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Season 3, Episode 24 – Black-ish ends its third season with a dramatic tearjerker of an episode. The Johnson family gathers at the hospital as complications force Bow to give birth two months prematurely.
Season 3, Episode 23 – Black-ish aired the backdoor pilot for a proposed spinoff centering on Zoey at college, which unfortunately felt like a watered-down, inferior version of the excellent Netflix series Dear White People.
Season 3, Episode 21-22 – Black-ish aired two episodes this week, both centering on family. Bow’s sister Santa Monica (Rashida Jones) visits in the first, and Black-ish sends Zoey off to college with a clip show in the second.
Season 3, Episode 20 – Dre shows signs of maturity on an otherwise forgettable episode of Black-ish. It’s not the return to form fans might have hoped for after last week’s disaster, but it’s solid.
Season 3, Episode 19 –Black-ish tarnishes its reputation and brand by casting Chris Brown this week. This problematic decision is made all the more hypocritical by the fact that this episode is about representation in media.
Season 3, Episode 18 – This week’s episode of Black-ish felt like filler, as it focused too much on Vivian, the “Black Nanny” who’s been missing in action for months. Bow tries to hide her pregnancy in hopes of getting a promotion, while Dre considers paternity leave.
Season 3, Episode 17 – Black-ish takes on the issues of representation and colorism in an inspiring, funny episode. Bow decides to protest the fact that a store doesn’t carry a wide array of black dolls, while Dre faces his own biases while working on an ad campaign.
Season 3, Episode 16 – Dre reluctantly attends jury duty, but begins to care about the trial once he sees that the defendant is a young black man. Meanwhile, Bow lets the children swear in hopes that it will help them open up to her.
Season 3, Episode 15 – Dre attends a funeral in Compton, reconnecting with his childhood crew, but experiencing guilt over the fact that he’s the only one who made it out of the neighborhood. There’s some interesting ideas, but the episode could be more focused.
Season 3, Episode 14 – Black-ish returns with an episode that hits all the rights notes, managing to be silly, sweet, and serious all at the same time. Bow and Dre argue over what to name their upcoming child, while Junior puts the moves on Zoey’s friend Shelly.
Season 3, Episode 13 – After much prompting from Bow and several outbursts, Dre decides to try therapy to work through his anger issues. Meanwhile, Johan takes on Zoey and Junior as clients in his life-coaching business.
Season 3, Episode 12 – Black-ish addresses the election in a timely, resonant episode. Set eight weeks after the election, the Johnsons deal with the uncertainty, despair, and other feelings that have plagued many of us since Trump’s surprise win.
Season 3, Episode 11 – Black-ish is back for its winter premiere! After Bow catches Diane looking at porn online, she and Dre worry about their kids’ internet habits, eventually trying to ban all devices.
Season 3, Episode 10 – It’s Christmastime at the Johnson household. The holiday brings old friends (a returning Tyra Banks as Dre’s best friend Gigi) and new challenges, as Dre can’t deal with the fact that it’s Zoey’s last holiday before she goes to college.
Season 3, Episode 9 – Dre uses his connections to get Zoey an internship at Teen Vogue, but worries that her success there is due to his reputation and not hard work.
Season 3, Episode 8 – Black-ish switches things up this week, with an episode from Bow’s perspective instead of Dre’s, as she deals with identity issues after Junior brings home a white girlfriend.
Season 3, Episode 7 – Black-ish celebrates Thanksgiving with a special appearance by Pops’s sister AV (Orange is the New Black’s Yvonne Parker), as the origins of her legendary feud with Ruby are finally revealed.
Season 3, Episode 6 – The results of Jack’s career aptitude test indicating that he’d make a good skilled laborer cause Dre and Bow to panic, while Ruby sets out to prove that Diane is possessed by the Devil.
Season 3, Episode 5 – Dre reasserts his status as Prank King with his most complex prank yet: convincing Junior he killed Charlie and is being haunted by his ghost. Meanwhile, Ruby transforms an innocent neighborhood tradition into the Purge.
Season 3, Episode 4 – In a funny, edgy episode, Dre lets his guard down, deciding that black people don’t need to be scared of getting arrested for interacting with white people. Of course, it backfires, but the way the show tackled some interesting issues made me remember why this show is special.
Season 3, Episode 3 – Dre wants to continue Obama’s legacy by getting another black man elected to his office, so he becomes Junior’s campaign manager as Junior runs for Class President. Meanwhile, Pops, Johan and Jack want to sit out all elections, while Bow helps Zoey with her college applications.
Season 3, Episode 2 – Zoey begins to question her belief in God, encouraged by Bow’s brother (Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs), causing Dre to have his own crisis of faith.
Season 3, Episode 1 – Black-ish returns for its third season with a half-hour long commercial for Disney World, as the Johnson family visits the theme park, conveniently forgetting about Dre’s financial problems that were at the center of last season’s finale.
Black-ish ends its strong second season with an extended homage to Good Times, as Dre’s financial worries manifest themselves in a gravy-induced dream where his family becomes characters on the seminal 70’s sitcom.
Dre cares for his sick family, and Bow reveals a life-changing surprise in another great episode of Black-ish.
Dre rediscovers his love for Junior after meeting his new friends, the titular super rich kids Wes and Kevin. Dre’s always worried that he and Junior have nothing in common, but Wes and Kevin wear fresh sneakers, discuss rapper feuds, and use cool slang. In other words, they’re mini Dres.
This week’s episode dealt with the legacy of The Cosby Show. Even though the show was fake, the dreams it made were real. Dre was largely raised by TV, and The Cosby Show showed him that it was possible for someone who looked like him to have an ideal family, with two loving parents who had amazing careers.
Bow Johnson (her maiden name) didn’t take Dre’s last name when they got married, so he wants her to change it…to Bow Johnson. It’s an absurd, silly argument that this episode didn’t completely transcend.
After a week off, Black-ish returns true to form, with a funny episode that deals with every parent’s worst nightmare—confronting the fact that you won’t always be there for your kids—with the show’s signature mix of humor and heart.
In the opening of this week’s Black-ish, Dre and Bow are barely holding it together as parents. They sent Jack to school with medical waste instead of lunch, Junior’s shirt has a giant iron mark on the back, and they straight up forget about Diane.