In the fall of 2016, the TV show “This Is Us” introduced audiences to the Pearson family, and we were hooked. In the first season, characters Jack and Rebecca Pearson adopted Randall, who was born on the same day that Rebecca gave birth to triplets.
Sterling K. Brown was given named the top drama series actor at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles for his portrayal of Jack Pearson in “This Is Us.” Throughout season 1 of “This Is Us”, fans watched parents Jack and Rebecca navigate the intricacies and occasional awkwardness of parenting an adopted child of a different race than their own. “This Is Us” presents a very real, raw look at some of the issues that transracial adoptive parents have to face in the real world.
“I think folks just enjoy seeing their story told in a way that’s highlighted for a national audience, because often times you feel like you’re just doing this in isolation and people can’t understand what you’re going through, but then you see someone telling your story and you’re like, ‘They get it,’” said Brown in an interview with People Magazine.
He went on: “We had this woman, she’s a young black woman who wrote a book about being a transracial adoptee and she came and talked to our writers before we even started writing so that they could really get inside the ideas and the problems and just concerns that parents have with children of a different race, and I think that we’re getting at least something right, because the response has been overwhelmingly positive and [transracial adoptive parents are] just happy to see their story told.”
“This Is Us” has been more than a TV show to many people, not the least of which are transracial adoptive parents who are thrilled to see such a heartfelt, dedicated performance that shows the realities of their lives on television in a way that has never been done before. These parents are all looking forward to season 2 of the show, where an adult Randall, who was adopted by the Pearson family in season 1, begins to navigate the path of becoming a second generation adoptive parent.