All heart & soul
This Is Us is as heart-warming and heart-breaking as a family reunion at a funeral.
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We’re a little late to the party but last year everyone in the US fell in misty- eyed love with family drama This Is Us (2016- current). And not just because we all enjoy a good cry now and again. “The current climate is so fraught with peril and negativity that people just want to enjoy something that feels smart, sophisticated, but has warmth,” says NBC President Jennifer Salke. Series creator Dan Fogelman adds, “Who the show might be appealing to is that person who wakes up every day determined to be a better person and probably fails 99 percent of the time. Regardless of politics, everyone is living the same existence – you’re trying to live better and do better.”
This Is Us follows the Pearson family, who’re fighting that good fight, at
three different, major stages of their lives throughout each episode: when young couple Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are expecting triplets, when those triplets Randall, Kevin and Kate (Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates and Mackenzie Hancsicsak respectively) are eight years old, and when Randall (Sterling K Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Met) turn 36. All the time-hopping allows the writers to sneak in shocks and surprises, but among the drama there’s always love and forgiveness. “This is for everyone. There is no separation between gender or race or age or weight, sexual preferences, anything, nothing. It’s human beings,” says Milo.
In the end, Dan confirms that he’s going for the heartstrings rather than the old tearducts. “There is a form of storytelling – a tone – that lives in-between the laugh and the heavy emotion. If you hit that tone right, it can be everything.”
Siblings Randall, Kate and Kevin share a birthday and family memories.