This Is Us (TV series)

This Is Us
Created by Dan Fogelman
Composer(s) Siddhartha Khosla
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dan Fogelman
  • Jess Rosenthal
  • Charlie Gogolak
  • John Requa
  • Glenn Ficarra
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20) – present
External links

This Is Us is an American television comedy-drama series created by Dan Fogelman which premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016.[1]

The ensemble cast stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones. It is about the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they're similar and different.[1]

On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes.[2]


The series follows fraternal twins Kate and Kevin along with their adopted brother Randall as their lives intertwine. Kate and Kevin were originally part of a triplet pregnancy, conceived in a bar bathroom during Super Bowl XIV;[3] however, their biological brother was stillborn. Their parents, Jack and Rebecca, intent on bringing home three babies, decide to adopt another newborn (Randall) who was born on the same day, and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire house.[4]

Episodes weave through the stories of the past and present of the characters. The flashback episodes take place in Pittsburgh, while the current time episodes are split between Los Angeles, New Jersey and New York City.





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"John Requa & Glenn FicarraDan FogelmanSeptember 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)1AZC0110.07[9]
The intertitle references a Wikipedia-sourced statistic about how many people share the same birthdays. Jack Pearson is celebrating his 36th birthday when his wife Rebecca goes into labor with their triplets. Personal assistant Kate is celebrating her 36th birthday by recommitting to lose weight and befriends Toby at counseling. Hunky sitcom star Kevin, her twin, is celebrating his 36th birthday by acknowledging his dissatisfaction with his role and dramatically quitting in front of a live audience. Successful businessman Randall is celebrating his 36th birthday by tracking down the father who abandoned him at a fire station on the day he was born. Rebecca loses one of the triplets during birth. It's revealed that Kate Pearson and Kevin Pearson are the surviving pair, while Randall Pearson – brought to the same hospital by a fireman – is their adoptive brother; Jack and Rebecca's story takes place in 1980.
2"The Big Three"Ken OlinDan FogelmanSeptember 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)1AZC028.75[10]
Rebecca and Jack are having marital issues. Randall's wife, Beth, has suspicions about his biological father's motives. Toby and Kate start getting closer. Kevin is contractually obligated to stay on his sitcom for two more years. Kevin tries to turn to Randall for advice, but it's revealed that they've had a strained relationship since childhood. In the present day, Rebecca is remarried to Jack's best friend, Miguel.
3"Kyle"John Requa & Glenn FicarraDan FogelmanOctober 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)1AZC039.87[11]
Randall's name was initially going to be Kyle. His biological father William (nicknamed Shakespeare) met his birth mother on a bus ride where they bonded over poetry, but it's clear that, at some point, they also developed substance abuse problems. William is shown on the bus as he takes his newborn son to the fire station. Rebecca isn't able to bond well with "Kyle" and Jack eventually admits he can't either. Rebecca prevents William from seeing his son, but renames him Randall after William's favorite poet, Dudley Randall. Randall's daughters still don't know who William really is but, after Rebecca scolds him at Randall's home, he leaves – Randall then scolds him even harder. Kevin is serious about moving to New York and wants to bring Kate with him, who is shown to have a talent for singing, but no desire to showcase it. Toby makes grand gestures for Kate, but feels like he's second fiddle to Kevin. William's cancer is terminal. Kevin fires Kate out of love. Toby and Kate finally hook up.
4"The Pool"John Requa & Glenn FicarraDan Fogelman & Donald ToddOctober 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)1AZC049.71[12]
The Pearsons go to the pool, but encounter some judgmental people. Kevin is hellbent on landing a serious role on Broadway, but even his nieces won't let him forget The Manny. William is wrongly accused of loitering in Randall's nice neighborhood and is annoyed when Randall doesn't put up more of a fight during the confrontation that ensues. Toby runs into his beautiful ex-wife while on a date with Kate. Kevin royally bombs his audition, but his Tony-nominated scene partner begrudgingly tells him he got the role because of his The Manny fame; in a flashback, Kevin is shown to have been insecure since childhood, which may have led him to acting. Kate gets a job from Toby's ex-wife Josie, who Toby professes is not the angel she seems to be; in fact, her affairs led to his weight gain and caused him to contemplate suicide. Kevin temporarily moves in with Randall.
