Written by Lynn Elber
Jack and Rebecca. Randall, Kate and Kevin. Six seasons and a total of 23 actors who play Pearson’s mom, dad and kids over four decades of love, war and a multicooker that doesn’t work.
Add to that the countless tears shed by devoted fans of “This Is Us,” and the oft-cited napkin box as a standard accessory. It all comes down to the last good cry when NBC’s family drama about time travel airs at 9pm on Tuesday.
Creator Dan Vogelman, who planned the final series from the beginning, is pleased with his decision to leave viewers wanting more – unusual for television, which does not hesitate to give a popular series for all its merits.
“If we had done something else, it would have happened for the wrong reasons,” Vogelman said. “A lot of them are great reasons because I like these people I work with so much because the show is profitable because it’s so successful. But creatively, I think we did the right thing. “
The story was always complete in his imagination to such an extent that he knew “what the last five minutes would look like. We knew enough that, I would say, about half, if not more, of the last episode was filmed three or four years ago. ”
The journey of the Pearsons and their wide circle of family and friends was as exciting, if not as thrilling, as the cable and streaming series, which operate without the obligatory fences of television.
“This Is Us” has also distinguished itself with its approach to diversity, making it more meaningful than the ticked approach. The experience of Randall, an African-American who was adopted as a child by white couple Jack and Rebecca, has been studied as fully as his white brothers and sisters Kate and Kevin.
Mila Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore played each other as parents, with Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Chriss Mets as Kate and Justin Hartley as Kevin. Other notable cast members include Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and John Wertas.
Attractive scripts and acting games of the series, as well as its intriguing frames contained in time, have earned the loyalty of fans: throughout the show it remained the highest rated program among the popular young adult viewers.
“It’s very difficult for all of us to say goodbye to the show and this work,” Moore said before recording the film. “I never show up without gratitude for the material. It’s a dream at all levels, ”including the actors and the film crew.
“It’s Us” has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Humanitas Award, the Writers Guild of America Award, and two consecutive Film Actors Guild Awards for Best Actor. He received four of the best drama series on the Amy, the only nominee to broadcast in recent years amid huge and fierce competition, such as Netflix’s Crown, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Hulu’s The Maid’s Tale.
NBC stars and guest actors have received several Emmy nominations, and Brown, Gerald McRaney, and Ron Sifas Jones have won Emmys, two for Jones as William Hill, Randall Brown’s father.
William was a participant in the penultimate episode, which aired on May 17 and accompanied Matriarch Pearson through the final stage of dementia.
As Rebecca imagined, William gently tapped a young and bright version of her through the train carriages to meet loved ones, scenes interspersed with family members saying goodbye to a frail, bedridden elderly woman.
The railway metaphor was not in Vogelman’s original plan. Instead, he said it was suggested by writer K.J. Steinberg, in her life there was someone with a form of dementia and who talked about riding a train.
“Kay Jay said, ‘I have some crazy idea, hold me out for a second,'” Vogelman said.
The result is surreal, but not uncommon for a show that challenges its audience – primarily because of the leaps in time that create mysteries, such as Jack’s untimely death, which lasted long and inexplicably insane. (It was heroic to save his family during a house fire committed by the aforementioned kitchen item.)
“At the beginning of the show, there were times when they were more unexpected,” Vogelman said. As the show continued to “throw into the future,” as he put it, viewers continued to crave answers — about Kate and Toby’s divorce, Kevin’s eternal love, and other obscure matters.
Vogelman is cautious about the details of the finale, but suggested it is the opposite of the shock, given how much is decided for the characters.
“The goal of the ending has always been just to sit down with this family in the easiest way,” he said. “Where there aren’t many questions left and you can sit back and enjoy almost the equivalent of finding family shots combined with a very meditative day.”
Moore was asked if Pearson’s saga could be revived one day, perhaps as a spin-off or a film a la “Downton Abbey.” It’s hard to imagine given Vogelman’s determination to finish everything as planned, she said.
“We’re really grateful we can do that, and we appreciate that,” Moore said. “I feel like the audience will be incredibly happy with how it all ends.”