black-ish: Season 4 (2017 - 2018)

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black-ish continues to push boundaries, but with a much more celebratory tone that seeks to educate as readily as it entertains.

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Critic Ratings: 11

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User Ratings: 198

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Air date: Oct 3, 2017

In the fourth-season opener, the family attend a school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by its inaccuracies. This inspires him to get Aloe Blacc to help him create a catchy song intended to raise awareness about a black holiday.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2017

Bow feels overwhelmed after the birth of DeVante and learns she has postpartum depression, so Dre urges her to get help and stands by her side as she works through it. Meanwhile, the kids babyproof the house in an effort to help out their parents.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2017

Ruby gets scammed and Dre worries about her, fearing she isn't as sharp as she used to be. Meanwhile, Zoey's friend Aaron visits and Diane develops an instant crush on him.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2017

Dre brings everyone together for a rowdy family game night and the competition is fierce. The game of choice is Monopoly and as the night progresses, alliances are formed and some are pushed to their limits. Meanwhile, Bow makes it clear how she feels about Junior's girlfriend.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2017

An incident at school threatens Junior's future at his beloved Valley Glen Prep.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2017

Diane experiences a big life event on the road to womanhood and her family's there to support her. Meanwhile, Dre fears he won't be able to beat Junior at basketball again, so he conducts psychological warfare on Junior before challenging him to a game.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2017

Bow keeps in touch with Dre's incarcerated godbrother, Omar, but when they find out he is being released from prison, Omar's future sparks debate. Meanwhile, Ruby lets it slip to the kids that she's been to jail and they push her to tell them more secrets from her past.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2017

Dre is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and after talking to Pops, he's resolved to curing himself. Things come to a head at the Stevens & Lido holiday party. Meanwhile, Jack is convinced that baby Devante hates him, so he enlists Junior and Diane's help.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2018

Bow struggles to adjust as she returns to work after maternity leave. Meanwhile, Ruby gives the twins a "workaround" plan to get out of doing homework.

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Air date: Jan 9, 2018

Dre's sister Rhonda is in town and Ruby has a talk with them about her inheritance. Meanwhile, Bow's sister Santamonica is also in town and she hires Junior to become her assistant.

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Tv Season Info

Season 4 of this comedy series revolves around the Johnson family and their misadventures and hijinks. In the season opener, Dre (Anthony Anderson) is disconcerted about the lack of black holidays. Meanwhile, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) finds out she's suffering from postpartum depression. Plus, Diane (Marsai Martin) develops a crush on a boy and Junior (Marcus Scribner) is expelled from his private school. Now, his parents ponder how well he'll handle public school.

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Critic Reviews for black-ish Season 4

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

[Juneteenth] is an impeccable and unforgettable piece of work.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…
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The show's Season 4 premiere, "Juneteenth: The Musical," is the most powerful breakout so far.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Black-ish digs into race, America, stereotyping, interracial dating, class, family, and generational issues, usually with more sophistication than you'd expect from a network sitcom.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Season three saw Black-ish take on some of the show's most controversial topics, but "Juneteenth" is Black-ish sticking to the basics.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Unlike last season's opening misfire, Juneteenth makes clear that Black-ish's fourth season is playing for keeps.

Oct 4, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The work that Black-ish is doing is so incredibly important.

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Anyone who has watched previous seasons knows that when it comes to discussing race and politics, the writers don't play it safe, no matter how uncomfortable some people may feel. This first episode proves this season will be no different.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

To put it plainly, last night's black-ish was lit. It was a full-on celebration of Black history and culture. It's going to be a hard act (literally) to follow for the rest of the season.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Black-ish using its broadcast network platform to help people understand Juneteenth is so important.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Dre sadly points out that the country's acknowledgement of Juneteenth wouldn't be a cure-all, but it would at least feel like an apology for everything black people have had to endure in America.

Oct 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Even by the series' standards, this was stellar.

Oct 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for black-ish: Season 4

  • Feb 14, 2020
    Who the F*** are these "critics" that gave 100%?This sh*t season deserves no more than 40% that the audience gave it. How is this not ambering RT....u have fake reviews from critics. And the unrealistcly annoying maxican chick is the worst thing about it.
  • Mar 11, 2019
    This show is gold and i love every bit of it.I don't know how this show has 47% Audience Ratting.Its a good family Sitcom.
  • Jan 23, 2019
    The way this series handled its first major complex issue was brilliantly done. The topic of divcorce and its impact on interpersonal relationships between and amongst people was majestic. This show is always entertaining, but this was a great moment in television history.
  • May 16, 2018
    I tried liking this show, but after 8 episodes, I couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't funny and I found myself more frustrated by watching such stupidity.
  • May 13, 2018
    Season one was pretty good, but this show has gotten old fast.
  • May 05, 2018
    tHIS SHOW IS TOO GOOD FOR 46% RATING. i CANT HELP BUT THINK RACISM IS A FACTOR, OH WELL. i LOVE IT! EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER IN THE ENSEMBLE, WELL NOT SURE ABOUT THE BABY YET BUT THEY ARE ALL FUNNY AS HELL, VERY WELL WRITTEN.
  • May 01, 2018
    tHE FIRST FEW EPISODES OF THE FIRST SEASON WERE REALLY GREAT. tHEN IT SLOWLY WORKED ITS WAY TO PREACHY, PREDICTABLE AND CARICATURE CHARACTERS THAT DON'T WORK. cLEARLY THERE'S A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CRITICS RATINGS AND THE AUDIENCE SCORE. iS SOMEONE GETTING PAID? mEH.
  • Apr 10, 2018
    Consistently entertaining. The kids are just as important to the show as the adults, not just little props and have great comedic timing.
  • Mar 29, 2018
    Still the best family on network tv.. Brilliant.
  • Mar 27, 2018
    Why am I feeling overeducated in this series. By the way, I did grow up in middle Chicago. Lived with, dealt with issues. It COULD be funny, but it ain't.

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