NBC’s new hit TV show ‘This is Us’ blowing away the charts

Lizzy Partsch, Staff Writer

The reviews have been up there and the applause is everywhere for the creators of This is Us.

This is Us hit an 8.8 on the IMDb scale and a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. It even topped The Voice, one of NBC’s other hit programs, pulling in a 2.6 demographic, while the The Voice only received a 2.1 demographic, according to Oriana Schwindt from variety.com.

This is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Sterling K. Brown, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Ron Cephas Jones.

The show revolves around three siblings and their families: a wife and husband who are raising triplets, an actor and his obese sister, and a family of four. In the beginning of the series, it shows each one of the families going through a common struggles that most people in life can relate to; losing a child, overcoming obesity, forgiving people and crossing new thresholds.

In time, it shows how each one of the characters can change and how the they can overcome the situations they are faced with. Overall, the show tends to highlight the ups and downs of life, continuously showing flashbacks of the adults when they were younger, displaying how people change over time. 

One of the most interesting facts about the TV show is that the director, Dan Fogelman, actually based the TV show in Pittsburgh and grew up in Bethel Park. Sources from pittsburghmagazine.com say that he actually lived in Bethel Park until he was seven. In the show, a Terrible Towel was also displayed in the first scene of the series, definitely setting the scene for the show.

This is Us is not the only one of Dan Fogelman films you have may seen; he also was the director of Crazy Stupid Love and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Make sure to check it out, on NBC right after The Voice, on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

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