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Black-ish (stylized as Blackish) is an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross that debuted on ABC.[1][2] The single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class African-American family.[3] The series premiered on September 24, 2014.[4][5][6] The series was renewed for a second season on May 7, 2015, which premiered on September 23, 2015.

Cast and charactersEdit

Main castEdit

  • Anthony Anderson as Andre Johnson., an advertising executive who tries to pass on some of his urban culture to his seemingly uninterested children.
  • Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, who is Dre's wife. She is a mixed-race surgeon [7] who was raised by hippies. Her alma mater is Brown University.
  • Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Dre and Rainbow's fifteen-year-old daughter. She is the attractive, popular, entitled, stylish, and socially active member of the Johnson family. She is typically apathetic to any dealings with her family and is always treated as the world's most perfect teenager.
  • Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Dre and Rainbow's fourteen-year-old son. He is a so-called "nerd" who is confused by the world around him.
  • Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Dre and Rainbow's upbeat six-year-old son, who idolizes his father.
  • Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Dre and Rainbow's six-year-old daughter, who considers herself smarter and more mature than her twin brother.
  • Jenifer Lewis as Ruby Johnson (season 2, recurring season 1), Dre's mother.[8]
  • Jeff Meacham as Josh (season 2, recurring season 1), Dre's co-worker.

Recurring castEdit

EpisodesEdit

List of Black-ish episodes

ProductionEdit

Development and castingEdit

Black-ish first appeared on the development slate at ABC in October 2013, when it was reported that the project, which would star Anthony Anderson, had received a script commitment.[12] On January 16, 2014, ABC greenlit the pilot episode.[13] Two weeks later, Larry Wilmore joined the show as showrunner.[14] In mid-February, Laurence Fishburne was cast as the father of Anderson's character, and Tracee Ellis Ross signed on as the female lead.[15][16][17]

FilmingEdit

On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to the series for the 2014–15 television season.[1][2] A few days later, Anderson announced that Larry Wilmore would be stepping down as showrunner early in the show's run due to his forthcoming late night show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.[18]

On May 7, 2015, ABC renewed the series for a second season.

ReceptionEdit

Nielsen ratingsEdit

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere Viewers
(in millions)
Premiere 18-49
rating/share
Date Finale Viewers
(in millions)
Finale 18-49
rating/share
1 Wednesday 9:30 pm 24
September 24, 2014
11.04[19] 3.3/10[19]
May 13, 2015
5.36[20] 1.6/5[20] 2014–2015 #54[21] 8.49[21]
2 24[22]
September 23, 2015
7.30[23] 2.4/7[23]
May 2016
2015–2016 TBA TBA

Critical receptionEdit

Black-ish has been met with generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the show a rating of 86% based on 56 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's consensus states, "Although it seems uncertain of its target audience, Black-ish ingratiates with a diverse cast and engaging cultural issues."[24] Metacritic gave the show a score of 77 out of 100, based on 30 "generally favorable" reviews.[25] Rolling Stone's December 4, 2014 issue called it "one of the only new network comedies worth watching," praising in particular Laurence Fishburne's performance. Anthony Anderson's performance was also met with critical acclaim, earning him a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Season 1Edit

Award Category Nominee Result Ref
American Film Institute Top 10 TV Shows Black-ish Won [26]
41st People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Black-ish Nominated [27]
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Black-ish Won [28]
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Won [28]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross Won [28]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Won [28]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Laurence Fishburne Won [28]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Marcus Scribner Nominated [28]
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Nominated [29]
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actor: Comedy Anthony Anderson Nominated [30]
Choice TV: Breakout Star Yara Shahidi Nominated [30]
Choice TV: Breakout Show Black-ish Nominated [30]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Nominated [31]

