This is us had me hooked from the beginning. The main characters were my age, and when they began a story about transracial adoption, I was addicted. See Here are my reasons why you should tune into NBC at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays!
1. The acting is phenomenal. This show has an amazing cast who portray their characters in such a way that you believe they are parents, sons, and daughters. Though I'm Sterling Brown's number one fan, I have to give props to the actors that play the children and teenager who do such a great job of emulating the adult actors!
2. The story line is real. Notoriously, I'm a fan of shows that aren't so realistic, but this show stands out because though it's fiction, it deals with real topics from addiction to parenting, weight loss to grief. You can recognize yourself and your family at some point in any given episode and that in itself is a feat few shows can pull off.
3. Transracial Adoption is a major topic. Honestly, I wanted this to be my number one point, but my last few blog posts have centered on adoption. However, when we adopted a child of another race, we had to deal with a new reality: not everyone would understand our situation or make an effort to. This show has opened up a line of communication I didn't expect. When people see Randall's journey and his parents' struggles from hair care, with making sure he fits in with other black children, our friends and family have started to "get it" and it has opened up a dialogue that's important. I'm extremely grateful to this show, above all, for this.
4. The 80s & 90s Nostalgia is epic. I'm the same age as Kate, Kevin, and Randall. So, as they show them growing up, I get to see some cool blasts from my own past. From the fashion, to the music, to the TRAPPER KEEPERS, this makes it worth at least checking out for you skeptics!