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5 Times the THIS IS US Premiere Made Us Cry

By on September 21, 2016

THIS IS US -- Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

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!

Kevin’s Meltdown on Set

Kevin (Justin Hartley) may look like the stereotypical hunk who is happy to turn his body into his main asset, but what is it they say about looks? Ah, yes – they can be deceiving! This is definitely the case with Kevin. There is more to him than his model-esque looks but, unfortunately, his mind and capabilities are of no interest to the director and producers of his sitcom The Manny. (He’s a man. He’s a nanny. He’s a Manny.)

All they want from their show’s protagonist is a ripped body to swoon over; anything of actual significance is frowned upon by the director as well as the audience. Though Kevin was willing to explore this role and appreciative of having been chosen over any other Hollywood-hunk, his motivation was starting to dwindle beneath the vanity spotlights. When he finally has the opportunity to show off his real skills by means of an expressive scene, he does so with a lot of feeling and is immediately praised for his performance, only to be told the scene would probably lose out in favor of an easy-breezy, shirtless, alternative scene. Suddenly he reaches his limits and, after a long period of questioning his path, erupts with anger towards the cowardice of TV culture and its determination to shy away from anything authentic – a feeling that highlights just how much he suffered under his given TV identity, and reflects his need to be perceived as real.

THIS IS US -- Pilot -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

THIS IS US — Pilot — Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

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