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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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.
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.
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