Black-ish
Season 1
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2014 (2014-09-24) –
May 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)
Season chronology
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List of Black-ish episodes

The first season of Black-ish aired from September 24, 2014, to May 20, 2015, on ABC in the United States. It is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Wilmore Films, Cinema Gypsy Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment, with creator Kenya Barris, who also served as executive producer alongside Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, Jonathan Groff and Helen Sugland.

The series revolves around Dre, portrayed by Anthony Anderson, a family man who struggles with finding his cultural identity while raising his kids in a white neighborhood. He lives with his wife, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and his kids Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Andre Jr (Marcus Scribner), twins Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin).

After only airing six episodes, ABC ordered a full season of 24 episodes.[1] It was renewed for a second season on May 8, 2015.

The pilot episode premiered to a total of 11.04 million viewers, ranking number 1 in its time slot.[2] It garnered 3.3/10 adults 18-49.

Cast

Episodes

See also: List of Black-ish episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Pilot"James GriffithsKenya BarrisSeptember 24, 2014 (2014-09-24)10111.04[3]
Advertising exec Dre looks forward to a promotion that would make him the first African American senior vice president at his firm in the premiere of this family sitcom, but he worries that there is a price to pay for his success when his son Andre Jr. announces that for his 13th birthday he's converting to Judaism in order to have a Bar Mitzvah like all his friends.
22"The Talk"Rebecca AsherVijal PatelOctober 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)1038.29[4]
Dre insists on giving Andre Jr. "the talk," a decision he soon comes to regret when he's inundated with nonstop questions about sex from his curious son.
33"The Nod"James GriffithsKenya BarrisOctober 8, 2014 (2014-10-08)1047.93[5]
Dre is on a mission to get Andre Jr. to become friends with more black kids after learning his son is clueless about "the nod." Meanwhile, Rainbow wants to inspire little Diane to become a doctor, and so she takes her to work at the hospital on what ends up being a really bad day.
44"Crazy Mom"James GriffithsGail LernerOctober 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)1026.93[6]
Dre takes over Rainbow's "mom" duties for a week and the overwhelming praise he receives from everyone at his kids' school ends up going to his head to the point where he finds himself going overboard not to be outdone by anyone, including the school's "crazy mom."
55"Crime and Punishment"Claire ScanlonCorey NickersonOctober 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)1057.95[7]
The kids fear that an act of disobedience by Jack could lead to Dre and Rainbow going back on their word and reinstating spanking.
66"The Prank King"Matt SohnLindsey ShockleyOctober 29, 2014 (2014-10-29)1067.67[8]
Dre worries that his older kids are going to ruin his Halloween fun by refusing to take part in the Johnson tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other.
77"The Gift of Hunger"Victor Nelli, Jr.Peter SajiNovember 12, 2014 (2014-11-12)1087.78[9]
It's reality check time for the Johnson kids courtesy of Dre, who decides that his children have become spoiled after they turn their noses up at his favorite cheap restaurant in his old hood. To remedy the situation, Andre Jr. and Zoey are forced to take jobs at his office, while Jack and Diane try to make money around the neighborhood, which, to Bow's embarrassment, leads to rumors about the family falling on hard times.
88"Oedipal Triangle"Rebecca AsherVijal PatelNovember 19, 2014 (2014-11-19)1097.82[10]
Dre receives a lot of love from his mom when she pays the Johnsons a visit, and some grief from Bow, who doesn't get along with her mother-in-law, although Dre's determined to change that.
99"Colored Commentary"Ken WhittinghamYvette Lee BowserNovember 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)1106.82[11]
Dre wants "Team Johnson" to feel more connected and have each others' backs, but ends up creating a problem for himself when he falls short of Bow's expectations. Meanwhile, Zoey and Andre Jr. are tasked with babysitting the twins, a job they would rather not do.
