4 foolproof ways to turn your friends into ‘This Is Us’ fans

THIS IS US -- "The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World " Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- "The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World " Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) /

Do you have friends resisting the delightful, emotional family drama of ‘This Is Us’? We have some ideas on how to convert its detractors into full-on fans.

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Are you sitting down? Because there’s an unfathomable fact of life that we must address. There are people, and you may even know some of them, who aren’t hopelessly consumed with This Is Us. That sound you hear is the silence from the millions of tears that have sill not fallen at the expense of the Pearson family.

As almost unforgivable as that may be, it’s our duty as This Is Us fans to guide the deprived toward puffy-eyed Wednesday mornings. Think of the friend who would love watching the Pearson timeline unravel but hasn’t given the series a chance. Whether they’re holding out until the hype dies down (spoiler: it won’t because it’s real) or they are Netflix loyalists, there’s no television fan too tough to resist the emotional pull of This Is Us. It’s basically science. So, how do we remedy this situation? We have four foolproof methods to turn your most difficult resistor into a This Is Us fan.

1. Don’t put up with excuses.

We all know the drill. When you recommend a series to a friend, they hit you with excuses. “I can’t keep up with it!” “I don’t know when it’s on!” “I’m not watching it unless it’s on Netflix!” Sorry, but those are tired and limiting pseudo-justifications that should be banished from all vocabulary. There’s no claiming to not be able to track down This Is Us since NBC has made all of the first season episodes readily available to stream on Hulu and its own website. No excuses!

2. Show them the receipts.

If there are people still walking among us who don’t believe in the power and quality of This Is Us, we need to show them the error of their ways. With 11 Emmy nominations to its name after one season, This Is Us has the recognition to go hand in hand with its obvious talent. While it’s true that academy clout isn’t an indicator of quality, This Is Us’ nods merely reinforce its honest and inventive storytelling. To those who resist watching because of its popularity, the facts speak for themselves.

3. Lead with the Milo and Mandy factor.

Before we bemoan the minimization of the immense talent in the cast of This Is Us, most of the breakout stars are relatively unknown. However, two of its leading performers have helped define the millennial generation. Milo Ventimiglia made us swoon as Jess on Gilmore Girls and later starred in the cult hit Heroes. Mandy Moore soundtracked our tween years with indelible pop hits and anchored the timeless classic A Walk To Remember among others. Who wouldn’t tune in for Milo and Mandy alone?

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4. Make them cry.

Okay, we don’t mean to imply that you should yell at your friend until you make them cry. That would be counterproductive. Instead, hit them with the feels that hooked millions of viewers. It’s hard not to fall in love with This Is Us after it makes the first tear fall. For many fans, it’s the concluding sequence in the pilot where the story clicks and everything suddenly makes the sweetest sense. Get them to bawl their eyes, and the emotional dependency on the Pearsons will soon follow.

This Is Us returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, September 26 at 9/8c on NBC.