Black Jesus (TV series)
|Created by||Aaron McGruder|
|Starring||Gerald "Slink" Johnson|
Charlie Murphy (Seasons 1-2)
Angela E. Gibbs
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Aaron McGruder|
Meghann Collins Robertson
Debbie Hayn Cass
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||5 Mutts Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||16:9 HDTV|
|Original release||August 7, 2014– present|
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. The second season premiered on September 18, 2015. It has been renewed for a third season.
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.
- Gerald "Slink" Johnson as Jesus Christ
- Charlie Murphy as Victor "Vic" Hargrove (Seasons 1 & 2)
- Corey Holcomb as Boonie
- Kali Hawk as Maggie
- Andrew Bachelor as Trayvon
- Andra Fuller as Fish
- John Witherspoon as Lloyd Hamilton
- Angela Elayne Gibbs as Ms. Tudi
- Valenzia Algarin as Dianne
- Antwon Tanner as Jason
- Marcelo Olivas as Spider
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||August 7, 2014||October 9, 2014|
|2||11||September 18, 2015||November 27, 2015|
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. 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." 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." 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." 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."
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- "Black Jesus – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
- Brian Lowry (2014-08-06). ""Black Jesus" TV Review on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- "Review: 'Black Jesus' on Adult Swim has good-natured stoner humor". LA Times. 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
- 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.
- James Poniewozik (2014-08-07). "Review of Black Jesus on Adult Swim". TIME. Retrieved 2014-08-15.
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