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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 24, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) tries to impart his family's heritage to his four children while living in the suburbs while facing conflicting ideas from his wife (Tracee Ellis Ross), his very opinionated father (Laurence Fishburne), and his own children.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Sep 23, 2014
    91
    Black-ish, is fun, cool, and hip. It just so happens to also have a lot going on upstairs.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 24, 2014
    90
    Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 23, 2014
    83
    Black-ish has a lot packed into its oft-amusing opening half-hour. It’s both fairly daring and also endearing, sharply written but with an overdose of narrative exposition. The kids and adults are all well-cast and there’s no laugh track to gum anything up.
  4. Reviewed by: Sarah Huggins
    Sep 24, 2014
    80
    It's hard not to compare the comedy to past shows such as "The Bernie Mac Show" and "The Cosby Show" and rightfully so. Black-ish continues the momentum these shows started and brings in issues of this generation.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 24, 2014
    80
    It should be enough that it's smart and funny. Which it is, though there's always room for funnier.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 23, 2014
    75
    Like "The Cosby Show," to which it inevitably will be compared, Black-ish balances credible family situations with universally appealing comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 23, 2014
    50
    In the pilot, the writing hews toward the obvious and predictable, perhaps in part because it’s racing along to establish the premise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    10
    This show is hilarious! Anthony Anderson is very funny! Whoever picked the cast did a good job. Even the child actors are engaging! Lot ofThis show is hilarious! Anthony Anderson is very funny! Whoever picked the cast did a good job. Even the child actors are engaging! Lot of laughs watching this show!!! Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2015
    10
    One of the funniest shows I've seen! It has comedy, fun jokes, hilarious plots, and fun for the whole family. It teaches moral lessons aboutOne of the funniest shows I've seen! It has comedy, fun jokes, hilarious plots, and fun for the whole family. It teaches moral lessons about family and life and has fun holiday specials. Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    A smart, biting, edby, and sharp new comedy. It's about time there was an African-American 'Modern Family' on television. Tracee Ross &A smart, biting, edby, and sharp new comedy. It's about time there was an African-American 'Modern Family' on television. Tracee Ross & Laurence Fishbourne & Anthony Anderson deliver here. Definitely a keeper. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2014
    6
    Better than I expected. Not as good as it should be. Laurence Fishburne is very good as the philosophical and realist Grandpa. The rest ofBetter than I expected. Not as good as it should be. Laurence Fishburne is very good as the philosophical and realist Grandpa. The rest of the cast seems to a bit from the always be desperate school of acting -- especially the unknown-to-me actor playing the Father.

    It's probably worth a couple of more looks to see what develops. Be known -- this is not the Cosby show!
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  5. Apr 10, 2015
    4
    I just watched the pilot episode, and i am very disappointed. The concept is great but the execution is nonsense. And as a person of color whoI just watched the pilot episode, and i am very disappointed. The concept is great but the execution is nonsense. And as a person of color who grew up in a "white" neighborhood, a lot of what is in the show is over exaggerated. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2015
    2
    The positive reviews for this show seem to stem from a generation of people eager to accept ANYTHING with black people involved.
    The writing
    The positive reviews for this show seem to stem from a generation of people eager to accept ANYTHING with black people involved.
    The writing is completely lacking in originality and devoid of humor, it swings from one stereotypical "black joke" to the next, with no comedy driven by character interaction, so in it's own circle of hypocrisy the show itself is offensive and racist. The only positive thing to say about this show is that the cast are all entirely capable of believable performances.
    Honestly I could only recommend this show to white hipsters who are filled with glee at the sight of any black actor or actress gracing their screen.
    That's not to take away from the fact that Anthony Anderson is a very talented man with excellent comedic timing, and genuine acting ability.
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  7. Oct 1, 2014
    0
    Predictable, hackneyed, and often just plain stupid. The only thing worth watching here is Laurence Fishburne and he has very little screenPredictable, hackneyed, and often just plain stupid. The only thing worth watching here is Laurence Fishburne and he has very little screen time. I watched the first two shows and I am giving up. Too bad... it's a great idea but very poorly executed. Expand

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