From Black-ish to Grown-ish, and now Mixed-ish... Are these spin-offs even worth a try?
American sitcom television series Black-ish follows the life of an upper-middle class African-American family - the Johnsons. It focuses on their struggle with cultural assimilation, whilst adding a very comical twist.
Grown-ish, the first spin-off from Black-ish follows the life of the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey, as she makes her first steps into adulthood. I would say it's a good watch, which not only prepares TEENs for the gloss and glamour college life, but also the harsh realities that you have to face. It explores the short bridge for the wide gap between the carefree mentality of a child and the responsibilities of adulthood.
However, if you thought Grown-ish was a stretch… here is Mixed-ish!
Clearly these producers are committed to keeping their audiences hooked on their series. The trailer for Mixed-ish was released on May 14, notifying the public of a new spin-off. This show chronicles the early years of Black-ish character Rainbow Johnson (portrayed by Tracee Ellis Ross on Black-ish) growing up in a mixed race family. While the timeline of Grown-ish runs concurrently with the timeline of Black-ish, Mixed-ish is a prequel to Black-ish.
In Mixed-ish, young Rainbow had to confront her 'mixed' identity when she was forced to leave the hippie community that raised and home-schooled her, to integrate into a traditional school system. This sitcom sheds more light on the experiences of multi-racial children and families in a tangible and authentic way. Thanks to social change, we now have influential personalities - from rappers to even a princess - to identify with as mixed peoples.
Whilst Mixed-ish is set to air this Fall, you may use your summer break to binge-watch Black-ish and Grown-ish. I promise you will have some good laughs while being sensitized to cultural assimilation, the real stresses of college life, and most importantly an appreciation of true blackness on screen… or more like Black-ish.