The Best Episodes of This Is Us

Last Updated: May 13, 2018

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 8.51
1,562 votes
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#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
4,080 votes
Directors: John Requa
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The Fifth Wheel

#3 - The Fifth Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 8.23
1,690 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
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What Now?

#4 - 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
4,127 votes
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The Car

#5 - 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 8.21
1,483 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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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 8.19
1,256 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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That'll Be the Day

#7 - 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 8.19
1,594 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
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#8 - 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
6,843 votes
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Pilgrim Rick

#9 - 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
4,561 votes
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Last Christmas

#10 - 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
4,515 votes
Directors: Helen Hunt
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The Trip

#11 - 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
4,415 votes
Directors: Uta Briesewitz
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Three Sentences

#12 - 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
4,044 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
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Number One

#13 - 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 8.09
1,944 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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Number Three

#14 - Number Three

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 8.09
1,794 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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Jack Pearson's Son

#15 - 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 8.08
4,154 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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The Big Day

#16 - 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 8.07
3,736 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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The Right Thing to Do

#17 - 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
4,211 votes
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The Most Disappointed Man

#18 - 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 8.04
1,852 votes
Directors: Chris Koch
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The Pool

#19 - 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
5,033 votes
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The Game Plan

#20 - 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
4,949 votes
Directors: George Tillman
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#21 - 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
3,894 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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Career Days

#22 - Career Days

Season 1 - Episode 6

Kate interviews for a new job that seems just about perfect, although it comes with a catch. Randall doubts his career choice and wonders if he followed the right path. Kevin and Olivia's relationship moves in a new direction. Rebecca and Jack are conflicted on what to do when Randall tests as a gifted child.

star 8.00
4,652 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
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Vegas, Baby

#23 - Vegas, Baby

Season 2 - Episode 16

Kate and Toby go to Las Vegas for their bachelor/bachelorette parties. Jack and Rebecca celebrate their anniversary.

star 7.99
1,370 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
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#24 - Kyle

Season 1 - Episode 3

Rebecca makes a surprise visit to Randall's home where she encounters his biological father, William. Kevin anxiously decides to take the plunge and move to New York to pursue a Broadway job, with the expectation that his sister, Kate, will move with him. Toby is determined to get Kate out of Kevin's shadow and prepares a special day where she is in the limelight. Jack and Rebecca take home their babies from the hospital and adjust to the new life of parenthood, while coping with the loss of their other child. Rebecca struggles to connect with their adopted child and searches for answers.

star 7.99
5,189 votes
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Number Two

#25 - Number Two

Season 2 - Episode 9

Kate and Toby's lives take an unexpected turn. Rebecca encourages Kate's singing aspirations.

star 7.98
1,839 votes
Directors: Ken Olin
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