Critic Consensus: grown-ish quickly works through its growing pains to establish itself as its own socially aware show with a fresh perspective on the college experience, driven by the charming and capable Yara Shahidi.
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It's a diverse group and a talented one. Many series with young casts filled with new faces have at least one weak spot, but like Dear White People before it, this college comedy seems to have put together one helluva squad.
But when it lets Zoey's friends get into a playfully argumentative groove, Grown-ish hits moments that let its teen characters get messier than Zoey ever would.
There's plenty of fertile ground here, provided that the writers remember what sets their show apart.
It's truly the flaws of the characters that make the show worthwhile.
The effect is nicely confiding rather than jarring. Funny and sometimes surprisingly dramatic, Grown-ish feels both like a hit and like an artistic success.
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