It’s premiere week, so I’m here to give you “speedy reviews” of all the new ABC shows premiering this week. Next up, Black-ish.
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Andre (Anderson) thinks his middle class African-American family is ignoring their culture and background a little too much for his liking. Starting with his son going to try out for field hockey over basketball, then his want for a bar mitzvah and his childrens’ apparent lack of knowledge that Obama is our first black president, it befuddles him. This starts discussions of race perceptions, all in a humorous tone.
My Thoughts: This has the best chemistry of any ABC pilot this year. Anthony, Tracee (LOVE seeing her in a new show), Laurence, and the kids all so comfortable and so believable in the show. Now, I know the content may scare some away as the “Is this offense?” question may arise for some, but I thought it was good. Not great, but good. It has lots of potential, especially more than some of the other pilots (you’ll get THOSE thoughts later). I will be sticking around, but I’m not sure how long.
Overall: 3.5 Tracee Ellis Ross quips out of 5
Blackish premieres tonight at 930 pm (after Modern Family) on ABC.