‘Black-ish’: What Critics Say
ABC’s newest family comedy “Black-ish” will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne, the show is about a father trying to establish his growing family’s identity by honoring their heritage and history, while learning to embrace the future. Find out what critics have to say about “Black-ish” in the round-up below.
The Chicago Sun-Times gave the show a rating of two and a half stars out of four and found it to have a promising concept.
TV Line acknowledged that there were some silly parts, especially with the subplots in the pilot episode. But the critic has enjoyed the show and described Anderson as entertaining. The critic also loved Fishburne’s participation, and hoped that there would be more of him moving forward. Overall, “Black-ish” does fit best with a lead-in like “Modern Family.”
The Kansas City Star thought that the show has a clever premise but described the entertainment as fluffy, which isn’t exactly bad because it’s a comedy after all. The critic also saw that “Black-ish” is up to the challenge of becoming that kind of show that features a likeable minority family.
Entertainment Weekly gave “Black-ish” a grade of B, describing the series as “good-ish,” and also called it funny, but hardly revolutionary. The critic also noticed the great chemistry between the two lead stars, Anderson and Ross.
Boston Globe gave the show high marks with an A-. But while the critic isn’t hooked to the series yet, the ambitious production should complement “Modern Family” well, especially when it comes to bringing diversity.
Grantland thought that the show is pretty clever and the critic was glad that there’s a show like this that lets viewers ask tough questions about one’s identity and heritage. The critic would also like to see how far this show can sustain the premise.
Philadelphia Daily News welcomed the entry of “Black-ish” in ABC’s Wednesday programming and liked the similarities as well as the differences between “Modern Family.”
Catch the first ever episode of “Black-ish” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at 9:30 p.m. on ABC and see if you agree with the critics. Check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the recap later.
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