5"The Game Plan"George TillmanJoe LawsonOctober 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)1AZC058.68[13]
It's Super Bowl XIV and the Pittsburgh Steelers are winning but Jack and Rebecca are fighting about not having kids (Kevin and Kate are conceived that night). Miguel and his wife were present at the time. Beth Pearson believes she may be pregnant again but it turns out she's not. William reveals to Kevin he is a big fan of The Manny and helps Kevin realize he should stop doubting himself every time he says something. Kevin believes he moved to New York out of fear, and uses the play to teach a life lesson to his nieces; he also has a talent for painting like Jackson Pollock. Kate acts weird about watching a Steelers game and has to tell Toby why football games are personal for her. And it is confirmed, Jack died at some point, possibly circa 2006.
6"Career Days"Craig ZiskBekah BrunstetterNovember 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)1AZC068.48[14]
Randall is a weather trader for commodities, which regularly raises the response, "whatever that is", for businesses and tries and fails to explain that on Career Day. Flashbacks reveal that Randall has been extraordinarily intelligent since he was a child, and he gets transferred to an elite private school. Kate starts a new job as a personal assistant for Marin (Jamie Gertz) and has to deal with Marin's bratty teenage daughter Gemma. Gemma, who is overweight, is sure her mom hired Kate over other candidates as a way to get through to her. Kate reveals she doesn't talk to her mom, Rebecca, anymore. Olivia has unorthodox methods of teaching Kevin how to deal with grief. Randall decides he wants to take piano lessons, but not from William.
7"The Best Washing Machine in the World"Silas HowardK.J. SteinbergNovember 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)1AZC079.50[15]
The Pearson children are teenagers by now in the flashback, Kevin and Randall are bickering harder than ever. Kevin moves out of their room and into the basement and wants Randall to stay away. In the present, Kevin and Randall go out to dinner by themselves when Rebecca and Miguel have to cancel. It appears Kevin purposely sat them at a large table with other people so that they wouldn't have to be alone, but he abruptly leaves when he finds out Randall hasn't actually seen The Manny. Kate is working hard on trying to lose weight but is disappointed with the results—meanwhile Toby isn't even trying and is hitting his weight loss goals; he wants to abandon the diet altogether. Beth and William smoke weed together and he accidentally reveals to her that he has known Rebecca since Randall was a baby, which Randall doesn't know. Ironically, Beth moved Kevin's stuff to the basement.
8"Pilgrim Rick"Sarah Pia AndersonIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerNovember 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)1AZC089.00[16]
It's Thanksgiving. In the past, the Pearsons, as children, are going on a 6-hour road trip to Rebecca's parents' house, but they get into a car accident and abandon the dinner completely. Kate takes a break with Toby before Thanksgiving, saying she needs to get a handle on her weight and her life. Kevin invites Olivia to come celebrate Thanksgiving at Randall's house. Beth gives Rebecca an ultimatum, since she's had 36 years to tell Randall the truth—but he finds out before Rebecca can tell him. William tells Olivia to stop being so cold-hearted before life passes her by. Kevin allows Miguel to participate in a Pearson Thanksgiving tradition. After a disastrous flight, Kate announces a life-changing decision.
9"The Trip"Uta BriesewitzVera HerbertNovember 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)1AZC0910.53[17]
Randall is unbearably devastated by his mother's lies and betrayal. He, Kate, and Kevin make a trip to their family cabin; Olivia tags along with her uninvited ex boyfriend Asher and playwright Sloane. Olivia makes a rude comment to Kate, driving a wedge between her and Kevin. Child Randall thinks he can find his birth parents by the genetic trait of tongue rolling. Rebecca has never told Jack that she knows who his real parents are and she never will. Adult Randall has a vision of Jack at the cabin. Though "Vision Jack" can't believe Rebecca lied to him too, he tells Randall to understand his mother's point of view. Kate still wants to be friends with Toby but he would rather not. Kevin doesn't like how Olivia and Asher are behaving and kicks them out. He ends up sleeping with Sloane. Randall tells his mother he will not speak to her again until Christmas.
10"Last Christmas"[18]Helen Hunt[19]TBADecember 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)1AZC10TBD
When Kate comes down with appendicities on Christmas eve, the Pearsons take her to the hospital, where they run into Dr.K,who they realize needs their support; Kevin celebrates Hanukkah with Oliva's family.


