This Is Us Scores Full Season Pickup at NBC!!

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This Is Us is here to stay!

NBC has ordered a full season of 18 episodes of the new, highly acclaimed family drama from Dan Fogelman, which airs it's second episode tonight.

While 18 episodes is less than the traditional order of 22, Fogelman had originally planned the story on shorter seasons, so this isn't due to a lack of confidence, but in writer preference.

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“We are thrilled. This order for a complete first season of 18 episodes is exactly what we’d wanted and hoped for,” Fogelman said.

“We’d carefully mapped out an 18-chapter story for the first year of the show, and this allows us to follow through with our exact initial intent."

"And to get the order so early on is a tremendous show of confidence and a boost for our entire cast and crew.”

“It’s a rare moment in this business when a show so instantly delivers both critical acclaim and hit ratings, but This Is Us is just such an extraordinary achievement,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.

“Creator Dan Fogelman, along with co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and the gifted producers, cast and crew, has delivered the kind of heart and depth that resonates with every segment of the audience, and we’re proud to extend its presence on our schedule.”

Birth Father - This Is Us Season 1 Episode 1

If you recall, and are probably sick of hearing by now, This Is Us started making waves when its trailer was first released and quickly had an unprecedented amount of viewings, most of which were on Facebook.

Eventually garnering over 100 million views, we wondered if the success of the trailer would have any indication as to the success of the premiere.

The premiere was good, delivering both emotional and genuinely funny moments from a drama that didn't stand on some sort of destructive moment. 

It was well received not only by critics, but by the audience, becoming one of the most watched premieres, and picking up more viewers with DVR numbers afterward.

The timing of the premiere of This Is Us also worked out very well as one of the series stars, Sterling K. Brown, won an Emmy Award just two days prior for his work on The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.

If you haven't watched the premiere yet, you have some time. It's a wonderful drama full of heart. Make sure you watch This Is Us online and come back for the review of This Is Us Season 1 Episode 2 after it airs to join the conversation.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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This Is Us Quotes

Miguel: When I think of your mom and me, I think of the phrase 'written in the stars'. I used to love that expression, the way it meant that the universe had plans for two people. That was your mom and dad, but it wasn't like that for her and me. It was strange. And I was filled with doubt on our wedding day and on a lot of days after that. But as the years went by, I realized that was okay. Some love stories are written in the stars and other love stories are written together: two people the universe had no plans for writing their story in the stars together.

Mom is really sick, Kate. I can't believe this is real, that this is happening. It feels like the world should stop for Mom, you know? And it infuriates me that this is happening to us and the world is going on, people are living like nothing's going on.