Critic Consensus: 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.
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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 mediocre pilot (depending on how you like that ending).
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.
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.
A piece of television-interrupted by commercial breaks, no less-that actually succeeds in eliciting a good, old-fashioned catharsis-cry.
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.
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