This Is Us
Creator: Dan Folgelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love)
Writers: Dan Folgelman and others
Cast: Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Watson, Ron Cephas Jones
TV series, NBC, 2016
Life is complicated. This series about one family’s life is a must view for many of us. It’s popularity cuts across generations. The stories, the structure, the acting performances rise to a very high level in this genre and type of entertainment. It has become one of the highest rated shows on television and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Drama- TV series.
Daniel D’Addario has a by-line as a television writer for Time Magazine. I am an obscure blogger, a mostly unpublished writer. But in spite of that, I would like to take issue with what he says in a recent issue of Time about this series. Here are some quotes: “…a hazy attempt to confront a number of human experiences…”, and worse, “the amount of plot became so great that we no longer really need to recall why each character is sad.” He calls the lives of the characters “an endless struggle, allergic to resolution.” He implies viewers watch only to find out what happens next. He seems to believe this show is more contrived than most. I agree with none of this.
Worse he says Kate played by Chrissy Metz is a character who we viewers “have no idea who she is besides a number on a scale.” This totally denies the excellent work by this actress in bringing her character to life in a way that enables viewers to connect with her, to understand her. Yes, I want to find out what happens next because I care about each character. Each seems so real. I say there’s seldom, if ever, a contrived moment.
The fine acting from every actor, the excellent writing, the humor, the emotions (not just sadness), the surprise, the ideals, the kindness – he doesn’t mention any of this in his recent piece. If he was trying to engage the reader with his piece, if he wanted an argument – he’s successful. He gets an arguement from me!
In my opinion it is a magical show about real life. See it on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. E.T. on NBC. Next time I watch it I will forget about all the things this magazine writer said about this wonderful show. Watch it. See what you think.