If you’re not watching This Is Us I don’t even know what to say to you because it’s literally one of the best things to hit the small screen in years. It’s a poignant look at a mixed, adopted family that literally anyone can relate to. Even if you’re family isn’t as complicated as theirs (they have a set of twins and a black adopted brother who also happened to be born on the same day) their struggles with identity, addiction, marriage complications and parenting are so real, it’s hard not to get sucked in to the Pearson’s universe.
That being said, for me there has definitely been a breakout pairing on This Is US and that would be Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson). There are tons of adorable couples on the show, but really none of them hit the exact combination of tenderness and realness that these two capture. Not only is the chemistry straight up undeniable, but their relationship shows us that marriages don’t have to be perfect to be, well… kinda perfect. It’s not a fairytale kind of marriage where they never fight and avoid conflict, they love each other too much for that and it’s so healthy and also weirdly absent in most portrayals of marriage (especially black marriage and love) on television. So, let’s raise a glass to Randall and Beth and all pray that one day we will all be in a relationship as fulfilling and honest as theirs!
That time Beth told Randall to stop his run early so he could, “Burn off the last 5 minutes in another way.”
Beth and Randall keep in spicy, no matter what other drama is going on in their lives. This is a hallmark of a great relationship. They know how important it is to connect, even when the outside feels like it’s creeping in.