black-ish: Season 5 (2018 - 2019)

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Air date: Oct 16, 2018

In the Season 5 premiere, Junior announces his decision to take a gap year, which doesn't sit well with Dre and Bow. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane begin to question whether they should still be sharing a room.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2018

The neighbors decide to rent their house out for homestays and it's causing problems for the Johnsons. Dre develops a newfound joy of calling the cops over petty neighborhood issues but begins to question the example he is setting for Jack. Meanwhile, Diane develops her first crush and Bow wants to help but lets Zoey take the lead.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2018

The twins opt out of the family Halloween costume for fear it will hurt their social status in middle school. Dre and Bow take it upon themselves to protect them from bullies by putting together the best haunted house and invite the whole seventh grade. Meanwhile, Junior starts spending time with a girl from Ruby's choir and Ruby doesn't know how to feel about it.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2018

The family is shocked to learn that Jack and Diane are not familiar with the music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince's tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2018

Bow's mom, Alicia, visits the family for the first time since the loss of Bow's dad, and she is still heavily grieving. Bow decides to throw a big luau-themed party for what would have been her dad's next birthday. Meanwhile, Mason has an extra ticket to an MMA fight and invites Diane on the same night as the party.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2018

Junior hasn't been doing much at home during his gap year, so Dre decides to put him to work as an intern at Stevens & Lido. Junior is astonished to see Dre's co-workers say offensive things and Dre letting it slide. Meanwhile, Bow lets Ruby watch Devante after the nanny quits; and Ruby has a hard time following Bow's rules.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2018

Bow makes a new friend at work and Dre thinks she has broken bird syndrome. Meanwhile, Junior transforms his shared room with Jack into a frat house and Ruby and Diane gang up against them.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2018

The Johnsons have a Christmas tradition of going to the movies, but they disagree on what to see. Dre wants to see an important film about Rosa Parks, but they all want to see the latest action-packed superhero blockbuster. Junior becomes embarrassed about taking a gap year after he runs into his ex-girlfriend Megan at the theater.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2019

Dre must take Jack and Diane on a mandatory camping trip for school and hatches a plan for them to escape to a fancy hotel for some pampering.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2019

Dre and Bow are furious after Diane isn't lit properly in her class photo. Diane doesn't want to make it a big deal, but they decide to talk to the principal about the need for sensitivity toward all complexions. Meanwhile, Junior claims there is unspoken colorism within their own family, and things get heated.

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When Junior (Marcus Scribner) realizes college puts too much pressure on him, he decides to take a leap year. Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) don't agree with his decision and try to change his mind, without success. Meanwhile, Ruby (Jennifer Lewis) suggest that the twins share a room, with the idea being immediately shut down by both Diane (Marsai Martin) and Jack (Miles Brown). As season 5 progresses, Junior struggles with living with his parents and trying to find his true calling, while Jack and Diane go through some growing pains. Later on, the Johnsons take in Dre's teenage cousin Kyra (Quvenzhané Wallis), hoping to give her a chance at a better life.

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Critic Reviews for black-ish Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Gap Year sets the new normal for Black-ish season five well, but tonally, the show's not quite back yet.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

While more tired than it's ever felt, is still one of TV's best family comedies, mixing the sort of lighthearted family stories that are the center of this subgenre with more thoughtful and probing explorations of black life in America.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The universal touch is how with this new season, the seasons of life are taking new turns as everyone continues to grow up.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

[In season 5,] my eyes were firmly on Diane (Marsai Martin) who is on the precipice of something great. In fact, I'm calling it now: Diane is going to shine in this season.

Oct 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Bow and Dre are better than ever in black-ish Season 5 Episode 1 putting all the separation drama behind them, praise the lord. Therapy is doing wonders for them because they worked as a team to deal with Junior.

Oct 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for black-ish: Season 5

  • Dec 02, 2019
    Absolutely love this show. Must watch
  • Sep 07, 2019
    My family and I love this show. It is so funny. I love how they talk about real life topics.
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Ive never seen a more racist show on local TV. If there was a show called "white-ish" it would be banned. All they did was talk about how they needed guns to protect themselves. Complete TRASH that should not be on our TV. Stereotyping at its finest.
  • Mar 27, 2019
    The show isn't just funny, it provides great insight about the issues within our communities etc
  • Feb 19, 2019
    Awful show. Not one thing funny about it.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    It's one thing if you use generalizations to make lighthearted jokes...it's another if you use them as a foundation for political absolutes.
  • Oct 24, 2018
    It is still the best family comedy on TV. And one of the best comedy's on TV period.
  • Jul 08, 2018
    Previously, Blackish provided a near-perfect blend of humour, family-fun and cultural awareness. However, Season 5 fails to further these characters in meaningful ways and, in fact, often does the opposite to afford cheap laughs. That said, most of the jokes still land and the cultural commentary is still welcome. In addition, Anthony Anderson’s workplace drama is the best part of the show, specifically Deon Cole’s Charlie Telphy (and Jenifer Lewis’s Ruby Johnson). However, the plot lines are repetitive and dull. Perhaps, most importantly, these characters haven’t grown since the last season to the extent that they have become genuinely unlikeable. The two lead characters, Tracee Ellis-Ross’s Rainbow and Anthony Anderson’s Dre, are some of the most irritating and unpleasant characters on television. This season manages (barely) to find itself through a few good performances and humour but, Blackish is headed for extinction.

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