Earnest and heartfelt, it’s easy to see why the trailer for NBC’s new dramedy, This Is Us, broke the record for the most-watched TV trailer ever. It reached 15 million Facebook views within its first 48 hours, proving that excitement is running high for a show that promises to milk viewers’ tear ducts every Tuesday. This is the kind of buzz that helps a pilot become a hit, so make sure you don’t miss out on the water cooler discussion tomorrow!
The show’s main characters are connected by friendship, but also by overlapping birthdays. Several protagonists are turning 36 on the same day, including an entrepreneur who reconnects with his biological father, a married couple expecting triplets, and a depressed woman struggling to lose weight. There’s also a television sitcom actor in the midst of a professional crisis. Life throws some unique challenges at each character, and these challenges are rooted in the relatable and the real, which explains the shows potential emotional impact. This Is Us hits all the essential dramatic notes, giving every viewer someone to root for, and something to cry over.