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Season 4 is the fourth and final season of the Nickelodeon sitcom, The Thundermans. The season premiered on October 22, 2016 and ended on May 25, 2018.

The season was picked up for 13 episodes on March 2, 2016.[1] On September 27, 2016, Kira Kosarin, confirmed in a video for Sweety High, that the episode count had been doubled to a full season amount of 26 episodes. On May 16, 2017, Nickelodeon ordered 6 additional episodes, bringing Season 4 to a total of 32 episodes.[2]

On July 28, 2017, Nickelodeon announced that production on the show had officially concluded.[3]

The series aired their last 5 episodes, which consisted of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderhome, The Thundredth, Looperheroes and the series finale The Thunder Games, on May 25, 2018.

Plot

This season begins with the fallout of the Thundermans' secret being exposed. The Thundermans are banished from Hiddenville by the Hero League but they're allowed to return following Max and Phoebe's sacrifice to save their city. The Hero League helps get things back to normal by tricking Hiddenville residents that Thundermans no longer have powers. Because of their heroic act, the Thunder Twins are chosen for a chance to join the legendary Z-Force - an elite team of superheroes.

Throughout the season, Phoebe and Max learn to work together while training to join the Z-Force. However, it takes Phoebe time to fully trust that Max has given up being evil for good. Also, she believes that she is better than Max at being a superhero, so she starts to become bossy. Because of her little faith in Max, at one point she absorbs Dark Mayhem's powers to stop an old prank by Max. Unfortunately, the powers turn her evil and it's up to Max to save her for once.

Meanwhile, with Max being good, Dr. Colosso feels neglected and he kind of hates him for turning good. Allison breaks up with Max.

Also, Nora and Billy start their superhero training in this season. 

Cast

Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Special Guest Cast

Episodes

No. Episode Title Date Premiered Prod. Code U.S. Viewers
1 Happy Heroween 10/22/16 405 1.96
2-3 Thundermans: Banished! 11/19/16 403-404 2.37
4 Smells Like Team Spirit 01/07/17 402 1.84
5 Max to the Future 01/14/17 406 1.82
6 Better Off Wed 01/21/17 407 1.87
7 Parks & T-Rex 01/28/17 409 1.72
8 Date of Emergency 02/04/17 401 1.72
9 Orange is the New Max 02/18/17 411 1.53
10 Ditch Perfect 02/25/17 408 1.67
11 May Z-Force Be With You 03/04/17 410 1.59
12 21 Dump Street 06/03/17 414 1.52
13 Super Dupers 06/10/17 415 1.29
14 Come What Mayhem 06/17/17 418 1.58
15-16 Thunder in Paradise 06/24/17 420-421 2.28
17 Save the Past Dance 11/18/17 427 1.34
18 Z's All That 01/06/18 417 1.15
19 Can't Hardly Date 01/13/18 430 1.35
20 Revenge of the Smith 01/20/18 416 1.01
21 Nowhere to Slide 01/27/18 424 1.19
22 Significant Brother 02/03/18 419 1.30
23 Rhythm n' Shoes 02/17/18 423 1.08
24 Make it Pop Pop 02/24/18 431 1.09
25 Side-Kicking and Screaming 03/03/18 425 1.10
26 Cookie Mistake 03/10/18 426 1.02
27 All the President's Thunder-Men 03/17/18 432 1.00
28 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderhome 05/25/18 428 1.30
29 The Thundredth 05/25/18 429 1.33
30 Looperheroes 05/25/18 422 1.28
31-32 The Thunder Games 05/25/18 412-413 1.39

Trivia

Production

  • Maya Le Clark officially gets a "starring" credit in this season, though the opening credits don't change.
  • The season began production on June 27, 2016.[4]
  • Production on the entire show was initially set to end in late October.[5] However, the season was eventually doubled and production was set to conclude in end-May 2017. Afterwards, the season was extended by another 6 episodes.
  • The show went on a long production hiatus between October 2016 and January 2017. This was likely because the producers needed time to create the next set of episodes and Addison Riecke needed the time to film The Beguiled.
  • According to Kira, the season 4 (and series) finale, The Thunder Games was shot in October 2016, before the remaining half of the season as it was scheduled to be the season finale before Nickelodeon doubled the season. A similar situation happened in season 3 where the finale Thundermans: Secret Revealed was shot before half of the season.
  • The last live taping for the show was Make it Pop Pop and it was held on July 21, 2017.

Episodes Count

  • On September 27, 2016, Kira Kosarin confirmed in a video for Sweety High that the Season 4 order had been doubled to 26 episodes.[7] However, the season was later confirmed to have an additional six episodes, bringing the number of episodes for this season to 32.
  • This season has the most episodes – due to the six additional episode order, otherwise, it would be tied for the most due to Season 3 having 26 episodes as well.

