Final review of the ‘Black-ish’ series: The ABC comedy sticks to the landing with its ‘Homegoing’ episode

The focus of this final chapter, subtitled “Homecoming,” involved Dre (Anthony Anderson), who decided he had to shake his life by moving from the predominantly white area where the family had lived and watched the children grow up. a black neighborhood … … or as he aptly put it, one of the places where they filmed “Insecure.”

“Seventeen years on the same street, and the whole neighborhood was still whispering about us behind our backs,” he said in a voiceover, before being relieved to discover that his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) was on the same page.

The move brought back a stream of nostalgia over everything the couple had experienced, and push-back from their children, who understandably felt a certain reluctance to leave the only home they had known.

Nominated for several Emmys during its eight seasons, “black-ish” became a signature series for ABC, as well as a look back at the days when sitcoms dealt with provocative issues. Although the network welcomed the outcry, it did not always embrace the controversy, famously shelving an episode in 2017 that cunningly allowed Dre to address concerns about an America that would elect Donald Trump via a bedtime story that conveyed his fears. (Entitled “Please, Baby, Please”, the program finally saw the light of day in 2020 on the sister streaming service Hulu.)

Despite all this, the network and the producers probably did the show no favors by milking its success too much, and emerged the Freeform series “grown-ish” and the short-lived prequel “mixed-ish”.

Yet the most resonant tone came at the very end, which showed a young Latinx couple moving into Johnsons’ house, filled with similar hopes and thoughts of achieving the American dream – just before that dream is broken, just as Dres was. , by an awkward bigot interaction with the curious neighbor-neighbor played by Nicole Sullivan.

It was a reminder that life goes on and the problems go on, even if lengthy sitcoms periodically end. While the finale until then was sweet and sentimental, perhaps appropriate given Biles’ presence, that “black-ish” sequence helped hold the landing tight.

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