• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2006
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. It requires a lot of patience to get there, but the lessons may be worth it.
  2. "Black. White." makes you think, makes you want to have a conversation about racial issues and makes you examine your own beliefs and biases. How often does a TV show do that?
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    An endlessly curious and unexpectedly intelligent social experiment.
  4. 60
    Clearly, the action in ''Black. White." has been manipulated and edited to justify its existence as a spark-filled TV look at black-white relations. Indeed, the show... can be downright hokey. But it nonetheless pushes you into questions about your own behavior and feelings.
  5. 38
    An abject failure both as sociology and as entertainment, this incompetent update of Black Like Me is no more than a gimmick in search of an idea.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 60
    However badly you thought American race relations were going, Black. White. will make you feel worse.
  9. It demonstrates the potential of reality television to go beyond determining who can eat the most worms or scream the loudest, to illuminate important social and cultural issues.
  10. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    Uncompromisingly revelatory.
  11. 75
    What may appear at first glance to be a cheap reality TV gimmick... soon evolves into something quite compelling.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    60
    The show's an entertaining provocation, but it's also only skin-deep.
  14. What I've seen suggests an intriguing show, although there's something so contrived about the series that it makes me more than a bit uneasy.
  15. 63
    Some results are interesting anthropologically. But "Black.White" bogs down in conversation and never fascinates.
  16. This show goes in for neither cheap gags nor easy stereotypes, crafting a thought-provoking narrative that embodies genuine sociological heft without transforming its subjects into buffoons.
  17. 75
    It is quite simply one of the most fascinating TV shows I have ever watched - warts and all.
  18. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    70
    Consistently compelling.
  19. 70
    Black.White takes the reality subgenre to a whole new level, shining a beacon on American's most excruciating blind spot.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    60
    "Black.White." is most impressive as a feat of cosmetology.
  22. Reviewed by: Chip Crews
    40
    It's a shame so much of the show is annoying, because it offers occasional small moments of enlightenment.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 93
  2. Negative: 23 out of 93
  1. AbbyL
    Jul 6, 2007
    6
    To say that America is not racist is wrong. I, myself, as a black American have had to deal with idiots. This show makes me sad and happy at the same time. It makes me upset that they try to make it seem like blacks are hated by everyone, when in reality not everyone hates African Americans. It also makes me happy that they are trying to prove that racism is alive and well. And to the idiots that say America's racist population is 'booming' because of this show, clearly are mislead. Full Review »
  2. SarahR
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    America needs more of this!
  3. KarenS
    Sep 10, 2006
    9
    Whenever I watch this show, I am completely enthralled--I begin analyzing what I think about the whole race issue and why I have my ideas. I gave the show a nine out of ten, though, because of one issue that keeps rearing its ugly head but has not been dealt with yet. The issue is: who is able to say the 'n' word? I personally believe that no one should say it, white or black. If we allow one race to say the word and then attack the other if they say it, we'll just be furthering the racism and solidifying the double standards. Why use a word that is so negatively racially charged, anyway? Full Review »