This Is Us is an American family drama television series that aired on NBC from September 20, 2016, to May 24, 2022. The series follows the lives and families of two parents, and their three children, in several different time frames. This series is about the lives of Kevin, Kate, and Randall who are all siblings. As well as their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. This show normally takes place in the present day. However, at times This Is Us will flash forward or backward to show relevant moments in their life. They do this to add to the story and make it more interesting.
In This Is Us, Kate and Kevin are triplets, though their birth didn’t happen as planned. The triplets were born prematurely with their brother Kyle ultimately ending up stillborn. The parents, feeling as if there was a void to have three kids that day, adopted an African American child named Randall.
This Is Us takes place in multiple different time periods and locations. It explored different time periods and locations to show Kate, Kevin, and Randall’s life more clearly. Most of the flashbacks shown show the parents and what life was like before having the triplets. When the show flashes forward, it shows the kids and their current lives, with the parents being old and on their deathbeds.
In September 2016, NBC picked up This Is Us for a full season of 18 episodes. January 2017, NBC announced the renewal of the series for two additional seasons with 18 episodes each, and then in May 2019, it was renewed for a further three seasons. May 2021, it was ultimately announced that the sixth season would be it’s last. The sixth and final season premiered on January 4, 2022. This is Us has amazing reviews. Critics said this show pulls on your heart strings and is a true tear jerker.
E.1 – “Pilot”
Sometimes life will surprise you. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, this refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.
E.2 – “The Big Three”
Kate is furiously working hard to shed her unwanted pounds as she continues to struggle with impatience and discouragement. She receives support from her new boyfriend, Toby, as he helps her let loose and enjoy herself. Beth begins to question the motives of Randall’s biological father, William, and takes action in getting answers on his activities. Randall has a lot more on his mind with the new life-changing addition of having his biological father in his life. Marriage and raising three 8-year-old children is beginning to take its toll on Rebecca and Jack as they start to feel distant from one another. Kevin faces the aftermath of quitting his job as he deals with his agent, Lanie, and has to figure out how to move forward.
E.3 – “Kyle”
Rebecca makes a surprise visit to Randall’s home where she 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 and prepares a special day where she is in the limelight. 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.
E.4 – “The Pool”
Rebecca and Jack take Kevin, Kate, and Randall to the 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.
E.5 – “The Game Plan”
Jack and Rebecca argue about the idea of starting a family; the story behind the family’s love for the Pittsburgh Steelers is revealed; Kevin discovers that the script for his part in the play is relevant to his own life.
E.6 – “Career Days”
Kate interviews for a new job that seems just about 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.
E.7 – “The Best Washing Machine in the World”
The dynamic of Randall and Kevin’s rocky relationship is explained. 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.
E.8 – “Pilgrim Rick”
As Jack, Rebecca and the three kids make their way 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.
E.9 – “The Trip”
Kate, Kevin and Randall head to their family’s cabin to 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.
E.10 – “Last Christmas”
The Pearson family finds themselves at the hospital on Christmas Eve after little Kate comes down with appendicitis. When they run into Dr. K, 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 Sloane and her family, Kate continues to pursue her big surgery and someone from William’s past reappears in his life.
E.11 – “The Right Thing to Do”
Kate struggles with her feelings in the aftermath of Toby’s 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.
E.12 – “The Big Day”
As the birth date of her triplets quickly approaches, a frazzled and emotional Rebecca forgets Jack’s birthday. Dr. K 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.
E.13 – “Three Sentences”
Jack and Rebecca get in over their heads when they 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.
E.14 – “I Call Marriage”
Toby throws a wrench in Kate’s weight loss journey. Randall 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.
E.15 – “Jack Pearson’s Son”
As Kevin stresses about the premiere of his play, he 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.
E.16 – “Memphis”
Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where Randall learns about his biological father’s past.
E.17 – “What Now?”
The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall’s for an unusual 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.
E.18 – “Moonshadow”
In the season finale, Jack heads to Cleveland to make things right with Rebecca on the night of her first big gig with the band. Randall, Kate and Kevin make big decisions about their futures.
