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?
Meh, gimmicky pretentiousness. Don't bother.
This show was ridiculously depressing for about 55 minutes. Everyone has problems, and hollywood just proved again that you can stretch out 55 minutes over one guy's failed career as sitcom eye candy, a guy looking for his father, a fat chick in crisis and a guy that just had two kids but lost one, and looks like he is hopped up on meth. All of this tied together by a loose thread that is everyone's 35 birthday, because that means something to someone.......even though it had ZERO relevance to the plot.
And as per standard "30 Something" script writing protocol, everyone has to have a positive resolution in the final five minutes in montage form, so that the people that aren't smart enough to know that they have seen this show's script 1000 times before, come back for more. (see suckers below)
Predictable show is predictable, watch at your own risk or you might be on prozac with the rest of this depressing cast.
They say there are hardly any original stories these days, just fresh new ways to tell old and tried plots.
I really liked what "This Is Us" did in its pilot episode and how the seemingly unrelated stories of several people sharing the same birthday eventually found a common narrative origin. It'll be interesting to see how these stories are going to unfold from here on out.