This Is Us (season 4)

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This Is Us (season 4)
This Is Us season 4 poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes4
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24) –
present (present)
Season chronology
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List of This Is Us episodes

The fourth season of the American television series This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods. The season is produced by Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, and 20th Century Fox Television, with Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger serving as showrunners.

The series was renewed for a fourth, fifth, and sixth season in May 2019, with production for season four beginning that July. The season stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas, Melanie Liburd, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, Lonnie Chavis, Lyric Ross, Asante Blackk and Griffin Dunne.

The fourth season premiered on September 24, 2019, and will consist of 18 episodes.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
551"Strangers"Ken OlinDan FogelmanSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)4AZC017.88[6]
After returning from Los Angeles, Rebecca marvels at how important a stranger can become. Jack meets Miguel, a store clerk who lends him a sports coat for meeting Rebecca's parents. Rebecca's father tells Jack that he isn't good enough for Rebecca. Three new characters are introduced. Marine NCO Cassidy Sharp returns home, experiencing alcoholism and PTSD. Her husband kicks her out after she strikes their son. A drunk Nicky vandalizes the VA during Cassidy's support group, and contacts Kevin for bail money. Teenager Malik is raising a daughter, Janelle. He works in his father's auto garage, but considers illegal activity to better provide for Janelle; his father explains that taking responsibility for Malik lifted him above that lifestyle. At a barbecue, Malik meets new arrival Deja; both are smitten. A young blind musician meets a waitress, Lucy, and writes a song about a stranger becoming beloved. They get engaged and she opens a restaurant. She learns she is pregnant and fears it is too early in her career, but he reassures her and performs the song at an arena concert. He is Kate and Toby's son, Jack Damon; at three months, he is diagnosed with permanent vision loss.
562"The Pool: Part Two"Chris KochIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)4AZC027.45[7]
Jack and Rebecca take the young Big Three to the pool at summer's end. Kevin hurts Randall by mocking him in front of his friends, leading Kevin to question if he is a good person; Jack reassures him that only a good person would care. Two popular girls convince Kate a popular boy will kiss her. When instead an unpopular boy who actually likes Kate arrives, she kisses him. After avoiding their parents all day, the Big Three sit quietly with them. In the present, Tess gets a new, short haircut and Beth accepts that Tess is growing up. Deja wants to travel to school via a city bus that passes Malik's garage. Randall thinks public transportation is too dangerous, but ultimately grants permission. Randall teaches the girls to play "Worst Case Scenario" and the family runs up the Rocky Steps. A consultant advises Kate on caring for Jack. Kate commits to Jack living a life without limits. Toby secretly exercises at a gym. Kate helps Kevin and Jack bond, and encourages Kevin to take a job in Chicago. He instead visits Nicky and gives him the ficus he has cared for in recovery.
573"Unhinged"Anne FletcherVera HerbertOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)4AZC037.25[8]
Starting junior high, Randall suffers his first panic attack upon receiving a dress code violation. Kevin forges Rebecca's signature on the slip, and convinces the family to watch Arsenio Hall together to remedy Randall's pop culture deficit. Jack makes a mistake at work; Miguel saves Jack’s job by threatening to quit; Jack pledges to support Miguel whenever needed. In the present, Nicky suffers a setback when his VA therapist is transferred, leading to his vandalism; Nicky may avoid jail time by continuing therapy. Kevin bonds with Cassidy's son Matty in the waiting room. When Kevin takes Nicky to an AA meeting, Cassidy is there; she, Nicky, then Kevin laugh at Kevin's egocentrism. Kate is stunned but ultimately supportive of Toby's fitness. Her new neighbor Gregory's seemingly unreasonable demand about where Toby parks his car is actually critical for Gregory's post-stroke recovery; Kate joins Gregory for a walk. Randall prioritizes his constituents over socializing with other officials. His experienced assistant advises him to fire Jae-won; instead, Randall fires her, embracing his and Jae-won's outsider status. Malik tells Deja about Janelle; Deja confides this to Tess, then Tess admits her unexpected lack of confidence in being “out” at her new school.
584"Flip a Coin"Chris KochJulia BrownellOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)4AZC046.72[9]
After Randall and Beth's first date, Rebecca and Carol visit campus and discuss widowhood. Carol tells Beth that Randall is too "broken" in grief to support her. But, recognizing Randall pays meaningful attention to her, Beth kisses him. Kate gets a job at a record store. Rebecca decides they should find a permanent home. Via answering machine, Kevin reveals he has married Sophie. In the present, the noise of a baby music class upsets Jack. Kate and Toby bicker but make up and take Jack to the beach to learn new sounds. A possum corpse inside Beth's school building threatens her opening. Carol suggests postponing, but Randall restages the event outside. Carol tells Randall she failed to predict the strong family man he would become. Randall and Beth disapprove of Malik. The Manny's cancellation is a milestone for Kevin. While filming the pilot, he considered quitting acting, but secured the pilot's success by soothing his baby scene partner. When an AA meeting is rescheduled, Kevin and Nicky spend the day with Cassidy. Kevin gets Cassidy to acknowledge she wants to save her marriage. Nicky declines Kevin's offer of a new trailer, but Kevin buys one and becomes Nicky's neighbor.
595"Storybook Love"[10]TBATBAOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)TBATBD
606"The Club"[11]TBATBAOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)TBATBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 12, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a fourth, fifth and sixth season of 18 episodes each, for a total of 54 additional episodes.[1] Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger serve as the season's showrunners.[4]

Filming[edit]

Production on the season officially began on July 9, 2019, in Los Angeles.[12]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Strangers" September 24, 2019 1.8/9 7.88[6] 1.5 5.13 3.3 13.03[13]
2 "The Pool: Part Two" October 1, 2019 1.7/8 7.45[7] 1.4 4.58 3.1 12.03[14]
3 "Unhinged" October 8, 2019 1.6/8 7.25[8] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Flip a Coin" October 15, 2019 1.5/7 6.72[9] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (May 12, 2019). "'This Is Us' Renewed For Three More Seasons By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Blyth, Antonia (September 17, 2019). "'This Is Us' Season 4 Trailer: See The Surprise New Cast; Premiere Episode Set To Be An Extended Special". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 18, 2019). "This Is Us: Jennifer Morrison Joining Season 4 Cast in Major Role". TVLine. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2019). "'This Is Us': Tim Matheson To Play Rebecca's Father In Season 4 Of NBC Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Interestingly, Omundson's real-life stroke was written into the arc of his "This Is Us" character.
  6. ^ a b Welch, Alex (September 25, 2019). "'Black-ish' and 'The Voice' adjust up, 'New Amsterdam' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Thorne, Will (October 15, 2019). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Sept. 30: 'Evil,' 'Stumptown,' and 'Emergence' All Double". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 9, 2019). "'The Conners' adjusts up: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Welch, Alex (October 16, 2019). "'Mixed-ish' adjusts down: Tuesday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "(#405) "STORYBOOK LOVE"". The Futon Critic. October 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Club". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Dumaraog, Ana (July 11, 2019). "This is Us Season 4 Begins Production; New Image Revealed". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  13. ^ Pucci, Douglas (October 8, 2019). "Live+7 Weekly Ratings: 'Stumptown' Tops Freshman Series Premieres in Overall Raw Gains". ProgrammingInsider.com. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  14. ^ Thorne, Will (October 15, 2019). "Live+7 Ratings for Week of Sept. 30: 'Evil,' 'Stumptown,' and 'Emergence' All Double". Variety. Retrieved October 15, 2019.

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