This Is Us: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1
This Is Us

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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.



Critic Ratings: 68


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Air date: Sep 20, 2016
Air date: Sep 27, 2016
Air date: Oct 11, 2016
Air date: Oct 18, 2016
Air date: Oct 25, 2016
Air date: Nov 1, 2016
Air date: Nov 15, 2016
Air date: Nov 22, 2016
Air date: Nov 29, 2016
Air date: Dec 6, 2016
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The story of a family whose three same-aged siblings struggle in unique ways throughout their lives is chronicled in this dramedy.

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Critic Reviews for This Is Us Season 1

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (29)

It's that juxtaposition of ups and downs-those contrasting emotions-that makes this such a gripping show.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This Is Us is the kind of sentimental family-driven TV show with a tone similar to the likes of Parenthood or Brothers and Sisters. It sort of like a hug - warm and comfortable - but always bordering on being too much.

Oct 28, 2016 | Full Review…
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It's not often that my opinion of a series bounces around a lot as I watch the pilot and with this one, it definitely did-and that's a good thing, a very good thing.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A piece of television-interrupted by commercial breaks, no less-that actually succeeds in eliciting a good, old-fashioned catharsis-cry.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

What starts as a well-made and sticky network drama becomes a stealth stink bomb, steadily emitting toxic fumes, until its stench -- rotten cheesy, fetid corny -- is overpowering.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…
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The acting is top-notch, especially guest star Gerald McRaney as everyone's dream doctor, but is there enough of a network audience to keep such an effort on the air? "Parenthood" survived - but just barely.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite a rocky first episode or two, This is Us finds its footing in a unique way, laying most of its cards on the table. As much as the show is about "family" in the broadest sense, it's also about the details that define relationships.

Jun 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The drama is easy watching with the desired emotional kick that leaves you feeling quietly warm inside. Similar to The Good Wife and Brothers And Sisters, it's a family drama at heart.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The seeds of the characters' arcs are planted, but it remains to be seen if they can grow to fruition.

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is Us is original and has a lot of personality. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Is Us: Season 1

  • Mar 11, 2019
    Aside from the entirely forced and disingenuous homosexual propaganda the show 'was' great entertainment. The LGBT agenda adds nothing to the story. It is trite, boring and predictable - unlike the majority of the writing which is very good - and divides the audience along ideological and political lines. That Randall and his family voted for Obama was a given since 99% of black voters at the time voted for the 1st black President...not a deal breaker. Pushing homosexuality to kids breaker.
  • Feb 05, 2019
    This is a real life show representing people themselves
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Amazing series. Never really followed news about the show so I went in as blind as I could have. The cast is incredible. I can see towards the latter half of season 1 how Sterling K. Brown won an Emmy for his performance. Ron Cephas Jones was equally incredible. And so much can be said for the actors playing Dr. K nas young William. High praise to the entire ensemble cast overall. They take what the writers give them and made it that much more special than it already is. The plot is outstanding. Never have I seen a flashback-heavy plot go back bad forth to shed more light or similarities with the present timeline. Outstanding. Will be honest, a few of the episodes really, REALLY tugged at the heart strings (Looking at you, Memphis). Lastly, the soundtrack is on point. Beautiful soft ambient folk sounds to set the mood, and other great songs to set the mood of the episode or scene (again, Memphis was on point with the music as well). Best episode in my opinion is Memphis. The episode that precedes it and the ones up until the finale are also perfection.
  • Dec 31, 2018
    Having good actors is an asset, it can even make the obvious emotional manipulative writing resemble a genuine feeling.
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Love the show! The pilot is amazing especially! Exactly my kind of tv! Sterling K Brown is awesome!
  • Oct 28, 2018
    How does 10% of the audience NOT like this show? People are insane. Amazing. Inspiring. Inspirational.
  • Feb 13, 2018
    This is Us, is emotional, hooking and set-ready plain out amazing. A TV show this special does not deserve to exist, but thank god we have it. A new hope has arrived to Television and for once, its plain out amazing.
  • Feb 12, 2018
    The most amazing show on tv. It’s mOving, inTelligent, profound, fUnny and human. It’s Beautifully Real and tHere’s no bad episode.
  • Feb 04, 2018
    Best tv drama I’ve seen in a really long time
  • Jan 25, 2018
    This show is amazing. I’m pretty much addicted. All of the actors and actresses are so great and I can’t wait to see what happens each episode; every episode is amazing.

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