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S1-E1 Pilot

S1-E1 Pilot

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There's a distinctly American brand of understated family drama that never quite makes it seamlessly across the Atlantic – some of the finest series, such as Gilmore Girls and Friday Night Lights, have not become cult favourites in the UK until years later.

This Is Us, which premiered in the US in September, joins the canon, and on the strength of this pilot,is off to a promising start. We meet four people who share a birthday – a disillusioned actor and his overweight twin sister, a soon-to-be father, a successful businessman. They are each on the brink of pivotal change and, as the episode unfolds, we begin to observe how their lives intertwine.

Make no mistake: it's cloying, and threatens to get really saccharine in future episodes, but compelling performances from its ensemble cast - including Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore - will draw you in.

Summary

New series. Drama following the lives of a variety of individuals who share the same birthday. Despite her being pregnant with triplets, Jack insists that his wife Rebecca upholds a birthday tradition, but something interrupts them. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K Brown.

Cast & Crew

Rebecca Pearson Mandy Moore
Jack Pearson Milo Ventimiglia
Randall Pearson Sterling K Brown
Kate Pearson Chrissy Metz
Kevin Pearson Justin Hartley
Beth Pearson Susan Kelechi Watson
Toby Chris Sullivan
William Hill Ron Cephas Jones
Director Glenn Ficarra
Director John Requa
Writer Dan Fogelman
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