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    I was at the Emmy FYC preview of the finale on Sunday as well, and let me tell you, it was wonderful. I think all the fans will love it and it caps off the series and this brilliant final season so well… No spoilers, but it’s great!

    As for Emmys, I think it’s in for Drama Series, Brown, Moore, Sullivan, McRaney and Cephas-Jones plus Writing for “The Train” and Music noms…. I hope it can get noms for Kalechi-Watson (who is so brilliant doing so little), Huertas and Hartley… My one other question is where is Milo being campaigned? That doesnt seem to have been ironed out yet. If he’s supporting, I think he’s definitely in. If he’s lead, I actually think he can get in too.

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    That finale was not my favorite of the season but it was pretty good. My grade: A

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    Wellll. In my mind, “The Train” served as the true series finale. That was a stunning showcase for both the ensemble and technical crew, with a fitting close for the major characters, particularly Rebecca. In hindsight, that was our “Everyone’s Waiting.” “Us” was meandering and unnecessary, almost like an afterthought episode. Some isolated pairings were moving. Loved the scenes with adult Déjà and Randall at the cabin saying that everything matters, the last “Big Three” chant, Randall and William (though this was gilding the lily somewhat, since Ron Cephas Jones was so great last week and not needed here), and just about every exchange between Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson. What an epic pairing they turned out to be! R&B for life, bitches! I was mostly expecting the workings of Rebecca’s funeral and some flashforwards. It makes one wonder what was the point of those “future Jack” scenes if so little were to come of them. We didn’t get to hear Randall’s eulogy! Felt pretty robbed about that. Way too much time spent in the flashbacks, where Moore and Ventimiglia had to routinely prop up the major lifting with the weak middle years cast. Anyways, the Emmys campaign should center around “The Train” as both writing and directing submissions for Dan Fogelman and Ken Olin, respectively, FYC for Drama Series, techs, and especially Mandy Moore in Lead Actress Drama. I think they’ve done more than enough to return to Drama Series, and with the added build-up in buzz and late-season airing, I think it can happen. If “Us” gets the same treatment, then I’m far more doubtful. The legacy of the series is already cemented, and as such, one that I’ll never forget. This feels like the last hurrah for Emmy-bait broadcast dramas, but that’s how the cookie crumbles, I guess. NBC did right by the series to the end, though the marketing dept. went nuts at times with its hyperbolic promotions. I’ll miss this appointment viewing on Tuesday nights dearly!

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    This Is Us has come to an end. I have always been infatuated with this show since the very first season and I am beyond happy to have stayed with it till the very end. In a way this show has changed the way I think about life, the way I think about love.

    All throughout its six seasons, the show has never changed its character, it has never changed its purpose. It has remained authentic in its storytelling and in its characterisation. It’s one of those rare programs that have consistency in terms of quality from beginning to end. Not a single bad season, I’m actually in awe. I thank the creator and all writers of the show for staying true to themselves and to these characters and for fully understanding these characters and serving them in the most appropriate manner.

    I thank this show for reflecting so many of life’s ups and downs, for representing a variety of personalities, cultures, lifestyles and many of life’s experiences. It is a rare and special thing for a show to be this broad and inclusive in a multitude of ways. I will always be impressed with the nature of the storytelling, the extensive time spanning scope and the ease with which new plot lines and characters were introduced and maintained.

    “Us” was a wonderful and satisfying finale. It was quiet and tender and beautiful, I was actually smiling throughout the entire episode. I loved that half the scenes were shot years ago, as far as 2016, it speaks to how purposeful and specific everything has been in telling this story. Goodbye This Is Us, all that we have is a forever now…

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    Peak TV just lost its lone broadcast network drama. And now the question is this; was this the last great commercial broadcast TV drama? What will be the next This is Us, quality-wise? Or has streaming and premium cable supplanted commercial broadcast once and for all?

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    I appreciate that the series ended in a simple fashion. It’s not a big finale that we might have expected, but it is a great ending to a show that is just simply about the story of a family. We don’t need to see the Pearsons after Rebecca’s death. They assured us that everything will be all right and they gave a proper closure to the characters that we loved for six years.

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    This Is Us has come to an end. I have always been infatuated with this show since the very first season and I am beyond happy to have stayed with it till the very end. In a way this show has changed the way I think about life, the way I think about love.

    All throughout its six seasons, the show has never changed its character, it has never changed its purpose. It has remained authentic in its storytelling and in its characterisation. It’s one of those rare programs that have consistency in terms of quality from beginning to end. Not a single bad season, I’m actually in awe. I thank the creator and all writers of the show for staying true to themselves and to these characters and for fully understanding these characters and serving them in the most appropriate manner.

    I thank this show for reflecting so many of life’s ups and downs, for representing a variety of personalities, cultures, lifestyles and many of life’s experiences. It is a rare and special thing for a show to be this broad and inclusive in a multitude of ways. I will always be impressed with the nature of the storytelling, the extensive time spanning scope and the ease with which new plot lines and characters were introduced and maintained.

