With all the television shows on cable currently, it is hard not to get absorbed in at least one of them. Each show features a cast of people dedicated to entertaining the masses with either drama, crime, romance, or comedy. The problem with some of this, however, is that it doesn’t always cater to the minority communities in our country. Shows can tend to have a token character of color that is usually portrayed based on several different stereotypes. Sometimes a famous actor/actress of color will make a guest appearance on a show and their presence/ethnicity will be highlighted. Shows like Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish are shows that break this trend.
Black-ish is an ABC network produced show that tells the story of an upper middle class African American family and their interaction with the rest of the world including topics of race and sexual identity. The main cast includes big names such as Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jenifer Lewis, and Laurence Fishburne. Dre (Anderson) is an advertising executive and his wife Rainbow (Ross) is an anesthesiologist who worked hard to be able to give their children a life better than their own and, because the show is a comedy, this is done in a way that gives the audience a ton of laughs.
Episode topics range from simple topics like Dre talking to his oldest son about sex, to Bow and Dre having to explain to their youngest children the importance of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Several of the episodes take a swing at tackling issues that members of the black community face by entering characters into the situations and having them react wildly only to learn how to correctly handle the situation. At times, this can get repetitive and predictable, keeping the show from reaching the ranks of The Bernie Mac Show or even My Wife and Kids. Even still, it does a great job of tackling issues that African Americans are facing now.
More shows like this should be on the air to cater to the changing population of viewers. It is inspirational to be able to watch a show that discusses harsh topics in a manner that makes people laugh without diminishing the importance of the message. Black-ish has received a generally positive review from critics, gaining an 86% from Rotten Tomatoes and a plethora of award nominations for the cast. Currently, it is in the midst of its third season and let’s hope that it continues for even more.
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