Series Wrap

  • Jack mentioned in an interview that they have a 5th cycle in their contracts in Nov 2016.
  • Interviews with the cast during the show's 100th episode celebration suggested that the show will end with this season.
  • Through Instagram stories, Kira showed that the Hiddenville High School Set was packed up while Jack posted the last scene filmed in Splatburger before it's torn down. Helen Hong also posted a photo with Addison Riecke and Diego Velazquez about the last Splatburger scene.
  • During the week filming #432, Kira posted on Twitter that it's the "final Thundermans table read" and Addison mentioned that they are filming their "last episode".
  • On July 27, 2017, Nickelodeon released a statement to J-14 mentioning that the show will end after this season. The Thundermans officially ends with 4 seasons and 103 episodes, spanning 5 years.
    • "After four amazing seasons and 103 episodes, Nickelodeon's landmark series, The Thundermans, has wrapped production. We are incredibly proud of our dedicated and talented cast and crew, who have helped make the show one of Nick’s longest-running live-action sitcoms. Premieres will continue to air throughout 2018." – Nickelodeon statement

Airing

  • The season premiere was supposed to be an hour-long episode titled "Thundermans: Banished", but Nickelodeon aired the Halloween special, Happy Heroween, first instead.[8]
  • The season took a three-month hiatus in March 2017 after May Z-Force Be With You aired on March 4th and then took another hiatus after airing 4 episodes in June 2017.[9] After taking another hiatus, lasting for 5 months, this season resumed airing on November 18th, with the episode, Save the Past Dance.
    • That will give Nickelodeon a chance to finish up the current seasons of all the other American sitcoms, as well as start their new shows.
    • This hiatus was the longest hiatus of the series. As the schedule was predicted, they aired only 5 episodes in a span of 8 months, between March 2017 and November 2017.
  • In Nickelodeon's fall 2017 promo, a clip from Super Dupers can be briefly seen.
  • Jack, Rosa, and Helen Hong mentioned that episodes will continue to air for "another whole year" after they concluded production, suggesting a mid-late 2018 end.
    • Jack stated on Twitter and on Instagram in Sep 2017 that new episodes will air throughout 2018 and that the show would conclude in 2018.
  • This season returned in January 2018, airing 10 episodes until March, beginning with Z's All That.
    • The show goes on another hiatus afterwards and is slated to return on May 25, 2018, airing the remaining 4 episodes and the series finale.

Season Facts

  • This is the first Nickelodeon show since iCarly to have 3 specials in 1 season, the 3 specials namely Thundermans: Banished!, Thunder in Paradise and the series finale, The Thunder Games.
  • This season makes The Thundermans the longest-running Nickelodeon live-action show that's not created by Dan Schneider, with a total of 103 episodes spanning 6 years. It is the first Nickelodeon show to air more than a hundred episodes since iCarly ended.
  • In this season, the format of the episodes has been changed. In Seasons 1-3, Livin a Double Life was played in the first 1-2 minutes of the episode. In this season, it is played after 5-6 minutes.
  • The majority of the episode's titles in this season have references to other notable films or TV shows.
  • Even though this is the final season, the opening credits don't change. The only time the opening credits have changed completely was in the Season 4 premiere, Happy Heroween.
  • Sarah, a recurring character in Seasons 1 and 2, returned in the episode, Can't Hardly Date.
  • Kira shared the Thunder Twins' last lines of the series on Twitter[10]. They are said in All the President's Thunder-Men as it was the last episode to be taped.
    • "Fun fact: “congratulations Max, congratulations Phoebe” were the last words we ever said as Phoebe and Max. The very last take, we decided to surprise the crew by saying “congratulations Jack, congratulations Kira,” but I burst into tears halfway through “congratulations” 🙃"[11]

Come What Mayhem / Thunder in Paradise

  • This season got a full feature-length movie, consisting of 2 episodes, Come What Mayhem and Thunder in Paradise, that aired on June 17th, 2017 and June 24th, 2017 respectively. Some scenes of the special are filmed in the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu, CA and in Huntington Beach, CA.[12]
    • Come What Mayhem is the 1st part while Thunder in Paradise is the 2nd and 3rd part, making it a full feature-length movie of 90 minutes.
    • Phoebe will become evil for the first time in the show after getting the powers of Dark Mayhem.
    • Jed Spingarn's daughter, Violet Spingarn guest starred in "Come What Mayhem" as the kid superhero, Pause Girl.
  • Dr. Colosso did not appear in the double episode Thunder in Paradise, marking the first time a main character was absent. Nora Thunderman was also absent in Can't Hardly Date as Addison was unavailable when they filmed the episode in early-mid July due to her involvement in the premiere of her movie, "The Beguiled".
  • Phoebe's middle name was revealed this season in the episode Thunder in Paradise.

Promos

Nickelodeon YouTube Videos

References