Black-ish welcomes a new family member in a fast-paced finale

This season of Black-ish has been a mixed bag. It featured excellent episodes like “Lemons” and “Being Bow-racial,” while also giving us muddled episodes like “Richard Youngsta.” Naturally, this season was going to be more political given the state of the world right now, but it’s fair to say that season three of …

Black-ish looks at its own self-righteousness

Black-ish is back after a short break! “ToysRn’tUs” is a great return to form for the show. It feels like a typical Black-ish episode––Dre and Bow get caught up in a political fury while the kids do their own thing––but “ToysRn’tUs” turns Black-ish’s critical eye on itself. After Diane receives a white doll for her…

The Black-ish kids are growing the fuck up

A thorough and interesting family plot? Dre delicately walking the line between overreacting and moralizing? And a history lesson that’s meaningful without being heavy-handed? “One Angry Man” is Black-ish refocusing after a series of “special moment” episodes. It’s an improvement from last week’s episode that forced…

Black-ish focuses on brotherhood in the midst of loss

In this season of Black-ish, the show has addressed some of its heaviest themes. When “I’m A Survivor” begins, it seems as though we’re going to get another difficult episode. Perhaps, one that explores the difficulty of having adulthood forced upon you when you grow up poor and black. Maybe, it would be an episode on…

Colorism and interracial dating bring the “ish” in Black-ish into focus

This Black-ish review is late. It’s incredibly late because this was a complex episode to approach. As soon as the cold open ended with Bow’s disdainful expression as she saw Junior’s white girlfriend, my phone started going off. My mom texted, “Wow, they’re really gonna do this?” From a distance, “Being Bow-racial”…

Black-ish is thankful for aunts in a sister-focused episode

Black-ish has always been an amazing show because of its ability to capture honest nuances and dynamics within the black family. “Auntsgiving” is the perfect example of this as it pays tribute to one of the most important figures in black families––the aunt. The ”cool because they’re not your mom, but don’t you dare…

On Black-ish, the Johnsons need each other

All of the Johnsons have to deal with some serious revelations in “The Leftovers,” an episode as sweet as two scoops of ice cream but not so sweet that it’ll kill you like that third scoop. It all started with a family viewing of The Lion King—which seems to happen a lot based on everyone’s reactions. Diane requests…

Watch Tracee Ellis Ross recreate her mom’s “Work That Body” video

Though it’s not generally common knowledge, Tracee Ellis Ross is Diana Ross’ daughter. But with Black-ish, Tracee is doing well enough for herself that she isn’t simply known as Diana’s daughter—a pretty big accomplishment since this is Diana Ross we’re talking about. But sometimes you have to pay homage.

Black-ish: “Pops’ Pops’ Pops”

Grading “Elephant In The Room” turned out to be remarkably challenging. It didn’t feel like a grade-A episode of Black-ish, even as I struggled to determine why it wasn’t, and what it was missing that could have elevated it to unqualified greatness. Choosing a grade for “Pops’ Pops’ Pops” comes with its own…

Black-ish: “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell”

Based on a synopsis of “Please Don’t Ask, Please Don’t Tell,” I went into the episode braced for the worst, expecting to hate it intensely. As the cold open progressed, I was grateful I’d done the preparation. Andre starts with the blanket statement that black people don’t like talking about the gay and lesbian…