When enough people are talking about a show my interest can be peaked. But when enough people are talking about a show whose taste I trust, my interest gets peaked further. Even though I am not typically very into network dramas or dramedies, that is how I sat down and got sucked into This Is Us on NBC. And even though I am not really into Valentine’s Day, somehow it seems perfect that a new episode happens to come on tonight.
This Is Us follows the story of a couple and their three kids. It sounds pretty standard, but there are non-linear timelines that show the parents in their younger years along side story lines with their children as adults, seeing the parents and their children at roughly the same ages. The execution is not confusing or hard to follow if you watch the show from the beginning and keeps the format interesting.
While it does tackle some issues that may not usually be on hour long mainstream shows, like battling weight loss and inter-racial adoption, at times (but not often) the plot can feel weak. For example, while it is in the nature for one of the characters to be single and self-centered, there are a few episodes where a string of different love interests are introduced. The love interests are pretty heavily focused on and then kind of are just backed off of as suddenly as they appeared. Instead of seeming like the character was just dating, it felt like the writers weren’t sure which direction they wanted to take his story line.
The characters are balanced as flawed but likable except for the father, Jack. There is one episode towards the beginning of the season that shows his pitfalls. Past that episode though, this guy is a saint. Usually that would bug me, but I must perfectly fall into the shows exact target demographic. Instead of being annoyed by this perfect character, I have developed a full on school girl crush on him. Seriously. While mustache Jack is okay, I am talking about bearded Jack. I should be embarrassed, but I do not care. That just goes to show you how big my crush is. #forgetteamjess #teamjackforever
The show does everything you think it would. It’s heartwarming. It makes you feel all the feels you can feel from a show, and I love it. So that’s how I’ll be spending my evening. Anyone else?