#blackAF: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
#blackAF

Critics Consensus

Solid one-liners and some sharp social critiques can't save #blackaf from feeling more like a stale retread than a fresh step forward for creator Kenya Barris.

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Critic Ratings: 24

74%

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User Ratings: 286

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
2
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
3
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
4
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
5
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
6
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
7
Air date: Apr 17, 2020
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Air date: Apr 17, 2020

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Critic Reviews for #blackAF Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

#BlackAF continues the diminished returns of Barris' -ish series, and makes apparent his need to develop new ideas.

Apr 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Without fresh source material, Barris fails to bring new complexity and depth to the ecosystem he has created.

Apr 27, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the persistent negatives is the lack of arcs, both in terms of story and character. There's a sense of stasis in the air.

Apr 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Ultimately, it's uncertain what audiences are meant to understand about Barris, if anything at all, or the world he's created within the series. Because even as a source of pure entertainment, it falls flat.

Apr 16, 2020 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

#blackAF takes a little while to settle into its voice and tone, but by the excellent fifth episode, it has its own smart groove, one driven unexpectedly by the toxicity - autobiographical or not - of the main characters.

Apr 16, 2020 | Full Review…

#blackAF is a fiasco only interesting in the degree to which it detonates and, retroactively, somewhat spoils Barris's work so far.

Apr 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Above all, Barris' latest project is a critical look at the value of, and requirement to, constantly self-examine and self-critique.

May 27, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Provocative, cheeky comedy has strong language.

May 18, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

To be fair, BlackAF is nowhere near the worst show you'll ever see. At points, it's quite funny, and very often it's almost charming, but most of that work is fastidiously undone by Barris's performance as an exaggerated version of himself.

Apr 23, 2020 | Full Review…

#BlackAF brings nothing new or innovative that we haven't seen from Barris' previous network shows.

Apr 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Kenya Barris did no one any favors by simply going for a black-ish do-over with #blackAF, even with the solid performances and higher budget (which, to be fair, does make the show visually striking).

Apr 20, 2020 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Newcomer Benson, who some viewers will recognize from Netflix's Alexa & Katie, steps into her own here, and it's clear that she's a budding young star with strong comic timing.

Apr 18, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for #blackAF: Season 1

  • Jun 27, 2020
    I LOVE this show! I started watching with my own daughter, and it honestly helped us to have conversations about being mixed and we were able to use the show's humor to get us through discussions that might have been much more uncomfortable. The "craziness" of the family and their banter made us feel less anxious about they ways in which we communicate. Not sure if that makes sense - I'm no writer/TV critic... I really have no idea why it scores so low. I haven't seen Black-ish, or Mixed-ish, or Grownish, so I don't know if people think they are too similar? Looking forward to Season 2!
  • Jun 20, 2020
    It really highlighted colorism..Barris defended it by saying it depicted his real family, but Blackish was supposed to cover that.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    Really easy watching, really lighthearted and funny definitely worth a watch
  • Jun 12, 2020
    This is so funny. I love a good mockumentary and this is just that. I've actually never gotten into Black-ish or any of his spin-offs but I will watch anything with Rashida Jones in it so I gave this a try. I think the missing link for me in Black-ish was that Kenya Barris isn't in them. Dude is so funny. Forgive me for comparing it to Curb Your Enthusiasm but it is almost as good as that show. I love this family despite the fact that they are a bunch of rich assholes. Can't wait for the next season.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    Kenya's whining gets to be a bit much at times but it's still one of my favorite Netflix shows
  • Jun 05, 2020
    Loved it! It's great that Kenya Barris' shows represent us as we are and not just in a stereotypical way.
  • Jun 01, 2020
    Não é bem o estilo de série que eu gosto, mas me prendeu de uma forma que eu não sei explicar. O pai é como se fosse um anti herói, que no caso é apenas humano. Eu adorei essa família como um todo, a união a partir da diferença.
  • May 26, 2020
    Loved it! So True of the time, great perspective, loved the actors, great overall morale. Worth the watch!
  • May 17, 2020
    Solid concept. Appreciate the direction and think there's a lot of opportunity for it to grow into a solid show.
  • May 17, 2020
    Super fun, easy to watch and with lots of facts about slavery!

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