Every year, the end of December brings with it “best of” lists. Earlier this month, Vulture published their list of best The 10 Best TV Shows of 2016. It’s a good list and covers almost all the bases. Except that they’re missing one of my favorite new shows, one that in its short fall debut has established a place in network television – This is Us.
2016 has been one of the most divisive, ugly, and stressful years in recent history – and this show came along with a message of togetherness. This is Us is told in multiple generations – it’s both a show that acknowledging race differences as well as celebrates it. It highlights how where and who we’ve come from, influences and shapes our lives. From siblings dynamics to parents, from how we see our role models to who we call in times of need to what families do best, which is come together in times of need.
Sometimes life will surprise you. Starring Mandy Moore , Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, this refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect.
The show airs Tuesdays at 10 on NBC (and returns January 10)- and if you’ve missed out so far, you can catch up on the show on NBC’s website and on-demand – which you really should!