Black Cake
Created byMarissa Jo Cerar
Based onBlack Cake
by Charmaine Wilkerson
Starring
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Marissa Jo Cerar
  • Aleksander Krutainis
  • Carla Gardini
  • Brian Morewitz
Production companies
Original release
NetworkHulu
ReleaseNovember 1 (2023-11-01) –
December 6, 2023 (2023-12-06)

Black Cake is a 2023 American miniseries about two siblings who learn about their late mother's dark past after she leaves her recordings to them as they journey to Jamaica.[1][2][3] It is based on Charmaine Wilkerson's novel of the same name.[4]

Plot

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byTeleplay byOriginal air date
1"Covey"Natalia LeiteMarissa Jo CerarNovember 1, 2023 (2023-11-01)
2"Coventina"Natalia LeiteTeleplay by : Heather Jeng Bladt
Story by : Marissa Jo Cerar & Heather Jeng Bladt
November 1, 2023 (2023-11-01)
3"Eleanor"Natalia LeiteMarissa Jo Cerar & Ihuoma OfordireNovember 1, 2023 (2023-11-01)
4"Mrs. Bennett"Tara Nicole WeyrKara SmithNovember 8, 2023 (2023-11-08)
5"Mother"Tara Nicole WeyrHayley TylerNovember 15, 2023 (2023-11-15)
6"Ma"Mario Van PeeblesYasmin AlmanaseerNovember 22, 2023 (2023-11-22)
7"Birth Mother"Zetna FuentesMarissa Jo Cerar & Hayley TylerNovember 29, 2023 (2023-11-29)
8"Nine Night"Zetna FuentesMarissa Jo CerarDecember 6, 2023 (2023-12-06)

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 14 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's consensus reads: "Cleverly plotted and viscerally well-acted, Black Cake is an engrossing drama that can have its surprising twists and eat them, too."[5] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 69 out of 100, based on 7 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6]

References

  1. ^ "'Black Cake' Review: Hulu's Epic Tale of Family Secrets Centers the Caribbean Diaspora". The Wire.
  2. ^ "Hulu's Black Cake Is a Remarkably Rich Family Melodrama". Time.
  3. ^ "'Black Cake': Mia Isaac To Headline Hulu Drama Series". Deadline.
  4. ^ Giorgis, Hannah (November 9, 2023). "A Show About the Secrets Parents Keep From Their Children". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  5. ^ "Black Cake: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  6. ^ "Black Cake". Metacritic. Retrieved December 6, 2023.