This is us broadcast the last episode of 2020 on Tuesday. So when will she be back in 2021? The NBC drama is taking a few months off for the vacation break, but fear not – you don't have to be without the Pearson Clan for long! In an amusing coincidence, the fifth season will resume with its fifth episode on January 5, 2021.
Like pretty much all TV shows this year This is us There was a late start in the fall due to filming delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Filming could begin at the end of September (September 24 to be precise, according to a report from TVLine), and the two-part season premiere aired almost exactly a month later, on October 27th. Though TV seasons aren't quite what they used to be, network shows like This is us usually stick to old-school television programming, which usually means a six to eight week break on vacation, usually late November through early January. That's what the show is doing this year too – it just feels a little bit strange as there were only four episodes in the fall! Back in 2019 when This is us was extended for three more seasons, Deadline reported that seasons four, five, and six would all have eighteen episodes; Production still seems to be on track for that to be the case this year.
When the show resumes in January there are a few key plot points dangling that need to be addressed. In this day and age, the Kate and Toby adoption story is still on the right track, although Kate deals with how the coming baby brings out a painful memory from years ago that gives some important glimpses into their past. Kevin seems to be in the middle of a big career move, although he is on shaky ground and the secret of Randall's mother is slowly being teased, although there is no concrete information. January 5th can't come fast enough!