Audiences never know what to expect from a series finale, especially when last week’s penultimate episode was so emotional, but we shouldn’t be surprised that This Is Us managed to capture everything we needed perfectly.
Saying goodbye to your favorite TV show is never easy, but saying goodbye to This Is Us is a whole different rollercoaster of emotions.
The show premiered back in 2016 and after six seasons, we were crying with the Pearson family one last time. Season 6, episode 18, titled, “Us” was simple yet moving in all the ways that reflect the show’s core.
Before the finale premiered, many took the day to thank everyone involved for all that the show has personally done for them. Shows like This Is Us truly show how powerful television can be for audiences.
“I cannot believe that tonight marks the end of #ThisIsUs. I have never watched a show that has made me reflect on my own life as much as this one. It has been a beautiful journey, and I’m thankful I got to experience it these last 6 years. Thank you for the wonderful ride,” one fan wrote...
I cannot believe that tonight marks the end of #ThisIsUs 💛 I have never watched a show that has made me reflect on my own life as much as this one. It has been a beautiful journey, and I’m thankful I got to experience it these last 6 years. Thank you for the wonderful ride.May 24, 2022
Thank you for bringing us the most amazing family show in a world where we needed it most. This will always be the best show. My heart is sad for my Tuesday nights will never be the sameMay 25, 2022
This show was a bonding opportunity for my mom and I. We watched this show every week until I moved for grad school and then we would each watch the eps and have 2-hour long phone discussions about them. I’m currently visiting my mom so we get to watch the final episodes togetherMay 24, 2022
Another viewer shared, “Thank you for sharing the treasure that will forever be the Pearson family — who became our tv family — with all of us.”
@NBCThisisUs thank you for sharing the treasure that will forever be the pearson family - who became our tv family - with all of us 🖤 #ThisIsUs #ThisIsUsFinaleMay 25, 2022
We love you Sterling!! Thank you for being our Randall, thank you for portraying him with so much love, realness and conviction. You're an outstanding actor and a beautiful human! It's been a pleasure watching your work for 6 seasons, on a weekly basis. Thank you ❤️ #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
Those watching couldn’t help but notice how the finale highlighted the small moments in life, driving an important message home for families.
“People wanting some big grand dramatic send-off episode are missing the entire point of the show. Life, like the finale, at the end comes down to a random collection of stories and small moments. Those small things are what we are. Not the big ones,” a tweet read.
People wanting some big grand dramatic send off episode are missing the entire point of the show. Life, like the finale, at the end comes down to a random collection of stories and small moments. Those small things are what we are. Not the big ones. #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
“When you’re young, you’re always trying to be older. When you’re old, you’re always trying to go back.” FACTS. STRAIGHT FACTS RIGHT HERE. #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
“I love how quiet this finale is. Just quiet family moments. That's always been this show at its core and it's the best thing to show as we wrap up the story,” another comment expressed.
I love how quiet this finale is. Just quiet family moments. Thats always been this show at its core and its the best thing to show as we wrap up the story. #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
I was pretty bored with this finale until it clicked. It’s the Saturday to do nothing with the Pearsons. We’re making our last memory. It’s beautiful. #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
“We’re collecting these little moments. We don’t recognize them when we’re in them because we’re too busy looking forward. But then we spend the rest of our lives looking back…trying to remember them.” Truer words have never been spoken. #ThisIsUs #ThisIsUsFinaleMay 25, 2022
Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca Pearson, actually revealed an amazing behind-the-scenes secret on her Instagram: “3 years ago, while we were shooting season 4, we began filming tonight’s series finale.”
From the beginning, fans were told the show would only be six seasons because that was the planned journey. That was most likely another huge reason for the show’s success; there was a story they were building and an ending in mind, and they didn’t stray from it despite how popular it got.
“This show had a beginning and end since inception. Finale shots from years ago prove that. It’s why the storytelling has been tremendous. Care and attention to the small details and also the big picture. Bravo,” one fan praised.
This show had a beginning and end since inception. Finale shots from years ago prove that. It’s why the storytelling has been tremendous. Care and attention to the small details and also the big picture. Bravo @ThisIsUsWriters #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
Most of this finale being shot 3 years ago just shows how the writers had a plan. They knew where the show was going. They knew where it was going to end. I wish more shows did that instead of dragging us along #ThisIsUsMay 25, 2022
I’m gonna miss the Pearsons so much, but I’m so grateful the creators of it knew when to wrap up their story #ThisIsUsFinaleMay 25, 2022
The Pearson family will be greatly missed but the legacy of This Is Us will no doubt be passed on for generations to come.
US viewers can catch up on the This Is Us series finale on Hulu and Peacock.
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Sophia Soto has a passion for all things entertainment. She is a member of The Hollywood Critics Association and currently writes for The Nerds of Color. You can also see her work on What To Watch, Remezcla, Looper, Den of Geek, Young Hollywood and more. Some of her favorite shows include Grey's Anatomy, The Goldbergs, Riverdale and Roswell, New Mexico. She is a complete Marvel nerd as well!