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5 Times the THIS IS US Premiere Made Us Cry

BY The Screen Spy Team

Published 5 years ago

By Roxanne Sancto

Following the release of the first trailers, we already had a good feeling about NBC’s This Is Us, and great faith in its ability to make us cry.

But nothing could have prepared us for the amount of tissues necessary to get through its pilot episode last night. The characters are easy to relate to, and although they’re all going through their own challenging personal journeys, they never leave you feeling weighted down by their stories. Rather, the opposite is true: as harrowing as their paths may seem at this point in time, we have been given more than a glimpse of their strength and willpower to know they will not lose hope.

And this is wherein lies the beauty of This Is Us; it does not sugarcoat life and the many obstacles we face during our time on this earth, but it acts as a reminder that they can all be overcome with enough love and forgiveness in our hearts. Check out the five major tear-jerkers of the pilot episode below!

Randall Inviting his Biological Father into his Home

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) could have easily faced a life in the foster system when he was abandoned at a fire station the day he was born. Instead, it turned out to be one of the luckiest days of his life when a family adopted him, granting him the loving family life every child deserves. But now, as he is entering a new stage of his life, he finds himself plagued by questions and a need for answers and closure. When he locates his estranged, biological father William, he finds himself caught between resentment and empathy, and is momentarily stuck in limbo – establish a relationship or simply walk away? He struggles to find peace with either decision but ultimately invites William to his home to meet his granddaughters. After all the excitement of the evening, father and son share a quiet moment in which William reveals that he is dying and does not want to burden his family in the final stages of his life. However, as the episode draws to a close, we see Randall’s wife Beth handing William fresh towels as he settles into their guest room, perhaps signifying the beginning of a relationship brought on by crucial turning points in Randall and William’s respective lives.

THIS IS US -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Ron Cephas Jones as William, Sterling K. Brown as Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

THIS IS US — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Ron Cephas Jones as William, Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

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