“Black-ish” arrives to ABC on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at 9:30 p.m. The half-hour comedy will join other family-centric shows on this block, such as “Modern Family,” “The Goldbergs” and “The Middle.” Read on to know the five best things about “Black-ish.”
Newbie comedy “Black-ish” is about Andre “Dre” Johnson, the head of a black family living in a predominantly white neighborhood in Los Angeles. With his growing kids, Dre starts to get concerned about whether or not his family is losing their sense of heritage and ethnicity. Are the kids growing up black or black-ish? How different is the world’s view of black people today? How has black people’s view of their own heritage changed?
The potential of the show can be rounded up into these five different reasons:
It has an amazing cast.
Anthony Anderson leads the cast of “Black-ish.” Having worked in various TV and movie projects for the last 20 years, Anderson has an inkling of what works with his audience. He is also the producer of the series, and his character, Dre, may be just the kind of father figure viewers need to see on TV today — cool, funny, but reasonable.
Tracee Elliss Ross plays Rainbow, Dre’s wife. The daughter of the legendary Diana Ross in real life, the actress has some funny chops, and she makes Rainbow complement Dre really well.
Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburne is a semi-regular on the series and plays the grandfather. He doesn’t have a lot of scenes, but when he is in one, he leaves a lasting impression.
The kids who play the Johnson children are quite good too. The younger daughter, Diane, standouts in the pilot episode.
It shows a positive side to being a minority family.
“Black-ish” has been compared to the ’80s series “The Cosby Show,” and this is probably one of the reasons why it works. The series gives viewers a different look into black families — one that’s barely seen on network television these days. Here, we have a well-educated and successful black couple who are raising well-mannered kids.
It touches on socio-politics.
“Black-ish” doesn’t attempt to be preachy, but it does address office politics, social issues and other circumstances that are very real and relevant in a way that’s amusing and not offensive. It’s also a show about figuring out one’s identity and having a sense of belongingness to a race or culture. It lets viewers address whether to embrace or resist the changes happening around them.
It is relatable.
The series features a black family, but every other type of family, no matter their heritage, can relate to what is going on. If you have parents, or kids, or siblings then this show will present some familiar instances to relate to.
It is fun and funny.
The comedy scenes in “Black-ish” are comical and properly executed. The humor is packed with amusing insights, which makes it really a perfect match for the other shows in ABC’s Wednesday lineup.
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