This Is Us: Honest. Raw. Heartfelt.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone has heard all of the buzz surrounding NBC’s newest hit drama, This Is Us. This show has literally taken the world by storm. Nominated for three Golden Globes at this year’s awards show, This Is Us marks the first time an NBC show has been nominated in the drama series category in 10 years. So, what makes This Is Us so special?

Following the lives of three grown siblings as they traverse through the ups and downs of life, This Is Us came at a time when the world of television needed its next great family drama. Premiering nearly two years after the finale of Parenthood, the previous NBC hit family drama, expectations for This Is Us were very high. I will admit, I’m a sucker for family dramas. Parenthood, Brothers & Sisters, I loved them all. Obviously I was very excited for This Is Us. It looked like the new Parenthood. And believe me, if you were someone who watched Parenthood, you were begging for anything to come into your life that would help fill the void that the Braverman family left in your heart. So, in a desperate attempt to ease that pain, I began watching This Is Us. It took some time for me to really get involved, but now, as we are halfway through the first season, I can say that it is truly a beautiful little show.

The thing that makes This Is Us unique is its method of parallel storytelling, in which the story of a husband and wife as they begin their family and raise three children in the 1980’s is told simultaneously to the story of those same three children as adults in the present day. This is one of the very reasons why the show is so popular. It’s different, and new. Completely new. While it may be the next great family drama, it’s something entirely different from any family drama that’s been done before, and people are responding to that.

This show is emotional and will make your heart feel things in every single episode. It is a show about life, and love, and loss, and everything in between. The emotion is raw and beautiful. This Is Us touches on so many different topics that plague all of us each and every day: death, parenthood, teenage angst, sibling rivalry, homosexuality, pregnancy, obesity, adoption, racism, marital stress, weight loss, self esteem, relationship issues, etc. etc. This may seem like a lot, but guess what? That’s life. And life is a lot.

We are halfway through the first season of This Is Us and the show is progressing rapidly. Already, we are faced with the impending death of two major characters, and I’m not going to lie and tell you that I’m not dreading it, because I am. Nonetheless, with death comes new life, change, and the rebirth of character, and so I look forward to seeing how the show will continue to handle these very difficult topics. The characters are excellent, and the performance of the actors is even better. Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia deliver performances that will have us talking about these characters for years to come.

This Is Us is a show unlike any other currently on TV. It is the story of a family and the many ups and downs of life. It’s emotional and will make you cry more than you are comfortable with; however, it will also make you feel good because of its beauty and truth. I don’t know about anyone else, but This Is Us is a welcome reprieve from a lot of the other shows I watch, and sometimes, it’s nice to have a show to relate to every week. So, with that being said, join the world and watch This Is Us so you can see what all the hype is about. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


Photo Credit: NBC Universal; Retrieved from HeadlinePlanet




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