'Black-ish' Review: A Comedy Worth Your Time Regardless of Your Race
By Leanne Aguilera
Every TV fan knows that Fall is the most overwhelming season of the year. Why? One very simple reason: Too many shows and too little time. So we at ETonline are reviewing each and every one of the new fall TV shows to bring you our reviews on the good, the bad, the adorable and the just plain horrible.
When It Airs: Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.
The Biggest Stars:Anthony Anderson — aka that guy who you have seen in almost everything (Transformers, Law and Order, etc.) takes the lead in this breath-of-fresh-air comedy as Andre Johnson. Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends) stars as Andre's wife and Laurence Fishburn (The Matrix, CSI) plays Andre's Pops. (Actual name TBD…)
Here's What You Need to Know:Black-ish follows the hilarious patriarch of the Johnson family, Andre, a successful businessman who worries that in order to provide a better life for his family than he had, he has lost some of his cultural identity as a black man. Now he's on a mission to balance his kids' urge to blend in to the culture of their classmates, while still keeping them rooted in his idea of black culture. Essentially all you need to know is, Black-ish is the new Modern Family, and we think it's about time that we have an all-black cast on a network comedy. Between all five of the big networks, it seems like we've seen each and every family comedy combination under the sun, but with one glaring similarity: They all feature a primarily white cast.
It's true that I may be a mid-twenties white female who enjoys farmers markets and picking out Instagram filters, however my race did not change the fact that I genuinely laughed out loud while watching the first episode of Black-ish. Comedy does not have a color, and if a show is legitimately funny, which Black-ish is, then audiences should tune in. At the very least, it's refreshing to see a family comedy tackle a different perspective than the dozens of others already out there.
If You Like… To laugh, then you will most definitely want to tune into Black-ish. (This is normally the part in the review where we compare the new series to existing shows on the air, however Black-ish is so unique that we don’t think it needs a comparison. It's a funny comedy, plain and simple.)
Our Review in .GIF Form:
Bottom Line: In a pilot season that is filled with cookie-cutter romantic comedies and dramedies that are neither funny nor compelling, Black-ish truly shines. It's a series that should have been created many years ago, but we say, better late than never.
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