If For All Mankind gets a fifth season, it will the longest-running show on Apple TV+

The creators of For All Mankind have plans for the sci-fi drama to run as long as six or seven seasons, but thus far there's no official announcement on whether it will get a fifth.
Krys Marshall, Ezrah Lin and Cynthy Wu in "For All Mankind," now streaming on Apple TV+.
Krys Marshall, Ezrah Lin and Cynthy Wu in "For All Mankind," now streaming on Apple TV+. /

The fourth season of the sci-fi drama For All Mankind wrapped up on Apple TV+ this past Friday, closing another excellent block of episodes that explore how our world would be different had the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union never stopped. Apparently, Al Gore would've been elected president, NASA would've been the target of a terrorist attack, and we'd have a colony on Mars by the early 2000s.

As usually happens with this show, the season finale end with a jump forward in time. Things end in 2012, when humanity has built a city on as asteroid orbiting Mars. That's where we'll pick up if For All Mankind is given a fifth season.

Right now, we still don't know if that's going to happen, although For All Mankind co-creators Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi have said they could see the show running as long as six or seven seasons. Last year, creator Ronald D. Moore hinted that executives were at least talking about making more episodes. “There’s definitely been more conversation about it, yeah," he said not long after the Hollywood writers and actors strikes had been resolved. "You can sense things are starting to pick up, and just industry-wide everyone’s starting to gear up towards, ‘Okay, we know it’s about to all happen again, so let’s start talking in earnest about how we prepare the way for it.’”

So Moore and company are hopeful, but we don't have a definite "yes." Odds are the executives at Apple TV+ are debating the question right now. If For All Mankind does get a fifth season, it will be the first show of its kind on the streaming service. So far, no Apple TV+ show has lasted past four seasons. M. Night Shyamalan's Servant ran for four, and the hugely popular show like Ted Lasso ended at three.

For All Mankind has released new seasons at a pretty steady pace since debuting in 2019. If it wants to keep that up, a decision must be made soon. Hopefully we'll hear good news.

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