature the young cast members, including Niles Fitch (teenage Randall), Hannah Zeile (teenage Kate), Logan Shroyer (teenage Kevin), Lonnie Chavis (young Randall), Mackenzie Hancsicsak (young Kate) and Parker Bates (young Kevin).
What about new cast members?
According to Fogelman, the new episodes will introduce several new characters—like Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison.
“We have a big plan of expansion,” he said. “The show is intended to be the expansive ways our lives evolve and connect us with our people… That starts happening more and more.”
What's in store for Jack?
Back in March, Fogelman prepared us for the inevitable and revealed that Jack will be far less present in season four.
“I think a lot of the mystery of Jack has been kind of told by the end of this season [season three], but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any less interesting to go and live with those younger families,” he told Good Housekeeping.
What about Jack and Rebecca?
While the new episodes won’t focus on Jack’s upbringing, they will further explore how the Pearson family came to be.
“[Jack and Rebecca] were married for five years before they had kids…and might’ve been dating five years before they got married,” Ventimiglia said. “[They] had their own lives free of parenthood.”
Will it answer our burning questions?
While we don’t know when the puzzling flash-forward will be explained, Fogelman confirmed that season four will give us some answers.
“Many of our characters are in the middle of their stories, and that’s a point where characters are opening up to new things and new things are starting,” he said. ‘That becomes a very exciting period for almost all of the characters, and for some of them, maybe a very scary period in terms of how fraught their storylines are.”
What's next after season 4?
As of May 2019, NBC renewed This Is Us for three more seasons (including number four), making a total of six. Although we can’t imagine saying goodbye to the Pearson clan, showrunner Isaac Aptaker previously told Deadline that season six will likely be the show’s last.