• Through Good Times and Bad, This Is Us

    by  • September 14, 2016 • Family Friendly, NBC, Paleyfest 2016 • 6 Comments


    This touching, inspirational slice-of-life drama is one of the best new shows of the year.

    Plus-size Kate has problems with her weight, her feelings of loneliness, and her desire for romance. Successful businessman Randall has just tracked down the biological father who abandoned him as an infant, and struggles with his mixed feelings of joy and resentment. Jack is thrilled that his beloved wife Rebecca is expecting triplets. And hunky Kevin, tired of baring his chest for viewers, has just walked off his successful sitcom, wanting to be taken seriously as an actor. All these disparate individuals share the same birthday – and their lives will intertwine in surprising ways.

    This Is Us is one of the best new shows this fall. A touching look at ordinary peoples’ lives, how we all struggle with problems large and small, and how life’s lemons can be turned into lemonade, the program is positive and life-affirming without being saccharine, and is a solid pick for families.

    The program does contain a bit of adult content, such as Kate standing on the scale naked (seen from behind) and bemoaning her “fat ass,” her date jokingly requesting a “handy,” and Jack and Rebecca’s doctor assuring them that he is expert in “pulling eight-pound objects out of women’s vaginas.” But these instances are always brief, and do not detract from the program’s rich optimism and audience appeal.     

    This Is Us premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    6 Responses to Through Good Times and Bad, This Is Us

    1. Eliza Siegfried
      September 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Wow, how far have we sunk? Christopher Gildemeister, the author of this article, says that this show “is a solid pick for families.” He then goes on to say it contains nudity, a sexual reference to a woman manually bringing a man to orgasm and a mention of vaginas. And this “is a solid pick for families.” Really? Have our standards been lowered so much that we now consider offensive programs to be suitable for families because they’re not as bad as the absolute worst shows? I seriously hope that no one at the PTC, other than Mr. Gildemeister, would actually sit down with their entire family to watch this offensive offering.

      • moax429
        September 20, 2016 at 1:14 pm

        Sure glad I *didn’t!*

      • Shinji
        September 28, 2016 at 6:28 am

        Some of you are ridiculously dramatic. This show isn’t 100% clean, but it is one of the cleanest offerings we’ve gotten in the past five years. It was properly rated by the network as TV-14, and is clearly not recommended by the PTC as a suitable choice for all families – only families in which children are 14 or older.

        The sexual references are mild and will fly over a child’s head, unlike the frequent crudity/vulgarity of shows like 2 Broke Girls. The ‘nudity’ is a woman weighing herself nude (the proper way to do it), and all you see are her shoulders. The mention of vaginas is not gratuitous and is in a medical context.

    2. Patricia M. Childs
      September 17, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thank you we will watch it. THanks for this site to preview programs it hate to get caught with ones that are really gross!

    3. Paul Bihn
      September 17, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I disagree. I do not think a show that show’s a man’s naked rear is appropriate at all – especially in the trailer. I’m disgusted that NBC would actually soft porn on primetime and secondly that PTC would say its a ‘solid pick for families’. My family will not be watching this show. Even if the show has a good plot, we should not be subjected to this nonsense. Call me old fashioned but if we say this is ok then Hollywood would push the envelope further. I have to ask – is PTC trying to pull a joke?

    4. John Boulton
      September 17, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Looks interesting.

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