A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
A Black Lady Sketch Show

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Singular, subversive, and simply hilarious, A Black Lady Sketch Show finds universal humor in specific spaces to craft quick-witted sketches that perfectly showcase Robin Thede and her talented cast.



Critic Ratings: 22


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User Ratings: 101

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Air date: Aug 2, 2019

Two women seek an escape from an ominous fog. 1960s soul group Claude and The Boppers perform their hit song "Ice Cream Shop." A world-renowned author and "philosophizer" promotes her latest masterclass. Maya's confession in a support group gets a less-than-supportive response. Trinity, the Invisible Spy, meets a formidable adversary. Drea confronts a mysterious woman stealing her dance moves at a club. Fun and games lead to tension, as Robin, Ashley, Quinta and Gabrielle are stuck in a house after an end-of-the-world event

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Air date: Aug 9, 2019

A perpetually-late-to-work Shayla decides to forgo her morning makeup routine, to her coworker Toni's dismay. Trinity the Invisible Spy hunts down The Recluse, an elusive villain with a surprising identity. An array of average, awkward contestants perform before a panel of judges at the Basic Ball. Security guard Fatimah helps an office worker investigate who stole her missing mug. Robin, Quinta and Gabrielle uncover a shocking truth about Ashley's nighttime ritual

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Air date: Aug 16, 2019

Asia is shocked by a very public, very unexpected marriage proposal from her new boyfriend DeWayne. New recruits talk about their goals and expectations at a gang orientation. A church service devolves when congregants take to the mic with self-centered motivations. Dr. Haddassah Olayinka Ali-Youngman turns a toast at her sister's wedding into a teachable moment. Gabrielle, Ashley, Quinta and Robin bond while discussing their ideal men and some of their worst dates.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2019

A divorce party spirals out of control following Eboni's bad mushroom trip. The tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Rome & Julissa. A 1930s groupie, Feather Atwood, sets her sights on Negro League baseball player Satchel Paige. A frustrated airline passenger seeks a like-minded customer service representative. Denise tries to prevent yet another breakup and its typical, unusual side effect. "Taskmaster," "Insecurity" and "Turnt" help Krystal navigate a possible cat-calling situation. Quinta, Gabrielle, Robin and Ashley lay down odd rules while playing cards to pass the time.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2019

Four friends on a camping trip unknowingly disprove a stereotype. A pastor tries to take back control of his church potluck. A flight attendant struggles to get compliance from newlyweds Chris and Lachel in the exit row. Elementary school students notice a change in their teacher Ms. Miller. Jackie receives a less-than-warm welcome when she returns to her hometown high school. Robin, Quinta, Ashley and Gabrielle discuss their weird turn-ons and stage an intervention.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2019

Two friends come to regret their decision to visit a new black-owned restaurant. A mother and daughter go toe-to-toe in the latest episode of "Get the Belt." "Taskmaster," "Turnt" and "Insecurity" help Krystal through a surprise hot-air balloon ride. Carl and Lori's "special guest" has very specific boundaries. A judge, bailiff, court reporter and attorneys celebrate their first ever all-black lady courtroom. Tensions rise between Ashley, Gabrielle, Quinta and Robin as the reality of their situation sinks in.

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Critic Reviews for A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (12)

A Black Lady Sketch Show shifts the focus back to where it should always have been.

Aug 6, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A satirical sketch comedy series that provides an upheaval of laughs with a distinctive flavor.

Aug 5, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"A Black Lady Sketch Show" is a shining example of the great work you get when equality comes to comedy. The only criticism I have is that it took so long for us to get here.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…
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When A Black Lady Sketch Show works, it works, offering perspectives that are still, sadly, missing from TV and from comedy.

Sep 8, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a blend of nuanced observations about the systemic invisibilities and challenges of women of color and side-splitting sketch premises.

Apr 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The ladies, who clearly are all BFFs, are effortlessly, amazingly funny. They poke fun at issues specific to black women, like the care and maintenance of hair... They also take sharp aim at racial issues.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This isn't just a win for representation: A Black Lady Sketch Show is damn hilarious, too, taking insightful swipes at the ridiculousness of modern life, wowing us with big-budget genre parodies and serving up a host of delightful celebrity cameos to boot

Sep 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Black Lady Sketch Show doesn't disappoint. Thede and her writing staff have a great eye for situations that start out in a normal place and slowly curl in on themselves until they're weirder and weirder and weirder.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Brilliantly original sketch show is fresh, raunchy, funny.

Aug 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A Black Lady Sketch Show is so good that it's positively dumbfounded me.

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

In this first episode alone I found myself cracking up at just how good all the women are at the physical comedy, but also going so deep into each character-and like all good comedy, being able to take some jabs at society.

Aug 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The series isn't just breaking ground because it's a black sketch show airing at the same time as another black sketch show: This type of thing just hasn't been done.

Aug 5, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 1

  • Aug 01, 2020
    Was surprised to see the mixed audience score. Really enjoyed this show, and it was good to see so many great guest stars as well. For those who get it it's definitely worth while.
  • Dec 07, 2019
    Incredibly creative take on sketch-comedy featuring one of the most marginalize minority groups in full shine. A knockout cast completes the hilarious material from the all female writer's room and a breakout piece for creator and star Robin Thede who is superb.
  • Dec 01, 2019
    HAHAHAHA 100% fresh? Seriously?
  • Nov 29, 2019
    Absolutely brilliant!!!
  • Nov 24, 2019
    This show is really cool and super relatable to black women. These ladies are also extremely funny. I love them!
  • Nov 22, 2019
    I so wanted to love this show, but it was painfully unfunny. It's hard to understand how it came out so remarkably badly.
  • Nov 22, 2019
    Oh, man—this didn't have a single funny moment in it, I'm afraid. How is it possible to put so much money into a show and have it be so painfully bad?
  • Nov 20, 2019
    Hilarious, relevant, and fun with an all-star black women cast who bring a new perspective to HBO. You have to be on the pulse of culture to appreciate the comedic genius of this show.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    I've never seen anything like it, which is quite refreshing. Entire casts gives there all and the skits are not rehashes of old shows.
  • Nov 17, 2019
    This show is so well written and acted. I was hooked after the first Trinity skit and ended up binging the first five episodes in one night, and then watched the whole thing again with my roommate when the last episode aired, we haven't laughed that hard in years. I can't wait to see what they come up with next!

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