I have a confession to make. I am a reality junkie and I need an intervention. I am not sure if I am infatuated with these train wrecks to escape my own everyday realities, or because their lives are so deranged and chaotic, my normalcy level is heightened. Nonetheless, the addiction is real and the more absurd the story line the better.
Sadly, with the exception of the Kardashians (he despises and loathes), my husband boards the reality train with me each and every week. We both know these shows are laughable, nonsensical, mindless, and ill-conceived but too arousingly entertaining to turn off. Sadly, we can simultaneously peruse the internet and have deep conversations while still following along and understanding the menial plot of the week.
Thankfully a heartfelt, meaningful, and purposeful show has finally entered my world. From the moment the coming attractions for This is Us were aired, I knew I would be hooked. The characters, their story lines, and emotional journeys depicted from the previews had me already reaching for my Kleenex box. This wasn’t a show I would be mocking or ridiculing. This is Us pulls on your heart-strings and resonates with your soul. Every episode leaves you craving more.
The characters are so raw and genuine. I instantly fell in love with each and every one of their stories for different reasons. My body is overcome with goosebumps by the end of each episode, my eyes welled with tears. I agonize over Kate’s weight battles, feel Jack’s intense love for Becca, and totally accept the internal struggles that Randall and Kevin endure as their plots begin to evolve and unravel. The acting is just that good!!! It’s hard to believe that a girl who once sang about candy (Mandy Moore, in case you are too young or old to know this) would be winning over the hearts of millions as the beloved mother of triplets and have a marriage envied by women all over the world.
I am so tortured by Jack’s demise and can’t wait much longer to get all the answers. The summer hiatus was unbearable. I was forced to retreat back to nonstop reality. Thankfully, my Tuesday nights have been restored and we are that much closer to decoding all these loose ends. In the meantime, I will continue to be transfixed and enamored. I am still fantasizing about the day when my own husband will “Pearson me.” Hey, a girl can dream right?
Bottom line: if you are not watching This is Us, then you have been living under a rock. Put on your pajamas, grab a pint of Halo, and buy a HUGE box of tissues. Plop yourself on the couch and enter a world filled with emotional twists and turns that will truly touch your heart. It will be the most sincere hour of your life!
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How do you think Jack died? Comment below. I would love to compare notes!!!
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