This Is Us: Season 5 (2020 - 2021)

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Air date: Oct 27, 2020

Part One. The Pearsons gather to celebrate their 40th birthday while musing about the day they were born.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2020

Part Two. The Pearsons gather to celebrate their 40th birthday while musing about the day they were born.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2020

Kevin and Madison navigate their engagement as Kate and Toby take a big step in their adoption journey. Meanwhile, Jack and Rebecca brace for puberty.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2020

Malik shadows Randall at work. Kevin struggles to connect with his new movie director. Jack and Rebecca struggle to sleep train their babies.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2021

Kate confronts her past. Randall's brush with viral fame leads to an unexpected discovery. Kevin debates the best path for his future.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2021

Randall uncovers new truths about his past.

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Kevin embarks on a stressful road trip. Jack and young Kevin go to a football training camp.

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Critic Reviews for This Is Us Season 5

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Maybe it's enough that "This Is Us" found a genuine and productive way to engage with COVID and police brutality without becoming too preachy, too saccharine, or too distanced from its core self.

Oct 28, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As we watch the past unfold, it reminds us, we're also watching tomorrow being born; and we watch today with an understanding of where it came from. All of this is thoroughly engrossing: lyrical, moving, and totally irresistible.

Nov 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Brown was, as usual, sensational, as Randall dealt with issues that he has previously been reluctant to discuss... The mix of micro and macro most successfully collided within that character, offering a promising foundation for the season to come.

Oct 28, 2020 | Full Review…

All of this is to say that watching the Pearsons go through normal Pearson problems, on top of watching them go through very real and very raw problems, provided two extremely depressing hours of television.

Oct 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though my immediate instinct was that the show should've just ignored COVID entirely, this episode handles the pandemic far more gracefully than I would've thought possible.

Oct 28, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Yet putting aside these important plot developments, what is most impressive about this return of "This Is Us" is its mature way of commenting on the world to which it returns. It's the perfect show to do so.

Oct 30, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a good episode, notwithstanding the far-fetched shocker, and as far as TV goes, having the highest-rated network drama back is the closest thing to normal we've experienced in months.

Oct 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Few shows have a strong grasp on their winning formula this late into the game, but This Is Us isn't most shows. The series somehow juggles a dozen character arcs, the worst of humanity's struggles, and Kevin's weird obsession with Chris Evans.

Oct 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Is Us: Season 5

  • 5d ago
    Such a huge disappointment after 4 magical seasons of incredible writing! Guess they ran out of new ideas and had to hire Twitter to do all the writing. Unfortunately, 2020 and the producers of the show had one last trick for us: turning a golden egg into a turd.
  • 6d ago
    I really love this season. I think it's great they are addressing social issues and Covid responsibly. I think it's pretty funny that some people find this offensive. Their reviews make me laugh ("How dare they try to make me care about other people!") I think of art as having the ability to change hearts and minds. But I guess some minds are just a little too closed. As for me - wanting to understand my fellow humans - I'm really loving the direction so far this season!
  • Jan 12, 2021
    I have only had the discomfort of watching this show once and a few clips here and there when my wife watches it. The actors are great. I just hate the plot and the music. It's like Days of our Lives. Who watches this crap. I have emotional drama at work all day and then why would I want to come home to emotional drama at night. It's not uplifting to me. Just listening to the dialog is depressing. Laugh a little, get over your stupid differences, grow up and move on. Someone please stab me in the neck so I don't have to watch this stuff--only not while watching the program. I don't want to die this way. My only saving grace is the Hulu commercials. Those are much better than the show. Guys help me out here.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    I admit when I heard that this season would be set against the backdrop of COVID, I was unsure if I'd enjoy it. However This Is Us continues to be an emotional, heart-wrenching and the warming drama we all know and love, whilst simultaneously dealing with the important issues we face in society today.
  • Dec 26, 2020
    Became a big fan of this show as my wife introduced me to it. I was reluctant as many of these dramas are frosting passed off as cake. This is by far the best drama she watches, has always been exceptional in it's ability to tell the story and connect you to the characters. This season has been a huge disappointment for us though. Save the social issues for Twitter. Same goes for the COVID propaganda. We get this info from so many other places. This season feels like a Soviet era re-education film, which is sad as we needed something to fill the entertainment gap that has developed in the past year.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    I loved the first 4 seasons of this show. I wasn't able to get past the 3rd episode of season 5. The show took on a very strong political tone. It is demeaning to the audience and frankly feels like propaganda. It's a shame, the stories had so much feeling and heart in the 1st 4 seasons.
  • Dec 02, 2020
    I was excited because at the end of season 4 it ended in such a way, that they could take it in any direction, and since it wasn't during the pandemic I didn't think all of that would be brought into the show. I am really disappointed. I understand incorporating COVID so the cast and crew could wear masks during filming. However, when I watch TV I am trying to get away from everything and not think about what's going on. Like someone else said, if I wanted to see all of that I can just look at Facebook. I couldn't even get through the premier and I love this show. I'm so sad to be giving it this review.
  • Nov 27, 2020
    Hey, just what I needed, another place to make me feel guilty for being white. I can watch the news or go on social media for that. And will we ever see an episode where Randle isn't crying like a whiney little baby because he's convinced himself he's a perpetual victim and everyone is out to get him because he's black?
  • Nov 24, 2020
    I am amazed at all the poor user reviews. Notice the great critic reviews. I'm guessing the user reviews are all having political issues. Is it strange to have COVID weaved in? Yes....it is....a bit. That said, it doesn't take away from the great show which continues to show you to past to help you understand the future and all the other things that result in the "This is Us" for families. Love it!
  • Nov 22, 2020
    Extremely disappointed and could barely get through the season premiere. If I wanted political opinions shoved down my throat at every turn, I would watch CNN and FOX. Something for this show's creators and team to consider...whether your political leanings are liberal or conservative, people should feel free to form their own opinions and conclusions. I regret that this show seems to feel otherwise this season, doing their best to make sure I believe the "correct" things concerning police brutality and racial issues and COVID. I'm not sure I can continue to watch and support this show anymore. And I was so excited for this new season. Again, so very disppointed.

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