For me, the heart of the show is arguably its characters, and for that, This Is Us does not disappoint. Our characters come from all different walks of life, but they're all well-written and well-developed. Not only that, but the writers make us care about them, their trials, and their triumphs.
At its core, This Is Us is a story about family. It's also a story about love: both love lost and love found. Relationships are the absolute heart of this show. Whether it's the relationship between parents, brothers, or a biological father and his son, we have a smorgasbord of relationships to explore. They're real, well-written, and interesting to watch.
With so many families to focus on, This Is Us is stuffed full of interesting plot lines that intersect and weave in and out of each other beautifully. Though this does fall under the genre of "drama," I don't think This Is Us ends up being overly sappy or emotional. It manages to strike the right balance between difficulty and hope.
This Is Us has representation, which is extremely important. Though it could be better (since much of the cast is white), we have several main players who are people of color. Additionally, a couple of characters struggle with their weight. These portrayals are good to see, and they only add to the richness of the show.
Though I'm not usually one for drama shows, This Is Us hasn't annoyed me yet, and I think this is why: it's very real. Each struggle, plot line, and line of dialogue is saturated with reality. This show speaks to things we all go through and experience--plus, it isn't afraid to tackle the hard subjects. No matter what your walk of life, I think it would be hard not to find some aspect of this show that you can relate to. That's why I think everyone should give This Is Us a try! Just don't forget to grab a box of tissues before you start.
Have you seen This Is Us? Why do you recommend it?