Did you watch This Is Us on Channel 10? If so, did you love it as much as I did? If you didn’t see it, This Is Us is one of the standout TV series of 2017 and #1 new drama in the US.
The show was nominated for eleven Emmy Awards, with Sterling K. Brown taking out the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award. Yes, the series is that good. You just need to see anything mentioning the show on social media that the show has been well received and and everyone loves it.
This Is Us follows the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they are similar and different.
The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall as their lives intertwine. Kate and Kevin were originally part of a triplet pregnancy, conceived in the bathroom of a bar, during Super Bowl XIV. Their due date was October 12, 1980, but they were born six weeks early on August 31, unfortunately, their biological brother was stillborn. Their parents, Jack and Rebecca, having expected to bring home three babies, decide to adopt another newborn: Randall, a black child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station.
Episodes weave through the stories of the past and present of the characters, with most scenes taking place in 1980, 1989–1995, and the present day (2016–2017).
The trailer for This Is Us:
What fans think of the show (Warning! You will need tissues):
Isn’t it beautiful how people are so involved in the characters lives and how the characters relate to their own lives?
Personally, I haven’t been so emotionally invested in a show since the peak of Grey’s Anatomy (who can forget Izzy and Denny and the Snow Patrol song?). So what is it exactly that I love so much about This is Us?
Well, I love a well written show with relatable, and likeable characters. The writers touch on many topics that we as viewers can relate to; love hate relationships within families, moral dilemmas, and the roller coaster ride of life in general.
It’s all of us
I think the crux of why the show is so popular is because so many people can relate to at least one of the characters and their lives. The show doesn’t portray the characters as having perfect lives but shows the realities of life’s ups and downs.
Makes you feel all the feels
Like Randall, I have had anxiety since I was young, and I wish I had a parent who showed me how to deal with it like Jack does with Randall. The shows the reality of having anxiety/ panic attacks. Randall is a successful businessman with a beautiful family and what appears to be a “perfect’ life and everything together but thankfully, the writers show that even those with the most “perfect” lives can suffer from some form of mental illness and how stress can play havoc with not just physical health but mental health as well.
Most of us can relate to Kate
The most important topic the show has brought up is the treatment of people who are overweight. Weight discrimination is still a huge problem in society (even though the average Australian is a size 16). This was emphasised at the Hollywood party scene, where Kate notices a crowd staring and snickering at her and and her boyfriend Toby. We seem to live in a world where we are all expected to look a certain way or you are seen as unhealthy and/or not attractive, which is far from the case. The show highlights that, for a lot of overweight people, the weight isn’t their issue but an emotional one. Hopefully, the show will show the human and emotional side of being overweight and more people will be more accepting and less judgemental.
The story line and acting
The show is brilliantly (and cleverly) written. The actors portray their characters so well, you can’t help but love them. It’s like a good book, you fall in love with the characters and story and don’t want it to end!
Essentially, This Is Us is beautiful and meaningful television and you will love it!
This Is Us is available now on DVD, with no added ads or waiting for buffering via streaming services and you can watch it whenever you want!
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