When This is Us came out premiered I wasn’t sure what to think. It was hard to get past Milo playing anyone but Jesse. At first I put off watching the show. To be honest there were so many people jumping on the bandwagon I wasn’t sure I wanted to join.
Over the years I had started to get hooked on a number of shows and honestly didn’t want to add another. It was a struggle already to keep up.
Eventually of course, I caved I had to see what all the fuss was about. When I started watching it there were a significant amount of things going on in my life. My dad had recently been diagnosed with ALS, I was doing a transcontinental birth family search while trying to figure out when to visit Korea. Timing could not have been more perfect. It said all the things I never knew how to say.
There were so many people in the show that I could identify with, from Randal to Rebecca and sometimes even Kate. They would go through situations or struggles that I was able to identify with. It made it feel “more real” than other shows. It was not a typical primetime TV show. It was addressing head-on tough issues, issues that people don’t want to discuss or even talk about.
This show has been able to “flip the script”, and open a door for conversations to happen that typically would not occur. I cannot wait to see what else this show begins to tackle. It has been very healing and validating to know that the show has become so people with being able to address and say all the things I never could.