Love, Tears, Laughter, But Mostly Tears: This Is Us

The Pearson Family sis together, the children grown, he parents young.

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The Pearson Family sis together, the children grown, he parents young.

Natasha Fidler, Entertainment Editor

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The series “This is Us” aired on Sep. 20, 2016 on the network NBC. This new hit series was written by Dan Fogelman, Kay Oyegun, Donald Todd, and Aurin Squire. There were eighteen episodes in the first season. The second season is still going with ten episodes.

  If you ask anyone, “This is Us” brings tears to your eyes almost every episode, sometimes more than once an episode. It stars three now-grown siblings, the Big Three: Kevin, played by Justin Hartley, who is known as number one; his twin sister, Kate, played by Chrissy Metz, who has struggled with her weight her entire life; and last Randall, played by Sterling K Brown, who was adopted the day that Kevin and Kate were born. The three siblings’ lives are shown, their modern struggles. However, flashbacks happen quite often.

  Rebecca, Mandy Moore, and Jack Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia,  are the parents of the Big Three. The time is 1980, the new parents struggle to raise all three children, giving them equal attention. These flashbacks highlight the good and the bad of the triplets’ childhood, and how it has affected them. Each flashback tugs a little at the viewer’s heart, bringing back their own memories of childhood.

  Early in the season it is revealed that Jack Pearson died when the triplets were in their late teens; however, it is not officially revealed how. Knowing this, little pieces of my heart break when I watch the flashbacks of the once whole family.

  The show is put together adding new puzzle pieces to the story each episode. Finding out who Randall’s biological parents are, why Kate has a weight problem, and Kevin’s surprisingly complex past.

  “This is Us” is not completely emotionally draining; there are happy moments, like when Toby proposes to Kate or when Kevin and Sophie reconnect. However, these moments are usually short lasted.

  Each triplet has their own problems. Kevin, an actor has a history of being the less smart of the three siblings. He wants to be a serious actor in a world that sees him a star of a sitcom. His troubled past with his father is revealed later in season two. Kate has struggled with her weight her entire life, due to trying to impress her mother. This is a problem that many viewers may relate to. Kate tries to start a singing career, while starting a family with her fiance Toby. Randall lives an average life at first glance. However, what he really searches for it his biological father. He does all this while trying to avoid his crippling anxiety attacks only his father could help with.

  Personally, what I loved most about this show was the fact that it could bring the audience to tears almost every episode. Making people laugh is challenging, yet possible. Making people cry is a whole other story. The series portrayed very real situations for the viewers. In the upcoming seasons, I hope that the show continues to pull at the audience’s heart strings. They manage to make the show sad, without making it depress the people watching. There are even several comical moments throughout the series. I hope the series sticks with that theme in the upcoming episodes, that’s sure to keep me watching.

  NBC’s new hit won People’s Choice Award for Best New Television Series. As well as PrimeTime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. These awards are sure to be just the beginning for this series.

  “This is Us” may be emotionally draining and all around heartbreaking, but so is life.

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