THE Word



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Episode Info

In the Season 2 premiere, Dre and Bow try to prevent Jack's expulsion after he uses the N-word during a school talent show; and the family examine the evolution and use of the N-word in American culture.


Anthony Anderson
as Andre "Dre" Johnson
Tracee Ellis Ross
as Rainbow Johnson
Yara Shahidi
as Zoey Johnson
Marcus Scribner
as Andre Johnson Jr.
Miles Brown
as Jack Johnson
Marsai Martin
as Diane Johnson
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Critic Reviews for THE Word

THE Word manages to offer up a surprisingly complete history of this horrific slur, all while never once speaking it out loud and while telling some great jokes.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode of Blackish was far from radical; it just kept talking.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The side plot suggests a thoughtful consideration of the gap between personal comforts and societal responsibilities, which have been central to the sitcom format but rarely have been pulled off with such humility, humor, and lived-in experience.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The episode goes to great lengths to try to wring commentary and comedy out of one of society's most hot-button topics, addressing non-black appropriation of the word while also spoofing white indignation at not being "allowed" to use the term.

Sep 11, 2018 | Full Review…

On a strategic level, beginning the season with an episode focusing on an issue as heavily-debated as the n-word is kind of necessity for the show; as buzzed about as the episode's topic may be.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…