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Created byKenya Barris
Peter Saji
Narrated byTracee Ellis Ross
Opening theme"In the Mix"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • ABC Studios
  • Khalabo Ink Society
  • Cinema Gypsy Productions
  • Artists First
Original networkABC
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel
Related showsBlack-ish
External links
Production website

Mixed-ish (stylized as mixedish) is an upcoming American single-camera sitcom created by Kenya Barris and Peter Saji that is set to debut on ABC during the 2019–20 television season as a Tuesday night entry and set to premiere on September 24, 2019.[1] The series is a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun off from the primary series after the Freeform series Grown-ish.[2]


Loosely based on the early life of Dr. Rania Barris (co-creator Kenya Barris' wife)[3], the series chronicles the early years of Rainbow Johnson as she recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the 1980s. The family faces dilemmas over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves when Rainbow's parents move from a hippie commune to the suburbs in 1985.[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [6]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Becoming Bow"[7]Anton Cropper[8]Teleplay by: Kenya Barris & Peter Saji
Story by: Kenya Barris & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross[8]
September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)101TBD
2"The Warrior"[9]Anton Cropper[9]Peter Saji[9]October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)102TBD
3"Let Your Hair Down"[10]TBATBAOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)103TBD


On May 2, 2019, it was announced that the Black-ish episode that was set to air May 7, 2019 titled "Becoming Bow," which introduced a younger version of the character Bow living with her family, would be shelved. The episode will instead serve as the pilot episode with the cast of the parent show appearing in a fast-forward cameo introduction.[7]

Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays the adult Rainbow in Black-ish, will serve as both an executive producer and narrator on the series, with flagship costars Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne also executive producing.[11] The series is also the final one that Kenya Barris helped created prior to signing his deal with Netflix in August 2018 after he asked for an exit from his ABC Studios deal over issues with the studio's handling of controversial Black-ish episodes and rejected pilots he helped put together.[12][13]

A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Tuesdays at 9:00 P.M.[14] The series is set to debut on September 24, 2019.[1]

Anders Holm was originally set to play Bow’s father, Paul Jackson, having played the role in the series’ original pilot episode, but he left the series before it was picked up by ABC.[15][16] On June 19, 2019, Mark-Paul Gosselaar replaced Holm in the Paul Jackson role, with the scenes from "Becoming Bow" episode-turned-pilot being reshot.[17] ABC ran ads from May to July 2019 that had featured Holm, but by August 2019 it started airing new promos featuring Gosselaar after production commenced.

In the promos, the characters last name were listed as the Johnsons (which is also the last name as Bow’s family on Black-ish), even though Cole and Gosselaar’s characters’ last name is Jackson, implying that Bow’s maternal family still used the Johnson name, a issue that was addressed during the parent show’s second season episode "Johnson & Johnson," when Dre learns that Rainbow never formally took his last name after their marriage.

On August 5, 2019, Mariah Carey confirmed that she had co-written and co-produced (with songwriter/producer Daniel Moore) a song called "In the Mix", which will be the series' theme, with Carey performing the track. Carey also expressed interest in appearing in an episode should the producers ask.[18]



On May 14, 2019, ABC released the first official trailer for the series.[19]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Becoming Bow" September 24, 2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD


  1. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (July 2, 2019). "ABC Fall Premiere Dates: 'The Conners', 'Black-ish' & Spinoff, Cobie Smulders' 'Stumptown', Final 'Modern Family' Season & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "ABC Picks Up "black-ish" for Season 6; "mixed-ish", All-New Comedy from the "black-ish" Universe; Also Gets Series Order". The Futon Critic. May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  3. ^ https://madamenoire.com/1091534/kenya-barris-wife-divorce/
  4. ^ "'Black-ish' Renewed for Season 6 as Spinoff 'Mixed-ish' a Go at ABC" from The Hollywood Reporter (May 2, 2019)
  5. ^ a b c d e f """black-ish" Spinoff "mixed-ish" Coming TUESDAYS 9/8c to ABC This Fall"". ABC. May 14, 2019. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Shows A-Z - mixed-ish on abc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "black-ish Spinoff mixed-ish Centered on Young Bow Ordered to Series at ABC" from TVLine (May 2, 2019)
  8. ^ a b @mixedishabc (July 22, 2019). "First table read! ✔️#mixedish" (Tweet). Retrieved August 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ a b c @mixedishabc (July 27, 2019). "Just finished reading the second episode. Can't wait for you all to see it! #mixedish" (Tweet). Retrieved August 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Shows A-Z - mixed-ish on abc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Spinoff of ABC's 'Black-ish' to Focus on Mixed-Race Issues" from The Chicago Tribune (May 3, 2019)
  12. ^ "Kenya Barris Inks Three-Year, Eight-Figure Netflix TV Deal" from The Hollywood Reporter (August 16, 2018)
  13. ^ "Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones to Star in Netflix Family Comedy Series 'Black Excellence'" from The Hollywood Reporter (May 10, 2019)
  14. ^ ABC Fall 2019-20 Schedule: Very Few Changes, ‘The Rookie’ Moves To Sunday, ‘American Housewife’ To Friday from Deadline Hollywood (May 14, 2019)
  15. ^ "Anders Holm Steps Away from 'Black-ish' Spinoff" from Inquistr (May 12, 2019)
  16. ^ "'Mixed-ish' To Recast A Lead As Anders Holm Exits 'Black-ish' Spinoff" from Deadline Hollywood (May 10, 2019)
  17. ^ "‘Mixed-ish’ at ABC Adds Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Recasting" from Variety (June 19, 2019)
  18. ^ "Mariah Carey Writes, Performs 'Mixed-Ish' Theme Song For ABC – TCA" from Deadline (August 5, 2019)
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (May 14, 2019). "ABC New Series Trailers: Cobie Smulders' 'Stumptown', 'Emergence', 'Black-ish' Spinoff 'Mixed-ish'". from Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 14, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)

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