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Old 02-14-2020, 05:03 PM
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My wife loves this show. I find it "just ok" as I do not like that every scene tries to be so dramatic, including the background music. I mean, even if I character got a splinter or went to the bathroom, they'd turn it into such a pivotal moment. All in all, it seems highly overdone to me. Your thoughts?

Also, a bonus question: Does anyone know if this series is written by the same writers and/or creators of "Thirty Something" from the mid-1980s? I seem to recall that series was done in the same overly dramatic style to the point I could not stomach the show.
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:22 PM
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There are threads for each season:
Season 1. https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=805463
Season 2. https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=837461
Season 3. https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=863351
Season 4. https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb...d.php?t=882791
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Old 02-14-2020, 05:25 PM
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It's about as good as burnt shit. I was forced to watch a handful of episodes by a woman.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:10 PM
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I haven't seen it, but I do enjoy a nice crème de merde brûlée, so maybe I'll check it out.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:24 PM
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Also, a bonus question: Does anyone know if this series is written by the same writers and/or creators of "Thirty Something" from the mid-1980s? I seem to recall that series was done in the same overly dramatic style to the point I could not stomach the show.
It's not. The creator and showrunner of This Is Us is Dan Fogelman, who wasn't in the business when thirtysomething was on the air.
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Old 02-14-2020, 06:46 PM
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It's about as good as burnt shit. I was forced to watch a handful of episodes by a woman.
They're the worst!
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Old 02-15-2020, 08:56 AM
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I think it's manipulative and soppily sentimental. I made it through a few episodes, hoping it would get better. That hope was never realized.

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Old 02-15-2020, 10:10 AM
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I saw the first episode, realized it was just soapy sentimental melodrama, and never watched another minute.
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:11 AM
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It's very, very melodramatic. I suppose if you're in the mood for that sort of thing, what the hell; it's like horror movies. Most of them suck but sometimes you want a cheap scare. "This is Us" gives cheap tears.
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It's about as good as burnt shit. I was forced to watch a handful of episodes by a woman.

Oh no! Forced?! What kind of weapon did she have?
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:04 PM
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I think it is a crappy show that tries way too hard and I can't stand it. But plenty do like it so they should enjoy.
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My husband and I enjoy it very much. But then, I’m a woman who forced him to watch, sooo
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Old 02-15-2020, 05:31 PM
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I think it's manipulative and soppily sentimental. I made it through a few episodes, hoping it would get better. That hope was never realized.
This.
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:42 PM
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Given the choice I'd rather watch a show called This Is Pus.


mmm
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Old 02-16-2020, 04:11 AM
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When it first came on, we watched a few episodes. But the DRAMA. There were all these questions about how somebody died and hints about a mystery.

And it had Jon Huertas and I wasn't ready to see him as somebody other than Javier Esposito from Castle. Still not.
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My wife and I managed to get through the first seven minutes of the first episode before giving up. I like sentimental stuff, but I despise unearned sentiment. You want me to cry? Fine, I'll cry - but you're going to have to work for it.

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Old 02-16-2020, 05:21 AM
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I watched part of the first season because the premise was kind of interesting. Then I got bored.
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:10 AM
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It’s like someone forcing you to watch an icy intersection.
“Why are we watching this?”
“Just wait.”
“Why?”
“Something terrible is going to happen.”
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Given the choice I'd rather watch a show called This Is Pus.


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