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Black-ish "The Johnson Show" Review - AVClub

AVClub: I was never a Cosby Show kid. While, like Dre, I was essentially raised by TV and got a lot of exposure to white families in sitcoms like Growing Pains and The Brady Bunch, the black family sitcoms that drew me in were The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air and early, grounded Family Matters. The Bankses were that aspirational television family to me; Uncle Phil was a powerful lawyer-turned-judge and Aunt Viv (number one, at least) was a highly-educated professor. Then, even Boy Meets World eventually came out with the representation in the character Angela and by pairing her up with Shawn Hunter, which allowed me (a black girl with a white step-father) to see a couple that looked sort of like my parents, on TV. It allowed me to see an interracial relationship be treated as important and not abnormal. Then there was The Bernie Mac Show, and I’ve said it before, but I believe Black-ish and The Carmichael Show do a great job filling that television void as well.

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