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‘black-ish’ returning for sixth season on ABC, spins off ‘mixed-ish’ with its own series

Fans of The Johnson family on ABC’s ‘black-ish’ will be happy to hear the comedy has been picked up for a sixth season. The show already has one spinoff, ‘grown-ish,’ on Disney’s Freeform. It will now add a second, ‘mixed-ish,’ on ABC. Mixed-ish will be a retro comedy series set in the 1980s and follows Rainbow Johnson’s experience growing up in a mixed-race family.

Are you watching the critically acclaimed ‘black-ish’? It has received a Peabody Award and several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including a Golden Globe win for Tracee Ellis Ross in 2017. It swept the 2019 NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, among other honors.

‘black-ish’ stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr., Miles Brown as Jack Johnson, Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson, Jenifer Lewis as Ruby, Peter Mackenzie as Mr. Stevens and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy.

In “mixed-ish,” Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the 1980s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.

The series stars Arica Himmel as Bow Johnson, Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson, Christina Anthony as Denise, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Johnson and Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson.

We that Disney’s ABC TV network continues to explore perspectives we haven’t traditionally seen on TV. The shows are expertly crafted and very funny, which also helps make them very watchable.