mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

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While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.

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Critic Ratings: 21

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User Ratings: 78

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Air date: Sep 24, 2019

In the premiere, a young Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s, and the dilemmas they face to acclimate in the suburbs while staying true to themselves. Bow's parents, Paul and Alicia, decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. Their experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where one belongs.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2019

Fitting in at school and standing out at work proves difficult for Rainbow and Alicia.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2019

A teacher tells Rainbow to make sure her hair is neat for picture day, so she becomes self-conscious and begins a complicated relationship with her hair; and Johan and Santamonica struggle with their own hair identity.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2019

Rainbow is tasked with a school assignment that requires her to trace her roots, and learns that history is more complicated for her mom's side of the family than it is for her dad's. Meanwhile, Johan struggles to balance his new love of ice hockey with what his friends think is cool.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2019

It's time for the Johnson kids' first school dance, but before Bow can dance the night away, she'll have to consider the social impact of her date choice. Johan finds an outfit for the dance and discovers his love of fashion, while Santamonica spends some time with Harrison.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2019

The popular girls at school ask Rainbow to join their group Halloween costume as Tootie from "The Facts of Life." She thinks this is finally her opportunity to fit in, but Denise views the situation differently. Meanwhile, Alicia doesn't want the kids to go trick-or-treating after Harrison and his colleagues tell her about all the dangerous things that can happen.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2019

The kids are excited to learn more about their grandad after Harrison invites them to family day. Meanwhile, Alicia attempts to fit in at the country club but ends up fighting with Denise about keeping it real.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2019

Rainbow's passion for science deflates when her peers convince her that science isn't cool. During Career Day, Rainbow code-switches and pursues journalism in order to fit in, only to find that the local news anchor attending the fair has also been hiding a part of herself. Meanwhile, Harrison works to mold a testimony from Denise who struggles to be anyone but herself, and Santamonica tries to steal the spotlight back after Johan suffers an injury.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2019

Alicia and Paul strive to maintain their winter solstice traditions from the commune, but their parents want to have a more traditional Christmas with the kids. Meanwhile, Alicia's dad Lynwood competes with Harrison to be the kids' favorite grandad.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2019

Alicia and Paul strive to maintain their winter solstice traditions from the commune, but their parents want to have a more traditional Christmas with the kids. Meanwhile, Alicia's dad Lynwood competes with Harrison to be the kids' favorite grandad.

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The "Black-ish" spin-off features a 12-year-old Rainbow (Arica Himmel) as she comes to terms with her life as a kid in a mixed-race family in the '80's. At the beginning of Season 1, her parents Paul (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Alicia (Tika Sumpter) decide to leave the hippie commune where they used to live and move to the suburbs, where they struggle with being accepted as part of the community. While Rainbow and her siblings have trouble at school for their mixed-race origins, the parents try to educate them on their heritage.

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  • Mar 02, 2021
    A really fun and enjoyable show! Much better than I thought it would be
  • Dec 20, 2020
    I have never gone out of my way to find how to even give feedback about anything on tv. But this show is the best thing ever!!!!! So nostalgic and HILARIOUS!!! I literally cant stop laughing out loud even the neighbors can hear when I am watching Mixed-ish. Whoever is writing this is the most gifted. I cant even start about the actors...we all know Tika and Mark-Paul are talented, but my God what about aunt Dee-dee and White Grandpa and Santi!!!!! Wow!! Yes, Rainbow is amazing too and Yohan! The storyline is so real! But the family values shown in this series is beautiful! Its a family trying to figure it out but determined to stick it together through the painful realities so many are still in denial about. I love this show so much and believe everyone, all shades, can truly enjoy and be introspective about in their lives. I could only hop that this show stays on the air for 7 seasons and beyond like Friends and Seinfeld and all other timepieces. This is a timepiece of the 80s!
  • Sep 10, 2020
    This television brings up a ton of social issues that no one really ever talks about. There are plenty of shows out there that tackle single-race social issues, but few are ever dedicated to biracial social issues, and the stigma behind interracial couples. This one does exactly that, it dicusses many struggles and the prejudice encountered by interracial couples back in the 80s. It weaves real-life events into the show to make the audience really feel and understand what was going on at that time, and why society was different back then. Such as who the president was, and other historical events, black families and white families living in the same neighborhoods, and how interracial families were sometimes rejected from both sides each for different reasons. In many scenes, the show will pause, and elaborate on particular things (you could say they dumb it down a little) so that both uneducated children, as well as adults, can better understand that there is actual terminology behind all of this, which will help give them some more insight into the series. I watched it with my parents (A couple who met and were married in the 80s) and were really able to relate to the show. In addition, it feels especially genuine having Tracee Ellis Ross narrate the story, someone who can likely relate to everything coming about the series coming from a biracial background (aside from growing up on a commune). To be honest, forever whatever reason they switched out the actor playing the father, it might have been a good turnout. Mark Paul Gosselaar seems to portray his character quite well. As for the children, you get to watch how they struggle to find their own identities in school, and how some give into to conforming, while one (Rainbow) tries to fight the social division society has put in place. By the way, for a 7-year-old, Mykal-Michelle Harris is a total stitch. She portrays the role of Santamonica very well.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    I really wanted to like this show, being mixed myself, but the show is just plain stupid.
  • Jul 22, 2020
    Every episode was very entertaining and meaningful topics throughout.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    It feels good just to sit and enjoy family entertainment—the dynamics and culture mirror my own family's. I know many are complaining about what the show is not, but I love it for what it is. It's an opportunity to laugh with my family and reminisce about an era that was a pivotal time for all mixed families.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    I love this show. I'm a fan of black-ish and grown-ish, but was skeptical of another spin-off. It turns out this is my favorite of the three. I didn't grow up in the 80's so it's a nice glimpse into the era for me. I also think they did a great job with casting: all of the actors really make their characters come to life. I genuinely look forward to new episodes coming out each week. Please keep this show on the air!
  • Feb 18, 2020
    Must see! Completely relatable, happy they are giving a good representation of the mixed culture. Tune in every Tuesday's on ABC, you won't be disappointed.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    Hilarious! Love the messages hidden behind the humor of young children growing up bi-racial and finding their way through the sometimes difficult racial lines and learning to be comfortable within their own skin. A must watch TV show for families.
  • Jan 31, 2020
    This show is awesome, I have a mixed family and it is totally relatable. I love the context they are exploring, keep it up guys.

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