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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2006
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

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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
  1. SarahR
    Apr 2, 2007
    America needs more of this!
  2. AlvaH
    Mar 16, 2006
    Well, Well, Well, I think its right on point. As usual white folks don't have a clue about their surroundings because they haven't had to, we've been bending and accepting their every whim. Just how does one say whatever they want and its fine. Cause this is America, right -- You can't tell me that the white lady in this show ever got the impression she could call anyone a "bitch", but she wanted to and she did -- so what!! She white. No where could she have thought they were on that kind of relationship where she was allowed to call anyone out of their name. Please, help me understand where folks get off talking down to anyother group of people. You Should Know Better (in all caps). Its just manners. Expand
  3. NikkiC
    Apr 6, 2006
    The show makes you think. It's excellent and I want to see another season/series. Good for both races to see.
  4. nicole
    Mar 8, 2006
    very disturbed by the views of black people, I think they are looking for racism and over reacting to the "white" society. and I think that the white family is viewing this as a joke. not very serious. Expand
  5. CalvinHobbs
    Mar 12, 2006
    The show opens up dialogue which is a plus. Trust me on this though when I say very few white people are as clueless as the ones on the show. We are no longer seperated by race but class. Expand
  6. LindaJ
    Mar 16, 2006
    I like the Premise however, what I think is wrong about how they did this show is not showing how they are filming it. It tries to make you think that everything is spontaneous but how honest are people with cameras present? There are so many camera angles and switches that I think they could'nt be hidden cameras. If they are hidden, that should have been shown to the viewing public. I have only seen 2 episodes, I will watch 1 more to see if it gets any better. Im one of those who read Black like Me many years ago and was moved by it. So far this hasn't moved me..oh I am white and wish they had used better representatives of the white race.. I dont know anyone so white as the people they chose..Oh I forgot..it's probably all staged and rehearsed to make us look totally ignorant of the black race? Expand
  7. ab
    Mar 9, 2006
    i think this show is ridiculous. i know blacks can be discriminated. but so can the handicapped, young, and old. everyone is discriminated at one time or another, all for different reasons. im tired of people complaining about how they are treated. i think blacks are created just as equally as everyone else. if someone discriminates you, whether it be for your color, age, religion, weight, or sex it is their own stupidity and they are not worth you time. i think the world needs to quit focusing on the negative and look at all of the positive things we have done. maybe if that happened we would have a better place to live. Expand

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