Why I Love ‘This is Us’


In case you don’t know, ‘This Is Us’ is a new television show on NBC.

Yes, I am writing about a TV show. But actually, I am not really writing about a television show. I am writing about what I always write about. Life as I see it.

‘This is Us’ is a program about family, community, connection and love.

Even if you don’t watch the show you can read this blog (though I would highly recommend you get on the bandwagon)

I love ‘This is Us’.  It touches me. It warms my heart. It often makes me cry.

The show premiered in the fall and I was hooked after the first episode. Some reviewers said it was sappy, and maybe a bit manipulative in terms of evoking emotion. Maybe there is some truth to that but even so, I do not really feel that way. I feel connected to the characters in this crazy kind of way. Like I know them. Maybe it is because parts of my own family and me are in some of these characters.

‘This is Us’ is a show about life. It reminds us that we all have a story.  One that starts when we are born and continues until we part. The way we were raised by our parents or others shapes us into who we are today. The show forces us to see our own scars and maybe even dysfunction but in a reflective way. Families are not perfect, just like life is not perfect. Many of us struggle through and hopefully learn and grow along the way. In the end, it is often our deep personal connections that cause us to grow, change and become a bit more accepting.

What is it about this show that has me thinking about it all the time? The more I struggle to figure out the reason why I feel the way I do, the more I realize how many others feel the same way. The show taps into emotions about our own lives, our childhood, our parents. The characters are easy to connect to as they remind us of our own families, our own relationships. As someone in their 50’s, I find myself often thinking back to my childhood and analyzing how certain interactions with my family and community have influenced my habits and behaviors.

I have been thinking about writing a blog about this for months but it wasn’t until this week’s episode that I made the decision to do so. I was in tears watching it and it brought up so much emotion, especially around my own experience with cancer and my own mother’s death. Also, the storyline tapped into my personal beliefs about illness, cancer and death.

Our society places such an emphasis on life, at any cost, and often people think of death as failure. This program has taken a different tact, by showing that death is part of life; life goes on after we are gone and we often have choices how we want to approach our fate. Making a decision to stop treatment and preserve our strength to enjoy our last days, though they may be cut shorter, is a choice and a valid one.

This show taps into emotions we may not even know we had or at least thought about. It comes at a time in our world where there is so much unrest and for some people a conscious disconnection from others because of differing and polarizing views. Maybe this is why some of us have found some calm in the storm of everyday life on Tuesday nights. “This is Us’ makes us think and explore where we have come from, where we want to go, who we want to be and maybe a chance to reconnect with what is most important to us.

We are This is Us.

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About Shari

I am a two-time cancer survivor and patient advocate. Diagnosed as a young adult, at age 25 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I had to quickly face the reality of life’s curveballs. My treatment offered a potential cure while at the same time, underestimated the long term side effects including a secondary cancer (breast cancer) nine years later. Shortly after my breast cancer treatment ended, my youthful, seemingly healthy mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and passed a year later. I have lived the cancer experience as a patient and a family member/ caregiver and understand both sides. Life after treatment is often challenging emotionally and physically and there is a gap in providing needed support. I don’t consider cancer a gift as it is not something I would ever want to give to someone. Rather, I view cancer as an opportunity; one I received at an early point in my life to live intentionally, understanding how things can change at any moment. I live without regrets, fully understanding the gift and fragility of life.
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12 Responses to Why I Love ‘This is Us’

  1. Linda Kane says:

    Totally fabulous as always. I watch the show and LOVE IT.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. hudsonww says:

    Dear Shari:

    You are spot on with this show. Wonderful writing, wonderful concept, and I am intrigued with the daughter’s storyline. It certainly is everybody’s family story!

    Enjoy your vacation, Janet



  3. I just started watching This Is Us after reading so many good reviews about it and I must say, it is like nothing on tv at the moment. I love how they jump back and forth between times (I really didn’t see that coming at the end of the first episode) and each individual character interests me, which is rare. I also love how it touches upon so many different issues. Can’t wait to see what is to come.

    Fantastic post by the way. Would you be interested in sharing it on Creators/Movie Pilot? We’ve got a huge community of movie/tv fans and I’m sure they’d love to read what you have to say. Looking forward to hearing from you.


  4. Shari says:

    I just joined the platform


  5. Karen taylor says:

    Hi Shari , I am watching the show with Jessie . I really like it and am so happy Randall quit his job ! I appreciated your insights about the show . The writing is really good and it reminds us that relationships matter even if they don’t last as long as we would like .


    • Shari says:

      Karen- thanks for your comment. I am trying to get Josh to watch it with me (well he can’t watch with me because at school). I think he would really like it. He is taking screenwriting class and they are supposed to be reading some of the scripts.


  6. Sarah Coletti says:

    Fantastic article, Shari! Completely spot on! I’m also obsessed with This is Us and Tuesdays can’t come fast enough, lol! I can’t wait to see how the plot unfolds, especially surrounding Jack’s passing.


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