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Season 1 episodes (25)

1 Pilot
Like any parents, Andre "Dre" and Rainbow Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring's childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realize at least two things: there is a price to pay for giving their children more than what they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout.
2 The Talk
Dre, disappointed that Bow has already given Andre Jr. "the talk" because she thinks he's too big of a prude to do it, decides to rectify matters by giving his son HIS version of "the talk." But Dre soon finds himself wishing he'd left well enough alone when Andre Jr. starts to drive him crazy with non-stop questions about sex.
3 The Nod
Dre sets out to expand Andre Jr's social circle to include more black kids after he discovers Andre Jr. is clueless about "the nod." Meanwhile, hoping to inspire little Diane to become a doctor, Rainbow takes her to work at the hospital--on what turns out to be the worst day ever.
4 Crazy Mom
When Dre agrees to take over Rainbow's "mom" duties for a week, the overwhelming praise he gets from everyone at his kids' school goes to his head. He soon finds himself pushing the envelope to outdo everyone, even the school's 'crazy mom.'
5 Crime and Punishment
Although Dre and Rainbow agreed they would no longer spank their kids, all bets might be off when Jack disobeys. Now, Zoey, Junior, Diane and a nervous Jack are afraid that their parents will go back on their word.
6 The Prank King
Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other.
7 The Gift of Hunger
After the kids turn their collective noses up at Dre's favorite cheap restaurant in his old 'hood, he decides it's time to give them a reality check. He insists all of them get jobs. But when Andre Jr. and Zoey start working at his office, he can't help but interfere, and Jack and Diane's efforts to make some spare cash leave the neighbors thinking the family has fallen on hard times, much to Bow's embarrassment.
8 Oedipal Triangle
Dre's mother, Ruby, comes for a visit, and she smothers her pork chops with gravy, Dre with love, and would like to flat out smother Bow, who feels the same way about her. Dre tries to find a way to get the two most important women in his life to get along.
9 Colored Commentary
Dre wants the family to feel more connected so he encourages "Team Johnson" to embrace what it means to have each other's backs. But Dre creates trouble for himself when he falls short of Bow's expectations. Meanwhile, Bow and Dre invoke "Team Johnson" and put the less-than enthusiastic Zoey and Andre Jr. in charge of babysitting the twins.
10 Black Santa/White Christmas
Dre campaigns to be the new Santa at the annual office Christmas party, but when that honor goes to Angelica, the lovely head of HR (guest star Ana Ortiz, "Devious Maids," "Ugly Betty") he goes to great lengths to unseat her, because he's convinced Stevens and Lido needs a black Santa. Meanwhile, Bow is tired of competing with Ruby over who cooks the big Christmas Eve dinner.
11 Law of Attraction
Dre thinks Rainbow is questioning his machismo after another man dismisses him in front of her. But when Pops swoops in to help his son save face, Ruby (guest star Jenifer Lewis) is attracted to this show of manliness and the couple reignite their love affair.
12 Martin Luther SKiing Day
On the way to the Johnson family's annual MLK holiday ski trip, Dre realizes his children may not know the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so he decides to inundate them with Dr. King history facts. Once they arrive at the ski lodge, Dre finds a unique way to prepare Junior for a real world that includes intolerance.
13 Big Night, Big Fight
Although Dre and Rainbow find they always end up quarreling on their annual Valentine's Day date, this time around, Dre is determined to do everything right and keep the peace. Meanwhile, Diane realizes she may not have received many Valentine's cards because she is too critical, so her siblings decide to teach her how to give a compliment.
14 Andre from Marseille
When Zoey brings home her first "serious" boyfriend, a boy from school also named Andre, Dre takes an instant dislike to him for many reasons, including the fact that he's white, from France and rather worldly for a kid. He's thrilled when they break up...until he learns that Andre dumped Zoey because she's too shallow, something Dre takes as a personal affront.
15 The Dozens
Dre schools Andre Jr. in the art of "Playing The Dozens," trash talking someone into submission, after he's intimidated by a bully at school, but he succeeds a little too well with his plan; Bow struggles with sleep deprivation when Diane develops a fear of the dark.
16 Parental Guidance
Dre, determined to make up for the no-frills, last-minute wedding he and Bow had, organizes an amazing vow renewal for their 15th anniversary. But when Bow's hippie-dippy parents, Alicia (Anna Deveare Smith) and the very white Paul (Beau Bridges) show up unannounced - bombshells are dropped and old disagreements re-ignite between the two families, especially with Pops and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis).
17 30 Something
Things begin to fall apart, in more ways than one, when Dre hurts himself playing basketball right before his 40th birthday. He hands the planning of his big party over to his much younger, hipper assistant, fearing he really is getting too old to be cool. Bow and Ruby face off over who can get Dre the best gift, and the kids try to figure out what to give their dad for his special day.
18 Sex, Lies, and Vasectomies
Bow learns from her colleague that Dre never had the vasectomy a few years back that he was supposedly scheduled, so she decides to see if he'll come clean and tell the truth.
19 The Real World
When Bow reconnects with her college friends on Facebook, she invites them over for an elaborate dinner party and tries to impress them. But the night of the party, Dre ends up learning a lot of new information about Bow's past.
20 Switch Hitting
When super cool--and white--exec Jay Sloane challenges Dre over his street cred and picks inept Charlie for a big urban market account, Dre finds himself questioning his "blackness." Pops gets a letter from the IRS and fears the worst.
21 The Peer-ent Trap
When teenager Zoey goes through a mini-rebellion phase by pushing boundaries and acting out, Dre wants to lay down the law, while Bow insists on a softer approach like her mom did with her.
22 Please Don't Ask, Please Don't Tell
Dre's sister, Rhonda, is in town for Mother's Day and although she hasn't come out to the family, everyone knows she's gay, except Ruby.
23 Elephant in the Room
Liberals Dre and Bow go ballistic when Junior declares he's joined the Young Republican Club to impress a girl (ironically named Hillary). Since they really can't believe any reasonable black people would be Republicans, Dre and Bow arrange to meet Hillary's wealthy and conservative parents.
24 Pops' Pops' Pops
In the season finale, Jack and Diane look for clues about their roots for their class assignment, a history of the Johnson family. But when they can't find anything out about the family's past, Pops comes to the rescue with the colorful story of how his great-great grandfather, Drex Johnson, bet the future of the Johnson family against a ruthless gangster, Elroy Savoy, during the 1920s Harlem Renaissance.
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About this show

