Yesterday, we watched the last episodes of Season 4 of the American network series "This is Us".
One thing I love about This is Us is how the have fast-forward scenes into the future. They add suspense and serve to introduce new characters.
Unlike any other series I've watched before "This is Us" is honest, human and authentic portrait of a family over time. They share the real struggles of their characters, like anxiety, depression, marriage problems, food or alcohol addiction to numb pain or fill a void. And how they deal or don't deal with them over time. That makes the characters relatable.
We see how they deal with being fat, being a control-freak, being famous, being an alcoholic, being heartbroken, PTSD from war, grief because of loosing their father and husband, raising children, incl. one with special needs, adoption, race, trying to get pregnant, finding meaning and pursuing a dream career, alzheimers, being gay, and more.
Kevin for example doubts himself, never feels he's good enough and hustles for fame, admiration and love. For a long time, he doesn't value his gift of making people laugh because it comes easy to him.
The series also offers lots of deep wise emotional speeches just at the right times.
Here are some of my favourite quotes:
“We’re their parents. We do the best we can. but at the end of the day what happens to them, how they turn out, that’s bigger than us.” - Jack Pearson
"When you’re a mom, you get a front row seat to the best show in town: Watching your kids grow up." - Rebecca Pearson
“I think that's sort of how it works you know? We go through life slowly but surely collecting these little pieces of ourselves that we can't really live without until we eventually have enough of them to feel whole.” - Kevin Pearson
Have you seen This is Us? Curious to hear from you, what you like about it.
Can't wait for season 5 to start, hopefully in September as planned, if COVID-19 doesn't change the schedule.