As fall television begins to pick up, there are tons of new series premiering. One of those being This Is Us, an NBC drama about a group of 36-year-olds who share the same birthday. The focus being on how different everyones lives can be at the same age. It’s such a refreshing series that’s real and unexpectedly had one of the buzziest, jaw-dropping surprise twist endings ever.
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Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are a married couple expecting triplets. When she goes into labor, on his birthday of all days, we get to see all the humor, anxiety, and excitement that they experience. The biggest stress is the very harsh reality that her pregnancy is a complicated one.
Randall (Sterling K. Brown) is a successful man in both business and personal, with a loving wife and two daughters. When Randall was an infant, he was left alone at a fire station but luckily adopted into a great family. However, he can’t shake the need to visit his biological father to tell him how well he is without ever needing him.
Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) are siblings both displeased with where they’re at in life. Kate struggles with her weight while her brother is a handsome actor, but hates his menial sitcom role. With some encouragement from each other, both make it a mission to better their lives.
While it’s hard for me to get into seemingly sappy shows, this one proved different. No matter your life story, you can relate to all these characters. Their struggles are real. Their joys are real. The writing is stellar and the entire cast is amazing. It’s really not difficult to instantly fall in love with this show for any number of reasons.
What makes the series even more fantastic is how they kept such a crazy twist ending a secret. One that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
After delivering the first baby, a boy, Rebecca is faced with complications that result in an emergency delivery of the second, a girl, and the loss of the third. Jack struggles to come to terms with this but is assured by the doctor that there is a reason for everything.
Randall meets his father with mixed emotions. He approaches him with the sole purpose to tell him off, but somehow manages to invite him over to meet his grandchildren. There is a bit of sympathy built as his birth father informs him that he is dying.
Kevin and Kate both take big steps towards making their lives better. She joins a support group for overweight people and meets a guy who’s funny and charming. Her brother ends up having a full-on meltdown and quits the embarrassing sitcom he stars in.
As the episode comes to a close we see Jack looking over his two healthy babies as a man approaches. He tells Jack how a baby was left at his fire station and he had brought him in. The scene slowly reveals that it’s 1979. Jack and Rebecca’s story doesn’t take place in present day like the others. Instead we are shown that they are the parents of Kevin and Kate, and they adopted Randall. A chill-inducing moment for all the right reasons.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.