Mark is joined by rhetorician/educator Michelle Parrinello-Cason, Chris Sunami (The Pop Culture Philosopher), and award-winning former journalist Kera Mashek to discuss the recently concluded NBC drama created by Dan Fogelman.
What's the message of the show, and is it a good one? Is this comfort food, or a stark portrayal of a diverse array of struggles with death, guilt, identity, and self-destructive behavior. Is it "contrived" the worst sense? Are the characters actually relatable or just Hollywood-engineered "relatable"? Can we just love our way out of conflicts as the show seems to depict? We talk about casting, using kid actors, time-jumping plotlines (not time travel!), diversity, music, and depicting the future.
Some relevant articles include:
- "The Overly Tidy Conservatism of This Is Us" by Delia Cai
- "Is this us? An analysis of the NBC series ‘This is Us’" from whispersofawomanist.com
- "Six Ways 'This Is Us' Is Basically Free Therapy" by Danielle Page
- "Why we see ourselves in ‘This is Us’" by Jane Greenway Carr
- "7 important life lessons learned from ‘This is Us’" by Elizabeth Wellington
- "Toby's Weight Loss Journey Began a Few Seasons Ago on 'This Is Us'" by Leila Kozma
- "After 'This Is Us,' Which Show Will Hold Us While We Cry?" by Melanie McFarland
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