When “This Is Us” premiered in the fall of 2016, my former editor Michael Schneider (now at Variety) bestowed a lasting nickname (at least to me) on the hit NBC drama: “Twist Is Us.” After all, the pilot is built around its closing reveal — that the featured characters who share the same birthday also share the same family — and subsequent episodes stack up mystery after mystery. How did Rebecca (Mandy Moore) end up with her husband’s best friend, Miguel (Jon Huertas)? When did Rebecca meet WIlliam (Ron Cephas Jones), and why did she keep it from Randall (Sterling K. Brown)? Who will Kevin (Justin Hartley) end up with? Who will Kate (Chrissy Metz) end up with? And the granddaddy of them all: What happened to Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and, once that was answered, how did he die?
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