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Series 1 - Episode 1
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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.
Randall is given a birthday party by his colleagues. Sitcom star Kevin is in the middle of a personal crisis, but when his twin sister Kate finds herself at a low point, he urges her to make a change.
Full Episode Guide
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