Critical response

The first season of This Is Us, has received mostly positive reviews, with critics praising cast performances and series plot. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has fresh rating of 91% based on 44 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Featuring full-tilt heartstring-tugging family drama, This Is Us will provide a suitable surrogate for those who have felt a void in their lives since Parenthood went off the air."[20] On Metacritic, the season has a normalized score of 76 out of 100 based on 33 critics, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".[21] TVLine gave the series "A-" saying, "With emotionally resonant dialogue and top-notch performances, This Is Us should fill that Braverman-sized hole in your heart."[22] TV Guide placed This Is Us at ninth among the top ten picks for the most anticipated new shows of the 2016–2017 season and called it, "a well-acted drama about love, life and family."[23]

The series generally received positive reviews to date from various media outlets and critics. Writing for The Star-Ledger, Vicki Hyman lauded the series and said, "This Is Us (from Crazy, Stupid, Love screenwriter Dan Fogelman) methodically weaves four seemingly disparate stories into a believable and emotional whole through tiny telling details, relatable moments, and conversations and confrontations that are funny, tender or painful, or all three at once."[24] Entertainment Weekly's Jeff Jensen wrote, "A 21st century thirtysomething for a TV generation that likes a splash of high concept in their shows and isn't afraid of melodrama."[25] Gwen Ihnat of The A.V. Club also reviewed the series positively saying, "The hour accomplishes what it set out to do. It creates characters so compelling that we compulsively want to tune back in to see them again."[26] In a review for Boston Globe, Matthew Gilbert said, "The pilot is beautifully shaped, the themes of building your own meaning in life are smart, and the actors already seem to know their characters."[27]

The Washington Post critic, Hank Stuever said, "While I'd like to see another few episodes to make sure, there's something comfortably gooey right away about This Is Us, reminding us once more that amid all the high-functioning detectives, emergency-rescue personnel and secret-agent superheroes covered in cryptic tattoos, there are very few network dramas aimed at viewers who are simply interested in everyday people and how they feel."[28] Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's TV critic Rob Owen wrote, "Created and written by Dan Fogelman, This is Us manages the tricky task of telling emotional stories without getting too saccharine. And in each story, the characters are quite relatable."[29] James Poniewozik of The New York Times also gave the series positive reviews and said, "The first hour works its way efficiently through an economy-size box of tissues with cleverly turned dialogue and well-inhabited performances."[30] Other publications critics such as USA Today,[31] The Atlantic,[32] The Hollywood Reporter,[33] and Los Angeles Times,[34] reviewed the series positively.

Some were more critical towards the show, Daniel D'Addario of Time wrote, "The show has promise, but its cynicism in terms of trying to evoke an emotional response is both what viewers will be tuning in for and its least accomplished aspect. If it could work to wring out a real response, not just an easy one, this might be a show worth watching each week.[35] Chief TV critic of Indiewire, Ben Travers quipped, "'It all works out' seems to be the main takeaway from the pilot, but where things specifically go from here is one whopping question mark. Perhaps if this was an episodic anthology series with new characters flooding in every week and new arcs every season, This Is Us could repeat the mysterious highs of its subjectively mediocre pilot (depending on how you like that ending).[36] In a moderate review of Variety, Sonia Saraiya said, "It's deceptively difficult to build a surprising and complete story in just 40 minutes with so many characters. Yet This Is Us manages to both craft an intimate series of portraits and stitch them together. But at the same time, waves of cloying sentiment threaten to submerge everything."[37]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" September 20, 2016 2.8/10 10.07[9] 1.8 4.55 4.6 14.61[38]
2 "The Big Three" September 27, 2016 2.6/9 8.75[10] 1.9 5.12 4.5 13.87[39]
3 "Kyle" October 11, 2016 2.8/9 9.87[11] 1.9 4.95 4.7 14.82[40]
4 "The Pool" October 18, 2016 2.6/9 9.71[12] 2.0 4.86 4.6 14.57[41]
5 "The Game Plan" October 25, 2016 2.4/8 8.68[13] 2.1 5.11 4.5 13.83[42]
6 "Career Days" November 1, 2016 2.3/7 8.48[14] 2.1 5.09 4.4 13.57[43]
7 "The Best Washing Machine in the World" November 15, 2016 2.6/9 9.50[15] 2.1 5.20 4.7 14.70[44]
8 "Pilgrim Rick" November 22, 2016 2.4/9 9.00[16] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "The Trip" November 29, 2016 2.7/9 10.56[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Last Christmas" December 6, 2016 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


The series is nominated for Best Drama Series for the 7th Critics' Choice Television Awards.[45]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2017 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series This Is Us Pending [45]
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama This Is Us Pending [46]
Favorite Actor In A New TV Series Milo Ventimiglia Pending
Favorite Actress In A New TV Series Mandy Moore Pending


This Is Us premiered on September 20, 2016, in the U.S. on NBC.[47] The series premiered on CTV in Canada on September 21, 2016,[48][49] and on TVNZ 2 in New Zealand on September 27, 2016.[50] The series will premiere in the UK on Channel 4 on December 6, 2016.[51]


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