If you're looking to add some funny to your Wednesday evenings, then you should definitely be watching Blackish. When I tell you this has become one of my favorite shows, I am not exaggerating. The casting for this show is perfect starring my favorite Girlfriend Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson, and Laurence Fishburne. Maybe it's just me, but I did not know how funny Laurence Fishburne was, since we see him most often in serious roles. So, I was going to try to describe the plot of this show in my own words for those who have not seen it, but the network does a great job, here:
Andre 'Dr' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the 'burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.
I couldn't have explained it better. One thing that I love about the show is how each episode tackles real life issues concerning the parents, Ross and Anderson, and their millennial children. A few topics that have been addressed are spanking, the sex talk, balancing family and work lives, and cultural identity. I can't lie, I thought that every episode would present racial relations between Blacks and other races at the forefront based on the name, and it doesn't. It's just as it says in the description above. One of the funniest episodes was the pilot, when Andre is trying to understand why his son, Andre Jr., is having people call him Andy. Andre Jr. replies that it makes him more approachable (whatever that means). Oh, and he wants to have bar mitzvah, and adapt to a Jewish name! These kids are quick-witted, and definitely have minds of their own. You have to watch out for the sneaky twins, Jack and Diane, and the sassy teenager in Zoey. I've said this several times on social media, but watching this show is like seeing Joan Clayton (Ross' character on the show Girlfriends) all grown up, and married with children, a total contrast from her previous character, and I love it! Fishburne is tons of funny, butting into Andre and Rainbow's parenting, giving them advice.
Have you been tuning in? If not, will you be?
Catch Blackish on ABC Wednesday nights at 9:30pm or watch it online on the network's website. Check your local listings for show times.