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This Is Us (season 2)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 18
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) – March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)
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The second season of the American television series This Is Us continues to follow the lives and connections of the Pearson family across several time periods. The season was produced by Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, and 20th Century Fox Television, with Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger serving as showrunners.

A second and third season of This Is Us were ordered in January 2017, with production for season two beginning that July. The season 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, Eris Baker, Faithe Herman, and Lonnie Chavis.

The second season, consisting of 18 episodes, aired from September 26, 2017, to March 13, 2018, on NBC. This Is Us served as the lead-out program for Super Bowl LII in February 2018 with the second season's fourteenth episode.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Jermel Nakia as young adult William H. "Shakespeare" Hill[4][3]
  • Lyric Ross as Deja, Randall and Beth's foster child.[5]
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Linda, a social worker who works with Randall and Beth when they foster Deja.[6]
  • Caitlin Thompson as Madison, Kate's group's resident thin member, who Kate discovers is bulimic.[7]
  • Joy Brunson as Shauna, Deja's mother.[8]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

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191"A Father's Advice"Ken OlinDan FogelmanSeptember 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)2AZC0112.94[18]
On the Big Three's 37th birthday, Randall wants to adopt a baby, but Beth convinces him they can honor William's legacy by adopting an older child. Kate leaves an audition because all the other women there are thin, but she returns to go through with it. She is rejected because of her inexperience, not her weight; Kate is confident she can work her way up. Toby tells Kevin that he, not Kevin, needs to be Kate's "person." Kevin explains that Kate informed him of their father's death, and being Kate's brother is the only thing he is really good at. In the past, Rebecca takes the Big Three to a movie after her argument with Jack. Rebecca urges Jack to come home; Jack admits his drinking is out of control. Later, the family house has burned and Rebecca, in the car with Jack's possessions in a bag, screams and cries.
202"A Manny-Splendored Thing"John FortenberryDan Fogelman & Bekah BrunstetterOctober 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)2AZC0211.06[19]
Kevin is invited back for the 100th "The Manny" episode. The producers try to embarrass him for how he left the show, but Sophie helps him do it anyway. Randall, Beth, their girls, Rebecca, and Miguel travel across the country to see the live episode. Randall and Beth take a walk during the taping to discuss Randall's worries about fostering an older child who could have major issues. Also during the taping, Kate gets a call for her first gig; however, she does not want her mother to criticize her performance, so Kate asks both Rebecca and Toby not to follow her, but they do anyway. Later, Kate confronts Rebecca about how she has always treated her. Rebecca seeks support from Toby, but he clearly sides with Kate, which wins Rebecca's approval. After the episode taping, Beth learns from Kevin that Randall only risked failure once: in asking her out. Beth reassures Randall they can go through with their plan. In flashbacks, Jack confesses to teenage Kate that he has an alcoholism problem. Jack (when on the wagon before) vented his anger on a punching bag; this time, he lets Rebecca take him to an AA meeting.
213"Déjà Vu"John Requa & Glenn FicarraIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerOctober 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)2AZC0311.02[20]
On Kevin's movie set, Kate—excited that Sylvester Stallone is his co-star—bonds with "Sly" and tells him what his films meant to her father, and about his death. After talking with Stallone, Kevin's memories of his dad surface, affecting his performance in a scene. Randall learns that a young girl, Deja, is being brought to his home. Later, when Deja yells at Beth for "stealing" her mom's cigarettes, Randall defends his wife, and Deja shrinks to defend herself from apparent aggression. Randall talks to Deja about the joy he found in having Jack and Rebecca, as well as William. Kevin takes pain medication after his old football knee injury is reinjured during battle scene filming. In flashbacks, when the kids are teenagers, Jack talks about his efforts to rehabilitate from alcoholism; Randall tries to find his birth parents through an ad, and is comforted by Kate and Kevin after a woman claims to be his birth mother for his family's money.
