NBC’s new show has recently been renewed for not only a second but a third season. The first season was full of humor, raw emotion, and all around good times. Already, I’m drowning in anticipation for the next. This show’s portrayal of emotion, dramatic realism, and excellent cast makes it a must see.
What I love about the series is that everything that happens in it can and does happen to people in real life.
The title This Is Us doesn’t just apply to the characters in the show. It applies to the audience as well. The marital issues between the main couple, Kate’s struggle to lose weight, and Randall’s stress related to his estranged father are all examples of problems real people face.
The actors and actresses in this show don’t just play their respective roles. They embody them.
The cast brings their roles alive. There are some videos of the cast members describing the similarities between themselves and the characters they play. These similarities mean the cast members must be willing to expose their vulnerabilities to the camera, something viewers will surely appreciate.
This Is Us is a cold drink of lemonade on a sweltering day.
It is refreshing, suave, and fun. So many shows nowadays are ridiculously unrealistic in their portrayals of sex, dating, fame, and everyday life. This Is Us is refreshing in just how real it is. Now, I’m not much of a crier, and I’m not a fan of sappy television. But still, this show’s authentic and powerful portrayals of emotion have had me feeling the wet works. That being said, it’s not that it’s a sad or negative show at all. This Is Us is amazing is its ability to convey meaningful and sometimes sad themes while maintaining a comforting and feel good tone throughout.
The Dalai Lama would like this show.
In The Art of Happiness, he notes that people in Western nations seem to have less of an acceptance for suffering than those in Eastern ones. He talks about how suffering is a regular part of life. Everyone will experience suffering at some point, and a lack of acceptance for it can cause discontent and even agony. The themes in This Is Us help viewers increase their acceptance for some of the suffering they inevitably encounter in their lives. This acceptance for what one can’t control leads to greater content and happiness.
NBC has created something special here.
It’s something I can’t fully describe in words but that people must experience themselves. So, do yourself a favor and go to On Demand, nbc.com, or whatever service you use to watch reruns. Then, head straight to my new favorite show This Is Us.
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