The Big Three


What You Need To Know:

“The Big Three” is the second episode of NBC’s series of THIS IS US. Rebecca and Jack are shown having marital difficulties due to Jack’s struggle with alcohol. Kate and Toby have grown closer, but Kate continues to struggle with losing weight despite her dieting and exercising. Kevin is informed that he’s contractually obligated to remain on the sitcom for two more years, but he chooses to leave the sitcom anyway to pursue theater in New York. Kevin calls Randall for advice, acknowledging that the strained relationship that has existed between them since childhood is his fault. Meanwhile, Randall and his family continue to get to know his biological father, William.

“The Big Three” continues to endear the show’s characters to the viewer and presents their struggles in an honest, gripping way. It tugs at the viewer’s heartstrings. Struggles with body acceptance, marital unity and familial relationships are relatable and the show’s continuing emphasis on love for and loyalty to family is refreshing. The second episode of THIS IS US, however, continues to have some foul language, lewd content, and references to substance abuse.


(BB, C, LL, S, N, AA, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong moral worldview with references to forgiveness and loyalty and an emphasis on the value of family, marriage, and children;

Foul Language:
Nine obscenities and five light profanities;

  No violence;

  Mild sexuality with two couples shown kissing, man refers to himself as a “whore,” a man makes several sexual references and mentions making out, heavy petting, and that he wants to go to bed with a woman;

  Mild nudity with a man shown exercising shirtless;

Alcohol Use:
  Strong alcohol content with two men shown drinking at a bar, a man struggles with alcoholism, drinks are served at a party, and a woman and a man purposely get drunk;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking, a man is said to have been a crack-addict, a man mentions having done drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Children tease a boy for being black and adopted into a white family, some anger expressed;


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Quality: - Content: +1
Quality: - Content: +1