This Is Us

I watched the premiere of This Is Us on NBC today, and while it is somewhat predictable, it features strong characters, quality writing, is encouraging, and features a very interesting plot. Like a lot of shows these days, there may not be enough story to last several seasons without reaching, but it still has potential.

Four people, all with the same birthdays, and intertwined lives, experience joy, pain, loss, and changes, as the story unfolds: A woman with a weight issue, her TV star brother, a wealthy professional in search of his birth father, and a couple about to give birth.

I really enjoyed the characters’ qualities in dealing with their conflicts in This Is Us.  They were brave, funny, kind, loving, and also bewildered.  The show did not give pat solutions, but did offer some hope and encouragement in the various scenarios.

I do not like to watch a lot of television, but am looking forward to the next episode.    With Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones.

(caution, there is a bit of nudity in the beginning of the first episode)


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  1. So, having watched half a season of This is us, I have realized some important things about the show: Recent episodes of This Is Us confirm that yes, this is not a Christian program. I realize it is network television, Hollywood entertainment, but its qualities gave me hope it would rise above average TV fare. It is well done, but is really universalist in its approach. Rather than paint an accurate, biblical picture of life (not what I expected of course), it subtly presents all of life as a tapestry that has no moral or other absolutes. I may still watch it, but hope to find ways to pass my time that are less numbing to the truth and that are more productive.

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