224"Still There"Ken OlinVera HerbertOctober 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)2AZC0410.65[21]
Randall takes his daughters and Deja bowling, which does not go as expected. Beth offers to help Deja take care of her hair and the two bond. Randall admits to Deja that he has had problems with nervous breakdowns and has taken up running to deal with his anxiety; he invites her to come with him. Kevin undergoes surgery on his injured knee and continues to overuse his pain medication. Kate visits a gynaecologist for an ultrasound, revealing that she is pregnant. In flashbacks, Kate and Kevin contract the chicken pox and their doctor urges Randall to do his best to catch them as well so it will not occur later for him. Rebecca's mother pops in, intent on staying for a while, and her overbearing attitude and the fact that she treats Randall differently than Kate and Kevin leads to Rebecca confronting her and calling her a racist, which Randall overhears. Rebecca's mother takes her words to heart and reaches out to Randall, recognizing for the first time how special he is.
235"Brothers"John Requa & Glenn FicarraTyler BensingerOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)2AZC0510.60[22]
Kate and Toby share news of her pregnancy. Kevin, set to be auctioned off by Sophie for a large-scale charity event she is hosting, gets drunk while trying to get a pain medication prescription; he misses the auction, embarrassing Sophie. Randall earns Deja's trust. In the past, when Jack takes 10-year-old Kevin and Randall camping, Rebecca learns that Jack's father is dying. She calls Jack, but his past issues with his father combined with his focus on making sure Kevin gets along with Randall keep Jack from returning. Rebecca reassures Jack's father (who sees his granddaughter, Kate) that Jack is a great father and husband. Kevin finds a notebook where Randall wrote reminders to himself on how to keep the peace between them, motivating him to be nice to Randall. Later, Jack looks at a picture of him and his brother in the army. During Jack's childhood, he and his never-before-seen brother await their father's return to the car as he gets drunk at a bar.
246"The 20's"Regina KingDon RoosOctober 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)2AZC068.43[23]
In flashbacks, with the 10-year-old Big Three, Rebecca takes Randall trick-or-treating while Jack takes Kate and Kevin to a haunted house. Randall learns about Kyle's death from the neighbors; Rebecca then tells him the facts of his adoption. In other flashbacks, with the Big Three being in their twenties, Kate finds out she is involved with a married man. Kevin, desperate for work as an actor, attempts to steal a role from his roommate and best friend. Meanwhile, Randall and Beth prepare for the arrival of their first daughter. Beth unexpectedly goes into labor after agreeing to help Rebecca create a Facebook account. With no time to get to the hospital, Randall helps Beth through a home delivery. Kate and Kevin commiserate about their deadbeat lives and decide to live together. When Rebecca posts a photo of her granddaughter on Facebook, she gets a message from Miguel asking how she has been the last eight years. (Jack's death was sometime before Miguel last saw Rebecca.)
257"The Most Disappointed Man"Chris KochKay OyegunNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)2AZC079.89[24]
Jack and Rebecca prepare to finalize Randall's adoption when Randall is a year old. Their case worker gives a glowing recommendation, but their judge is against interracial adoption. After Rebecca's letter about being Randall's mother, the judge recuses himself; the new judge grants the adoption. Concurrently, William pleads guilty to a drug charge. Although the judge is disappointed because William had a clean record, William claims to be more disappointed due to the loss of his loved ones and son. The judge visits William in jail, offering to reduce the sentence and get him help if he stays sober. William keeps this promise for 30-odd years until hearing his cancer is terminal. As he is about to use, Randall introduces himself as William's biological son. In the present, Randall takes Deja to visit her mother Shauna in prison, but Shauna declines the visit. Randall later talks to Shauna, who intends to take Deja back after her release. He lets Shauna call Deja collect. Kevin's relationship with Sophie deteriorates as he continues abusing pain medication and alcohol. Kate and Toby announce their pregnancy to Kevin and plan to get married at city hall, but then reconsider having a big wedding.
268"Number One"Ken OlinK.J. SteinbergNovember 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)2AZC0810.05[25]
