Maybe you started watching This Is Us because you craved a new drama. Maybe you missed Parenthood or couldn’t resist Milo Ventimiglia Sterling K. Brown. Whatever the reason, millions of viewers tuned in for NBC’s breakout drama of the 2016-2017 season, and the Pearsons became the most adored family on American television.

Season 2 returns in a few days, so here are the best episodes to watch (and rewatch) before we dive back in.

1. Episode 1, “Pilot”

Meet the Big Three: Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown). They’re all turning 36, and so is Jack (Milo Ventimglia) back in 1980 while wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) goes into labor. Back in the quaint fall of 2016, Hillary Clinton was running for President and we didn’t know that this was the story of one family over the years.

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