With the generational gaps, identity issues and socio-political hurdles they face on a daily basis, the Johnsons of Black-ish certainly have their plate full with their five children and two meddling grandparents. Here’s why you can’t afford to miss this brilliant comedy.
- It stars one of the youngest film producers in Hollywood – Marsai Martin, who plays the rather controlling and know-it-all twin Diane. Marsai gained fame with the role and went on to co-produce the movie Little, starring alongside Regina Hall and Issa Rae.
- Throughout its run, Black-ish has received a number of accolades and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe in 2017 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy which went to Tracee Ellis Ross and a number of Emmy nominations.
- We’ve grown accustomed to seeing celebrity guest appearances, like Jermaine Dupri who appeared as himself, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Chris Brown, Octavia Spencer as herself, and Golden Brooks (who co-starred with Tracee on Girlfriends).
- While the show has never lost its comedic appeal, it never shies away from colourism as race is an integral theme, and creator of the show Kenya Barris drew inspiration from his own life when he created the characters. His wife is a bi-racial doctor whose name is, wait for it… Rainbow, the same name as Tracee’s character.
- So popular is the comedy that it inspired two spin-offs, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish. According to The Guardian, Barack Obama is a fan and says it’s like watching his own family, while the current resident of the white house feels, well, otherwise.
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