In flashbacks, baby Kevin walks first. Teenage Kevin disrespects a Pitt football recruiter, thinking Pitt inferior, so Jack scolds Kevin. As Jack speaks with his sponsor and recites the serenity prayer, Kevin remains flippant, but Jack apologizes to Kevin. A game injury ends Kevin's football prospects while Jack and Randall are away at a college tour. Jack comes to the hospital and assures Kevin that he has other talents and will find his purpose. Kevin apologizes for his attitude. Jack gives him a pendant, symbolizing "purpose," given to him in Vietnam at a personal low point. Jack says Kevin is his purpose. Present-day Kevin, exhausted by substance abuse, is an honored alumnus at his high school. His football coach introduces him; Kevin imagines Jack giving the speech. Kevin declares himself unworthy of his award. He pantomimes football on the field, giving play-by-play commentary on his failures. He has sex with fellow honoree Charlotte, a doctor, and uses her prescription pad to create a forgery; he quickly leaves a pharmacy after police enter. Having left the pendant in Charlotte's house, he returns in its pursuit, but she keeps him out. He collapses, begging for help. He visits Randall, who assumes Kevin's desire to talk concerns Kate's miscarriage.
279"Number Two"Ken OlinK.J. Steinberg & Shukree Hassan TilghmanNovember 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)2AZC099.34[26]
In flashbacks, baby Kate walks second. Teenage Kate bonds with the dog, Louie. Kate seems unconcerned with college applications; Rebecca is pleased to discover Kate's application for Berklee. At Kevin's game, Kate accepts Rebecca's praise just as Kevin is injured. At the hospital, Kate admits she feared disappointing Rebecca; Rebecca acknowledges their emotional distance, but is ready to support Kate when needed. Kate watches her parents embrace. Present-day Kate talks to her unborn baby; she and Toby focus on her prenatal care, but she miscarries. Kate leaves a singing gig, overcome at seeing a family; she loads a buffet plate, but leaves it untouched. Toby works frantically to avert the delivery of a baby bath. At home, Kate blames Toby for getting her excited about the baby; she tells Toby that the miscarriage didn't happen to him, but he asserts that he shares their loss. Rebecca arrives and Kate accepts her support. Kate admits feeling she hurt Toby by miscarrying; Rebecca shares that concealing from Jack her grief over triplet Kyle's death led her to a breakdown in a supermarket after six weeks. Kate tells Toby how she feels and they agree to try again soon; they reaffirm their love.
2810"Number Three"Ken OlinShukree Hassan TilghmanNovember 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)2AZC1010.94[27]
In flashbacks, baby Randall walks third. Jack expects teenage Randall to attend Harvard, but lets Randall tour Howard. Jack takes the official tour; a friend shows Randall around. Randall tells Jack that others' reactions make him feel "off-balance" as the only black family member. Jack shows Randall the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Jack felt off-balance when he returned from the war. Jack believes Randall will find balance and be "spectacular." They return to Pittsburgh to a hospitalized Kevin; Jack admits monitoring all three children is difficult. In the present, the charges against Deja's mother, Shauna, are dropped; Randall and Beth consider fighting for custody. Randall recalls William's account of following Rebecca home after her second visit; he realized Randall had a full life without him and left. Randall observes Shauna preparing for Deja's homecoming and realizes Deja's home is with Shauna; Beth agrees. They attend Deja's school presentation. Shauna takes Deja home; Randall offers to be available to Deja for help no matter what. Randall and Beth agree to foster again; a young boy meets with his social worker. Kevin arrives at Randall's, but leaves quickly after drinking vodka. Kevin speeds down the highway; Tess, hidden in his backseat because she "hates" home, admonishes him. Kevin is arrested for DUI; Tess is safe.
2911"The Fifth Wheel"Chris KochVera HerbertJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09)2AZC119.65[28]
When the kids are 10, Jack takes the family to a cabin vacation, getting Kevin after football camp. Randall's new glasses are missing. Rebecca notices Kate's food obsession; Jack has her exercise, but takes her for ice cream. During a thunderstorm, Kevin brings Randall's glasses to their parents' room—where Kate and Randall are sleeping. He sleeps on the floor. Present-day Toby finds junk-food trash. Tess tells her parents she was sad when Deja had to leave. The family visits Kevin at rehab; Barbara, the facilitator, wants only immediate family at Kevin's first session. Kevin apologizes to the family, but Barbara has him discuss family issues. Kevin says they are a family of addicts. Kevin felt like an outcast ("fifth wheel"): Kate had Jack's support; Rebecca loved Randall more than Kevin. Randall scolds Kevin; Rebecca, crying, says why Randall was easier to love. Toby, Beth, and Miguel, at a bar, discuss being outsiders, Miguel the only one who knew Jack. After the session, the Big Three reconcile. Kate admits to Toby about hiding junk food since miscarrying. Rebecca tells Kevin why she never worried about him, but they had their moments. (In the flashback, Rebecca joins Kevin on the floor.)
