This is Us: Watch with Caution

I first heard of the NBC hit show, This Is Us, from my mother in September. She told me it was an amazing show and I should watch it. Hearing this from her and seeing the commercials for the show, my immediate thought was, “Oh, this a mom show.” I thought it would be like the other “mom show” my mother was addicted to, Parenthood, which ended January 2015.

If only I knew how addicted I would become.

Come early January, during winter break, I had binge-watched the first 11 episodes on demand within a week.

After the first episode, which began with Sufjan Stevens’s downhearted “Death with Dignity” and ended with Labi Siffre’s uplifting “Watch Me,” I was hooked.

Right from the start, the creators and writers of the show were able to accurately present death and new life, crisis and doubt, and tearful heart-to-hearts.

Finally, the average American viewer has a cable TV show that presents ordinary people dealing with ordinary struggles and hardships.

Lately, it seems cable TV show creators have forgotten the average and normal, and have focused on larger-than-life characters and dystopian universes. I will be the first to admit it’s fun to get lost in a fantasy-like show, but every now and then it’s nice to sit down and cheer on characters you can relate to in some way.

This Is Us does have a trick, though, as the show follows the lives of four people who share the same birthday. The first character is Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), an expectant father whose wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) is about to give birth to triplets. Introduced second is the character of Kevin (Justin Hartley), who is determining on whether to quit his job as the lead role of a terrible sitcom.

Next is Kevin’s sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz), who is struggling with obesity and ends up meeting a comedic man named Toby (Chris Sullivan) at a support group. Then, there is Randall (Sterling K. Brown) who tracked down his biological father that left him at a fire station as a newborn.

The show can be just as comedic and heartfelt as any TV show, but when the directors decide to hit the “feels” of the viewers, a few tear drops can become full waterworks and an empty box of tissues.

Now, as someone who is regularly watching This Is Us, I can say that even after the climactic series premiere, I am still thoroughly addicted. I have also gotten my boyfriend into watching it, which proves that it’s not a TV show aimed towards women, let alone moms. I believe everyone can find something to enjoy in this NBC hit.

The show airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., but for those who have never seen it, you can watch all the episodes on the NBC website for free.
– Amber Canbek

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