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Right up until the final moments of the pilot episode of This Is Us, a new NBC drama about a seemingly disconnected group of people who were born on the same day, I was thinking “this is really quite good” and then the last 2 minutes of the show played out and I thought “I cannot wait for the next episode.”
Truly, in terms of getting hooked on a show, I can only compare the feeling I had when the pilot of Lost was over. I was immediately addicted. I was immediately in love.
This Is Us can be a tremendous show if it can live up to the promise of this first installment. It has humor, heart and entertains. It is touching without being overly simplistic. It is powerful. With stellar performances from, well, everyone, the ensemble is very strong and the show has the good fortune to count Sterling K. Brown (an Emmy winner for his work last season on The People vs. O.J. Simpson) among its cast. His Randall is magnetic but, frankly, the performances of all the cast are truly wonderful. I care about each main character already and am intrigued by their stories. Importantly, the all emerge as individuals following this first hour, and that’s quite an accomplishment.
I will not tell you how the episode ends. I will tell you two things: first, I never saw that end coming in the best of all possible ways and, second, if you’re not watching this show, you’re making a big mistake.