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This Is Us: Season 1 (2016-2017)




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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The story of a family whose three same-aged siblings struggle in unique ways throughout their lives is chronicled in this dramedy. In 1980, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) lose one of their triplets during childbirth, but they decide to adopt an orphan born on the same day and build a home together; 17 years later, Jack dies and leaves behind a mourning family. In 2016, Rebecca has remarried, while Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) are now adults trying to figure out life on their own. Season 1 of the drama series follows the present lives of the Pearsons, with flashbacks to their past that might shed light on the circumstances surrounding Jack's death.


Mandy Moore
as Rebecca
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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (26)

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

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

October 28, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

September 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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A piece of television-interrupted by commercial breaks, no less-that actually succeeds in eliciting a good, old-fashioned catharsis-cry.

September 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.

September 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.

September 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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