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Ranking every This Is Us episode

  • Ranking every This is Us episode

    With just two seasons under its belt, “This Is Us” has already captivated hearts all over the country. The drama tells the interwoven stories of Rebecca and Jack, their three kids, and a complex thing called life. NBC quickly renewed the series for an additional two seasons in 2017, and now, after more than a few tears, season three is slated for release this September.

    By weaving through time, fans get to experience the heartache and happiness of each and every character during pivotal moments of their lives, and it all starts with one incredibly significant birthday. “This Is Us” flashes back and forth between beautiful moments that remind viewers of one thing: family.

    Stacker put together a comprehensive ranking of every “This Is Us” episode by looking at IMDb data based on user votings and ratings. Unlike the all too common heart-wrenching and unexpected endings to each episode, there are no surprises in the following list. Grab a couple of tissues—which may be needed—and get ready to relive snippets of every episode to-date.

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  • #36. This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life

    IMDb rating: 7.1

    Season 2, Episode 17

    Air date: March 6, 2018

    This episode strays from the usual narrative surrounding the Big Three to delve into the life of Déja. Fans finally get more than a glimpse into her heartbreaking story, and learn about her complex relationships with her mother Shauna, Social Services, and Randall.

  • #35. Vegas, Baby

    IMDb rating: 7.7

    Season 2, Episode 16

    Air date: Feb. 27, 2018

    Whether it’s an old wedding or a new one, the Pearson family is celebrating happiness and love. This episode focuses on Kate’s upcoming wedding and Rebecca’s anniversary, but it wouldn’t be the touching drama fans can’t watch enough without some tension woven in. Toby and Kate’s respective bachelor and bachelorette parties take place in Las Vegas, and viewers experienced flashbacks to Jack and Rebecca’s anniversaries over the years—reaffirming that they are #couplegoals.

  • #34. Brothers

    IMDb rating: 8.1

    Season 2, Episode 5

    Air date: Oct. 24, 2017

    Fans of the show know that the title of this episode is incredibly misleading, and can only be slightly explained by the iconic cliffhanger that “This Is Us” has so consistently—and at times frustratingly—embraced. Yes, Kevin and Randall go on a camping trip, but that is not everything this mind-blowing episode has in store.

  • #33. The 20's

    IMDb rating: 8.2

    Season 2, Episode 6

    Air date: Oct. 31, 2017

    Amid the drama, pregnancies, and drug issues, there’s nothing like a good old Halloween story to provide a break from the intensity of family tension. This episode primarily flashes back Halloween between 1990 and 2008, taking a break from the drama surrounding Déja's situation and Kate’s pregnancy. For the first time, fans get to meet the Big Three in their 20s. And even though this episode may not be as eventful as others, there’s still plenty to keep fans' attention.

  • #32. Still There

    IMDb rating: 8.3

    Season 2, Episode 4

    Air date: Oct. 17, 2017

    Kate takes one step forward in her career and Randall takes one big step backward in his relationship with Déja. Meanwhile, fans flash back to meet Rebecca’s mother, who offers some unwanted help when the little Big Three come down with the chicken pox.

  • #31. I Call Marriage

    IMDb rating: 8.4

    Season 1, Episode 14

    Air date: Feb. 7, 2017

    Randall’s drive to have the stellar career and perfect family has been a big part of his happiness, but in this episode, the world knocks him down a few pegs. With the emotional stress of taking care of his dying birth father coupled with competition at work, Randall’s perfectionist attitude is seriously threatened when things begin to unravel.

  • #30. The Right Thing to Do

    IMDb rating: 8.4

    Season 1, Episode 11

    Air date: Jan. 10, 2017

    Toby is in the hospital, in urgent need of surgery, and he puts his life in Kate’s hands when he decides to undergo a risky procedure. Randall is at a loss for how to handle his relationship with his birth father, as time is fleeting. Also in this episode: William’s reconnection with Jesse.

  • #29. Clooney

    IMDb rating: 8.5

    Season 2, Episode 12

    Air date: Jan. 16, 2018

    Clooney is William’s cat, but this episode is definitely not about William’s cat. While shopping for a white dress in the past and present, once for a winter formal and then for her wedding, Kate confesses her junk food binging habit to an unexpected friend. Fans also take a closer look at the relationship between Rebecca and Miguel.

  • #28. Déjà Vu

    IMDb rating: 8.5

    Season 2, Episode 3

    Air date: Oct. 10, 2017

    Sylvester Stallone makes a guest appearance in this episode as Kevin’s co-star in a movie. Jack, who was a huge Stallone fan, is on everyone’s minds as the some of the Big Three encounter the man who helped their father through some tough days. On top of that, Déja enters Randall’s life, and they’re off to a rocky start.

  • #27. A Manny-Splendored Thing

    IMDb rating: 8.5

    Season 2, Episode 2

    Air date: Oct. 3, 2017

    Kevin and Kate are both returning to performance, and the entire family is there for support, although their contributions aren’t always helpful. Rebecca’s constructive support for Kate’s singing gig backfires when Rebecca’s mere presence brings back Kate’s feelings of inadequacy. The show’s writers take fans back to Kate’s childhood talent show, and back in the present, Kate can’t help but compare herself to her mother once more.