NBC’s new hit show “This Is Us” — draws attention to real-life problems every teengaer and adult face, making it a must watch. The show premiered on NBC in September and since then has been drawing viewers in each week. 13.5 million people have watched the first episode within the first three days (according to USA today). Some felt that after watching the first episode that they didn’t think there would be any more twists, but then proved wrong after the second episode. This show has yet to run out of ideas and is really relatable to people in the current age, which is often rare for tv shows lately.
It’s a drama about family members who share the same birthdays and the struggles they face every day. Instantly viewers notice there might be a character in the show they’ve seen before like Mandy Moore, who was from the hit movie “A Walk To Remember”, Milo Ventimiglia who was from the famous TV show “Gilmore Girls” and Sterling K. Brown famous for his appearance on “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”. Their first six episodes showed each character’s point of view on life. Kate (played by Chrissy Metz) is controlled by her insecurity of being overweight. Kevin (Justin Hartley) is a struggling actor who underestimates his abilities. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) is a father of two young children facing everyday family troubles alongside his wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and learning to forgive his newly found birth father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), who left him at a fire station when he was a baby. Last is the couple Jack and Rebecca who lost one of their children during birth and adopted Randall. They are parents still learning about life while raising three children (Kevin, Kate and Randall). The show goes back and forth from past to present showing the characters when they were younger and showing them currently.
So far the show has released seven episodes, each never failing to touch the viewers hearts. The show is very relatable to people of all age, giving them life lessons on…life. Whether you are insecure about your body, a struggling parent, a person who underestimates themselves or someone who is afraid to fall in love, we all get to see the true side of what it’s like to feel those things and know that we are not the only ones. It’s a show that gives good life lessons while at the same time making it enjoyable and giving viewers some laughs.
What do the critics rate the show and is it appropriate for all ages?
Critics like IMDb gives the show 8.8/10 and Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a 91% out of 100%, showing that the show seems to be pretty well-liked. Other papers have mixed feelings about the show, most worrying about running out of ideas. The show is rated TV-14 for some adult content, but would be okay for mature young adults. The show doesn’t promote bad behavior and shouldn’t be an issue for teens.
Overall the show is a must watch, giving viewers on a personal level that we all have our insecurities, but that it doesn’t define us. This show is recommended for teens and adults because it sets a good example to people while at the same time making you sob and have some good laughs.