NBC premiered a new dramedy called This is Us, the new show that will try to become the rightful heir to both Parenthood and ensemble family drama for the Peacock.
The show stars Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterlng K Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas as several people seemingly unconnected who end up having their paths crossing and intertwining.
In the pilot, the first thing we realize is that a bunch of them have the same birthday, they are all turning 36 (That´s the first thing hitting close to home, as I am also from 1980).
The Cast is as follows:
- Milo Ventimiglia as Jack
- Mandy Moore as Rebecca
- Sterling K. Brown as Randall
- Justin Hartley as Kevin
- Chrissy Metz as Kate
- Ron Cephas Jones as William
- Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth
- Chris Sullivan as Toby
As you can see on the Key Art for This is Us, the tagline reads: “This is Real, This is Love, This is Life… This is Us”. And when you start watching the show, it all begins with trying to explore those aspects from a lightearted drama that will focus on relationships and human bonding, getting away from the latest trend of all procedural drama television, and trying to fill the void left by a huge sentimental family drama like Parenthood. In that aspect, a much welcome addition to primetime scheduling. Although it still needs to develop and make us confident the show will stick for the long run, it is still a healthy change for broadcasting.
When Kate tells Kevin “You are the greatest thing in my life” and Kevin answers “I´m not that great, come on”, and she replies “I know, that´s what makes it worse”, you start getting pulled in to the show, as it is not only well casted and acted, but also well written. And you are already rooting for that pair of siblings in Kate and Kev. That hardly ever happens on a pilot, and This is us somehow manages to make us like the characters a few minutes in.
The doctor scene where Rebecca and Jack arrive after her water broke and are going to have the triplets, and are welcome by a change in the doctor who will deliver the babies, doctor Katowski played by Gerlad McRaney… that scene is pure television magic.
Maybe the pilot is one of the best things on broadcast television lately, and a show that can be appealing for broad audiences without falling in the soft show category that broadcast often has us used to. So I will be adamant in recommending you to watch the Pilot and give this show a chance. It surely seems like a good one to have a date with every week on TV.
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