September 20, 2016 at 3:43 pm #1201925628
This was already my most anticipated show of the fall before I saw the pilot episode, and it did not disappoint. I’ll save my reactions for after the episode has aired tonight, but I’m expecting really great things for this show.
Episode 1: Pilot
Written by: Dan Fogelman
Directed by: Glenn Ficcara
Jack and his wife – who is very pregnant with triplets — have just moved into their new home in Pittsburgh. Successful and handsome television actor Kevin is growing increasingly bored with his bachelor lifestyle. Randall — who was abandoned at a fire station by his father as an infant — is a stylish New York-based businessman working to raise two daughters with his wife, Beth. These people are among a group — several of whom share a birthday — of seemingly random individuals whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.
Discuss.September 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm #1201925671
I saw this at an early screening and loved it so much I watched again tonight with friends. This was an AMAZING pilot and I hope NBC keeps this show. I want to wait to discuss until more people have seen it. If you’re heart still has a void left from Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, This is Us is here to fill that void.September 21, 2016 at 6:23 am #1201925818
I was watching this during breakfast expecting it to be bad but dang I’m hooked. Not going to spoil the surprise but didn’t see that coming. My grade: A+September 21, 2016 at 6:44 am #1201925830
I was with all of it, from the appealing ensemble cast (I was automatically in for Emmy winner! Sterling K. Brown’s follow-up as soon as I saw him in the promos; part of me will always have a soft spot for Mandy Moore finding her way post-bubblegum late-90s pop era as a serviceable actress; and Milo, wow, who knew?) to what I thought the premise would be (sort of a reworking of “Midnight’s Children” for modern audiences with the birthdays angle). But then the twist came along stunningly, and my first reaction was “Noooooo!” So twee and unsustainable, ruining a perfectly fine straight-forward interconnectedness narrative. This seems like Dan Fogelman’s thing though. “Crazy, Stupid, Love” also had a game-changing plot twist maybe two-thirds the way through, which then changed everything that followed. He’s also involved in “Pitch,” so it’ll be interesting to see if this is an overriding theme there too. I’m intrigued at least by the pilot, so the next episode’s follow-up will tell me whether to stick it out or bail.September 21, 2016 at 11:17 am #1201925948
See I liked the twist. It answered questions I was going to have going into the show. I loved the writing and I loved the performances of the principal cast as well as guest. Dear Jesus Gerald McRaney was absolutely pitch perfect.September 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm #1201925968
Love this show. I went to an early screening of it and thought it was a really beautiful, well-done Pilot. The cast is fantastic. Sterling, Mandy, and Milo? Love it. The twist was well-done and really works for the show.September 21, 2016 at 1:30 pm #1201925981
Very intrigued by this pilot! I wish I went it not knowing there was a twist, but all the critics were so about it that it was difficult to watch it without thinking about a potential twist the entire time.
Regardless, it’s a refreshing, relaxing drama to watch, superbly acted, a great script – almost a ‘palette-cleanser’ in this current TV landscape of nonstop cliffhangers, acerbic comedies, and high-end prestige dramas.
Will definitely be tuning in to Episode 2!September 21, 2016 at 5:15 pm #1201926027
So happy to see the great reaction on these boards – I’ve seen a number of the new pilots for this season, and this was easily my favorite among the broadcast networks. It fits the “Parenthood”-shaped hole in my heart, and the twist does make me excited to see where things go in the future. I read a few of the post-mortems with Dan Fogelman, and I’m intrigued to see where this goes. The writing was really good and the actors are already really selling these roles. Sterling already looks like the standout to me, but very impressed with Milo and Justin (who would’ve thought?!). And I adored Gerald McRaney, can he pretty please come back?! So excited to see how this goes!September 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm #1201926216
I liked the Pilot, it was fine, not great though. It definitely goes along with family shows like Parenthood, which is a good thing to compare it to. However, the show didn’t really show us anything beyond the typical family show. Nothing different to see here. The expectation was all about the twist and that was all you cared about, just waiting for it for 40 minutes. Everything else was just a regular show that didn’t do or show anything different, just “the twist” at the end.
Once the twist came along, it was cool, I sort of noticed the hospital looked weird or “poor”, low quality, but didn’t think much of it. So yeah, they got me and I loved it. But with the twist out of the way, we’re back to “regular family show”. Just another Parenthood, so it remais to be seen if it’ll be that good.
The cast was fine. Everybody did a good job.
I hope Fogelman isn’t M. Night Shyamalaying himself, because this is pretty much the same type of twist we got on Crazy Stupid Love.
I will of course watch more episodes, I want to know how they handle the abandoning dad and how they cross him with Moore and Ventimiglia, because that will of course happen a bunch of times, perhaps even becoming a regular character and well….that’s it without revealing the twist.
I also need to know what that nonsense about this being like Lost was all about. I bet it’s nothing.September 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm #1201926536
I wish I went it not knowing there was a twist
Me, too. Unfortunately, the surprise/twist was ruined for me by the comments about it here. Since I was expecting it going in, and knew what clues to look for, it was pretty easy to figure out. But that ruined the surprise. Bummer.
Wasn’t a Parenthood watcher, so this isn’t filling any void for me, but I liked it well enough to stick with it for a few more episodes to see where it goes. Cast seems great.September 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm #1201926871
I saw a few critics on Twitter warning of a “twist”, so that made it impossible not to look for one and I figured it out a third of the way through. I actually wish that there had been more clues, so that it would have seemed less like they were pulling one over on the audience when the reveal finally came. It was suddenly hardcore 1980.
I am always apprehensive when it comes to network fare these days, but this was pretty good and genuinely emotional! Milo Ventimiglia seems to have matured as an actor since Heroes, although there has admittedly not been much for him so far. Fun how after decades on screen and stage, Ron Cephas Jones is suddenly recurring everywhere between this, Mr. Robot and The Get Down. This is a nice cast actually. Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown is obviously great, Gerald McRaney already has a tape and Chris Sullivan was a pleasant presence in The Knick and Stranger Things.September 23, 2016 at 4:21 pm #1201926886
Loved this pilot episode! i’m certainly in.September 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm #1201928376
First full-season pickup of the season.September 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm #1201928452
They’re handling the time jumps gracefully, so that’s nice to see. The “big three” are quite the group of siblings, though it seems like Brown will get the choice dramatic material from the group. I have no idea what defines the sister beyond her obesity. Does she work or have any interests beyond this one singular trait? The boyfriend has charisma, at least. Interesting that the brothers aren’t that close. I hope the celebrity one can redefine himself beyond being the himbo “manny.” Rooting for ya, bro! Don’t know what to think about Mandy and Milo’s section yet. Those scenes seemed to go out of their way to show “vintage,” from the clothes to hairstyles to retro cereal and lunch boxes. That’s a bit much, and then some clichéd “martial problems” quickly dispatched. And the next twist thrown at us is another doozy! Milo :-(. I’m definitely intrigued now.