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Genre Sitcom
Created by Kenya Barris
Narrated by Anthony Anderson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21–22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • ABC Studios
  • Wilmore Films
  • Cinema Gypsy Productions
  • Principato-Young Entertainment
Original channel ABC
Picture format 1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel
Original run September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) – present
External links
Official website

Black-ish (stylized as blackish) is an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, that debuted on ABC during the 2014–15 television season.[1][2] The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family.[3] The series premiered on September 24, 2014.[4][5][6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast

  • Anthony Anderson as Andre 'Dre' Johnson Sr., an African-American advertising executive
  • Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson, who is Dre's wife. She is a mixed-race anesthesiologist[7] who was raised by hippies
  • Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Dre and Rainbow's fifteen-year-old daughter. She is a popular student who is obsessed with social media.
  • Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Dre and Rainbow's thirteen-year-old son. He is a so-called "nerd" who is confused by the world around him
  • Miles Brown as Jack, Dre and Rainbow's six-year-old son, who idolizes his father
  • Marsai Martin as Diane, Dre and Rainbow's six-year-old daughter. She and Jack are twins, and Diane considers herself smarter and more mature than Jack

Recurring cast

  • Laurence Fishburne as Earl "Pops" Johnson, Dre's father[8][9][10]
  • Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens, Dre's boss
  • Jeff Meacham as Josh, Dre's co-worker
  • Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy, Dre's co-worker
  • Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Dre's mother[11]
  • Raven-Symoné as Rhonda, Dre's sister who is a lesbian but is not yet comfortable discussing her sexuality

Development and production[edit]

Black-ish first appeared on the development slate at ABC in October 2013, when it was reported that the project, which would star Anthony Anderson, had received a script commitment.[12] On January 16, 2014, ABC greenlit the pilot episode.[13] Two weeks later, Larry Wilmore joined the show as showrunner.[14] In mid-February, Laurence Fishburne was cast as the father of Anderson's character, and Tracee Ellis Ross signed on as the female lead.[15][16][17]

