Critic Consensus: This is Us continues to tug at heartstrings with an emotional exploration of family that ensures viewers will want to keep the tissues close -- and their loved ones closer.
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This Is Us remains an occasionally cloying melodrama, but the Season 2 premiere exhibited honest emotional reactions much more than manipulated ones.
This Is Us is really about consequences, cause and effect and how one seemingly small moment can make a lifetime of an impact. The fact that it's so popular, emotional or relatable will turn some people off, but I say take the show for what it is.
This trilogy of episodes are artfully done. They overlap neatly and effectively convey the writers' overarching message that, at any given moment, each member of a family is going through his or her own mess, oblivious to the other person's mess.
When [Kate] comes back and tells the boys she didn't get the part, she's even more renewed in her drive to do her thing.
The show is not afraid to explore the unique experience of plus-sized people, but with Kate, they haven't built a character made up of stereotypes and tropes, either.
This Is Us has, in its short lifespan, morphed from a likeable, interesting drama into a treacly mess of trumped-up angst underscored by the requisite sad acoustic-guitar-strings soundtrack reserved for "heartwarming" family dramas. Enough already.
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