Black-ish is an American television comedy that aired on ABC on September 24, 2014.
This family sitcom revolves around an African-American family who are living the American dream — but that may be too much of a good thing for the family’s dad.
- Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr.
- Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson
- Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson
- Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr.
- Miles Brown as Jack Johnson
- Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson
- Jenifer Lewis as Ruby Johnson
- Jeff Meacham as Josh Oppenhol
- Peter Mackenzie as Leslie Stevens
- Daveed Diggs as Johan
Developing and casting
Black-ish first appeared on the development slate at ABC in October 2013, when it was reported that the project, which would star Anthony Anderson, had received a script commitment. On January 16, 2014, ABC greenlit the pilot episode. Two weeks later, Larry Wilmore joined the show as showrunner. In mid-February, Laurence Fishburne was cast as the father of Anderson's character, and Tracee Ellis Ross signed on as the female lead.
On May 8, 2014, ABC picked up the pilot to the series for the 2014–15 television season. A few days later, Anderson announced that Larry Wilmore would be stepping down as showrunner early in the show's run due to his forthcoming late night show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
On May 7, 2015, ABC renewed the series for a second season.
On March 3, 2016, ABC renewed the series for a third season.
On May 10, 2017, ABC renewed the series for a fourth season.
On May 11, 2018, ABC renewed the series for a fifth season.
The 23rd episode of the third season, "Liberal Arts", functioned as a backdoor pilot for a proposed spin-off of the same title, starring Yara Shahidi as her character, Zoey Johnson, goes to college away from the family. Other cast members in the pilot and proposed series were Chris Parnell, Mallory Sparks, Matt Walsh, and Trevor Jackson.
In early May 2017, ABC passed on the pilot, but its cable sister channel Freeform was in negotiations to move the project there. On May 19, 2017, Freeform officially ordered 13 episodes of the spinoff, now under the tentative title College-ish. In August 2017, the series changed its title to Grown-ish, and added Francia Raisa, Jordan Buhat and Chloe x Halle as cast members. The series's pilot premiered on January 3, 2018. Parnell and Jackson reprised their roles from the backdoor pilot, while Emily Arlook was also added as Nomi, replacing the character Miriam played by Mallory Sparks. The series has been renewed for a second season.
The show has won numerous awards including the NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Comedy Series" in 2015 and 2016.