“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.
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.