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This is Us, the new NBC TV show will give you something to cry about. Our Elodie Cure is here to give you a break down on the hit show in her series review.
Series Review: This Is Us
Chosen as the best new show of the autumn according to Entertainment Weekly, the highly anticipated show This is Us plays the emotional card. Far from being one of those common heroic fantasy series that can bore us stiff, this series gets off the beaten track. NBC wanted to create a story copying the real life in which viewers could find themselves the show’s characters. Created by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, The Neighbors), this network drama is mainly about the ways we connect, about the relationships between individuals without a mythical or criminal storytelling hook behind it.
Let’s be straight. This new ‘dramedy’ is a pleasant surprise and is orchestrated with punch and talent such as we would like to discover everyday in our entertainment.
The first episode introduced four characters celebrating their birthday on the same day: Jack, the future father of three blessed events, Kevin and Kate, two twins with body image issues and Randall, a black man looking for his biological begetter. At first sight, there’s nothing really fabulous except that, as one thing leads to another, we discover that we are dealing with a single family.
This subtle parallel spreads over the following episodes in which the secrets of this modern family are revealed under the eyes of a deeply moved audience. Through the journey of different individuals, numerous themes such as mankind, self-surpassing, adoption, difference, family pressure and the impact of the parents over their children’s life are explored.
None of the members of this touching family are left behind, and all of them try to build their own story. Carried by the loved of their family circle, each character struggles to accept themselves fully and to fulfil his or her life; full of doubts and uncertainties. Above all that, the show excels at the art of creating an empathy that draws the viewer into the lives of each protagonist. Thanks to this ingenious scheme and to constantly surprising episodes, the series has managed to keep the fans out of breath with success so far. Fan involvement for this new gem is such that theories regarding the past and the fate of certain individuals stream in from every direction on social medias.
Not to mention the brilliant work of the cast that reunites various actors from previously well-known TV series. Since Gilmore Girls (Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel), in which we’ve discovered him, Milo Ventimiglia has made some strides and flawlessly interprets his role as the family’s patriarch and Mandy Moore’s husband (Total Access 24/7, Tron: Uprising). As for Justin Hartley, he has warily put away his Green Arrow costume from Smallville to become the full-time brother of Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) and of the dawning actress Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story, Wiskey Tango Foxtrot).
Faced with this unexpected success, NBC has hastened to announce additional episodes, so that this first season will contain eighteen episodes in all.
Very pleasing news.
This new beautifully written and played family drama displays a highly relatable reality through its joys, its griefs and its relationships. Refreshingly honest and provocative, This is Us is a welcome and rare addition amongst the TV world of our days.
Yet, if the series offers a delicious mix of laughters, tears and good feelings, the showrunner should think of renewing the storyline and getting away from this watery pattern that could easily annoy the audience in the long run.
Elodie Cure is a Contributor to ComiConverse. Follow her on Twitter @Elodie_Cure.
Deeply moving and addictive, this NBC show hasn’t failed to surprise us.