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Read What YOU Thought About ‘Black-ish’ After Last Night’s Premiere…

Read What YOU Thought About 'Black-ish' After Last Night's Premiere...

It finally debuted last night, although it’s been available on iTunes (for free) for about a week now – the pilot episode). Wednesday’s premiere drew a strong 10.79 million viewers, according to Nielsen. Only “Modern Family did better for the evening, drawing 10.93 millions viewers. “Modern Family” is also on ABC by the way.

I did watch it via iTunes initially, but also watched it again last night. And I still feel the same way I felt when I shared some early thoughts a week ago. In short, after just 1 episode, I wasn’t swayed strongly one way or the other. So I guess I’m in that uncertain middle. I need to see more. One thing that I do hope is that every episode isn’t loaded with scenario after scenario that ends in some identity lesson – specifically, on what it means to be black. I’d love to see this upper middle class black family, just be a family, tackling issues that every other family (regardless of class, and/or in consideration of class) faces on a day-to-day basis, with the occasional “lesson in blackness,” if you will, incorporated. This pilot episode felt a tad *stuffed* to me, and I would prefer more subtle handling of those matters that the title of the series suggests will be in focus.

However, I’ll be back for more next week, and the week after. I typically like to give new series at least 3 episodes before deciding on whether it’s for me. 

By the way, we spoke to “Black-Ish” Creator Kenya Barris about the new series. Read that post here: http://bit.ly/1tZtYE3.

Last night, on Twitter, I asked for your thoughts on the show last night, after it ended, and below is a sample of the replies I received:

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