This Is Us (TV series)

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This Is Us
The words "This is us" written in yellow block-capitals, with the word "us" emphasized using heavier type
Genre Drama
Created by Dan Fogelman
Starring
Composer(s) Siddhartha Khosla
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s) Los Angeles, California
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network NBC
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20) – present
External links
Website

This Is Us is an American drama television series created by Dan Fogelman that premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016.[1] The series follows the lives and families of two parents, and their three children, born on their father's birthday.[1] The series stars an ensemble cast featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, Ron Cephas Jones, Jon Huertas, Alexandra Breckenridge, Niles Fitch, Logan Shroyer, Hannah Zeile, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Parker Bates, Lonnie Chavis, Eris Baker, and Faithe Herman. This Is Us is filmed in Los Angeles.[2]

The series has been nominated for Best Television Series – Drama at the 74th Golden Globe Awards and Best Drama Series at the 7th Critics' Choice Awards, as well as being chosen as a Top Television Program by the American Film Institute. Sterling K. Brown has received an Emmy, a Golden Globe, a Critics' Choice Award, and an NAACP Image Award for his acting in the series. Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, the series received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, with Brown winning for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

On September 27, 2016, NBC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes.[3] In January 2017, NBC renewed the series for two additional seasons of 18 episodes each.[4] The second season premiered on September 26, 2017. The third season premiered on September 25, 2018.[5]

Premise[edit]

The series follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (known as the "Big Three"), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It takes place in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family during various moments in the past. Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members of a triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack's 36th birthday in 1980; their brother is stillborn. Believing they were meant to have three children, Jack and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station. Jack dies when his children are 17.

Most episodes feature a storyline taking place in the present (2016–2018, contemporaneous with airing) and a storyline taking place at a set time in the past; but some episodes are set in one time period or use multiple flashback time periods. Flashbacks often focus on Jack and Rebecca c.1980 both before and after their babies' birth, or on the family when the Big Three are children (at least ages 8–10) or adolescents; these scenes usually take place in Pittsburgh, where the Big Three are born and raised. Various other time periods and locations have also served as settings. Recently, the show has flashed back to follow the lives of newer characters, such as Randall's foster child, Deja. As adults, Kate lives in Los Angeles, Randall and his family are in New Jersey, and Kevin relocates from Los Angeles to New York City.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast members (left to right) Jones, Watson, Brown, Ventimiglia, Moore, Hartley, Metz, and Sullivan at PaleyFest 2017.
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson: Rebecca's husband, and Kate, Kevin, and Randall's father.
  • Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson: Jack's wife, and Kate, Kevin, and Randall's mother.
  • Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's adopted son, and Kate and Kevin's brother. Also played by Niles Fitch (ages 15–17) and Lonnie Chavis (ages 8–10).
  • Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's daughter, and Kevin and Randall's sister. Also played by Hannah Zeile (ages 15–17) and Mackenzie Hancsicsak (ages 8–10).
  • Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson: Jack and Rebecca's son, and Kate and Randall's brother. Also played by Logan Shroyer (ages 15–17) and Parker Bates (ages 8–10).
  • Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson: Randall's wife, and mother of Tess and Annie.
  • Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon: Kate's husband.
  • Ron Cephas Jones as William "Shakespeare" Hill: Randall's biological father. Also played by Jermel Nakia as a young adult. (main seasons 1–2, special guest season 3)
  • Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas: Jack's best friend and Rebecca's second husband. (recurring season 1; main season 2–present)[6]
  • Alexandra Breckenridge as Sophie: Kate's childhood best friend as well as Kevin's childhood love and ex-wife. Also played by Amanda Leighton (ages 15–17) and Sophia Coto (age 10). (recurring season 1; main season 2)[6]
  • Eris Baker as Tess Pearson: Randall and Beth's older daughter. (recurring season 1; main season 2–present)
  • Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson: Randall and Beth's younger daughter. (recurring season 1; main season 2–present)
  • Melanie Liburd as Zoe: Beth's cousin and Kevin's new girlfriend. (guest season 2; main season 3)
  • Lyric Ross as Deja: Randall and Beth's foster child. (recurring season 2; main season 3)

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankAvg. viewership (inc. DVR)
(in millions)
118September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)614.70[7]
218September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)417.43[8]
318[9]September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25)TBATBATBA

Production[edit]

Commitment to diversity[edit]

Fogelman intentionally recruited behind-the-scenes talent that would reflect the diversity of his cast, with the goal of bringing greater authenticity to the dialog and storylines. These include black directors Regina King and George Tillman, Jr. and black female writers Kay Oyegun and Jas Waters (part of a 30% black core writing staff that far outpaces the industry standard of 5%).[10][11] In addition, Fogelman's sister Deborah, whose struggles with weight were one of the initial inspirations for the show, serves as a consultant.[12]

Release[edit]

In May 2017, Hulu acquired the SVOD rights to new and past episodes of the series to air exclusively on Hulu, in addition to NBC.com and the NBC app.[13]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an 89% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 7.72/10 based on 63 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "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."[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 76 out of 100 based on 34 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] Season 2 received a 94% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.[16]

