This Is Us: Season 1

This Is Us: Season 1

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Nominated for Best Television Series at the Golden Globes two years in a row, this drama series follows the past and present stories of three adults who share more in common than they'd think - including the same birthday. Stars Sterling K Brown, who earned an Emmy for his role in 2017 as well as a Globe in 2018, alongside Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story) and Mandy Moore.

2016USA
ComedyDrama

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Pilot

As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in... More curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect.

EPISODE 1.2

The Big Three

Toby helps Kate relax in the midst of her fervent... More quest to lose weight. Beth questions the motives of Randall's biological father, as Randall adjusts to having his dad in his life. Rebecca and Jack begin to feel distant from one another. Kevin faces the consequences of quitting his job.

EPISODE 1.3

Kyle

Rebecca makes a surprise visit to Randall's home where she... More encounters his biological father, William. Kevin anxiously decides to take the plunge and move to New York to pursue a Broadway job, with the expectation that his sister, Kate, will move with him. Toby is determined to get Kate out of Kevin's shadow. Jack and Rebecca take home their babies from the hospital and adjust to the new life of parenthood, while coping with the loss of their other child. Rebecca struggles to connect with their adopted child and searches for answers.

EPISODE 1.4

The Pool

Rebecca and Jack take Kevin, Kate, and Randall to the... More community pool on a hot day and quickly realize each child is going through their own struggles. Kevin auditions for his first Broadway play in New York and meets a determined actress who is less than impressed by him. Toby runs into his ex-wife while at a restaurant with Kate, which sends Kate into a spiral of self-doubt. William is mistakenly reported as a loiterer in Randall's predominately white neighborhood, which exposes deep-rooted issues of race.

EPISODE 1.5

The Game Plan

Rebecca and Jack get into an argument about starting a... More family. The family backstory behind the long line of love for the Pittsburgh Steelers is revealed. After accepting his part in the play, Kevin realizes his script is relevant to his own life. Randall and Beth encounter an unexpected turn of events.

EPISODE 1.6

Career Days

Kate interviews for a new job that seems just about... More perfect, although it comes with a catch. Randall doubts his career choice and wonders if he followed the right path. Kevin and Olivia's relationship moves in a new direction. Rebecca and Jack are conflicted on what to do when Randall tests as a gifted child.

EPISODE 1.7

The Best Washing Machine in the World

The dynamic of Randall and Kevin's rocky relationship is explained.... More Beth and William spend time together, which unexpectedly brings to light a secret William has been keeping. As Rebecca gets back to work for the first time in years, both she and Jack acknowledge that there is distance between them. Toby is caught straying from his diet regimen, throwing Kate into crisis.

EPISODE 1.8

Pilgrim Rick

As Jack, Rebecca and the three kids make their way... More to Rebecca's parents' house for their traditional Thanksgiving holiday, an unforeseen detour occurs. Kate makes two drastic life-changing decisions. Kevin brings Olivia to Randall's house for Thanksgiving. Randall's heart is broken when he learns about a lifelong secret his mother has kept from him.

EPISODE 1.9

The Trip

Kate, Kevin and Randall head to their family's cabin to... More get away after their chaotic family Thanksgiving. A very angry Randall finds comfort and explanation from his father, Jack. Olivia speaks a harsh truth to Kate, which drives a wedge between Kate and Kevin. Rebecca and Jack struggle with what to do when 9-year-old Randall tells them that he's been looking for his birth parents.

EPISODE 1.10

Last Christmas

The Pearson family finds themselves at the hospital on Christmas... More Eve after little Kate comes down with appendicitis. When they run into Dr. Katowski, who is alone at the hospital, they realize they need to be there for him as much as he was once there for them. Presently, Kevin celebrates Hanukkah with Olivia and her family, Kate continues to pursue her big surgery and someone from William's past reappears in his life.

EPISODE 1.11

The Right Thing to Do

Kate struggles with her feelings in the aftermath of Toby's... More heart attack. As William begins to spend more time with Jesse, Randall has to get used to his father's new relationship. After receiving the news they're expecting triplets, Jack and Rebecca must find a way to afford a home that can accommodate three babies. Olivia unexpectedly resurfaces, throwing both Kevin and Sloane for a loop.

EPISODE 1.12

The Big Day

As the birth date of her triplets quickly approaches, a... More frazzled and emotional Rebecca forgets Jack's birthday. Dr. Katowski struggles with the loss of his wife and wonders how he'll be able to continue on with his life without her. Joe, the firefighter who delivered baby Randall to the hospital, fights to save his marriage.

EPISODE 1.13

Three Sentences

Jack and Rebecca get in over their heads when they... More decide to throw Kate, Kevin and Randall three separate parties for their 10th birthday. Randall struggles to make time for William as things intensify at the office. Kevin makes a major decision in his romantic life. Kate's gastric bypass journey takes an unexpected turn.

EPISODE 1.14

I Call Marriage

Toby throws a wrench in Kate's weight loss journey. Randall... More struggles to accept his father's deteriorating health. Miguel and Shelly break some devastating news to Jack and Rebecca, which makes them worry about their own relationship. Rebecca receives an amazing work opportunity. Kevin examines his romantic past.

EPISODE 1.15

Jack Pearson's Son

As Kevin stresses about the premiere of his play, he... More receives support from an unexpected source. Randall struggles under the pressure of both his work and ailing father. Rebecca and Jack's Valentine's Day doesn't go as planned. Toby and Kate decide to dig deep and get to know each other's biggest secrets.

EPISODE 1.16

Memphis

Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where... More Randall learns about his biological father's past.

EPISODE 1.17

What Now?

The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall's for an unusual... More party. Kevin and Sophie's relationship deepens on the night of his play's premiere. Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her father's death. Tensions are high between Jack and Rebecca as she leaves on tour with her band.

EPISODE 1.18

Moonshadow

Jack heads to Cleveland to make things right with Rebecca... More on the night of her first big gig with the band. Randall, Kate and Kevin make big decisions about their futures.

This Is Us: Season 1 | Reviews

92%216 reviews

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

This ensemble drama should tick a lot of boxes for viewers who don't want everything to be so high concept...

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Salon

Salon

It should earn the time it needs to connect with an audience willing to fall under its sob-inducing spell.

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Vox

Vox

It's pretty cheesy, but I love well-done cheese.

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Paste

Paste

Has all the makings of a successful drama-even if it's difficult to imagine where they could possibly go from here.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A refreshing respite from the relational violence and pessimism that marks the other buzz soaps that have bubbled forth from a culture of divisiveness.

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News.com.au

News.com.au

It sort of like a hug - warm and comfortable - but always bordering on being too much.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Everybody in This Is Us delivers.

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New York Post

New York Post

Raises the act of television-making into a kind of modern art form that neither insults the audience nor scares viewers to the liquor cabinet.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Chrissy Metz instills a disarming amount of humanity in her character, putting in what is probably the standout performance of the pilot episode.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

There's something comfortably gooey right away about "This Is Us."

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This Is Us: Season 1 | Release Details

This Is Us: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Prime Video.