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

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 …

A lyrical This Is Us memorializes Jack Pearson

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…

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

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…

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This Is Us throws every last care away, goes to the mall... today!

There’s a scene towards the end of “Clooney” in which Kate and her support group frenemy Madison have an emotional heart-to-heart about Madison’s eating disorder and Kate’s own self-esteem struggles. “Oh my god!” Madison suddenly gasps. Given that this is This Is Us, I assumed she’d finish that sentence with a moving…

Big Little Lies and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri lead 2018 SAG Awards nominees

The 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations are out, and the frontrunners will be familiar to anyone who’s watched premium cable, independent films, or just looked over the Golden Globes nominees this year. Big Little Lies and Three Billboards In Ebbing, Missouri lead their respective packs, with the HBO drama…

Kate’s This Is Us episode tells a powerful but imperfect story about loss

TV dramas don’t necessarily shy away from depicting miscarriages, but more often than not they’re used as a plot device when a character doesn’t want to have a baby but the show doesn’t want to depict her getting an abortion. Miscarriages of wanted pregnancies, however, are depicted onscreen far less frequently. That…