E.1 – “A Father’s Advice”
In the second season premiere, it’s the ‘Big 3’s’ 37th birthday and Randall and Beth debate a big life-change. Kate takes the first steps in pursuing her new passion and Kevin balances his career and relationship.
E.2 – “A Manny-Splendored Thing”
The entire Pearson family visits Kevin on set in Los Angeles for a “Manny” taping. Jack confronts his demons in the wake of his fight with Rebecca.
E.3 – “Déjà Vu”
Kate visits Kevin on the set of his movie. Randall and Beth get exciting news. Rebecca tries to reconnect with Jack.
E.4 – “Still There”
Randall and Beth adjust to a new family dynamic. Kate books her first big gig. Kevin suffers a setback on his movie. Jack and Rebecca are visited by an unwelcome guest.
E.5 – “Brothers”
Kate surprises Toby at work. Kevin and Randall attend a charity fundraiser for Sophie’s hospital. Jack takes the boys on a camping trip, leaving Rebecca to deal with some unexpected news.
E.6 – “The 20’s”
Trick-or-treating with the 10-year-olds goes awry for Jack and Rebecca. Randall, Kevin, and Kate have life-changing Halloweens.
E.7 – “The Most Disappointed Man”
Randall adjusts to the foster system. Kate and Toby take the next step in their relationship. Kevin visits Sophie in New York. Jack and Rebecca finalize Randall’s adoption.
E.8 – “Number One”
Kevin goes back to his high school to accept an award. Jack and Rebecca get excited about their kids’ futures.
E.9 – “Number Two”
Kate and Toby’s lives take an unexpected turn. Rebecca encourages Kate’s singing aspirations.
E.10 – “Number Three”
Randall and Beth are faced with a hard choice. Jack takes Randall on a college tour.
E.11 – “The Fifth Wheel”
The Pearsons come together under unexpected circumstances. Jack surprises the family with a summer vacation.
E.12 – “Clooney”
Kate goes wedding dress shopping. Kevin embraces a new lifestyle. Randall explores William’s past. Jack and Rebecca take the kids to the mall.
E.13 – “That’ll Be the Day”
Kevin helps Randall and Beth with a project. Kate contemplates a big gift for Toby. Jack and Rebecca talk about their future.
E.14 – “Super Bowl Sunday”
Randall hosts a Super Bowl party while Kevin and Kate reconnect with the past.
E.15 – “The Car”
The history of the Pearsons as told through the life of the family car. Rebecca finds solace with an old friend as the Pearsons struggle to cope with tragedy. Jack teaches Kevin and Randall to drive.
E.16 – “Vegas, Baby”
Kate and Toby go to Las Vegas for their bachelor/bachelorette parties. Jack and Rebecca celebrate their anniversary.
E.17 – “This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life”
Deja’s life with her mom, Shauna, and grandmother Joyce unfolds from the very beginning. Randall and Beth welcome visitors to their home.
E.18 – “The Wedding”
The Pearsons come together to celebrate Kate and Toby’s wedding. Wedding planners Kevin and Randall struggle to pull off the big day. Kate is flooded with memories of Jack. Deja struggles to adjust to her new living situation.
E.1 – “Nine Bucks”
Randall, Kate and Kevin find themselves on new paths as they celebrate their 38th birthdays.
E.2 – “A Philadelphia Story”
The Pearsons gather to support Kevin at his movie premiere. The teenage Big Three make college decisions.
E.3 – “Katie Girls”
The Pearsons rally around Kate as she undergoes a medical procedure.
E.4 – “Vietnam”
A young Jack makes a decision that will impact the course of his life.
E.5 – “Toby”
Kate and Toby try to keep busy while waiting for big news. Randall embarks on a new journey. Kevin meets someone from his father’s past.
E.6 – “Kamsahamnida”
Kate struggles with Toby’s depression. Randall makes time for Kevin, who obsesses about Jack’s past.
E.7 – “Sometimes”
Kevin and Zoe land in Vietnam. In the past, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip to Los Angeles. Jack’s war story continues to be revealed.
