|Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) in This is Us. (NBC)|
NBC has pretty much kept us in the dark about its new series This is Us showing the same clips over and over again without explaining anything. And there is a reason for this which is explained at the very end of the pilot episode. Honestly, it wasn’t until then that I decided that I liked the show and can’t wait to see what happens next week.
Many have assumed that the show will be NBC’s next Parenthood, and it could be. It too is drama with some comedy and a tinge of mystery thrown in for good measure. At first, the show starts out kinda clunky showing us snippets of four different stories, each focusing on characters having the same birthday.
|Gerald McRaney and Milo Ventimiglia (NBC)|
Story 1: On the day of Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) birthday, his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore), goes into premature labor and prepares to deliver the couple’s triplets. Doctor K (Gerald McRaney) is there to oversee the births and give some heartfelt advice. Though is featured heavily in the first episode, it appears that this will be his only appearance for the show, but you never know.
Story 2: Kate (Chrissy Metz) is overweight and miserable. She has joined a weight loss support group determined to get smaller and healthier, but there she meets Toby (Chris Sullivan) who might be the best thing for her, or the worst.
|Justin Hartley and "friends." (NBC)|
|Ron Cephas Jones and Sterling K. Brown (NBC)|
This is Us was written by Dan Fogelman who scripted the animated Tangled for Disney and Galavant for ABC and you can see some of his influence in the humor. None of the characters are perfect and some of them do or say something that is off-putting, but that might be the key to making this show work. They’re more real than they first appear. Kevin and Randal are rich while Jack and Rebecca seem to be scraping by. As for Kate, we don’t really know.
To tell you anymore about the show would be a disservice. Instead, why not you watch the first episode and then then tell me what you thought of it and if you will watch again? I will.
This is Us premieres on Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m. and then moves to 9:00 p.m. on October 11 on NBC.