The brain-child of Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishbourne, Black-ish is an African-American family-centered sitcom. (I originally didn’t even mention “African-American,” but since so much of the pilot episode is centered on cultural identity, I figured it was a pretty important identifier — never mind the title of the show.)
I feel sort of the same way I felt when watching Fresh Off The Boat – can I laugh at this? Race is such a sensitive issue, I just don’t even know how I’m allowed to think!
Kristofer thinks it’s going to be really funny though, so I guess I’m allowed to think the same. ;)
Wait, What Is This Episode About?
LOL, so this show is about “breaking barriers” and yet also about how his family isn’t black enough?? BUT he’s upset that people see him in certain stereotypes? And even when his children don’t see race, he finds this is a reason to be upset? I’M SO CONFUSED.
The Funniest Family
Guess what? One way or another, it’s funny. Everyone EXCEPT the main guy is funny. (This seems to be a sort of theme for me, huh?)(OK, honestly it’s just the way he’s behaving in this episode.)
The humor in this family is funniest. The littlest girl knows the name of Obama’s first pet fish! And this wife is SO DOWN TO EARTH. “what are you wearing? WHAT are you wearing?” Thank you! What is he wearing?? What is he talking about?
AW, we end with another parent learning from his kids. This is like Fresh Off The Boat after all, isn’t it?
Once I get over the topic of this particular episode, I love this family. Every character was quirky and funny and chill. They are great actors who do feel authentic, too. (see: Selfie) I’m not a big sitcom person (or, I didn’t used to be) but this feels like another one I could get in to.