Contained minor spoilers.
This is Us is NBC’s freshman drama series. After the first episode premiered, the season got the green light for a whole season. Most networks wait a few weeks to test out the water and get a feel for viewing patterns. The fact that NBC made such a bold decision goes to show how amazing this show is.
Here is the show description from IMDB:
“A group of people with the same birthday, including Rebecca and Jack, a married couple expecting triplets in Pittsburgh, Kevin, a handsome television actor growing bored of his fly bachelor lifestyle, and Kate, his funny and sweet heavyset twin.”
This is Us has a lot of different, but important plot points including adoption, a mixed family, stigma against plus size people, alcoholism, and when a couple loses their child. The show covers a lot of different issues that are too taboo to be talked about on television.
What makes this show so great is how relatable the characters are. You have one character questioning his identity, another questioning his career path, and the third main character questioning how she got to where she is today. All of these are things people often worry about on a daily basis. Because hey, life isn’t perfect.
One of my favorite characters is Kate (played by Chrissy Metz, shown above). Kate is plus-size, like me. She is aware of her size and is lacking confidence. Kate is focusing on losing weight by going to a Weight Watchers type group, and following a strict diet. She doesn’t just sit there saying “woe is me.” She is doing what she can to make herself better for HER, not because society favors skinny.
What I also love about Kate is her love interest, Toby. It teaches us that yes, heavy people can find love. It seems many people are only with fat people on television because they were a) dared to b) felt bad for them or c)fat fetish. Guess what! Heavy people can be in relationships for none of those reasons. It gives me hope that just because I am heavy, that doesn’t mean I will never find love, no matter how hopeless I may feel about the subject.
Kate’s twin brother, Kevin, is facing a career crisis as an actor. He wants to make the change from television to something more serious, like Broadway. However, this transition does not come easy for Kevin because huge life changes do not come easily. Yes, you may face a career crisis, and that is okay. You may feel a little lost, but you will always end up where you need to be in the end.
Finally, there is Randall, a man who was adopted and was looking for his father (it says that in the trailer, so don’t blame me for spoilers!). This goes back to the theme of being a little lost, but alway finding where you need to be.
Randall is also an affluent black man living in a wealthy white suburb. He gets odd looks from time to time, but has learned to adjust to white suburbia. However, he still never feels welcome. Even when he goes shopping at a high-end clothing store, he points out that even though he is wearing nice clothes, is well groomed, and has shopped there before, the security guard moved slightly closer because he was black. Race issues are usually kept quiet on most television shows because we don’t want to admit that these racist things still happen today.
If you take anything away from this article, it is to watch this show. This show is so realistic and is nothing like the current shows on television. You will laugh and cry. This is real. This is love. This is Us.