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Blackish - S03 E12

Comedy
 

The nation is still reeling after the outcome of the presidential election, and tensions are particularly high at Dre's work. Much to his frustration, they haven't been able to get anything done since election night - eight weeks ago. Meanwhile, Junior is dealing with a disenfranchised student body as class president, and when he is asked to deliver Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at school, Pops teaches him there is more to the speech than Junior thought.

 
Episode Title: Lemons
Airs: 2017-01-11 at 21:31
  • LaToya Ferguson

    Black-ish, is fun, cool, and hip. It just so happens to also have a lot going on upstairs.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Let’s hope it can maintain the joy of the pilot and not fall into broad shtick.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    In its own sweet way, this is a landmark show.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Even in a better season, ABC's provocative and very funny Black-ish would stand out for its broad and biting satire of an uneasily post racial society seen through a very modern-family prism.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Black-ish is one of the best new shows of the season.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    While the big set pieces are very funny, there are too many lulls between them. But odds are you'll come away believing the show will get better and hoping it does--because TV will be all the better for it.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Black-ish has a lot packed into its oft-amusing opening half-hour. It’s both fairly daring and also endearing, sharply written but with an overdose of narrative exposition. The kids and adults are all well-cast and there’s no laugh track to gum anything up.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    Black-ish arrives as a comedy that knows what it's about, and how it wants to be about it in a very smart way.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Yes, "black-ish" can be fiercely funny, sharply observed, and unfailingly good-humored about the racial divide. But just beyond that glossy surface is a serious and even compelling undercurrent.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Depending on how far it’s willing to press and poke at the issues it raises, Black-ish displays a welcoming sense of humor that might be illuminating in the present context.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    The series has transformed from hokey formula into one of the goofiest, most reliably enjoyable comedies around.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kevin Fallon

    The show is, first and foremost, incredibly well written, with astute observations about pop culture, particularly as it relates to ethnic identity.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's not a perfect pilot; most sitcoms aren't. But, like a precious few others, you can see that everyone involved is funny and connected to the concept.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The jokes are tight, and Anderson, whipsawing between smooth playa and high-pitched dismay, is a very likeable lead. There is is a feel-good resolution, although not quite as sappy (and sappily effective) as those on "Modern Family."

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Like the many, many sitcoms about the affluent white experience, this is a show that is meant to be seen and enjoyed by everyone.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It should be enough that it's smart and funny. Which it is, though there's always room for funnier.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    The pilot sometimes takes a few broad strokes to cement its concept but there’s a believable dynamic in the core of this family that works to the degree that most sitcoms take years to develop.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    Most of the jokes work, some of them don't but creator and executive producer Kenya Barris never stops addressing race in unflinching ways.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Sarah Huggins

    It's hard not to compare the comedy to past shows such as "The Bernie Mac Show" and "The Cosby Show" and rightfully so. Black-ish continues the momentum these shows started and brings in issues of this generation.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The pilot (which is ABC has released to the media) is a polished, entertaining and promising half-hour of comedy about a well-to-do American family.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    As Pops, the sitcom cliche of grumpy old grandpa, Laurence Fishburne (most recently on “Hannibal” and billed here a special guest star) squeezes every line until it coughs up a laugh.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Like "The Cosby Show," to which it inevitably will be compared, Black-ish balances credible family situations with universally appealing comedy.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    It's funny, but it's not revolutionary.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    All of which adds up to a pilot that is much more admirable in its intent than its execution, a better conversation-starter than episode.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Black-ish‘s nuance is promising--it’s aware that there’s not just one way to be black--and the sheer level of execution suggests it has staying power.

    Time Full Review
  • Janine Rayford Rubenstein

    In all, black-ish is Everybody Hates Chris meets Modern Family, but not quite as funny as either. Well, not yet, at least.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The pilot is a little light at bringing the funny, but the concept has promise--and Laurence Fishburne.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s funny. It’s also scattered, and in the first episode it doesn’t push envelopes or test edges.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Yes, the show will be funny, in an innocuous sort of way, if it continues to stay off that pulpit. But if it becomes a little less cautious occasionally, it might rise from merely diverting to important.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It’s the conversation about race and African-American culture in the pilot that gives Black-ish a little bit of edge. Whether that will be maintained in future episodes or dulled into familiar family sitcom pabulum remains to be seen.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    In the pilot, the writing hews toward the obvious and predictable, perhaps in part because it’s racing along to establish the premise.

    Variety Full Review
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