OMG this writing on this show is superb best story telling in a long time to come along. It will make you laugh and cry and that was only the first episode. I am not even going to spoil this because you have to watch the story and you will be amazed how this story is told.
This was a very good pilot, and that ending. Superb
WTF? Is this pretentious bullshit for real?
One of the best things about this show is how strong the characterizations are. The flashbacks are rooted in a deep sense of knowing, understanding and explaining who the characters are and how they came to be this way. Through the flashbacks they show us, piece by piece, things about the characters that they haven't spelled out about the characters in the present storyline yet (or don't talk about at all) but every moment seems important to understanding these characters. The family relationships are carefully crafted, complete with little family rituals, and showing how each and everyone relates (or related) to each other, in those little things you may have with your parents. The multiple threads are tied together surprisingly well, and rarely feel forced alltogether. So far I haven't seen a single weak episode. This Is Us really stands out from the crowd
This Is Us really surprised me in so many ways.
Before watching the Pilot, I was honestly expecting 'just another family comedy show', kind of. But ever since the first episode aired, I'm positively and repeatedly surprised and touched by just how beautiful and real this show is- on so many levels.
Yes, This Is Us is a dramedy focusing on three families that appear to really have nothing in common, but episode by episode one really learns and loves to learn to look deeper.
In a time like this, where TV seems to have reached some sort of quality peak, it doesn't happen too often do find a show that really stands out, especially in a genre like comedy. But This Is Us does pretty much everything right. The storytelling is superb, there's always new bits and pieces one picks up when watching the show, constant new revealings, a perfectly picked cast (really, they all work damned great together) and, as I said earlier, there's this honest and humble approach to it all that, for me, makes it stand out so severely.
This Is Us doesn't (need to) rely on heavy special effects, over-dramatization or flat jokes, nor does it try to deliver some sort of big and important political message. It's strapped of all this and by doing so, one can really enjoy the work, thoughts and incredible skills that have been put into all aspects of this show.
I find it really rare these days to find a pure gem like this and even more so to get so heavily attached to a show after just a couple of episodes. But, well. Here I am, already wanting This Is Us to never end, ever.
Meh, gimmicky pretentiousness. Don't bother.