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Sea­son 1 Mon M-Net (*101) 19:30 Episodes 3 & 4

Dram­edy This Is Us (2016cur­rent) fol­lows the Pear­sons through three stages of their lives: pre-triplets, eight-year- old triplets and cur­rent- day adult triplets.

Five things to know:

1 Jack and Re­becca (Milo Ven­timiglia and Mandy Moore) cel­e­brated Jack’s birth­day in episode 1 (29 May) with Re­becca in labour, but one baby died.

2 In episode 1’s present day, adopted “triplet” Ran­dall (Ster­ling K Brown) searches for his birth fa­ther who gave him up as a new­born on the day his brother and sis­ter were born.

3 Also in episode 1, triplet Kevin (Justin Hart­ley – Adam in soapie Y&R, see p29) tried to quit his un­sat­is­fy­ing sit­com The Manny, while over­weight triplet Kate (Chrissy Metz) swore to lose weight.

4 In episode 2 (5 June), Kevin and Ran­dall’s child­hood fights ex­plain their present- day fight­ing.

5 Also in episode 2’s present, Re­becca vis­its Ran­dall with sec­ond hus­band Miguel (Jon Huer­tas) – Jack’s best friend.

Mandy Moore as mom Re­becca Pear­son.

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