In the history of this blog, I have never once dedicated an entire blog post to recommending a TV show. But I think the time has come to make an exception for follow link ‘This Is Us’. It is the most beautiful, poignant, wonderfully written, and painfully real piece of Television the world has seen. I started watching it last month and am already caught up with it entirely (season 2 is airing in the US currently). I’m now in the process of watching cast interviews and such – basically that level of ultimate geekness when you cannot wait for the next episode to release and need to watch something in the mean time! The addicts will understand me.
I intentionally won’t reveal much about the show because it’s not even something I could describe. It’s about family and relationships. The writing is so simple and so sincere that you will forget that you are watching fiction. It feels real. It dawned on me so much later that that’s why it’s so aptly titled ‘This is us’ because you can’t help but watch it and find fragments of your own selves in it. It is us!
I have this tendency of repressing my emotions and letting them out in the privacy of my space. So if I feel like crying, I’ve trained my mind and body not to let the tears flow right at that time. (I’m not proud of this and I’m working towards changing this pattern as it has deeper ramifications and is not the healthiest). But what I was getting at is how while watching the show sometimes I find myself sobbing softly. It just touches some chords in me that I believe represent issues that I just haven’t addressed earlier.
Although, you should know it’s very adorably funny in parts. So in case you don’t like out and out drama – don’t worry! You’ll still like this.
I don’t believe this is the kind of show you should watch even half distracted or with other people. I believe that this is the kind of show you fall asleep to. You plug in your headphones and watch it on a handheld device – it’s that kind of show. I’d urge you all to catch it.
Don’t miss the lessons, don’t miss the beauty of dialogue, don’t miss the reminders about love and life. The world needed to be reminded what real love looks like. And I’m glad that along came a show that is doing just that.
(You can watch Season 1 on Amazon Prime but you’ll need to sign up for Hotstar Premium for Season 2 new episodes as they air in the US)
PS: Is this a paid promotion? I FRICKING WISH!