Entertainment Weekly gave the first few episodes of This Is Us a rating of B, calling it "a refreshing respite from the relational violence and pessimism that marks the other buzz soaps that have bubbled forth from a culture of divisiveness". Moreover, they praised all the actors, specifically Sterling K. Brown, for being able to navigate "his scenes with such intelligence, authenticity, and charisma".[17]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Tuesday 10:00 pm (1–2, 11)
Tuesday 9:00 pm (3–10, 12–18)
18 September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20) 10.07[18] March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) 12.84[19] 2016–17 6 9.843[20] 2.68/16[20]
2 Tuesday 9:00 pm (1–13, 15–18)
Sunday 10:30 pm (14)
18 September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) 12.94[21] March 13, 2018 10.94[22] 2017–18 4 11.135[23] 3.07/16[23]
3 Tuesday 9:00 pm 18[4] September 25, 2018 (2018-09-25) 10.54[24] TBA TBD 2018–19 TBD TBD TBD

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2016 African-American Critics Association Awards Top Ten TV Show This Is Us Won
American Film Institute Awards Top 10 TV Programs of the Year This Is Us Won [25]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series This Is Us Nominated [26]
Most Exciting New Series This Is Us Won [26]
2017 ACE Eddie Awards Best Edited One Hour Series for Commercial Television David L. Bertman (for "Pilot") Won [27]
American Film Institute Awards Top 10 TV Programs of the Year This Is Us Won [28]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Donald Todd, Charles Gogolak, KJ Steinberg, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, Joe Lawson, Steve Beers, Vera Herbert, and Bekah Brunstetter Nominated [29]
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown (for "Memphis") Won
Milo Ventimiglia (for "Moonshadow") Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Ron Cephas Jones (for "Memphis") Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Chrissy Metz (for "Pilot") Nominated
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards[a] Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Brian Tyree Henry (for "Memphis") Nominated
Gerald McRaney (for "The Big Day") Won
Denis O'Hare (for "Last Christmas") Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Zoe Hay, Heather Plott, Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, Judith Lynn Staats, and John Damiani (for "I Call Marriage") Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Chrissy Metz Nominated [31]
Mandy Moore Nominated
Best Television Series – Drama This Is Us Nominated
Hollywood Music in Media Awards Outstanding Music Supervision – Television Jennifer Pyken Nominated [32]
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Actor in a Show Mandy Moore Nominated [33]
Show of the Year This Is Us Nominated
Tearjerker Milo Ventimiglia and Lonnie Chavis (Jack and Randall at Karate) Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Won [34]
Outstanding Drama Series This Is Us Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Lonnie Chavis Nominated
Peabody Awards Entertainment and Children's programs This Is Us Nominated [35]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Actor in a New TV Series Milo Ventimiglia Nominated [36]
Favorite Actress in a New TV Series Mandy Moore Nominated
Favorite New TV Drama This Is Us Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Nominated [37]
Seoul International Drama Awards Best Director Dan Fogelman Nominated [38]
Grand Prize This Is Us Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Star Chrissy Metz Nominated
Choice TV Actor: Drama Sterling K. Brown Nominated
Milo Ventimiglia Nominated
Choice TV Show: Drama This Is Us Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Sterling K. Brown Nominated [39]
Outstanding Achievement in Drama This Is Us Nominated
Outstanding New Program This Is Us Won
Program of the Year This Is Us Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Drama Vera Herbert (for "The Trip") Won [40]
[41]
New Series This Is Us Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Won [42]
Best Drama Series This Is Us Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Chrissy Metz Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Sterling K. Brown Won [43]
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Chrissy Metz Nominated
Best Television Series – Drama This Is Us Nominated
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama Jennifer Pyken Nominated [44]
Best Song/Recording Created for Television "We Can Always Come Back To This" Nominated
MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Musical Moment Kate sings "Landslide" Nominated [45]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Nominated [46]
Outstanding Drama Series This Is Us Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Lonnie Chavis Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Kelechi Watson Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Vera Herbert (for "Still Here") Nominated
People's Choice Awards The Drama Show of 2018 This Is Us Pending [47]
The Drama TV Star of 2018 Justin Hartley Pending
Chrissy Metz Pending
The Female TV Star of 2018 Mandy Moore Pending
The Male TV Star of 2018 Sterling K. Brown Pending
Milo Ventimiglia Pending
The Show of 2018 This Is Us Pending
Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Contemporary Costumes Hala Bahmet and Elinor Bardach Nominated [48]
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Ron Cephas Jones Won
Gerald McRaney Nominated
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) Zoe Hay, Heather Plott, Luis Garcia, Elizabeth Hoel-Chang, and Tania McComas Nominated
Outstanding Music Supervision Jennifer Pyken Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series This Is Us Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Nominated
Milo Ventimiglia Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Musical Or Comedy Series This Is Us Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Eris Baker, Alexandra Breckenridge, Sterling K. Brown, Lonnie Chavis, Mackenzie Hancsicsak, Justin Hartley, Faithe Herman, Ron Cephas Jones, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Chris Sullivan, Milo Ventimiglia, Susan Kelechi Watson, Hannah Zeile Won [49]
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Won

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 2017, Hala Bahmet, Marina Ray and Elinor Bardach were nominated for Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie. The nomination was rescinded after it was determined that the submitted episode "Moonshadow" was primarily set in the 1970s, violating the TV Academy's rule that "more than 50 percent" of the episode must be contemporary (within 25 years of the air date).[30]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
24: Legacy
2017
Super Bowl lead-out program
This Is Us
2018
Succeeded by
The World's Best
2019