How Black-ish Broke the TV Mold By Being ‘Outwardly Black’

ABC's groundbreaking sitcom will end this spring after eight seasons

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When Kenya Barris created Black-ish in 2014, he kept his expectations low for the ABC sitcom: “we just wanted to get a show on the air,” he recalled.

Created by Barris, Adweek’s Creator of the Year in 2018, Black-ish was based on his life and unflinchingly tackles many important issues, including systemic racism and the movement for social justice and equality.

But at the time, Barris said today at the Television Critics Association’s virtual winter press tour, he knew that he was going out on a limb by making a comedy featuring a Black family that wasn’t afraid to embrace its identity.

“As much as we grew up loving The Cosby Show, we felt like The Cosby Show happened to be Black, and we wanted to do a show that was absolutely, positively, just outwardly Black,” said Barris.“That



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