‘This Is Us’: The best show on TV, or one big manipulative trick?

Having already been renewed through its third season, "This Is Us" is a show we'll be talking about for a while. After last Tuesday's Season 1 finale, I Facebooked that it successfully made me cry in 18 out of 18 episodes, and that it's the #bestshowontv. That hashtag was mostly used by other "This Is Us" fans that night, which is to be expected. But it's worth noting that "This Is Us" (which tallies an 8.9 on IMDB) still garners the most #bestshowontv labels a week later – and this ain't exactly the vast wasteland era of TV.

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First episode impressions: ‘This Is Us’

It was already a strong show for its first 41 minutes – and had firmly earned a Week 2 return from me – but in the final three minutes, the premiere of "This Is Us" (10 p.m. Tuesdays, NBC) clinched its spot as the best pilot episode since "Lost."

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