This Is Us tries to tell way too many stories, at least stumbles upon some interesting ones

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The third season premiere of This Is Us felt a little undercooked, and this week’s episode has the opposite problem of feeling way overstuffed. Ostensibly, “A Philadelphia Story” is a Randall-centric episode that examines his life-long identity crisis. As he explains to Beth at Kevin’s movie premiere, he’s always felt…

This Is Us’ third season premiere offers new beginnings, new mysteries

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Between last year’s second season premiere and tonight’s third season one, This Is Us has established a template for its season starters: Deliver a low-key episode that reminds the audience how incredibly endearing the show’s actors are; offer a general sense of where the major storylines are going; then end the…

This Is Us does the only sensible thing, makes Lyric Ross a series regular for season three

NBC’s weepy mega-hit This Is Us really likes making people cry, killing its dad, and when possible, doing both at once. Luckily, it also likes great actors, which is no small part of why it’s so good, despite the whole dad-killing obsession.. Theirs is a crowded field—Mandy Moore was so good last season, Susan Kelechi…

This Is Us and more won big at last night's GLAAD awards

Last night the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held in Los Angeles, and along with fulfilling the salutary purpose of presumably irritating the shit out of Mike Huckabee (frankly, it’s odd he didn’t try out one of his signature painful-joke tweets—“I’ll be GLAAD when this show is over,” or some such—during the…

On The Tonight Show, Sterling K. Brown talks Black Panther, hosting SNL, and a major This Is Us twist

There aren’t many actors on a bigger roll at the moment than Sterling K. Brown. A pivotal role in the worldwide smash Black Panther, his first Saturday Night Live hosting gig this weekend, and an award-winning triple play (Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG award) for his role as Randall in everyone’s destination ugly-cry…

This Is Us proves it’s one of the most formally inventive shows on TV

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Even among those who like it, This Is Us often gets discussed as if it’s a conventional, old-fashioned family drama. The show’s tearjerker status and Jack’s death-by-Crock-Pot have been the source of far more conversation than the fact that its structure is unlike anything else on TV. It’s not just that This Is Us …

After a string of dramatic episodes, This Is Us blows off steam in Vegas

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After three episodes focused on the devastating death of Jack Pearson, tonight marks the start of a new era for This Is Us. The show no longer has a big storytelling secret at its core and it’s free to explore the part of its timeline we still know very little about (the years immediately following Jack’s death). For…

A lyrical This Is Us memorializes Jack Pearson

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Taken together, the past three episodes of This Is Us have served as a mini-series about Jack Pearson’s death. “That’ll Be The Day” celebrated Jack’s final day on Earth, “Super Bowl Sunday” depicted his tragic death, and “The Car” is about laying him to rest, both literally and figuratively. Since it’s designed to…

This Is Us' Milo Ventimiglia buries the hatchet with his Crock-Pot nemesis

Last week’s This Is Us ended on a big cliffhanger, as the show almost certainly revealed that the culprit behind the long-foreshadowed death of Pearson family patriarch Jack was a malfunctioning “slow cooker” (or Crock-Pot, as those of us who aren’t afraid of getting sued for associating fiery death with a beloved…

A game-changing This Is Us builds to a fiery cliffhanger

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Given the dramatic way it was advertised and the fact that the lyric referenced in its title—“That’ll Be The Day”—ends with the line “that I die,” I was fairly certain tonight’s This Is Us would finally reveal how Jack Pearson died. So I watched the episode through that lens, counting down the minutes to what I…

Here are the winners at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards felt sort of like a turning point in our modern age of celebrities publicly speaking out on political topics, coming right on the heels of President Shithole’s first attempt at a travel ban. This year, with the Time’s Up campaign in full swing and the Women’s March events…