An Ode To "This is Us"

An Ode To "This is Us"

Thank you for redefining television

Life is constantly changing. There are few things that remain constant, even in a life that has only been used for 19 years. Friends change, favorite subjects in school change, favorite colors change, interests change, even family dynamics can change.

However, in my life, there has been one thing that has held true for as long as I can remember: a love of TV.

Yes, there are plenty of people who likely can identify with this. But ask anyone of my friends, my love for TV often surpasses what one would deem "normal". Rather than simply liking Grey's Anatomy, I decided to take an anatomy course in high school, despite detesting science as a whole, because I wanted to become a surgeon, just like them.

And instead of passively watching Wizards of Waverly Place as any normal tween would, I created an entire alternate universe in which my best friend and I were secret wizards who traveled seamlessly between the "normal" world and our own "wizard" world.

But something else is clearly just as constant as my (often psychotic) passion for television--watching these shows made me long to be someone or something that I'm not. Hannah Montana made me wish I was living a celebrity double life, Scandal makes me want to pursue a career in political fixing, and Dance Moms made me wish my mother shoved me into slightly-abusive dance lessons as an infant.

But this is before I came across This is Us. A show so beautiful that my unqualified opinion would classify as nothing short of genius. It makes me laugh, it makes me mad, it makes me smile, and it makes me cry--A LOT. But, this is nothing new. It is typical that TV shows make me sob in a similar fashion to how I would imagine I would if I watched my entire family get massacred.

What is different about This is Us is its mundane nature.

It doesn't feature fancy neurosurgeons, or wizards, or secret pop-stars. It is about a family. The trials and tribulations that their family goes through don't make me wish I was them--and not because I don't admire them--but because I already have experienced something similar. I don't envy Randall as he tours colleges, because I have been there. Kevin's determination and passion for football reminds me of my own dedication to track. And Kate's body image struggles are no stranger to anyone.

The title of the show is exactly accurate--this is US. And this "us" goes farther than just the Pearson family--"us" includes the viewers. It documents everyday life in a way that we all can identify with.

The show doesn't make us wish we were something else, because we've already been there. Rather than anything fancy, it highlights something we can all identify with--just how beautiful the simple act of living can be.

It isn't flashy or magical, but it is pure. It is real. It is us.

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

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It's socially acceptable to put your gum on a wall for decoration, wear socks with Birkenstocks, and take a casual stroll in the rain.


You're probably not from the Greater Seattle Area if any of the below surprise you:

1. How to pronounce Issaquah, Puyallup, Sequim, Mukilteo, and Snohomish.

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2. The sheer terror one inch of snow can bring to a population.


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3. Being from Seattle (but not really from Seattle).


Where are you from? Snohomish. Where's that? A little bit Southeast of Everett. Where? Seattle. I live in Seattle.

4. RBIS.


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5. Swimming is an indoor sport.



6. Air conditioning is a luxury.


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7. Eastern and Western Washington are different countries.

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8. Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital doesn't exist.


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9. Socks & sandals.


I can't explain it, but it works... A fit for all seasons.

10. Tap water anywhere else is just not the same.


It's just... different. Not in a good way.

11. Honking is a sin.


Instead, politely smile and curse under your breath you let another terrible driver merge in front of you. Avoid the confrontation at all costs; save the horn for saying hi to those people that stand with signs on street corners.


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13. If you use an umbrella, you're weak.


It's survival of the fittest out here.

14. Portland is JV Seattle.

Portland, Oregon


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15. The flannel lives on.


She knows what's up.

16. Dick's.


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17. Ferries are a common form of transportation.

Want to go see a drive in movie? Get some ice cream on Whidbey? Go to your cabin on the San Juans? Visit Sequim (ha)? Walk or drive on the ferry. Easy.

18. Lakes > beaches.


Nothing beats the mountains, wineries, boating, and cliff jumping opportunities on the lake. It's carefree, fresh water, and of course, beautiful.

19. Coffee.


Nobody really does it like we do, let's be real.

20. It doesn't actually rain thaaaaaat much.

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