“This Is Us” Warms Viewers’ Hearts


This image released by NBC shows Milo Ventimiglia in a scene from the series, "This Is Us."  Photo by Ron Batzdorff/AP.

This image released by NBC shows Milo Ventimiglia in a scene from the series, “This Is Us.” Photo by Ron Batzdorff/AP.

By Lauren Finan

Staff Reporter

NBC network’s new series “This Is Us” airs Tuesday evenings at 9 p.m. With only four episodes left, many Sacred Heart University students are anticipating how the first season will end.

In a series of flashbacks, “This Is Us” follows a married couple who experiences fertility issues and then fast-forwards to the present day, adult lives of their three children.

“I always feel so good after watching an episode. They really encourage the importance of family, which is not shown through any other show today,” said junior Katie Russo.

The show developed a massive fan base and was nominated for Critics’ Choice, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

The show captures the importance of family values and hits home for many viewers.

“I like it a lot because it is a very touching show that showcases the importance of family values,” said junior Allison Lagassie.

Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore star as Jack and Rebecca Pearson. Apart from their fertility issues, each of their three children have their own battles.

Kate and Kevin, played by Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley, are twins. Kate struggles with obesity and Kevin is a successful actor who is in search of finding happiness. Because of Kate’s low self-esteem, she is living in Kevin’s shadow, but begins to transform and become her own person throughout the season.

Sterling K. Brown plays Randall, who was adopted and is on a personal journey to discover his biological parents. With success, he and his father develop a relationship over the course of the season.

“I think so many people like this show because it is so incredibly relatable. All of the characters have certain qualities that are so true to real people’s lives, and I think that is very appealing,” said junior Bethany Halliwell.

Every family has their issues, and the show deals with real life problems that allow viewers to connect and relate to the characters.

“‘This Is Us’ does not shy away from controversial topics in today’s time. It also addresses many social issues in our society such as obesity, racism, and living with illnesses such as cancer,” said Halliwell.

Students share who their favorite character on the show is.

“My favorite character is probably Kevin. I feel like he is most people’s least favorite, but I see something different in him. He was mean to Randall when they were young because Randall was treated differently because he is black and adopted,” said Halliwell.

NBC already renewed the show for two more seasons. The show has gained a solid following and many fans were ecstatic with the news.

“I will definitely continue watching the show,” said Russo. “‘This Is Us’ is such a wholesome and heartwarming show. [It is] something that is hard to find in this day and age.”

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