TV Club: This Is Us makes us ugly cry as it says goodbye to a beloved character

Throughout my reviews of this show, I’ve consistently praised This is Us for its adept emotional manipulation. Some have seen that has a dig, or a compliment at its most backhanded, but I don’t see it that way. When a show is as good at achieving its goal as This Is Us is, then it’s ultimately successful. It may not be able to reach some intangible emotional truth, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy its facsimile of such. But “Memphis” felt even more genuine that it ever has before, and it was a truly wonderful episode.

“Memphis” was an excellent entry into the road trip episode genre, where two characters go on a journey both physical and metaphorical, because we’re also going on this journey with them as well. Rather than pay lip service to the other characters, “Memphis” belongs entirely to Randall …

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