black-ish: Season 1 Reviews

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March 4, 2015
The series has transformed from hokey formula into one of the goofiest, most reliably enjoyable comedies around.
February 18, 2015
Though there have been many black family sitcoms in the two decades since The Cosby Show ended, Black-ish is the first genuine heir apparent.
September 30, 2014
It's cool to see Fishburne reclaim the comic power he had on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
September 26, 2014
Black-ish seems to have bit off more than it can chew. Still, it has enough good in it to suggest it may find its own niche. A brave, new world needs a brave, new sitcom.
September 25, 2014
Black-ish is a true bright spot in a bleak fall TV landscape.
September 25, 2014
Black-ish stands out in its commitment to explore serious cultural issues with a humorous slant. It stands out among the three family sitcoms that precede it on ABC's comedy night and even stands out among the broadcast television slate as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2018
When so much discussion of race today feels encumbered by fear, resentment, and entrenched political profiteering, Black-ish is refreshing for unabashedly confronting our greatest point of national angst and laughing at it.
November 11, 2014
There's tons of talent here, both on and behind the camera, so I'll stick around to see it stretch and grow into whatever it might become.
November 11, 2014
Probably the best lead-out of Modern Family we've seen in years.
November 2, 2014
For the first time in a long, long time there's a sitcom that appeals to both black and white audiences. It's almost a public service to bring people of different demographic segments to the same show.
September 30, 2014
At the end of the day, black-ish is the wrong mix of a lot differing ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2014
In the capable hands of executive producers Larry Wilmore and Kenya Barris, Black-ish presents the topic as more of an open conversation that's welcoming to all.
September 25, 2014
It's always hard to judge a show based on the pilot, but Black-ish is an all around funny and enjoyable show that doesn't try too hard to get laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2014
At first glance, once could easily call this an updated version of The Cosby Show, but to do so would be doing a disservice to this uniquely ambitious undertaking.
September 25, 2014
It's a good premise for a sitcom. Anderson is joined by Tracee Ellis Ross as his bi-racial doctor wife, Rainbow, and Laurence Fishburne as his ever-disapproving father; and the kids are better than a lot of sitcom kids.
September 24, 2014
Anderson's family sitcom about cultural identity in the '10s is often insightful and surprisingly funny given the potential pitfalls of its premise.
September 24, 2014
The smartest new network comedy is the one that questions expectations in a sitcom that follows an African-American family - just about the only one now on broadcast TV.
September 24, 2014
Once you get past its pejorative and provocative title, ABC's new family comedy Black-ish is extremely intelligent and funny.
September 24, 2014
Anderson and Ross are an appealing onscreen couple whose relationship feels quite genuine.
September 24, 2014
The show is refreshingly frank when it comes to the daily ramifications of modern racial politics.
September 24, 2014
The African American experience is not one of easy assimilation into mainstream culture. What makes black-ish potentially great is Barris' recognition of that.
September 24, 2014
Black-ish also gives the impression that it could do better. The writers are going to have to start by trying to keep it real-ish.
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