Number One
This Is Us Season 2



Critic Ratings: 10
Critics Consensus

In "Number One," the gritty -- and sometimes hard to watch -- history of Kevin's addiction issues is laid bare with the delicate treatment characteristic of This is Us.

Episode Info

Kevin goes back to his high school to accept an award. Jack and Rebecca get excited about their kids' futures.

Cast & Crew

Mandy Moore
Rebecca Pearson
Milo Ventimiglia
Jack Pearson
Sterling K. Brown
Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz
Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley
Kevin Pearson
Chris Sullivan
Toby Damon
Eris Baker
Tess Pearson
Faithe Herman
Annie Pearson
Hannah Zeile
Teenage Kate Pearson
Niles Fitch
17 Year Old Randall
Logan Shroyer
17 Year Old Kevin
Mackenzie Hancsicsak
10 Year Old Kate
Parker Bates
10 Year Old Kevin
Lonnie Chavis
10 Year Old Randall
Stefanie Black
Charlotte Everly
James Read
Duffy Collins
Amanda Leighton
17 Year Old Sophie
Matt Riedy
Coach Waltering
Isabel Durant
Michael Woodley
Jesse Mackey
Lyft Driver
Dan Fogelman
Executive Producer
Jess Rosenthal
Executive Producer
Charlie Gogolak
Executive Producer
John Requa
Executive Producer
Glenn Ficarra
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Number One

This Is Us delved into Kevin's unrelenting battle with addiction and the first major obstacle he ever faced ... but the hour wasn't without its shocking revelations about another member of The Big Three.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Uncurl yourselves from the fetal position, This Is Us fam. "Number One" is a doozy of an episode.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Confident quarterback sees his dreams dashed by an injury" is high school drama cliché 101. Yet in practice, This Is Us manages to imbue that familiar story with beautifully observed details that make it come alive.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Tuesday's This Is Us focused entirely on Kevin's downward spiral, but the biggest revelation was about his sister, Kate.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The show has been unsparing in its depiction of [Kevin's] descent - and at times, it's been downright unpleasant to watch.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[It] uproots all the demons Kevin's worked tirelessly to keep at bay since childhood-and forces us to take another look at a character who never wants to expose who he truly is, because this is what we would see. It's not pretty, but it is necessary.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Number One is a fantastic episode for Kevin and the two older actors who play him, and will definitely go down as one of the show's finest work.

Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are some Friday nights under the lights that even Coach Taylor wouldn't be able to save.

Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Was this our "very special episode" of This Is Us? I'm going to warn you right off the top: Your humble recapper came away from this episode with a slightly different take on things than it seems most of y'all did.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's really hard to watch the 30-year-old Kevin grapple with all of this, but this heartbreaking episode really does give the background on Kevin that we've been needing this whole season.

Mar 9, 2018 | Full Review…