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On My Block Season 4 - What We Know So Far

It isn't easy for a TV series to merge humor with drama. In many cases, the jokes undercut the seriousness of a situation, or any darkness manages to make audiences feel uncomfortable laughing at the moments they should. Fortunately, On My Block on Netflix manages to avoid both of these issues as it deftly blends social commentary with hilarious bits from its talented young cast. 

The show follows four friends who go to high school together in the inner city of Los Angeles. The four have to contend with gangs and drugs on top of all the regular issues that plague teenagers in this day and age. For the last three seasons, On My Block has done an exceptional job of zeroing in on the nuances of societal problems largely impacting people of color. Critics like Liz Shannon Miller of Collider have this to say about the series: "This show at times delivers the textbook definition of emotional whiplash. But on the other hand, it's often a hell of a ride."

Fans can take some comfort in the knowledge a fourth (albeit final) season is on the way, thanks to a teaser posted by the show's Twitter account in January 2021. Here's what to know about On My Block season 4 so far. 

What's the release date for On My Block season 4?

The first three seasons of On My Block dropped on Netflix during the month of March. Clearly, that isn't happening with season 4 seeing as how March 2021 has already come and gone. We suspect the delay is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but getting a teaser confirming the fourth season is on the way should assuage fans who may be otherwise concerned about the fate of the series. 

No release date has been announced yet, but it may take a little while longer than you may have initially anticipated. Diego Tinoco, who plays Cesar on the show, posted a video of him on Instagram getting a haircut with the message: "1st day officially back! Shooting the last season of @onmyblock Comment your predictions!" That was on March 23, 2021, and if that was his first day on the set, then it could take a while for everything to wrap. We'd expect season 4 to come out in late 2021 at the earliest.

Who knows? Maybe Netflix will hang on to it to drop in March 2022 to stay in line with what's come before. 

Who's in the cast for On My Block season 4?

The main four members of the cast will be returning for one more ride around Los Angeles, with Sierra Capri coming back as Monsé Finnie, Brett Gray as Jamal Turner, Jason Genao as Ruben "Ruby" Martinez Jr., and Diego Tinoco as Cesar Diaz. Other actors we'd expect to reprise their roles include Jessica Marie Garcia as Jasmine Flores, Julio Macias as Oscar "Spooky" Diaz, and Peggy Blow as Abuelita. Abuelita's been a fan-favorite character on the show so far, and for the final season, she'll officially be part of the main cast, as reported by Deadline

Despite the group's best efforts, it looks like they'll still have to contend with gang life going into season 4. As such, we wouldn't be surprised to see Ada Luz Pla return as Santos leader Cuchillo, as well as Gilberto Ortiz as Cuete, the leader of the 19th St. gang. There may even be a few new faces thrown into the mix.

What's the plot for On My Block season 4?

The ending of On My Block season 3 really mixed things up for the central characters. Time jumps are nothing new in television series, but they usually happen at the beginning of a new season. This time around, the season 3 finale goes two years into the future, and the four characters we know and love have all drifted their separate ways. It's an emotional gut-punch and leaves viewers asking, "How did these kids end up so far apart?"

It was a purposeful decision on the creators' part, as executive producer Jeremy Haft told Paste Magazine. "Now the question going into Season 4... is, how did they get there?" he said. "Are they going to get back together? So yes, we have a ton more story to tell, and this propels us to a great, exciting place." What we do know is that Jamal and Ruby aren't on good terms. Monsé spends her time with a new clique at the boarding school she attends, and it looks as though Cesar has joined the Santos gang. It's a lot to take in, but fans can rest assured all will be revealed once the series returns to Netflix.