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Black-ish Season 1 Episode 18 Review: “The Real World” | TVOM

TVOM: "Although it’s an endlessly common trait with female characters, there are few entities on television able to make “neurotic” an endearing character trait. Those that can – Annie Edison on Community, Schmidt on New Girl – usually achieve it through informing the audience of that character’s behavior, traumas from their past that accentuate unlikable traits when in stressful situations. At points, Black-ish has painted both Bow and Dre as neurotic people, yet has done a poor job defining where these neuroses stem from – something it does yet again in “The Real World,” treating Bow’s insecurities as a punch line for 20 minutes, then retro-fitting some empathy for her behavior in the final two minutes, creating yet another half-hour of Black-ish where man and wife undermine each other for the sake of selfish, empty pursuits."

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