On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to series for the 2014–15 television season.[1][2] A few days later, Anderson announced that Larry Wilmore would be stepping down as showrunner early in the show's run due to his forthcoming late night show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.[18]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" James Griffiths Kenya Barris September 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) 11.04[19]
Advertising exec Dre looks forward to a promotion that would make him the first African American senior vice president at his firm in the premiere of this family sitcom, but he worries that there is a price to pay for his success when his son Andre Jr. announces that for his 13th birthday he's converting to Judaism in order to have a Bar Mitzvah like all his friends.
2 "The Talk" Rebecca Asher Vijal Patel October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01) 8.29[20]
Dre insists on giving Andre Jr. "the talk," a decision he soon comes to regret when he's inundated with nonstop questions about sex from his curious son.
3 "The Nod" James Griffiths Kenya Barris October 8, 2014 (2014-10-08) 7.93[21]
Dre is on a mission to get Andre Jr. to become friends with more black kids after learning his son is clueless about "the nod." Meanwhile, Rainbow wants to inspire little Diane to become a doctor, and so she takes her to work at the hospital on what ends up being a really bad day.
4 "Crazy Mom" James Griffiths Gail Lerner October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15) 6.93[22]
Dre takes over Rainbow's "mom" duties for a week and the overwhelming praise he receives from everyone at his kids' school ends up going to his head to the point where he finds himself going overboard not to be outdone by anyone, including the school's "crazy mom."
5 "Crime and Punishment" Claire Scanlon Corey Nickerson October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22) 7.95[23]
The kids fear that an act of disobedience by Jack could lead to Dre and Rainbow going back on their word and reinstating spanking.
6 "The Prank King" Matt Sohn Lindsey Shockley October 29, 2014 (2014-10-29) 7.67[24]
Dre worries that his older kids are going to ruin his Halloween fun by refusing to take part in the Johnson tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other.
7 "The Gift of Hunger" Victor Nelli, Jr. Peter Saji November 12, 2014 (2014-11-12) 7.78[25]
It's reality check time for the Johnson kids courtesy of Dre, who decides that his children have become spoiled after they turn their noses up at his favorite cheap restaurant in his old hood. To remedy the situation, Andre Jr. and Zoey are forced to take jobs at his office, while Jack and Diane try to make money around the neighborhood, which, to Bow's embarrassment, leads to rumors about the family falling on hard times.
8 "Oedipal Triangle" Rebecca Asher Vijal Patel November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19) 7.82[26]
Dre receives a lot of love from his mom when she pays the Johnsons a visit, and some grief from Bow, who doesn't get along with her mother-in-law, although Dre's determined to change that.
9 "Colored Commentary" Ken Whittingham Yvette Lee Bowser December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03) 6.82[27]
Dre wants "Team Johnson" to feel more connected and have each others' backs, but ends up creating a problem for himself when he falls short of Bow's expectations. Meanwhile, Zoey and Andre Jr. are tasked with babysitting the twins, a job they would rather not do.
10 "Black Santa/White Christmas" Elliot Hegarty Gail Lerner December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10) 7.28[28]
Certain that his annual office Christmas party needs a black Santa, Dre goes out of his way to fill the red suit, even though the head of HR already got the job. Meanwhile, Bow doesn't feel like competing with Ruby over who cooks the big holiday dinner.
11 "Law of Attraction" Michael Schultz Corey Nickerson January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07) 6.23[29]
Dre worries that his machismo is being questioned by Rainbow after another man dismisses him in front of her. This leads to Pops helping his son save face and, in the process, opening the door to another chance with Ruby. Elsewhere, the school play takes a turn for the awkward when Jr. and Zoey are cast as the romantic leads in "Romeo and Juliet."
12 "Martin Luther SKiing Day" Stuart McDonald Lindsey Shockley January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14) 6.51[30]
Dre decides to teach his kids the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while on their annual MLK holiday ski trip; and for Junior, this means a unique lesson on intolerance in the real world—or in his case, the ski lodge.
13 "Big Night, Big Fight" Rebecca Asher Vijal Patel February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11) 6.83[31]
Dre vows to make Valentine's Day a romantic success, even though most years he and Rainbow end up quarreling; and Diane comes to the conclusion that she is too critical and accepts help from her siblings learning how to give a compliment.
14 "Andre From Marseille" Phil Traill David Hemingson February 18, 2015 (2015-02-18) 6.40[32]
Dre takes an instant dislike to Zoey's first serious boyfriend, a worldly teen from France.
15 "The Dozens" Millicent Shelton Peter Saji February 25, 2015 (2015-02-25) 6.63[33]
Dre teaches Andre Jr. how to trash-talk a school bully; Diane is afraid of the dark.
16 "Parental Guidance" Michael Schultz Corey Nickerson March 4, 2015 (2015-03-04) 6.72[34]
Dre, determined to make up for the no-frills, last-minute wedding he and Bow had, organizes an amazing vow renewal for their 15th anniversary. But when Bow’s hippie-dippy parents, Alicia and the very white Paul show up unannounced -- bombshells are dropped and old disagreements re-ignite between the two families, especially with Pops and Ruby.
17 "30 Something" John Fortenberry Courtney Lilly March 25, 2015 (2015-03-25) 6.34[35]
18 "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies"[36] Matt Sohn Gail Lerner April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)
19 "The Real World"[36] Victor Nelli, Jr. Scott Weinger April 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)


Title Original air date U.S. viewers
"Bloop-ish"[36] March 11, 2015 (2015-03-11) 4.59[37]
Footage from behind the scenes include a tour of the set; previously unseen outtakes and interviews.


Critical reception[edit]

Black-ish has been met with generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 86% based on 56 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's consensus states, "Although it seems uncertain of its target audience, Black-ish ingratiates with a diverse cast and engaging cultural issues."[38] Metacritic gave the show a score of 77 out of 100, based on 30 "generally favorable" reviews.[39] Rolling Stone's December 4, 2014 issue called it "one of the only new network comedies worth watching," praising in particular Laurence Fishburne's performance.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref
2015 41st People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Black-ish Nominated [40]
2015 NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Black-ish Won [41]
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Won [41]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross Won [41]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Won [41]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Laurence Fishburne Won [41]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Marcus Scribner Nominated [41]


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