TV Club: This Is Us continues to forcefully tug at our heartstrings

This Is Us is not a guilty pleasure. I don’t believe in those on television because you either like something or you don’t, and feeling guilt about watching television is a waste of brain cells. But that doesn’t mean it have all the makings of guilty pleasure. Sometimes, it’s so earth-shatteringly cheesy that I feel like I have to start counting calories, Kate-style. But when it comes to what I’m going to watch first on a given Tuesday, I’m always the most excited about This Is Us. I understand how this show plays with my brain, forces me to feel even when it doesn’t earn it. And yet, I still tune dutifully every week because sometimes I don’t mind when my brain is played with, and my heartstrings forcefully tugged.

Credit where credit is due: A big reason that I can shut …

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