NBC’s hit family drama This Is Us returns for its sixth and final season this month, and the decades-spanning saga about the Pearson clan is still packed with all the twists, tricky timelines and tears you’ve come to expect. If you’re a fan of the show, you already know the basics — and if you’re not, you might want to stop reading until you’ve caught up. There are spoilers ahead!
Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) are the parents of three children, named Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz), who were all born on the same day. The show jumps back and forth through time, introducing us to pivotal Pearson moments from the past, present and future. In this feel-everything drama, the family is touched by tragedies and triumphs that include, but are not limited to, the Vietnam War, drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, emotional trauma, racism, miscarriages, breakups, drunk driving, rehab and a devastating house fire, but also healing, support, adoption, career success, humor, creativity, music and love. As we wind down to the series finale, it’s a great time to take a look back at some of the behind-the-scenes trivia and on-screen moments you may have missed. Break out your tissues!