One night last fall, after my husband had gone to bed, I saw the last half of a TV show that caught my attention from the first moment. Entering the plot halfway through confused me, and drew my focus as I tried to figure out who was who and how they all related to one another.
It turned out to be the first show of “This Is Us.” Luckily I had recorded it, so I could go back to the beginning and watch it all.
I was hooked.
I tried to get my husband to watch other weeks with me. He declared it too depressing. He deals with lots of real world angst daily. And he wasn’t willing to watch through the whole show to see the resolution that always comes.
(For some reason we did watch the season finale together and he was a teary mess at the end.In a good way.)
I am thankful for the writers and producers and actors and whoever else is responsible for taking the messy lives these characters have created (as we all do) and finding the redemption that is always there if you are willing to work through the hard parts.
Just like real life
Today’s paper had a review of the show’s season that said, “It can be a bit too eager to surprise and a lot too tidy in its circularity and its urge to wrap things up with a speech and a lesson.”
I for one am so grateful for that very thing.
The review went on to offer praise for other aspects of the show. But the review of critics is only one small reason for this show’s success this year.
The bigger reason is that it speaks to the heart. In the good times and bad.
Yes. This is ALL of us.