The Carmichael Show Could’ve Changed Everything: A TV Show Recommendation

Image courtesy of Netflix: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier as Jerrod, Maxine, Bobby, Nekeisha, Cynthia and Joe in The Carmichael Show.

Sitcom| 3 Seasons| 22m

Created By: Jerrod Carmichael,Ari Katcher, Willie Hunter, Nicholas Stoller
Starring: Jerrod Carmichael, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Loretta Devine, David Alan Grier

I could’ve sworn I had grown tired of family sitcoms, until I came across The Carmichael Show. Truth be told, I avoided this show for months because of what I thought it would be like, but when I finally gave it a chance my expectations were shattered. This series follows the fictionalized life of Jerrod Carmichael and his family in North Carolina and the copious arguments they get into. This show takes a page from The Cosby Show, and has each episode tackle societal issues and current events in a humorous way. And say what you will about Bill Cosby, but that formula always connected with mainstream audiences, and The Carmichael Show is in the same wheelhouse in terms of pop culture brilliance.

Jerrod Carmichael has never been one to shy away from pushing the envelope. His comedy usually focuses on topical subjects, such as politics and Black Lives Matter and his television series was no different. Each episode is crazy paced and smartly crafted, following the usual family sitcom formula, but reinvents the genre with its biting social commentary. Managing to appeal to both liberal and conservative points of view, this series had the potential to transcend racial boundaries, while representing the black community in a positive light.

The series chose to not shy away from political protests, gender politics and gun control, and that was just in the first season! As the series went on, it focused on even more pressing issues like the presidential election of Donald Trump and the liberal use of the word ‘nigga.’ In it’s short run, The Carmichael Show managed to be nominated for three NAACP awards, so it’s no telling just how influential this series could’ve become.

So, it’s safe to say that I was a little more than pissed off when I found out Carmichael managed to get this game-changing series cancelled after only three seasons, over a slew of reasons that no reports I’ve found have made entirely clear. Regardless of the show’s premature end, we can hopefully look forward to seeing the extremely talented cast members in other projects. Rising stars, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery are already on their way to becoming household names.

Despite it untimely end, this series raised the bar. Any future series that chose to tackle the family sitcom formula should take notes from The Carmichael Show, because this series was not only relevant, but also genuinely funny and smart. If it would’ve been allowed to be on the air for a few more seasons, it could’ve changed everything.

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