1010"Black Santa/White Christmas"Elliot HegartyGail LernerDecember 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)1117.28[12]
Certain that his annual office Christmas party needs a black Santa, Dre goes out of his way to fill the red suit, even though the head of HR already got the job. Meanwhile, Bow doesn't feel like competing with Ruby over who cooks the big holiday dinner.
1111"Law of Attraction"Michael SchultzCorey NickersonJanuary 7, 2015 (2015-01-07)1136.23[13]
Dre worries that his machismo is being questioned by Rainbow after another man dismisses him in front of her. This leads to Pops helping his son save face and, in the process, opening the door to another chance with Ruby. Elsewhere, the school play takes a turn for the awkward when Jr. and Zoey are cast as the romantic leads in "Romeo and Juliet."
1212"Martin Luther Skiing Day"Stuart McDonaldLindsey ShockleyJanuary 14, 2015 (2015-01-14)1146.51[14]
Dre decides to teach his kids the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while on their annual MLK holiday ski trip; and for Junior, this means a unique lesson on intolerance in the real world—or in his case, the ski lodge.
1313"Big Night, Big Fight"Rebecca AsherVijal PatelFebruary 11, 2015 (2015-02-11)1156.83[15]
Dre vows to make Valentine's Day a romantic success, even though most years he and Rainbow end up quarreling; and Diane comes to the conclusion that she is too critical and accepts help from her siblings learning how to give a compliment.
1414"Andre From Marseille"Phil TraillDavid HemingsonFebruary 18, 2015 (2015-02-18)1076.40[16]
Dre takes an instant dislike to Zoey's first serious boyfriend, a worldly teen from France.
1515"The Dozens"Millicent SheltonPeter SajiFebruary 25, 2015 (2015-02-25)1166.63[17]
Dre teaches Andre Jr. how to trash-talk a school bully; Diane is afraid of the dark. In the last trash-talk of the episode, Dre calls Junior "Raven Symone with a fade"; Raven-Symoné would go on to guest star as Dre's sister in episode 22.
1616"Parental Guidance"Michael SchultzCorey NickersonMarch 4, 2015 (2015-03-04)1186.72[18]
Dre, determined to make up for the no-frills, last-minute wedding he and Bow had, organizes an amazing vow renewal for their 15th anniversary. But when Bow’s hippie-dippy parents, Alicia and the very white Paul show up unannounced -- bombshells are dropped and old disagreements re-ignite between the two families, especially with Pops and Ruby.
1717"30 Something"John FortenberryCourtney LillyMarch 25, 2015 (2015-03-25)1126.34[19]
When Dre is about to turn forty, he tries to prove he is still young at heart.
1818"Sex, Lies and Vasectomies"Matt SohnGail LernerApril 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)1207.43[20]
Bow tricks Dre into thinking she's pregnant so he'll admit he didn't get his vasectomy. Meanwhile Jack and Diane try to be the babies while they can and Junior tries many attempts to get the baby to like him for him.
1919"The Real World"Victor Nelli, Jr.Scott WeingerApril 8, 2015 (2015-04-08)1176.09[21]
Bow invites her college friends to the house to impress them, including her ex-boyfriend. The kids try to shoot an episode of a reality show.
2020"Switch Hitting"Ken WhittinghamKenya BarrisApril 22, 2015 (2015-04-22)1196.57[22]
A new executive questions Dre's blackness, which makes him do everything possible to prove him wrong.
2121"The Peer-ent Trap"Ken WhittinghamYvette Lee BowserApril 29, 2015 (2015-04-29)1215.94[23]
Dre and Bow decide on their own how to handle Zoey after Dre sets new rules in the house rules (mostly for Zoey) and Jr. teaches Jack and Diane loopholes around the rules.
2222"Please Don't Ask, Please Don't Tell"Victor Nelli, Jr.Peter SajiMay 6, 2015 (2015-05-06)1226.89[24]
Dre's sister, guest starring Raven-Symoné, doesn't feel comfortable telling her parents she's a lesbian and Dre tries to help his own way.
2323"Elephant in the Room"Anton CropperCourtney LillyMay 13, 2015 (2015-05-13)1236.14[25]
Andre Jr. meets a girl in the Young Republicans club, which throws the liberal Dre and Bow for a loop. Diane gets jealous when Dre gives Zoey a cool nickname when she gets glasses.
2424"Pops' Pops' Pops'"Jonathan GroffVijal PatelMay 20, 2015 (2015-05-20)1245.36[26]
Jack and Diane find a scrapbook of Pops when he was a kid and he tells them a story about it from the 1920s.

