Black Jesus (TV series)

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Black Jesus
Black Jesus title card.png
GenreSitcom
Created byAaron McGruder
Mike Clattenburg
StarringGerald "Slink" Johnson
Charlie Murphy (Seasons 1-2)
John Witherspoon
Kali Hawk
Corey Holcomb
Andra Fuller
Andrew Bachelor
Angela E. Gibbs
Antwon Tanner
Valenzia Algarin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Aaron McGruder
Mike Clattenburg
Robert Wise
Meghann Collins Robertson
John Bravakis
Norman Aladjem
Stu Schreiberg
Keith Crofford
Walter Newman
Producer(s)Mark Costa
Debbie Hayn Cass
Running time20 minutes
Production company(s)5 Mutts Productions
Triage Entertainment
Williams Street
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkAdult Swim
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseAugust 7, 2014 (2014-08-07) – present
External links
Website

Black Jesus is an American sitcom created by Aaron McGruder and Mike Clattenburg that airs on Adult Swim. The series stars Gerald "Slink" Johnson, Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, Kali Hawk, King Bach, and Andra Fuller. The series premiered on August 7, 2014. On December 10, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season.[1] The second season premiered on September 18, 2015.[2] It has been renewed for a third season.[3]

Premise[edit]

The scripted live-action comedy features Jesus Christ living in modern-day Compton, California, on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with his small group of followers.[4]

Cast[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110August 7, 2014 (2014-08-07)October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09)
211September 18, 2015 (2015-09-18)November 27, 2015 (2015-11-27)

Reception[edit]

Black Jesus has received generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the first season received an average score of 73, which indicates "generally positive reviews", based on five reviews.[5] Brian Lowry of Variety gave the series a positive review, saying "Black Jesus is funny in part because it ventures so eagerly into areas most producers and networks, worn down by years of calls for sponsor boycotts and bad publicity, have simply decided it’s easier to avoid."[6] Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times gave the series a positive review, saying "I'm not saying it's particularly deep, and it is filled with language that cannot be reproduced in this newspaper, but it's good-natured and, compared with a lot of what's on television, the comedy is gentle and hopeful."[7] Soraya Nadia McDonald of The Washington Post said, "Like his earthly counterparts, Black Jesus doesn’t have a perfect track record, but he gets the big concepts and leads by example. If anything, it seems McGruder is trying to tell his audience that if Jesus is just like us, maybe it’s not so much of a stretch for us to be just like him."[8] James Poniewozik of Time stated, "You might expect McGruder, given his Boondocks history, to be out for pointed religious satire, but Black Jesus is really more of a stoner hangout comedy with a heart."[9]

International broadcast[edit]

The series premiered in Australia on June 8, 2015 on The Comedy Channel.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael O'Connell. "Adult Swim Renews 'Black Jesus,' 'Mike Tyson' and 'Mr. Pickles'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ B.G. Henne. "And on the third day, Black Jesus arose with its season two trailer". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  3. ^ Steinberg, Brian (12 May 2016). "Adult Swim Revives Samurai Jack As Network Courts Linear, Online Viewers". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'Boondocks' Creator Brings 'Black Jesus' to Adult Swim (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Lynne Segall. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Black Jesus – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Brian Lowry (2014-08-06). ""Black Jesus" TV Review on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  7. ^ "Review: 'Black Jesus' on Adult Swim has good-natured stoner humor". LA Times. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  8. ^ Nadia, Soraya (2014-08-08). "'Black Jesus' may drink, smoke, and curse, but he's still Messiah-ish". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  9. ^ James Poniewozik (2014-08-07). "Review of Black Jesus on Adult Swim". TIME. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
  10. ^ "Foxtel in June: 200+ new shows including Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Suits, PLL, Wimbledon and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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