The Best Episodes of This Is Us

Last Updated: Mar 30, 2019

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

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

star 8.49
1,832 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman
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Memphis

#2 - Memphis

Season 1 - Episode 16

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

star 8.40
4,264 votes
Directors: John Requa
Writers: Dan Fogelman
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What Now?

#3 - What Now?

Season 1 - Episode 17

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 8.21
4,304 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: K.J. Steinberg, Vera Herbert
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The Car

#4 - The Car

Season 2 - Episode 15

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 8.19
1,744 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
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The Fifth Wheel

#5 - The Fifth Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 8.18
1,946 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Vera Herbert
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The Wedding

#6 - The Wedding

Season 2 - Episode 18

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 8.16
1,576 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
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Pilot

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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 8.15
7,142 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman
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Songbird Road (1)

#8 - Songbird Road (1)

Season 3 - Episode 11

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

star 8.15
754 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Kevin Falls, Tim O'Brien
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That'll Be the Day

#9 - That'll Be the Day

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.15
1,835 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Kay Oyegun, Don Roos
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Pilgrim Rick

#10 - Pilgrim Rick

Season 1 - Episode 8

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
4,749 votes
Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
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Last Christmas

#11 - Last Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.11
4,698 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
Writers: Donald Todd
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The Trip

#12 - The Trip

Season 1 - Episode 9

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 8.11
4,594 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
Writers: Vera Herbert
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Three Sentences

#13 - Three Sentences

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.10
4,224 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Joe Lawson, Bekah Brunstetter
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Jack Pearson's Son

#14 - Jack Pearson's Son

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 8.09
4,329 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
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Number Three

#15 - Number Three

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.08
2,033 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Shukree Hassan Tilghman
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Number One

#16 - Number One

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 8.08
2,174 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: K.J. Steinberg
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The Big Day

#17 - The Big Day

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.06
3,917 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Laura Kenar
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The Right Thing to Do

#18 - The Right Thing to Do

Season 1 - Episode 11

Kate struggles with her feelings in the aftermath of Toby's heart attack. As William begins to spend more time with Jesse, Randall has to get used to his father's new relationship. After receiving the news they're expecting triplets, Jack and Rebecca must find a way to afford a home that can accommodate three babies. Olivia unexpectedly resurfaces, throwing both Kevin and Sloane for a loop.

star 8.05
4,387 votes
Writers: Aurin Squire
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The Last Seven Weeks

#19 - The Last Seven Weeks

Season 3 - Episode 10

Randall's campaign comes to a close. Kevin meets someone from Zoe's past. Kate and Toby get ready for the baby.

star 8.04
786 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Laura Kenar
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The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning

#20 - The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.04
822 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Shukree Hassan Tilghman
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The Pool

#21 - The Pool

Season 1 - Episode 4

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
5,232 votes
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Donald Todd
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The Most Disappointed Man

#22 - The Most Disappointed Man

Season 2 - Episode 7

Randall adjusts to the foster system. Kate and Toby take the next step in their relationship. Kevin visits Sophie in New York. Jack and Rebecca finalize Randall's adoption.

star 8.03
2,083 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
Writers: Kay Oyegun
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Our Little Island Girl

#23 - Our Little Island Girl

Season 3 - Episode 13

Beth's trip home to care for her mother sparks an unexpected realization.

star 8.02
628 votes
Directors: Anne Fletcher
Writers: Eboni Freeman
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The Game Plan

#24 - The Game Plan

Season 1 - Episode 5

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
5,151 votes
Directors: George Tillman
Writers: Joe Lawson
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Moonshadow

#25 - Moonshadow

Season 1 - Episode 18

In the season finale, Jack heads to Cleveland to make things right with Rebecca on the night of her first big gig with the band. Randall, Kate and Kevin make big decisions about their futures.

star 8.01
4,078 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
Writers: Dan Fogelman, Issac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger
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