    “Us” was a wonderful and satisfying finale. It was quiet and tender and beautiful, I was actually smiling throughout the entire episode. I loved that half the scenes were shot years ago, as far as 2016, it speaks to how purposeful and specific everything has been in telling this story. Goodbye This Is Us, all that we have is a forever now…

    Your beautiful post, Kay, had me bringing out the tissues all over again lol. Thank you for so eloquently expressing the extent to which I feel many also here (myself included) – especially those of us who’ve been on this journey with the Pearsons since the beginning – have been touched by this very special show.

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    My favourite moment while following this show has been when the cast won SAG Ensemble for the first time. That was a truly unexpected and special moment. I hope they get at least a final goodbye nomination from SAG.

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    No series has had my heart unconditionally like This Is Us has since it’s very first episode six years ago, and I doubt anything comes close to it either.

    It was a beautiful final episode that didn’t need to have the grand sweeping emotional scenes that we’ve had throughout the final season (and show as a whole). There is a mastery in this episode being about life itself and enjoying those little moments whilst being open to taking the big risks.

    It was always going to end where we reach the point we couldn’t have any more of either Jack or Rebecca. The show from the off has been about them, their family, their relationship and their eventual deaths. I love that we got a snapshot of what the Big Three’s futures may look like whilst staying true to the show and having the timeline go up as far as Rebecca’s passing and funeral.

    The ending of This Is Us will naturally bring about questions of US broadcast drama and where it’s future lies in an ever changing landscape for television. But for the moment I just want to bask in the glow that This Is Us has left me with from beginning to end. It’s the ultimate warm hug of a show, even if it broke me pretty much every single episode. I can honestly say I will miss it SO much but I am SO thankful to have been able to watch it from the beginning and be a spectator on its beautiful journey.

    Check out more of my thoughts on Twitter (@AMG_Review) and Instagram (amg_reviews)

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    It was a quiet finale but I didn’t need anything more after last week episode. And some big major twists at this point would have not make sense.

    This was a GRETA final season and I really think, depiste some few lowes a long running series can have, the show never dropped in quality since its beginning.
    With all the good buzz of these weeks the Emmys really need to embrace it, with a final spot in the drama series nominees and pleeease in the writing/directing category: submit The Train everywhere!! (after snubbing episodes like Memphis, Super Bowl Sunday, Songbird Road part 1, Our Little Island Girl, Birth Mother..and on and on…)

    About acting I was a bit surprised how much Sterling K. Brown was not properly used in this final season…I think this was his weakest season yet.
    Also Justin Hartley had stronger seasons while Chrissy Metz really rocked, along with Chris Sullivan: they should return on the nominees list.
    Milo Ventimiglia after season 3 became a supporting player on the show, but his wonderful standalone episode was an Emmy whorthy performance by itself, lead or supporting.
    Hoped a bit more for Griffin Dunne this season; Susan Kelechi Watson Island girl episode wasn’t as strong as the season 3 one, but God how much she’s always a reliable presence! And give her a comedy series after this.
    Jon Huertas finally had his moment…and what a moment!
    In the guest acting categories I would nominate Jennifer Morrison and Ron Cephas Jones, with Gerald McRaney and Camryn Manheim being contenders too.

    And then there’s mama Pearson.
    In a fair world Mandy Moore would win lead actress in a drama series hands down. Even competing with strong and showier performances like Laura Linney and Zendaya, Moore really took Rebecca to another level this season: she broke our hearts several times never pushing too hard and she’s been so believable in every era she played Rebecca…I still can’t believe how she pulled it off!

    This was a unique series about life, love, loss…maybe only Six Feet Under almost 20 years ago touched my this way.
    Thank you Dan Folgeman.

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    I was not able to bring myself to watch the finale until today. The great posts of Kay, AMG and Carlo said it all. The legacy of the show is huge and it will be forever. 6 strong seasons full of great writing and acting. Never a false note.

    I do agree with Atypical that the flashbacks scenes were too much, but I do love their simplicity and the fact that they were filmed in 2016/2017. I loved the swings parallels. The scenes with adult Déjà and Randall (that would be a strong Emmy clip for Brown), the last “Big Three” chant had me in tears, Randall and William were great as always, Ron Cephas Jones is a very, very strong actor.

    A drama nomination and an win for Moore are imperative. Brown deserve to be in that rare club of actors that have been nominated for all seasons, his scene with Deja was the strongest acting in the entire episode and one of the strongest in the entire season. Metz and Sullivan would be deserving winners as well, but nominations are a must.

    In guest there are many deserving possibilities: Jennifer Morrison, Ron Cephas Jones, Gerald McRaney, Camryn Manheim, Chris Geere, Rachel Hilson, Niles Fitch and Alexandra Breckenridge. I am not sure if Geere and Fitch are eligible though.

    My only really big problem is the fact that Hannah Zeile (teen Kate) was not part of the last two episodes, she deserved at least one scene in the train after Kate came…

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    I just finished this and god.. those last 2-3 episodes had me in tears! This season deserves nominations across the board imo.

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