NBC’s hit show ‘This Is Us’ has been inciting bouts of ugly crying from thousands of members of the adoption community every week. The material is raw and the characters are realistic. The show portrays adoption in an honest light. Adoption is not always magical and exciting, and the families who adopt are not always perfect. Even the most-beloved characters on ‘This is Us’ are human and flawed.
I am an adoptee, and the family dynamic has caused me to sit and reflect on my own relationships with my husband and my kids. I have felt Randall’s pain of missing out with his birth family in a way I have never seen before on screen. The show has opened up a great conversation on transracial adoption.
On the show, Jack and Rebecca were expecting triplets. One of the babies was lost, prompting the adoption of Randall, a black baby abandoned at a fire station. Their story features daily struggles in their family life. It highlights issues the kids have with each other, as well as the ups and downs of parenting them. It covers adoption, loss, and foster care in a way that is touching people like never before. It gives us all the feels, and we can’t wait for more.
Here’s a sampling of what people are saying about the show: