This Is Us is created by Dan Fogelman and is a comedy-drama series airing NBC since September 2016. The series follows the Pearson Family, which consists of two parents (Milo Ventimiglia and Many Moore), and their three children (Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown). The series is filmed in different periods of time for the family, with different actors playing the kids in different stages of life. Sites from the show can be seen on the NYC TV & Movie Tour.
This Is Us follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (also known as the “Big Three,”) and their Parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. Kevin (Justin Hartely) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) are twins, born prematurely with a third triplet who didn’t survive. Jack was sure that they were meant to have three children in his life, so they adopted Randall, a child born on the same day and in the same hospital as the twins. Jack died when they kids were young, with the exact cause of his death not revealed until the second season. Most of the scenes are based in Pittsburgh where the family lived, but adult Randall and his family live in the New York suburbs of New Jersey, with Kevin also moving from Los Angeles to New York City to pursue a more serious acting career.
The series shows the bond within the family and all the struggles a good family has. For example, the relationship between Kevin and Randall can be difficult. In the first season, Randall and Kevin are walking down Broadway at 23rd Street unleashing decades of anger and angst. Kevin has just noticed a new billboard for The Manny, a fictional show that Kevin stars in, to see the actor replacing him. As the two fight in the street and people begin to realize who is sparring in front of them, Seth Meyers happens to be walking by and asks Kevin to break up the fight, leading Kevin to explain that they are brothers. The location of this scene is at the Flatiron building and can be seen in our NYC TV & Movie Sites Tour.
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