Reception

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per episode of Black-ish
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 24, 2014 3.3/10 11.04[3] 1.5 3.70 4.8 14.55[27]
2 "The Talk" October 1, 2014 2.6/8 8.29[4] TBD TBD TBD [28]
3 "The Nod" October 8, 2014 2.9/8 7.93[5] TBD TBD TBD [29]
4 "Crazy Mom" October 15, 2014 2.5/7 6.93[6] TBD TBD TBD [30]
5 "Crime and Punishment" October 22, 2014 2.4/7 7.95[7] TBD TBD TBD [31]
6 "The Prank King" October 29, 2014 2.7/7 7.67[8] 1.1 TBD 3.8 [32]
7 "The Gift of Hunger" November 5, 2014 2.5/7 7.78[9] 1.4 3.11 3.9 10.89[33]
8 "Oedipal Triangle" November 12, 2014 2.6/8 7.82[10] 1.0 TBD 3.6 [34]
9 "Colored Commentary" November 19, 2014 2.1/6 6.82[11] 1.1 2.68 3.2 9.50[35]
10 "Black Santa/White Christmas" November 26, 2014 2.3/7 7.28[12] 1.2 2.79 3.5 10.08[36]
11 "Law of Attraction" December 3, 2014 2.1/6 6.23[13] 1.0 2.48 3.1 8.71[37]
12 "Martin Luther Skiing Day" December 10, 2014 1.9/6 6.51[14] 1.0 2.46 2.9 8.97[38]
13 "Big Night, Big Fight" December 17, 2014 2.1/6 6.83[15] TBD TBD TBD [39]
14 "Andre From Marseille" December 24, 2014 2.2/6 6.40[16] TBD TBD TBD [40]
15 "The Dozens" December 31, 2014 2.2/6 6.63[17] TBD TBD TBD [41]
16 "Parental Guidance" January 7, 2015 2.3/6 6.72[18] TBD TBD TBD [42]
17 "30 Something" January 14, 2015 2.1/7 6.34[19] TBD TBD TBD [43]
18 "Sex, Lies and Vasectomies" January 21, 2015 2.4/8 7.43[20] TBD TBD TBD [44]
19 "The Real World" January 28, 2015 1.9/6 6.09[21] TBD TBD TBD TBD
20 "Switch Hitting" February 4, 2015 2.1/6 6.57[22] TBD TBD TBD [45]
21 "The Peer-ent Trap" February 11, 2015 2.0/6 5.94[23] TBD TBD TBD [46]
22 "Please Don't Ask, Please Don't Tell" February 18, 2015 2.2/7 6.89[24] TBD TBD TBD [47]
23 "Elephant in the Room" February 25, 2015 2.0/6 6.14[25] TBD TBD TBD [48]
24 "Pops' Pops' Pops" March 4, 2015 1.6/5 5.36[26] TBD TBD TBD [49]

Accolades

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2015 American Film Institute Top 10 TV Shows Black-ish Won [50]
People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Comedy Black-ish Nominated [51]
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Black-ish Won [52]
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Won [52]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Tracee Ellis Ross Won [52]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Won [52]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Laurence Fishburne Won [52]
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Marcus Scribner Nominated [52]
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Nominated [53]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Comedy Anthony Anderson Nominated [54]
Choice TV: Breakout Star Yara Shahidi Nominated [54]
Choice TV: Breakout Show Black-ish Nominated [54]
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson Nominated [55]

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