You’ve survived summer and all that back-to-school hustle, and we all know what that means . . . 

New episodes of This Is Us are just about here. 

Yessssssss! 

Season 3 of NBC’s hit drama premiers Sept. 25th, and we have so much to catch up on with the Pearson clan. How are newlyweds Kate and Toby settling in to married life? Is Kevin really getting involved with Beth’s cousin, Zoe? What’s in store for Deja (who’s been promoted to a regular character for the upcoming season)? Most importantly, has Rebecca time-traveled to toss that stupid Crock-Pot to the curb before the whole house-fire-smoke-inhalation-Jack-dies-we-all-sob horror?

(Still not over that, sorry.)

While we don’t know what the season will hold for our beloved characters, if seasons 1 and 2 are any indication, we’ll be anxiously following along every week to watch their stories unfold.  

And even though it’s just a TV show (yes, husband, I realize this fact), the characters are imaginary, and the issues this family grapples with are made up, there’s something about This Is Us that cuts right to the heart, isn’t there? Watching an imperfect family struggle with relationships, grief, parenthood—life—all with an undercurrent of love that can’t be shaken? It’s so refreshingly relatable for anyone who’s ever been part of a family (read: all of us), and it’s what keeps us all coming back week after week.

We won’t even have to wait until the fall premier to get reacquainted, either; NBC announced it will air an hourlong special on Sept. 18th, ahead of the following week’s season 3 kickoff. Reports promise a behind-the-scenes look at the show, interviews with its stars, and insights into some of the magic behind the hit show.

As for us in this house, the DVR is already set. 

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn traded a career in local TV news for a gig as a stay-at-home mom, where the days are just as busy and the pay is only slightly worse. She lives in flyover country with her husband and four young kids, and occasionally writes about raising them at Assignment Mom