A Manny-Splendored Thing

THIS IS US: Season Two

Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
Air Date:10/03/2017

What You Need To Know:

In “A Manny-Splendored Thing,” Kevin is asked to make a return appearance on “The Manny” for their 100th episode. When the producer tries to humiliate him, Sophie helps Kevin rise above the situation, and he performs well. Kate receives her first singing opportunity, and Rebecca and Toby both come to watch. Afterwards, Kate gets angry with Rebecca for her perceived criticism of Kate, and the two have an argument. Toby helps to smooth things over. Randall worries about his ability to handle the potential problems that might occur when fostering an older child with a troubled past. Jack admits his problem with alcohol to his teenage daughter, Kate, and has Rebecca, his wife, take him to an AA meeting.

“A Manny-Splendored Thing” addresses the concept of rising above life’s hardships to become “The Bigger Man.” Randall and Kevin each work through their fears of failure. Kate deals with her pent-up bitterness toward her mother. Finally, Jack admits his alcohol problem and takes positive steps toward overcoming it. While the struggles experienced by the characters are relatable, the show’s content is mature in nature and it is therefore caution is advised.


(BB, CC, LL, N, AA, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong moral, redemptive worldview with references to honesty, love, loyalty, reconciliation, and an emphasis on the value of family, marriage, and the father/daughter and mother/daughter relationship;

Foul Language:
  Strong language with 11 obscenities (six “h” words, three “d” words, two “a” words), and two light profanities;

  No violence;

  No sex scenes or sexual immorality as several married couples kiss, an unmarried couple kisses, and an engaged couple kiss;

  Upper male nudity when man wears only his underwear;

Alcohol Use:
  Man pours alcohol into his coffee, man drinks whiskey, wine is mentioned, a man attends AA meetings, and a man struggles with alcoholism;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking or drug use, but drug addiction is mentioned but not condoned; and, 

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Some anger, jealousy, bitterness, deception.


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