‘Black-ish’ Season 1 Effortlessly Balanced Universal Family Plots With Specifically Black Experiences
When Black-ish first premiered, the sitcom was notable because of its visible diversity, especially considering it closed out ABC’s very white Wednesday night comedy lineup (joining The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family). As it progressed, the show continued to tackle storylines specific to black culture — teaching children about the importance of black history, worrying about whether you’re “black enough,” homophobia in the black community, etc. — while also including more typical family sitcom tropes, such as a married couple switching chores or disliking their daughter’s boyfriend. It provided a good balance for a sitcom: enough universal plots to appeal to a wide variety of viewers, but also plenty of focus on an often-overlooked minority group, making it one of the year’s best new comedies.