New York Mag's Vulture Blog has a great pre-season prep sheet to tell you how you'll feel after watching each episode "so you don’t make the mistake of, say, planning to see a comedy show after watching an episode that requires ten boxes of Kleenex to get through."
Here's their rundown:
Episode 1, "East of Dillon": Disoriented.
Episode 2, "After the Fall": Uplifted, but still fundamentally concerned.
Episode 3, "In the Skin of a Lion": Stressed.
Episode 4, "A Sort of Homecoming": Uplifted, but still fundamentally concerned.
Episode 5, "The Son": Depression, sadness, despair, leading to cathartic super-cry.
Episode 6, "Stay": Optimistic, then realistic about the fate of high-school love.
Episode 7, "In the Bag": Anxious.
Episode 8, "The Toilet Bowl": Wishing Tammy Taylor were your mother.
Episode 9, "The Lights in Carroll Park": Uplifted, but still fundamentally concerned (about one character in particular).
Episode 10, "I Can't": Emotionally drained, wiped out, annihilated.
Episode 11, "Injury List": Frustrated, angry, overly involved
Episode 12. "Laboring": Just fundamentally concerned.
Episode 13, "Thanksgiving": Ecstatic, and then confused that you’re not more ecstatic.
SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS WATCH THIS SHOW. TONIGHT. NBC. DO IT OR REGRET IT FOREVER.
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose... (you'd understand if you WATCHED THE SHOW).