Positive television images of black families with happy, intellectual, and healthy role models being showcased are very few and far between nowadays.
Sitcoms from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s like “Good Times,” “The Cosby Show,” and “Family Matters” have been replaced by destructive dysfunction, which is prevalent in reality shows starred in by today’s black television actors and actresses.
However, the silver lining in modern black televised entertainment exists in the form of “Black-ish,” an ABC sitcom that debuted in September of 2014. The show is centered around the life of a married black couple with children. The father is a successful business executive and the mother is an anesthesiologist.
The show stars accomplished comedian Anthony Anderson and Golden Globe-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross. Ellis Ross just won her Golden Globe last month for her role on “Black-ish” as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson. Dr. Johnson plays the wife of Andre “Dre” Johnson, which is the character that Anderson plays on the show.
Seeing the healthily funny, witty, and socially nourishing entertainment on “Black-ish” is definitely a breath of fresh air. Witnessing the positive day-to-day experiences of a successful black family definitely sets the stage for happiness for black families who seek quality entertainment on television that they can watch together.
“The show is also reliably hilarious, thanks in no small part to its top-notch cast lead by Anthony Anderson and Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross,” wrote Mary E. Williams, an entertainment reporter for Salon.com.
“Yet from its first episode, creator Kenya Barris’ comedy has made it clear this show is also here to instruct you, America,” Williams continued.
It’s accurate to surmise (as Williams did in her recent article) that “Black-ish” is a very informative source of entertainment as well. After a day of homeschooling, this show can serve as a perfect treat for the mind and soul for black parents and their children. “Black-ish” airs every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. EST on all local ABC-affiliated stations.