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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: RenĂ©e Sparks, Carmen Wurgel, Bruno Marcotulli
  • Summary: In this six-episode social experiment from executive producers R.J. Cutler ("The War Room") and Ice Cube, the three members of the African American Sparks family wear white makeup, and the three members of the white Wurgel family don black makeup, in an attempt by each to experience American life from a different racial standpoint. Expand
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 80
    As these two families question their assumptions and experiences, we not only get insights into a thorny issue but, through the families on the show, we also get fascinating glimpses into lives we'd never otherwise lead.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Uncompromisingly revelatory.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    An endlessly curious and unexpectedly intelligent social experiment.
  4. Ultimately, though, it's not what happens to the folks on this show that is so revealing. It's what goes on in our own minds as we watch and listen to them try to navigate the shoals of racial differences.
  5. It works best at its most intimate, as family drama, and as another variant on "The Real World," in which people who would not ordinarily live together are made to do so.
  6. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    "Black.White." is most impressive as a feat of cosmetology.
  7. 0
    "Black. White." is not a provocative study in secret prejudice, followed by growth and awakening. It's a reinforcement of the stereotypes the show claims it wants to examine and expose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 93
  2. Negative: 23 out of 93