Season 2Edit

Award Category Nominee Result Ref
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Comedy Series Black-ish Won [32]
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Won [32]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross Won [32]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Marsai Martin Won [32]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Miles Brown Nominated [32]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Laurence Fishburne Nominated [32]
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Marcus Scribner Won [32]
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Miles Brown Nominated [32]
Outstanding Performance by a Youth Marsai Martin Nominated [32]
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Kenya Barris for "The Word" Won [32]
6th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [33]
Best Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Nominated [33]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross Nominated [33]
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Jenifer Lewis Nominated [33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Andreeva, Nellie (May 8, 2014). ABC New Series Pickups: 'Selfie', 'Forever', Galavant', 'Whispers', 'How To Get Away With Murder', 'American Crime', 'Black-ish', Jeff Lowell Comedy. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Littleton, Cynthia (May 8, 2014). ABC Orders 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' 4 Other Dramas and 4 Comedies. Variety. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  3. Shows A-Z - black-ish on abc. The Futon Critic. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  4. Adalian, Josef (May 13, 2014). ABC Fall Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Owns Thursdays, Black-ish Gets the Post–Modern Family Slot. Vulture. Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  5. O'Connell, Michael (May 13, 2014). ABC Fall Schedule: Shonda Rhimes Rules Thursday, 'Black-ish' Gets 'Modern Family' Slot. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on May 24, 2014.
  6. Kondolojy, Amanda (July 15, 2014). ABC Annnounces Fall Premiere Dates. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on July 15, 2014.
  7. episode "The Nod"
  8. ABC's black-ish Casts Jenifer Lewis as Anthony Anderson's Mother. Retrieved on 30 September 2014.
  9. black-ish. Retrieved on 27 August 2014.
  10. Adams, Erik (July 15, 2014). Laurence Fishburne will be back for Hannibal's third season. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on September 14, 2014. “Though he didn’t (and likely couldn’t) go into specifics, Fishburne noted that he’ll only be a recurring presence on both Hannibal and Black-ish this year, an arrangement he made to continue his involvement with both series.”
  11. Black-ish. ABC All Access. Retrieved on August 27, 2014. “Laurence Fishburne (recurring character)”
  12. Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2013). Anthony Anderson Toplines ABC Comedy Written By Kenya Barris & Produced By Laurence Fishburne Who May Guest Star. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  13. Andreeva, Nellie (January 16, 2014). Comedy Starring Anthony Anderson From Laurence Fishburne Gets ABC Pilot Order. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  14. Andreeva, Nellie (January 31, 2014). ABC's Anthony Anderson/Kenya Barris Pilot Taps Larry Wilmore As Showrunner. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  15. Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2014). Laurence Fishburne Set For ABC's Anthony Anderson Pilot; Jade Catta-Preta Joins Jeff Lowell Comedy. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  16. Andreeva, Nellie (February 19, 2014). Tracee Ellis Ross To Co-Star In Anthony Anderson Pilot; Ricky Blitt Pilot Adds One. Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  17. Obenson, Tambay (February 20, 2014). Tracee Ellis Ross Will Play Anthony Anderson's Wife In ABC's Kenya Barris Pilot, 'Black-ish'. Indiewire. Retrieved on May 12, 2014.
  18. Marotta, Jenna (May 14, 2014). Anthony Anderson Says Larry Wilmore Won't Executive-Produce ABC's Black-ish. Vulture. Retrieved on May 14, 2014.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2014). Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'The Goldbergs', 'Modern Family', 'Law and Order: SVU' & 'Red Band Society' Adjusted Up. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on September 25, 2014.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Kondolojy, Amanda (May 21, 2015). Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'Survivor: Reunion' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on May 21, 2015.
  21. 21.0 21.1 de Moraes, Lisa (May 21, 2015). Full 2014-15 TV Season Series Rankings: Football & ‘Empire’ Ruled. Deadline. Retrieved on May 24, 2015.
  22. Andreeva, Nellie (November 17, 2015). ABC Ups Orders For 'Middle', 'Goldbergs', 'Blackish', and 'FOTB', 'Modern Family' next. Deadline. Retrieved on November 17, 2015.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Kondolojy, Amanda (September 24, 2015). Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'Modern Family' & 'Law and Order: SVU' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' Adjusted Down. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on September 24, 2015.
  24. black-ish: Season 1 (2014). Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved on November 25, 2014.
  25. Black-ish: Season 1. Metacritic. CBS. Retrieved on November 25, 2014.
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  27. People's Choice Awards 2015: The winner's list, Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved January 9, 2015
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 http://variety.com/2014/film/news/get-on-up-selma-dear-white-people-score-naacp-image-award-nominations-full-list-1201374910/
  29. Erik Pedersen. Critics’ Choice Television Awards Nominations 2015. Deadline. Retrieved on May 6, 2015.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 2015 Teen Choice Award Winners – Full List. Variety. Penske Media Corporation (August 16, 2015). Retrieved on August 17, 2015.
  31. 67th Emmy Award Nominees and Winners. Emmys (July 16, 2015). Retrieved on July 17, 2015.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 32.6 32.7 32.8 32.9 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2016-naacp-image-award-nominees-862135/
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 THR Staff. Critics' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on January 17, 2016.


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