Grown-ish is Kinda Lame-ish, But I’m Rooting For It: A TV Show Non-Recommendation

Image courtesy of Freeform:Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson in the new Freeform series, Grown-ish.

Sitcom| 1 Season| 22m

Created By: Kenya Barris, Larry Wilmore
Starring: Yara Shahidi, Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat, Chris Parnell

Grown-ish explores young adulthood through the eyes of Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), a college freshman facing the trials and tribulations of being on her own. Zoey discovers early on that “adulting” is hard and filled with hilarious and not-so-hilarious moments. While this isn’t exactly new territory, the series has the potential to connect with young audiences who are at a similar stage in life.

I went into the Black-ish spin-off series pretty excited. The premise, the eldest daughter goes to college, is very reminiscent of The Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World, which I am a huge fan of. I expected a fresh approach to the college sitcom, but what I got was a major disappointment on several counts. The acting seems forced, the dialogue doesn’t ring true, and cringe-inducing fourth-wall breaks from our beautifully charismatic, but somewhat unrelatable lead leaves much to be desired.

While I am not, yet, a fan of the series, I feel like it has a ton of potential because everyone involved is very talented. I believe that with a slightly different approach to the out-of-touch depictions of college hardships, this series could be on television for years and truly capture the essence of the true college experience. I still have hope that the second season of the show could be fantastic. I’m rooting for it.

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