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The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'

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List RulesVote up your favorite episodes of This Is Us to air.

There are so many good episodes of This Is Us, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "What Now?" the best, or is "Super Bowl Sunday" your favorite episode of This Is Us? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of This Is Us are, let's rank every This Is Us episode from all seasons best to worst.

This Is Us follows the stories of a unique set of triplets, their struggles, and their wonderful parents by weaving moments from different periods in their lives to show the depth of their story. This Is Us, which premiered on NBC on September 20, 2016, received ten Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, in 2017 and many of the shows actors have won awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of This Is Us, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one This Is Us episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 1
     Super Bowl Sunday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Super Bowl Sunday

    February 4, 2018

    Season 2, Episode 14

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

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     Memphis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Memphis

    February 21, 2017

    Season 1, Episode 16

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

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     The Pool is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Pool

    October 18, 2016

    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.

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     Pilot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Pilot

    September 20, 2016

    Season 1, Episode 1

    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.

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     Number One is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Number One

    November 14, 2017

    Season 2, Episode 8

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

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     The Car is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Car

    February 6, 2018

    Season 2, Episode 15

    Rebecca finds solace with an old friend as the Pearsons struggle to cope with tragedy. Jack teaches Kevin and Randall to drive.

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     The Big Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Big Day

    January 17, 2017

    Season 1, Episode 12

    As the birth date of her triplets quickly approaches, a frazzled and emotional Rebecca forgets Jack's birthday. Dr. Katowski 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.

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     The Fifth Wheel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Fifth Wheel

    January 9, 2018

    Season 2, Episode 11

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

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    Pilgrim Rick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Pilgrim Rick

    November 22, 2016

    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.

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     Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Vietnam

    October 16, 2018

    Season 3, Episode 4

    A young Jack makes a decision that will impact the course of his life.

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    Jack Pearson's Son is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Jack Pearson's Son

    February 14, 2017

    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. Toby and Kate decide to dig deep and get to know each other's biggest secrets.

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     So Long, Marianne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    So Long, Marianne

    November 19, 2019

    Season 4, Episode 9

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

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     Our Little Island Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Our Little Island Girl

    February 19, 2019

    Season 3, Episode 13

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

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     Moonshadow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Moonshadow

    March 14, 2017

    Season 1, Episode 18

    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.

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  • 15
     Six Thanksgivings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Six Thanksgivings

    November 20, 2018

    Season 3, Episode 8

    The Pearsons have an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner. In the past, Jack, Rebecca and the big three spend Thanksgiving with Miguel.

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     The Last Seven Weeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Last Seven Weeks

    January 15, 2019

    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.

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     Songbird Road: Part One (1) is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Season 3, Episode 11

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

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    Strangers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Strangers

    September 24, 2019

    Season 4, Episode 1

    Jack and Rebecca grow closer and he meets Rebecca's parents. New characters are introduced, including Cassidy and Malik.

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     R & B is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    R & B

    March 26, 2019

    Season 3, Episode 17

    A history of Beth and Randall through the ages.

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     The Wedding is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    The Wedding

    March 13, 2018

    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.

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     What Now? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    What Now?

    March 7, 2017

    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.

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     Nine Bucks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Nine Bucks

    September 25, 2018

    Season 3, Episode 1 

    Big changes are afoot for Kate, Kevin and Randall as they celebrate their 38th birthday. Jack and Rebecca go on their first date. Deja turns a corner.

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     Sometimes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Sometimes

    November 13, 2018

    Season 3, Episode 7

    Kevin and Zoe land in Vietnam. In the past, Jack and Rebecca take a road trip to Los Angeles. Jack's war story continues to be revealed.

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    A Hell of a Week: Part Two is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    Season 4, Episode 12

    Kevin revisits his past and questions his future.

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    That'll Be the Day is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of 'This Is Us'
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    That'll Be the Day

    January 23, 2018

    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.

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