3012"Clooney"Zetna FuentesBekah BrunstetterJanuary 16, 2018 (2018-01-16)2AZC129.82[29]
Jack and Rebecca take the teenage Big Three shopping for suits and dresses for the winter formal and Jack's job. Randall asks a redhead girl out. Though the teenagers are almost starting college, Jack again wants to start "Big Three Homes" (which he put aside to support his family). Presently, William's stray cat "Clooney" wanders. After rehab, Kevin stays with Rebecca—whom Miguel is protecting, since Kevin upset her by getting arrested and criticizing her at rehab. Miguel later tells Kevin that Jack and Rebecca were a unified couple, not individuals; he did not love Rebecca while Jack was alive, but does now and is staying. Kate befriends Madison from support group; they go wedding dress shopping; Kate discovers Madison's bulimia. Madison later faints and calls Kate for help. Kate says losing weight as a teenager did not make her happy. Randall visits Beth at work; she says working again would help him. Randall gets William's box from storage, searches for a lady about whom William wrote and drew, and discovers from a picture it was Billie Holiday. Randall tells Beth he wants to buy and manage the run-down building with her. In the flashback, they forget smoke detector batteries.
3113"That'll Be the Day"Uta BriesewitzKay Oyegun & Don RoosJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23)2AZC139.37[30]
Around 1980, an elderly couple look through their junk, including a jukebox which would play "That'll Be the Day". When their house gets a buyer, the man gives his neighbor, Jack, a slow cooker with a tricky switch. In 1998, Jack and Rebecca watch the Super Bowl alone as the teenagers are otherwise occupied—Kevin is with Sophie, Randall is on a date, and Kate is making a music college audition tape (which Jack videotapes, to Kate's initial disapproval). In the present, Randall and Beth buy William's old building. Kevin helps Randall do repairs; they soon find themselves overwhelmed—and bugs, so the building is vacated when an exterminator is called. When Toby looks for a dog on the internet, Kate—with mixed feelings—adopts a dog. Kevin tries to make amends to Sophie, receives his missing pendant in the mail—and knows that he cannot make amends to his dad. In 1998, the old slow cooker's faulty switch causes a house fire.
3214"Super Bowl Sunday"John Requa & Glenn FicarraDan FogelmanFebruary 4, 2018 (2018-02-04)2AZC1426.97[31]
In 1998, Jack evacuates the family (Kevin is away) from the burning house, then retrieves Kate's dog and family mementos. Jack, hospitalized for smoke inhalation, dies suddenly of cardiac arrest, to Rebecca’s shock. She tells Miguel, Randall, and Kate; Kate tells Kevin. On the 20th anniversary of Jack's death, Kate's VCR damages her audition tape Jack recorded—and saved from the fire—which she watches cathartically, blaming herself. Toby gets the tape repaired and digitized. Kate tells Toby he strengthens her, and Jack would have loved him. Kevin visits Jack's memorial tree, admitting he has not lived up to Jack's legacy, but pledging to make him proud. Rebecca makes Jack's favorite lasagna, and bonds with Kevin. Randall holds a Super Bowl party to commemorate Jack, but is emotional when the family's new pet lizard dies. Tess admits trying to prevent social workers from calling, fearing recent changes mean Randall wants a "new life". He reassures her he will always be devoted to her; she is happy the family participates in fostering. Deja unexpectedly arrives; Randall and Beth comfort her. The boy seen earlier is placed with a couple; the social worker is an adult Tess, whom an older Randall meets for dinner.
3315"The Car"Ken OlinIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerFebruary 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)2AZC1510.13[32]
Jack buys a costly Wagoneer because his young children love it. The Pearsons, going to see "Weird Al" Yankovic, slowly cross a bridge Rebecca fears. Jack drives Rebecca, awaiting MRI results, to his "favorite tree” (nearest a pay phone); Rebecca is fine, as Jack anticipated. Jack predicts he will die first; he asks to be outside, not buried. The brothers fight during Randall's driving lesson; Jack exhorts them to be close like him and his brother, who died in Vietnam. Jack drives truant Kate to Alanis Morissette's autograph session; they compare Morrissette with Bruce Springsteen. Rebecca drives the teenagers to Jack's funeral, stalking the urn because she was not in Jack's room when he died. Dr. K and his second wife attend the funeral; he tells Rebecca Jack often sought his advice and she has always been strong. Kate decides to give away her dog; Rebecca affirms that Jack's death is not Kate's fault—Jack made his own decisions. The brothers bicker over manly duties; Rebecca tells them to remain teenagers; they make peace. The Pearsons scatter Jack's ashes at the tree; Kate keeps some. Jack had purchased Springsteen tickets for that night; Rebecca drives the family to the concert—crossing the bridge.