E.8 – “Six Thanksgivings”
The Pearsons have an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner. In the past, Jack, Rebecca and the big three spend Thanksgiving with Miguel.
E.9 – “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning”
Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity. Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother.
E.10 – “The Last Seven Weeks”
Randall’s campaign comes to a close. Kevin meets someone from Zoe’s past. Kate and Toby get ready for the baby.
E.11 – “Songbird Road: Part One”
Rebecca and the Big Three reckon with secrets Jack kept from them. Jack’s Vietnam story continues to be revealed.
E.12 – “Songbird Road: Part Two”
Kevin attempts to help Nicky. Randall and Kate reflect on differing memories of their childhood.
E.13 – “Our Little Island Girl”
Beth’s trip home to care for her mother sparks an unexpected realization.
E.14 – “The Graduates”
Kevin keeps a secret from Zoe. Randall gets unexpected news about Deja. In the past, the Big Three graduate from High School.
E.15 – “The Waiting Room”
Tensions run high as the Pearsons await news about Kate’s pregnancy.
E.16 – “Don’t Take My Sunshine Away”
Beth and Randall adjust to their new normal. Kate and Toby spend time with baby Jack. Zoe and Kevin work on their relationship.
E.17 – “R & B”
A history of Beth and Randall through the ages.
E.18 – “Her”
Rebecca helps Kate and Toby care for baby Jack; Zoe and Kevin look after Tess and Annie; Randall and Beth consider how to move forward.
E.1 – “Strangers”
Jack meets Rebecca’s parents. New characters are introduced.
E.2 – “The Pool: Part Two”
Beth and Randall adjust to life in Philadelphia. Jack and Rebecca take the Big Three to the pool.
E.3 – “Unhinged”
Randall is confronted with a tough choice. Kate and Toby adjust to their new home. Miguel and Jack’s friendship solidifies.
E.4 – “Flip a Coin”
Kevin reflects on his past. Rebecca visits Randall at college. Beth’s mom comes to visit. Kate and Toby share new experiences with baby Jack.
E.5 – “Storybook Love”
Rebecca hosts a dinner party. Kevin tries to support those around him. Randall faces concerns about how his family is adjusting to their new home.
E.6 – “The Club”
Kate and Toby try to make time for their marriage. Jack attempts to prove himself to Rebecca’s father. Randall struggles to find his place with the other councilmen.
E.7 – The Dinner and the Date”
Deja pushes the boundaries of Randall and Beth’s trust. Jack and Rebecca invite Randall’s new teacher over for dinner.
E.8 – “Sorry”
Rebecca visits Randall in Philadelphia. Beth is troubled by a request from Deja. Kevin has doubts about himself.
E.9 – “So Long, Marianne”
The Pearson family gathers for their first Thanksgiving at Randall’s Philadelphia townhouse.
E.10 – “Light and Shadows”
Kevin searches for romance. Kate meets Toby’s CrossFit friends. Randall travels to Los Angeles to be with Rebecca.
E.11 – “A Hell of a Week: Part One”
Randall grapples with anxiety.
E.12 – “A Hell of a Week: Part Two”
Kevin revisits his past and questions his future.
E.13 – “A Hell of a Week: Part Three”
Kate finds strength in unexpected places.
E.14 – “The Cabin”
The Big Three reconnect at the family cabin.
E.15 – “Clouds”
Kevin spends the day with Rebecca. Toby makes a grand gesture. The Big Three get their report cards.
E.16 – “New York, New York, New York”
The Pearsons visit New York City.
E.17 – “After the Fire”
Randall reflects on what could have been.
E.18 – ‘Strangers: Part Two”
The Pearsons gather to celebrate baby Jack’s first birthday.
E.1 – “Forty part 1”
The Pearsons gather to celebrate their 40th birthday while musing about the day they were born.
E.2 – “Forty part 2”
The Pearsons gather to celebrate their 40th birthday while musing about the day they were born.
E.3 – “Changes”
Kevin and Madison navigate their engagement as Kate and Toby take a big step in their adoption journey. Jack and Rebecca brace for puberty.