"black-ish" takes a fun yet bold look at one man's determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family with comedic stories that shine a light on current events through the lens of the Johnson family.

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Dawn Elise
October 19, 2020
This show is so funny. It pokes fun at all kinds of racist tropes, and refreshingly, is from the point of view of a Black family. Far from racist "against white people," it is a great privilege for white viewers to be a "fly on the wall" inside the home of a loving, active Black family trying to negotiate life with the extra burden of racism/extra pride of being Black and beautiful. If you enjoy "The Sopranos" or "The Golden Girls" without being Italian or Mafia or a senior, you will appreciate black-ish. An extra bonus is some amazing music videos and animation done for some of the most imaginative TV around!
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Ms.Katrina Games
April 3, 2020
This is to all the whites saying the show is racist , yall whites have been making black jokes all yall lives and now since they are , its racist naw segregation was racist , no cops killing us because of the color of our skin is racist . How dare you say that. I am a 12 year old Black girl and I have the sense to see that but you can't so I can't blame yall I can blame your ancestors there the slave owners there the ones who have passed down the seed of racism to your parent Beyonna Blythers
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DAntoine Webb
March 13, 2015
This is an awesome show it truly connects the complexity of being AA and successful to the sterotypes and stigmas held by both individuals of African descent and mainstream society. I connect with the Johnson Family's struggle as I attempt to walk that fine line of acceptance depicted by this show. BTW, the show is not meant to discredit AA achievements nor spur racial criticism, but rather to educate and bring attention to all, the reality of the AA campaign for acceptance.
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