Grown-ish
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Genre
Created by
Based onBlack-ish
by Kenya Barris
Starring
Narrated byYara Shahidi
Theme music composerChloe x Halle
Opening theme"Grown" by Chloe x Halle
ComposerVincent Jones
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes69 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerYara Shahidi
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time20–23 minutes
Production companies
  • ABC Signature Studios
  • Khalabo Ink Society
  • Cinema Gypsy Productions
  • Principato-Young Entertainment (2018)
  • Artists First (2019-)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel
Original releaseJanuary 3, 2018 (2018-01-03) –
present (present)
Chronology
Preceded byBlack-ish

Grown-ish (stylized as grown·ish) is an American sitcom series and a spin-off of the ABC series Black-ish. The single-camera comedy follows the Johnsons' eldest daughter Zoey (Yara Shahidi) as she goes to college and begins her journey to adulthood only to quickly discover that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat, Diggy Simmons and Chris Parnell also star.

Created by Black-ish's Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, the series is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Cinema Gypsy Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment, with Anthony Anderson, Brian Dobbins, and Helen Sugland acting as executive producers. Freeform officially ordered 13 episodes of the spin-off in May 2017, and it premiered on January 3, 2018. In January 2018, Freeform renewed the series for a second season of 21 episodes which premiered on January 2, 2019.[3] In February 2019, Freeform renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on January 16, 2020.[4][5] In January 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth season, while the second half of the third season premiered on January 21, 2021.[6][7] The fourth season premiered on July 8, 2021.[8] The second half of the fourth season premiered on January 27, 2022.[9] In March 2022, the series was renewed for a forthcoming fifth season and Marcus Scribner joins the main cast.[10] The fifth season is set to premiere on July 20, 2022.[11]

Plot

The Johnson family's firstborn daughter Zoey leaves the family to go to college. As she attends the California University of Liberal Arts (Cal U for short) while befriending some people, she discovers that her journey to adulthood and her departure from the family does not go the way she hoped.

Cast and characters

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Main

Recurring

Notable guests

Episodes

Main article: List of Grown-ish episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Backdoor pilotMay 3, 2017 (2017-05-03)
113January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)March 28, 2018 (2018-03-28)
22111January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02)March 6, 2019 (2019-03-06)
10June 5, 2019 (2019-06-05)August 7, 2019 (2019-08-07)
3178January 16, 2020 (2020-01-16)March 5, 2020 (2020-03-05)
9January 21, 2021 (2021-01-21)March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18)
4189July 8, 2021 (2021-07-08)September 2, 2021 (2021-09-02)
9January 27, 2022 (2022-01-27)March 24, 2022 (2022-03-24)

Production

"Liberal Arts", the 23rd episode of season 3 of Black-ish, functioned as a backdoor pilot for this spin-off, featuring Yara Shahidi's character, Zoey Johnson, as she goes to college.[20] Shahidi stars in the series, with Chris Parnell, Mallory Sparks, Matt Walsh, and Trevor Jackson guest starring in the backdoor pilot.[21][22][23] The series was later titled College-ish, with Parnell and Jackson reprising their roles from the backdoor pilot, and Emily Arlook replacing Mallory Sparks in the role of Miriam.[24] In August 2017, Francia Raisa joined the cast as Ana along with Jordan Buhat as Vivek.[25] Music duo Chloe and Halle would also star as twin sisters Sky and Jazz.[26]

On May 19, 2017, Freeform (ABC's sister network) officially ordered 13 episodes of the spin-off under the final title, Grown-ish.[27][28] On January 18, 2018, Freeform renewed the series for a second season.[29] On February 5, 2019, the series was renewed for a third season.[4] On November 7, 2019, it was announced that the third season will premiere on January 16, 2020.[5] On January 17, 2020, Freeform renewed the series for a fourth season.[6]

On May 19, 2020, Freeform announced that the remaining episodes from season three will premiere in 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the television industry.[30][31]

The fourth season premiered on July 8, 2021.[8] On March 7, 2022, Freeform renewed the series for a fifth season with Marcus Scribner joining the cast and Zakiyyah Alexander and Courtney Lilly showrunning the season.[10] On May 4, 2022, it was announced that the fifth season will premiere on July 20, 2022.[11]

Release

The series premiered on January 3, 2018 on Freeform. Grown-ish airs in Canada on ABC Spark, simulcast with Freeform in the United States. In selected international territories, the series will be available on Disney+ under the dedicated streaming hub Star as an original series, starting April 2021.[32]

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 94% based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.66/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "grown-ish quickly works through its growing pains to establish itself as its own socially aware show with a fresh perspective on the college experience, driven by the charming and capable Yara Shahidi."[33] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[34]

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of Grown-ish
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49
rank
Avg. 18–49
rating
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Wednesday 8 p.m. (1, 3–13)
Wednesday 8:31 p.m. (2)
13 January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03) 0.95[35] March 28, 2018 (2018-03-28) 0.40[36] 2017–18 0.61[37] TBD 0.27[37]
2 Wednesday 8 p.m. (1, 3–21)
Wednesday 8:31 p.m. (2)
21 January 2, 2019 (2019-01-02) 0.67[38] August 7, 2019 (2019-08-07) 0.42[39] 2018–19 0.47[40] TBD 0.20[40]
3 Thursday 8 p.m. 17 January 16, 2020 (2020-01-16) 0.48[41] March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18) 0.37[42] 2019–20 0.33[43] TBD 0.14[43]
4 Thursday 8 p.m. (1–9)
Thursday 10 p.m. (10–18)
18 July 8, 2021 (2021-07-08) 0.26[44] March 24, 2022 (2022-03-24) 0.19[45] 2020–21 TBD TBD TBD

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Show Grown-ish Nominated [46]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Comedy TV Actress Yara Shahidi Nominated [47]
Choice Breakout TV Star Luka Sabbat Nominated [47]
Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Francia Raisa Nominated
2019 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Grown-ish Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Nominated
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Grown-ish Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Comedy Actress Yara Shahidi Nominated [48]
Choice Summer TV Actress Yara Shahidi Nominated [48]
Choice Summer TV Actor Luka Sabbat Nominated [48]
2020 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Grown-ish Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Yara Shahidi Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Halle Bailey Nominated
2021 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour) Mark Doering-Powell (for "Know Yourself") Nominated [49]

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