E.4 – “Honestly”
Malik shadows Randall at work. Kevin struggles to connect with his new movie director. Jack and Rebecca struggle to sleep train their babies.
E.5 – “A Long Road Home”
Kate confronts her past. Randall’s brush with viral fame leads to an unexpected discovery. Kevin debates the best path for his future.
E.6 – “Birth Mother”
Randall uncovers new truths about his past.
E.7 – “There”
Kevin embarks on a stressful road trip. Jack and young Kevin go to a football training camp.
E.8 – “In the Room”
The Pearsons navigate huge family milestones together, from a distance.
E.9 – “The Ride”
A series of car rides propels the Pearson’s towards new stages of their lives.
E.10 – “I’ve Got This”
Beth navigates qualms with her mother. Kevin and Kate bring their families together for dinner.
E.11 – “One Small Step …”
Kevin and Madison get an unexpected guest.
E.12 – “Both Things Can Be True”
Jack and Miguel bond. Kevin and Madison navigate challenges. Randall seeks out a new kind of support network.
E.13 – “Brotherly Love”
Kevin visits Randall in Philadelphia.
E.14 – “The Music and the Mirror”
Beth navigates her career path. Kate and Toby face unexpected issues. A run-in with someone from his past gives Kevin pause.
E.15 – “Jerry 2.0”
Kevin and Madison partake in their respective bachelor and bachelorette parties.
E.16 – “The Adirondacks”
The family gathers for Kevin and Madison’s wedding.
E.1 – “The Challenger”
The Big Three celebrate their 41st birthday.
E.2 – “One Giant Leap”
Nicky, Rebecca and Miguel go on a road trip.
E.3 – “Four Fathers”
Jack, Randall, Kevin and Toby struggle to connect with their children.
E.4 – “Don’t Let Me Keep You”
Jack visits Ohio.
E.5 – “Heart and Soul”
Kevin visits the construction site. Malik and Deja share controversial news at dinner.
E.6 – “Our Little Island Girl: Part Two”
Beth prepares her dancers for the first big dance recital at her new job.
E.7 – “Taboo”
Rebecca has a big announcement to make at Thanksgiving dinner.
E.8 – “The Guitar Man”
Kevin takes the twins to the cabin in hopes of proving himself as a father.
E.9 – “The Hill”
Kate visits Toby.
E.10 – “Every Version of You”
Randall and Rebecca embark on a road trip and reflect on their past.
E.11 – “Saturday in the Park”
Rebecca and Miguel’s anniversary barbecue does not go as planned.
E.12 – “Katoby”
Kate and Toby’s relationship evolves over a few years.
E.13 – “Day of the Wedding”
The Pearsons gather for Kate’s wedding.
E.14 – “The Night Before the Wedding”
The night before Kate’s wedding, Kevin’s love life takes an unexpected turn.
E.15 – “Miguel”
Miguel over the years.
E.16 – “Family Meeting”
The Big Three makes a plan for Rebecca.
E.17 – “The Train”
Pearsons gather around Rebecca’s bedside.
E.18 – “Us”
The Big Three come to new understandings about life.
The review website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 92% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 7.6/10 based on 216 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 76 out of 100 based on 34 reviews.
Season 2 received a 92% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 214 reviews, with an average score of 7.85/10.
Season 3 received a 94% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 165 reviews, with an average of 7.15/10.
Season 4 received a 91% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes based on 11 reviews, with an average of 7.3/10.
Entertainment Weekly gave the show a grade B.
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson
Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson
Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson
Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson
Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson
Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth (Clarke) Pearson
Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon
Ron Cephas Jones as William “Shakespeare” Hill
Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas
Alexandra Breckenridge as Sophie Inman
Eris Baker as Tess Pearson
Faithe Herman as Annie Pearson
Melanie Liburd as Zoe Baker
Lyric Ross as Deja Pearson
Asante Blackk as Malik Hodges
Griffin Dunne as Nicholas “Nicky” Pearson
Caitlin Thompson as Madison Simons
Chris Geere as Philip