3416"Vegas, Baby"Joanna KernsLaura KenarFebruary 27, 2018 (2018-02-27)2AZC169.74[33]
Jack and Rebecca celebrate their early wedding anniversaries—she, with small thoughtful gifts; he, with grand romantic gestures. The children, age 10, plan a romantic anniversary celebration (despite Rebecca's desire not to celebrate), including an attempted dinner, and culminating in observing a meteor shower. Rebecca decides they should always celebrate their anniversary. In the present, Toby and Kate hold their bachelor and bachelorette parties in Las Vegas. Kevin, Randall, Beth, and others attend; Toby has no close male friends, and Kate and Beth are not close. Kevin maintains his sobriety, despite struggling when learning his film scenes may have been cut. Weeks after providing Deja money for Shauna's utility bill, Randall worries about Deja; Beth wants to move on; they argue. Kate tries to mediate, revealing she feels Beth replaced her in Randall's life; Kate explains she was closest to Randall during part of their youth; Beth admits her love for absent Deja hurts. Toby supports Kevin and Randall, saying his own brother never desired a close relationship. Ron Howard tells Kevin his great work is still in the movie. When returning home, Beth decides she and Randall should visit Deja; they find her and Shauna living in a car.
3517"This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life"Rebecca AsherKay OyegunMarch 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)2AZC178.90[34]
Flashbacks show other characters' experiences paralleling Deja's. 16-year-old Shauna gives birth to Deja; Shauna's grandmother "G. G." urges Shauna towards accountability. Three years later, G. G. financially supports Shauna. G. G. dies; Shauna depends on Deja. Adolescent Deja injures herself cooking Shauna's birthday dinner; Linda removes Deja from her home. Stress drives Shauna to drug use and Deja stays in the foster system. Deja and her foster sister Raven, after shoplifting, are removed from a physically abusive foster father's home; Raven was willing to endure physical abuse for stability. Deja returns to Shauna; Shauna's mooching boyfriend Lonzo brings a gun into the home; Deja's alopecia begins amid the adults' fighting. The gun is found in Shauna's car; Deja lives with the Pearsons, returning to Shauna after the charges are dropped. Shauna breaks up with Lonzo but spends her and Deja's savings to bail him out of jail; Deja attempts to raise money, but decides not to pawn G. G.'s brooch; Shauna and Deja are evicted for unpaid rent. Randall and Beth take in Shauna and Deja. Deja concludes that the human experience is universal. Shauna believes she deprived Deja of a childhood; she decides to leave Deja with the Pearsons.
3618"The Wedding"Ken OlinIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)2AZC1810.94[35]
As Kate's wedding approaches, her recurring dream of Jack and Rebecca renewing their vows on their 40th wedding anniversary does not include Toby. After unsuccessfully seeking "something old" connected to Jack, Kate makes room in her heart for Toby by resolving her grief over Jack; she scatters the remainder of Jack's ashes near the Pearson cabin. Kate tells Rebecca she admires her. Toby's divorced parents disapprove of the marriage, fearing a relapse of the depression Toby suffered after his first marriage; Toby demands they celebrate the wedding or leave; they stay to celebrate. Kate and Toby marry; Jack once told Kate she would someday marry a man better than himself. Kevin allows himself to grieve over Jack. Deja is surly after Shauna requested termination of parental rights; Beth's cousin Zoe, the wedding photographer, consoles Deja by sharing how she accepted Beth's family’s love after her own mother abandoned her. However, after Toby's mother says Deja resembles Randall, Deja vandalizes Randall's car. In the future, Kevin (contemplating Jack and Nicky’s Vietnam War picture) and Zoe fly to Vietnam together; Kate nurses a cripplingly depressed Toby. Further in the future, Randall and adult Tess feel unprepared to see an unnamed female, though neither is ready to do so.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 18, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a second and third season of 18 episodes each, for a total of 36 additional episodes.[36] Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker, and Elizabeth Berger served as the season's showrunners.[37]

