|Created by||Kenya Barris|
|Music by||Vincent Jones|
|Opening theme||"Win" by Jay Rock|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Production location||Los Angeles|
|Running time||32-48 minutes|
|Original release||April 17, 2020 –|
#blackAF is an American sitcom created by Kenya Barris. It premiered on Netflix on April 17, 2020. The title derives from Internet slang, where "AF" is a term of emphasis, meaning "as fuck". In June 2020, the series was renewed for a second season.
The series stars Barris as a fictionalized version of himself. The official synopsis reads: "#blackAF uncovers the messy, unfiltered, and often hilarious world of what it means to be a 'new money' black family trying to 'get it right' in a modern world where 'right' is no longer a fixed concept."
Ava DuVernay, Will Packer, Tyler Perry, Issa Rae, Tim Story, Scooter Braun, Lena Waithe, Jay Rock and Steven Levitan made appearances as themselves in the series.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||1||"because of slavery"||Ken Kwapis||Kenya Barris||April 17, 2020|
|2||2||"because of slavery too"||Ken Kwapis||Kenya Barris||April 17, 2020|
|3||3||"still...because of slavery"||Rashida Jones||Esa Lewis & Helen Krieger||April 17, 2020|
|4||4||"yup, you guessed it. again, this is because of slavery"||Ken Kwapis||Doug Hall||April 17, 2020|
|5||5||"yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"||Kenya Barris||Hale Rothstein||April 17, 2020|
|6||6||"hard to believe, but still because of slavery"||Kenya Barris||Alison McDonald||April 17, 2020|
|7||7||"i know this is going to sound crazy... but this, too, is because of slavery"||Brennan Schroff||Hunter Covington||April 17, 2020|
|8||8||"i know you may not get this, but the reason we deserve a vacation is... because of slavery"||Brennan Schroff||Danny Segal & Isaac Schamis||April 17, 2020|
Netflix ordered #blackAF (originally titled Black Excellence) as the first series under Barris' deal with them. Announcing the production of the show, Netflix said, "Inspired by Barris' irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, Black Excellence looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the 'family sitcom' in a way we’ve never seen before." On June 23, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.
On May 10, 2019, Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones were cast in starring roles. On December 20, 2019, Genneya Walton, Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Claiborn, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, and Richard Gardenhire Jr. were announced as additional cast members.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 46% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 6.97/10. The website's critical consensus states: "Solid one-liners and some sharp social critiques can't save #blackaf from feeling more like a stale retread than a fresh step forward for creator Kenya Barris." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".