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How to watch This Is Us in the US, UK and abroad

Watch NBC tear-jerker This Is Us wherever you are in the world

When This Is Us first appeared on screens back in 2016, the placid TV-watching population didn’t know what had hit them.

The family-centred comedy-drama is known is known to be a real tear-jerker, with critics praising the “full-tilt heartstring-tugging family drama”.

Following the lives of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) and their utterly different triplets Kevin, Kate and Randall, This Is Us is a family epic that flits between generations, following the so-called “Big Three” through childhood, adolescence and adult life.

With its non-linear storyline and rich tapestry of individual narratives, This Is Us is filled with humanity, joy and, yes, bouts of tragedy. Just the right side of mawkish, watchers should prepare for one heck of an emotional rollercoaster.

Nor surprisingly, the show has been nominated for a string of awards since 2016. Whether you’re a first-time watcher or an avid “Big Three” fan wanting to revisit the Emmy-nominated show, here’s your guide to watching This Is Us, no matter where you are in the world.

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How to watch This Is Us in the UK: Amazon Prime

If you live in the UK, then you’ll be happy to know that you can start watching This Is Us on Amazon Prime Video. The big caveat is that only seasons one and two are available on Amazon Prime UK at the moment.

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While it’s likely season three will be added to the Amazon Prime roster in the near future, if you want to watch season three of Kevin, Kate and Randall’s exploits right now, you’ll need to turn elsewhere.

Meanwhile, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member if you want to watch This Is Us on the platform. There are three options to get Amazon Prime Video. You can get an Amazon Prime membership, which costs £7.99/mth, or £79/yr, which works out cheaper. Apart from access to Amazon Prime Video, this includes unlimited one-day delivery on thousands of products, unlimited photo storage and even free access to Amazon’s free music streaming service. Alternatively, you could get Amazon Prime Video only for £5.99/mth.

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How to watch This Is Us in the UK: Channel 4

As for when UK viewers will be able to watch the latest episodes, Channel 4 reportedly owns the rights to This Is Us season three. However, they haven’t yet disclosed when new episodes will be aired, so, for now, we’re playing the waiting game.

One could hazard an educated guess that season three will be aired in late summer or early autumn: September is “pilot season”, which means new US shows usually debut around this time. That period where the fun and games – not to mention holidaying – of summer ends and viewers enter their autumnal nesting period makes for an optimum airing window. Watch this space.

How to watch This is Us in the US: Amazon Prime

American residents have fours ways to watch This Is Us – Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, NBC and DirecTV Now.

All three seasons of This Is Us are available on Amazon Prime Video. While seasons one and two are included with your Prime Video membership and therefore available to stream for free, season three is available to purchase.

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Fans can buy episodes individually, at $1.99 a pop for standard definition and $2.99 for HD, or they can by the SD or HD seasons in full for $9.99 each (we’d advise going with HD as it’s the same price, but to each their own).

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How to watch This Is Us in the US: Hulu

The second way to watch This Is Us if you live Stateside is on the popular streaming service, Hulu. Prospective users can sign up for a one-month free trial, with the service costing $5.99 per month thereafter. Subscribers will get access to a wealth of other premium shows and films, including I, Tonya, The Handmaid’s Tale and Castle Rock.

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How to watch This Is Us in the US: NBC

Another way to watch This Is Us in the US is to go back to where it all began, on US TV channel NBC. Access on this platform is dependent on whether or not you have a cable subscription; if you do, you’ll be able to watch the show as it’s aired live here.

How to watch This Is Us in the US: DirecTV Now

If you’re not signed up to Amazon Prime or Hulu – and you don’t have a cable TV subscription – you can sign up to a DirecTV Now subscription in order to get access to This Is Us.

While the subscription, at $50/mth, comes with a hefty price tag, users get a seven-day free trial period. This means you can do a quick binge of show before having time to cancel if you decide the service isn’t for you. Although at 18 episodes per season, you’ll be in for a long stretch on the sofa.

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How to watch This Is Us in Canada: Netflix

It’s rare that a particular TV series – let alone a fairly popular one – is only available in one country on Netflix, so Canadians can count themselves lucky in that regard. At present, only the first two seasons of This Is Us are available.

Still, if you’re looking to check and see if this show is something you’ll like, then we recommend getting an ExpressVPN subscription, connecting to a Canadian server, then logging into your Netflix account to start streaming the Emmy-award winning show.

How to watch This is Us abroad: Use a VPN

There are two reasons why you may want to use a VPN to watch This Is Us: if you’re travelling abroad and want to access your local streaming service from abroad, or if you live in a country that doesn’t broadcast the popular TV show where you live.

Good VPN services, like the ones we’ve mentioned below, will give you access to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu in any country you want, regardless of where you live. Here are our Big Three VPNs so you can always get your fix of the Big Three.

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Express VPN

The fastest service we’ve reviewed, ExpressVPN comes with 24/7 customer support and online tutorials, so you’ll never get stuck setting it up or troubleshooting. It’s one of only two VPNs we’ve reviewed that have had their entire service audited to prove that they don’t have any records of what you do when you’re using the VPN. You can use it on five devices, making it a great choice for your family or a group of friends.

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Surfshark VPN

Surfshark has ridiculously low prices – it’s available from just £1.59/mth. The company’s focus on privacy and security is a welcome one, plus the service can be used on unlimited devices and supports Netflix, iPlayer and torrents to boot. It gives you access to seven different Netflix libraries, including Canada, which means you can watch the first two seasons of This Is Us.

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Nord VPN

NordVPN is a quick and hassle-free service, which offers a seven-day trial period for prospective buyers and lets you encrypt your connection on up to six devices. It’s also got superior data-protection standards, having been independently audited by a major Big Four firm – like ExpressVPN – to prove it doesn’t log or store any user data when you’re using it.

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