We are huge fans of This Is Us.
It’s not quite as good as Parenthood, another ensemble family drama. But This Is Us does its job filling the hole Parenthood left behind. Sure, it is schmaltzy and cheesy at times – but something feel good is exactly what we need right now during these troubling times. We aren’t the only one who think this way. Ratings for the hour-long NBC drama have been through the roof. It was also nominated for a bunch of Golden Globes, including Best Television Series in the drama category.
Obviously, we were already fans before this happened but now we have one more reason to watch every week. In the fall finale, they gayed up things quite a bit by giving one of the main character’s a same-sex love interest. Super random, the twist really caught us by surprise but weren’t disappointed. A queer central character is something that Parenthood lacked. They didn’t have one until Sarah Ramos’ character came out in the Season 5 finale.
In the This Is Us episode, Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) biological father, William (Ron Cephas Jones), is revealed to have been romantically involved with Jesse (Denis O’Hare). Up until now, we totally assumed William was straight and so did Randall. Randall has trouble figuring this out, until his daughter’s Tess (Eris Baker) matter of fact explanation: “Dad… Grandpa’s gay! Or at least bi.”
You know Denis O’Hare from his stand-out performances in the American Horror Story series. At the Emmys, he was nominated twice for his performances in the franchise. He has won numerous other accolades for his work on screen and on stage.
The New York Post caught up with the out actor in anticipation of the series’ return tonight. “I’ve done two [episodes],” O’Hare answers about whether his character will be sticking around. “I love the show. I love Sterling. And I watched it because Chrissy Metz was in American Horror Story: Freak Show. I love what they’re doing structurally. It’s refreshing in the age of cynicism to have a show about sentiment and people’s hunger for meaning.”
So why is no one really talking about this plot twist? Maybe the fact that this change of events wasn’t that newsworthy is true equality. Like the way Randall’s daughter explains to her dad, being gay or bi really ain’t no big deal at all.