After six seasons, the emotional roller-coaster that is This Is Us is finally coming to a close. In May 2021, NBC announced that the Emmy Award-winning show would wrap up after its sixth season, and even though fans have known that the end has been coming for a while, they’re still not ready to say goodbye to the Pearson family.
As has become customary for the show, Season 5 ended with a jaw-dropping twist. With such a huge surprise ending, This Is Us has plenty of questions to answer to in Season 6. But just when does the series finale air? Here’s everything you need to know about the last season, including when it will hit our screens.
When is the series finale of 'This Is Us'?
Fans know how frustrating Season 5 of This Is Us was because of numerous multi-week interruptions and production delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The constant issues with production also meant that Season 5 was the only season of the show so far to have 16 episodes, instead of the customary 18.
So when producers announced Season 6 in May 2021, they acknowledged that “because of COVID ... [the This Is Us Season 5] schedule has been on and off.” In order to avoid more interruptions in the show’s final season and to reward patient fans, the network decided to push back the premiere of Season 6 to Jan. 4, 2022.
According to People, the series finale will air May 24, 2022.
It's gonna deliver. It's truly, truly going to deliver," Milo Ventimiglia said about the show's ending. The way the show has built out its story so far, fans have no doubt he's telling the truth.
Will there be a 'This Is Us' spinoff?
Creator Dan Fogelman has said that the end of the show will address all the questions fans have had over the years. “I hope everything will have been answered,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in December 2021.
But back in May, Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the trio's late patriarch Jack Pearson, was asked about the possibility of a This Is Us spinoff. He told Extra, “I’m sure there will be; I don’t know who it will be.”
Season 6 of This Is Us continues on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m.