If you want a sense of just how important This Is Us to both NBC's short-term and long-term programming future, look no further than the three-season renewal the network announced on Sunday, which will take the hit series through a sixth season. While the show's future was never in any way in doubt from a ratings or popularity standpoint, one reason for delaying the announcement may have had to do with series creator Dan Fogelman: his overall deal with 20th TV was ending and his new contract was only settled within the last week or so.
"In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of This Is Us, and we couldn't be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand. A huge thank you and congratulations to our executive producers, cast and crew who reach new heights every week with the show's inventive and compelling storytelling."
– Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents, Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment
Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. "This Is Us" chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death. From the writer and directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love." comes a smart, modern show that will welcome you into a family you feel you've known for years.
NBC's This Is Us also stars Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Ron Cephas.
This marks the second consecutive multi-year renewal for This Is Us: the series was previously renewed for two seasons before their freshman season was complete. As for the show's future beyond a sixth season? NBC co-chairman Paul Telegdy says the network's keeping all options on the table: "We're keeping it open for now. Creator Dan Fogelman has a plan for the show, for now it's being picked up for three more seasons."