NBC new family drama will make you laugh and cry, premiering after The Voice on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 10pm **** 4 Stars
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2016/9/20 – “I lost my father when I was ten years old, so I’ve gone a long time without him, and that void of having things going well in your life,” says This is Us star Sterling K Brown. “I have two children. Randall has two children. Been happily married for quite some time, but there’s still that sort of absence of, If my dad was here to share this with his grandchildren, to see this moment of my son saying this phrase or whatnot. Like, that’s something that I feel very much in my soul that helped me to connect to Randall in the first place, that I get a chance to sort of explore it throughout the course of this first season of the show that I’m looking forward to.”
This Is Us is a one-hour family drama that launches emotionally and goes non-stop. If you’re not close by the end, you need your emotional buttons reset. The end of NBC Parenthood in 2015 left an emotional void. This fills it to overflowing. It’s great to see a family that’s not over-the-top dysfunctional. The warmth between the family members is lovely to experience. Despite trials and tribulations, there is a joy and connection.
Created by Dan Fogelman, the show starts with a birthday and connects from there. It’s Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia), birthday and his very pregnant wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) will soon have triplets Hunky actor Kevin (Justin Hartley) stars in a hit TV show, but his heart’s not in the role. He wants to be taken more seriously as an actor. His sister, Kate (Chrissy Metz) has issues. She’s very overweight and unhappy about it. To change, she attends a weight support group and meets Toby (Chris Sullivan), there for the same reason. The two connect. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) has been searching for his biological father to find out why he abandoned him as a baby.
There is a surprise at the end of the pilot episode.
- Mandy Moore as Rebecca
- Milo Ventimiglia as Jack
- Sterling K. Brown as Randall
- Justin Hartley as Kevin
- Ron Cephas Jones as William
- Chrissy Metz as Kate
- Chris Sullivan as Toby