The BEST Episodes of This Is Us

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Network: NBC

This refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble. And as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday - and so much more than anyone would expect.

Super Bowl Sunday

#1 - Super Bowl Sunday

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 4, 2018

Randall hosts a Super Bowl party while Kevin and Kate reconnect with the past.

star 8.44
2,114 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman
Memphis

#2 - Memphis

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 2017

Randall and William take a road trip to Memphis, where Randall learns about his biological father's past.

star 8.40
4,616 votes
Directors: John Requa
Writers: Dan Fogelman
Strangers: Part Two

#3 - Strangers: Part Two

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

The Pearsons gather to celebrate baby Jack's first birthday.

star 8.37
628 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Dan Fogelman
The Cabin

#4 - The Cabin

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 18, 2020

The Big Three reconnect at the family cabin.

star 8.34
700 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
The Fifth Wheel

#5 - The Fifth Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 9, 2018

The Pearsons come together under unexpected circumstances. Jack surprises the family with a summer vacation.

star 8.19
2,254 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Vera Herbert
Her

#6 - Her

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 2, 2019

Rebecca helps Kate and Toby care for baby Jack; Zoe and Kevin look after Tess and Annie; Randall and Beth consider how to move forward.

star 8.18
983 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
So Long, Marianne

#7 - So Long, Marianne

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2019

The Pearson family gathers for their first Thanksgiving at Randall's Philadelphia townhouse.

star 8.15
721 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: K.J. Steinberg
What Now?

#8 - What Now?

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 7, 2017

The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall's for an unusual party. Kevin and Sophie's relationship deepens on the night of his play's premiere. Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her father's death. Tensions are high between Jack and Rebecca as she leaves on tour with her band.

star 8.15
4,626 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: K.J. Steinberg, Vera Herbert
Pilot

#9 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2016

Sometimes life will surprise you. Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, this refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love" comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

star 8.14
7,674 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman
Pilgrim Rick

#10 - Pilgrim Rick

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

As Jack, Rebecca and the three kids make their way to Rebecca's parents' house for their traditional Thanksgiving holiday, an unforeseen detour occurs. Kate makes two drastic life-changing decisions. Kevin brings Olivia to Randall's house for Thanksgiving. Randall's heart is broken when he learns about a lifelong secret his mother has kept from him.

star 8.14
5,009 votes
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
The Trip

#11 - The Trip

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2016

Kate, Kevin and Randall head to their family's cabin to get away after their chaotic family Thanksgiving. A very angry Randall finds comfort and explanation from his father, Jack. Olivia speaks a harsh truth to Kate, which drives a wedge between Kate and Kevin. Rebecca and Jack struggle with what to do when 9-year-old Randall tells them that he's been looking for his birth parents.

star 8.10
4,881 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Vera Herbert
The Car

#12 - The Car

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 6, 2018

The history of the Pearsons as told through the life of the family car. Rebecca finds solace with an old friend as the Pearsons struggle to cope with tragedy. Jack teaches Kevin and Randall to drive.

star 8.09
1,994 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
Last Christmas

#13 - Last Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2016

The Pearson family finds themselves at the hospital on Christmas Eve after little Kate comes down with appendicitis. When they run into Dr. K, who is alone at the hospital, they realize they need to be there for him as much as he was once there for them. Presently, Kevin celebrates Hanukkah with Sloane and her family, Kate continues to pursue her big surgery and someone from William's past reappears in his life.

star 8.09
4,977 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
Writers: Donald Todd
Songbird Road (1)

#14 - Songbird Road (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 22, 2019

Rebecca and the Big Three reckon with secrets Jack kept from them. Jack's Vietnam story continues to be revealed.

star 8.08
1,065 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Kevin Falls, Tim O'Brien
Number One

#15 - Number One

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2017

Kevin goes back to his high school to accept an award. Jack and Rebecca get excited about their kids' futures.

star 8.08
2,475 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: K.J. Steinberg
That'll Be the Day

#16 - That'll Be the Day

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 23, 2018

Kevin helps Randall and Beth with a project. Kate contemplates a big gift for Toby. Jack and Rebecca talk about their future.

star 8.06
2,094 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Don Roos, Kay Oyegun
Three Sentences

#17 - Three Sentences

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 24, 2017

Jack and Rebecca get in over their heads when they decide to throw Kate, Kevin and Randall three separate parties for their 10th birthday. Randall struggles to make time for William as things intensify at the office. Kevin makes a major decision in his romantic life. Kate's gastric bypass journey takes an unexpected turn.

star 8.05
4,562 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Bekah Brunstetter, Joe Lawson
Jack Pearson's Son

#18 - Jack Pearson's Son

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 14, 2017

As Kevin stresses about the premiere of his play, he receives support from an unexpected source. Randall struggles under the pressure of both his work and ailing father. Rebecca and Jack's Valentine's Day doesn't go as planned.

star 8.05
4,630 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
Strangers

#19 - Strangers

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2019

Jack meets Rebecca’s parents. New characters are introduced.

star 8.04
894 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Dan Fogelman
The Wedding

#20 - The Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 13, 2018

The Pearsons come together to celebrate Kate and Toby's wedding. Wedding planners Kevin and Randall struggle to pull off the big day. Kate is flooded with memories of Jack. Deja struggles to adjust to her new living situation.

star 8.04
1,797 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker
Number Three

#21 - Number Three

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 28, 2017

Randall and Beth are faced with a hard choice. Jack takes Randall on a college tour.

star 8.04
2,311 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Shukree Hassan Tilghman
The Pool

#22 - The Pool

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 18, 2016

Rebecca and Jack take Kevin, Kate, and Randall to the community pool on a hot day and quickly realize each child is going through their own struggles. Kevin auditions for his first Broadway play in New York and meets a determined actress who is less than impressed by him. Toby runs into his ex-wife while at a restaurant with Kate, which sends Kate into a spiral of self-doubt. William is mistakenly reported as a loiterer in Randall's predominately white neighborhood, which exposes deep-rooted issues of race.

star 8.03
5,562 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Donald Todd
The Game Plan

#23 - The Game Plan

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 25, 2016

Jack and Rebecca argue about the idea of starting a family; the story behind the family's love for the Pittsburgh Steelers is revealed; Kevin discovers that the script for his part in the play is relevant to his own life.

star 8.02
5,474 votes
Directors: George Tillman
Writers: Joe Lawson
The Big Day

#24 - The Big Day

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 2017

As the birth date of her triplets quickly approaches, a frazzled and emotional Rebecca forgets Jack's birthday. Dr. K struggles with the loss of his wife and wonders how he'll be able to continue on with his life without her. Joe - the firefighter who delivered baby Randall to the hospital - fights to save his marriage.

star 8.02
4,226 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Laura Kenar
The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning

#25 - The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2018

Kevin arrives at the Ville his father served in. Kate pursues a new opportunity. Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother.

star 8.01
1,101 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Shukree Hassan Tilghman