This Is Us is part of this fall’s new lineup and premiered on Tuesday. It centers on the celebration of the 36th birthday of different characters that are connected to each other somehow. The show explores the lives of strangers as they intertwine at a transitional time.
For instance, there is Kate (Chrissy Metz) who hits rock-bottom and decides to join a group to help her lose weight and her brother Kevin (Justin Hartley) a handsome up and coming actor who dramatically quits his job. Small screen sweethearts Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia also star in this comedy/ drama. They play a loving couple expecting triplets.
Sterling K. Brown portrays a well-established man who looks like he has it all. It is revealed that he is looking to reconnect with his father who abandoned him at a fire station when he was a baby. He finds his dad after receiving his information from a detective and impulsively invites him to meet his grandchildren at his home.
One thing this pilot does great is to leave you intrigued as to how it is possible that these seemingly very different people are linked together. A certain air of mystery remains at the last few minutes of the episode.
Indeed, it will be interesting to see how This Is Us grapples with a dual timeline, as it is shown that Moore and Ventimiglia’s characters are living in the 1980’s. They represent the birth and the upbringing of the main characters. It also seems that Kate, Kevin and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) are siblings, a dynamic that is yet to be explored.
I think it will grow to become a family drama, a show were the relationships are front and center in the likes of Parenthood or Gilmore Girls with a (not comparable but still there) Sense 8 level of intrigue and mystery. Maybe these characters are linked in a supernatural manner, it’s doutbful but for now it could be a possibility.
This Is Us is promising, I bet there will be more than one season with a lot of drama and heartwarming moments ahead.