Casting[edit]

Main cast members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones returned from the first season as Jack Pearson, Rebecca Pearson, Randall Pearson, Kate Pearson, Kevin Pearson, Beth Pearson, Toby Damon, and William H. Hill, respectively.[1] Jon Huertas and Alexandra Breckenridge, who recurred as Miguel and Sophie, respectively, throughout the first season, were subsequently promoted to the principal cast in the second season.[1] Also promoted to series regulars are young actors Hannah Zeile as teenage Kate, Niles Fitch as teenage Randall, Logan Shroyer as teenage Kevin, Mackenzie Hancsicsak as young Kate, Parker Bates as young Kevin, Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson, and Eris Baker as Tess Pearson. Lonnie Chavis began the season continuing as young Randall in a recurring role, but was ultimately promoted to series regular.[2][not in citation given]

In August 2017, Sylvester Stallone and Debra Jo Rupp were cast in guest starring roles.[9][6]

Filming[edit]

The show was awarded over $9.9 million in tax incentives by the California Film Commission for its second season.[38] Production on the season began on July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles.[39]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The second season was originally set to move to a Thursday timeslot, to anchor a new Must See TV lineup, alongside Will & Grace, Great News and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt explaining, "While this is a bit risky, there is a bigger case to be made about redoing Thursday night. If there is one show we could move, it would be this one."[40] However, on May 30, 2017, NBC decided to keep the series on Tuesdays at 9 pm EST,[41] allowing it a run of 10 uninterrupted original episodes in the fall.[42]

The season aired from September 26, 2017, to March 13, 2018, on NBC in the United States,[43] and on CTV in Canada.[44] This Is Us served as the lead-out program for Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018.[45]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 91% approval rating, with an average rating of 8.09/10, and an average episode score of 92%, based on 21 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "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."[46]

This Is Us (season 2): Critical reception by episode
  • Season 2 (2017–18): Percentage of positive reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes[46]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "A Father's Advice" September 26, 2017 3.9/13 12.94[18] 2.6 6.93 6.5 19.87[47]
2 "A Manny-Splendored Thing" October 3, 2017 3.1/11 11.06[19] 2.4 6.15 5.5 17.21[48]
3 "Déjà Vu" October 10, 2017 2.8/10 11.02[20] 2.2 6.11 5.0 17.13[49]
4 "Still There" October 17, 2017 2.9/10 10.65[21] 2.3 6.32 5.2 16.97[50]
5 "Brothers" October 24, 2017 2.8/10 10.60[22] 2.2 6.09 5.0 16.69[51]
6 "The 20's" October 31, 2017 2.0/7 8.43[23] 2.4 6.50 4.4 14.94[52]
7 "The Most Disappointed Man" November 7, 2017 2.5/9 9.89[24] 2.3 6.28 4.8 16.17[53]
8 "Number One" November 14, 2017 2.6/9 10.05[25] 2.2 6.10 4.8 16.15[54]
9 "Number Two" November 21, 2017 2.5/9 9.34[26] 2.0 5.71 4.5 15.05[55]
10 "Number Three" November 28, 2017 2.8/10 10.94[27] 2.0 5.65 4.8 16.60[56]
11 "The Fifth Wheel" January 9, 2018 2.7/9 9.65[28] 2.3 6.34 5.0 15.99[57]
12 "Clooney" January 16, 2018 2.5/9 9.82[29] 2.5 6.35 5.0 16.18[58]
13 "That'll Be the Day" January 23, 2018 2.5/9 9.37[30] 2.6 7.10 5.2 16.58[59]
14 "Super Bowl Sunday" February 4, 2018 9.3/32 26.97[31] 2.3 6.44 11.6 33.40[60]
15 "The Car" February 6, 2018 2.7/10 10.13[32] 2.2 6.03 4.9 16.16[61]
16 "Vegas, Baby" February 27, 2018 2.5/9 9.74[33] 2.0 5.65 4.5 15.39[62]
17 "This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life" March 6, 2018 2.3/8 8.90[34] 2.3 6.57 4.6 15.67[63]
18 "The Wedding" March 13, 2018 2.8/10 10.94[35] 2.1 6.13 4.9 17.07[64]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Drama Series This Is Us Nominated [65]
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Kelechi Watson Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Vera Herbert for "Still There" Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Lonnie Chavis Nominated

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