To put it simply,
This Is Us is a show about relationships. With boundless patience, the show examines interpersonal relationships from every possible angle. We see, for example, why Rebecca was motivated to give Randall extra attention growing up, and why Kevin responded with such pent-up resentment.
In addition to inter-Pearson dynamics,
This Is Us deftly peers into monogamous pairings (and failings). From William and Jesse to Sophie and Kevin, This Is Us shows couples at every stage.
But something we can all agree on? Some of ‘em are better than others. Here’s the definitive ranking of the couples of
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9. Kevin & Olivia
Or, should we say, Kevin and She Who Must Not Be Named? Kevin is so concerned with exceeding Olivia's expectations that he doesn't realize she isn't worth working for in the first place. Their relationship is adversarial at best, toxic at worst.
8. Kate & Toby
know we have a lot of feelings about Kate and Toby. At first, like Kate, we were charmed by Toby's grand gestures and quick humor. However, their extremely accelerated relationship has since morphed into an messy mix of miscommunication (and potentially stalker-like tendencies). What Kate and Toby desperately need is some time to get to know one another, especially before getting married. More
7. Kevin & Sloane
For a second there, we thought the playwright ingenue would be a good fit for Kevin. But at that time in his life, Kevin was only concerned with one person — himself. So, Sloane, be a free bird. Go
find someone who appreciates your intellect and cool glasses without making you feel bad that you're not a British villain. More
6. Kevin & Sophie
Kevin and Sophie are the most
recently formed couple of the show, but second to Jack and Rebecca, they’ve actually been together for the longest.
So far, it seems that Sophie tempers Kevin’s hot-air-balloon of an ego and makes him a more thoughtful, considerate person. Now
that's the mark of a good relationship. But will their second chance at love be able to withstand Kevin's career ambitions? Only time will tell. More
5. Miguel & Rebecca
Miguel and Rebecca have the
most mysterious relationship of the show, and quite possibly the most resilient. There are too many questions surrounding the relationship's inception for us to be judgmental, but Rebecca's kids certainly are. While the ice between Miguel and the Pearson kids has recently thawed, years of Miguel discrimination certainly couldn't have been easy for the pair. More
4. Young Sophie & Young Kevin
Ah, young love. Young Sophie and Young Kevin are children, and thus are immune from
This Is Us relationship killers like ex-boyfriends in jazz bands, showing up to fat camp, and dramatic love triangles. Instead, their relationship is composed of dress-up and adorable gestures. Take us back to second grade, now, pretty please. Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock More
3. Rebecca & Jack
Jack and Rebecca's generous, expansive, joyful connection is at the heart of this show. Their love story follows a familiar path, beginning as playful passion and tempering into a mundane routine of child care and chores. Still, Jack and Rebecca constantly manage to appreciate life's daily joys, and truly seem to enjoy their children.
That said, their relationship is marked by
impulsive decisions(Jack buying Rebecca a house without asking) and petty resentment (Jack's anger at Rebecca for going on tour). More
2. William & Jesse
Though their circumstances were far from ideal, William and Jesse
made the bes t of the little time they had left together.
The aging pair mastered the most difficult skill of a mature relationship: open and honest communication. At an NA meeting, Jesse publicly verbalizes his hurt at William’s disappearance. Following that expunging of emotion, William and Jesse can enjoy whatever time they have together. Their feelings, and the reality of their relationship, were always out in the open.
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1. Beth & Randall
All hail the best marriage on television, possibly in the history of television.
From their soccer-watching strategy to their mutual support through various stages of parental loss, Beth and Randall have the
whole "marriage" thing down pat. Beth and Randall celebrate the high moments with gratitude and appreciation, and the low ones with lots of patience and understanding. They're also well acquainted with each other's foibles and shortcomings, and handle them without resentment.
Beth and Randall win at
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