Grown-ish

Grown-ish
Genre Sitcom
Created by
Based on Black-ish
by Kenya Barris
Starring
Opening theme "Grown" by Chloe x Halle
Composer(s) Vincent Jones
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network Freeform
Picture format 1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel
Original release January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03) – present (present)
External links
Official website

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 heads off to college and begins her journey to adulthood but quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest she always knew. Deon Cole, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe x Halle, Luka Sabbat, and Chris Parnell also star.

Created by Black-ish's Kenya Barris, the series is produced by Khalabo Ink Society, Wilmore Films, 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. On January 18, 2018, Freeform renewed the series for a second season of 20 episodes.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson - The protagonist of the series. Cal U is her safety school. She abandons her first college friend, Ana, at a party after Ana threw up from drinking too much alcohol, but later makes up with her. She meets her core six friends in Professor Telphy's class.
  • Deon Cole as Professor Charlie Telphy - A night time adjunct professor at Cal U teaching a class called "Digital Marketing Strategies", which is all about drones. He also appears as a regular character on the parent show Black-ish.
  • Trevor Jackson as Aaron Jackson - Aaron is a sophomore at Cal U. He has a peanut allergy and forearm tattoos. He is "woke" as evident by his many buttons to various causes.
  • Francia Raisa as Analisa "Ana" Patricia Torres - Ana is a freshman at Cal U. She was born to Cuban immigrants, is a devout Catholic, and a Republican, with a secret crush on Barack Obama. She is Zoey's roommate.
  • Emily Arlook as Nomi Segal[1] - Nomi is Jewish American. She is bisexual, but not out to her family.
  • Jordan Buhat as Vivek Shah - Vivek is a first generation Gujarati Indian. His parents are devout Hindus. He is a drug dealer to support his fashion choices.
  • Chloe Bailey as Jazlyn Forster - Jazlyn (twin of Skylar) is a track athlete at Cal U. She is from South Los Angeles.
  • Halle Bailey as Skylar Forster - Skylar (twin of Jazlyn) is a track athlete at Cal U. She is from South Los Angeles. Both girls are intensely smart, sassy, but focused on the bigger picture.
  • Luka Sabbat as Luca Hall - Luca is a freshman at Cal U and is a stoner. He once wore the same skirt as Zoey, but wore it better. He is very independent and a trend setter, as seen in his outlandish fashion choices and his relaxed attitude toward life. He also works alongside Zoey at Teen Vogue, an internship he got by chance.[2]
  • Chris Parnell as Dean Burt Parker - Burt is the dean of students. He is also Nomi's Uncle.

Recurring

  • Da'Vinchi as Cash Mooney - Cash is Zoey's ex-boyfriend. He broke up with her to play in the NBA
  • Diggy Simmons as Doug - Doug is Jazlyn's boyfriend

Notable guests

Production

Development and casting

"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. Shahidi stars in the series, with Chris Parnell, Mallory Sparks, Matt Walsh, and Trevor Jackson guest starring in the backdoor pilot.[3][4][5] 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.[6] In August 2017, Francia Raisa joined the cast as Ana along with Jordan Buhat as Vivek. Music duo Chloe and Halle would also star as twin sisters Sky and Jazz.[7]

On May 19, 2017, Freeform (ABC's sister network) officially ordered 13 episodes of the spinoff under the final title, Grown-ish.[8][9] On January 18, 2018, Freeform renewed the series for a second season.[10]

Episodes

Season 1 (2018)

No.Title[11]Directed byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Late Registration"Kevin BrayStory by: Kenya Barris & Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry
Teleplay by: Jenifer Rice-Genzuk Henry
January 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)0.95[12]
2"Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe"Stella MeghieJordan Reddout & Gus HickeyJanuary 3, 2018 (2018-01-03)0.92[12]
3"If You're Reading This, It's Too Late"Steven Caple Jr.Hale RothsteinJanuary 10, 2018 (2018-01-10)0.66[13]
4"Starboy"John FortenberryElaine Welteroth & Chad SandersJanuary 17, 2018 (2018-01-17)0.90[14]
5"C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)"Pete ChatmonCraig DoyleJanuary 24, 2018 (2018-01-24)0.64[15]
6"Cashin' Out"Todd BiermannChris SpencerJanuary 31, 2018 (2018-01-31)0.61[16]
7"Un-Break My Heart"Steven TsuchidaKara BrownFebruary 7, 2018 (2018-02-07)0.54[17]
8"Erase Your Social"Amy York RubinVanessa McGeeFebruary 14, 2018 (2018-02-14)0.48[18]
9"Who Gon Stop Me"Eric Dean SeatonMelanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra DecasFebruary 28, 2018 (2018-02-28)0.52[19]
10"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"Marta CunninghamHale Rothstein & Jenifer Rice-Genzuk HenryMarch 7, 2018 (2018-03-07)0.44[20]
11"Safe and Sound"Silver TreeHelen Krieger & Emily MillerMarch 14, 2018 (2018-03-14)0.47[21]
12"Crew Love"Pete ChatmonHale Rothstein & Jenifer Rice-Genzuk HenryMarch 21, 2018 (2018-03-21)0.43[22]
13"Back & Forth"Steven Caple Jr.Isaac Schamis & Danny SegalMarch 28, 2018 (2018-03-28)0.40[23]

Reception

Critical response

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 92% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site'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."[24] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 71 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25]

Ratings

No. Title Air dateRating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Late Registration" January 3, 20180.40.95[12]N/AN/AN/AN/A
2 "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" January 3, 20180.40.92[12]N/AN/AN/AN/A
3 "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" January 10, 20180.30.66[13]0.40.660.71.33[26]
4 "Starboy" January 17, 20180.40.90[14]0.3N/A0.7[27]N/A
5 "C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)" January 24, 20180.30.64[15]0.30.640.61.29[28]
6 "Cashin' Out" January 31, 20180.30.61[16]0.3N/A0.6[29]N/A
7 "Un-Break My Heart" February 7, 20180.30.54[17]0.30.680.61.22[30]
8 "Erase Your Social" February 14, 20180.20.48[18]N/AN/AN/AN/A
9 "Who Gon Stop Me" February 28, 20180.20.52[19]N/AN/AN/AN/A
10 "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" March 7, 20180.20.44[20]0.30.530.50.97[31]
11 "Safe and Sound" March 14, 20180.20.47[21]0.30.550.51.02[32]
12 "Crew Love" March 21, 20180.20.43[22]N/A0.53N/A0.96[33]
13 "Back & Fourth" March 28, 20180.20.40[23]N/A0.53N/A0.93[34]

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryNomineeResultRef.
2018MTV Movie & TV AwardsBest ShowGrown-ishNominated[35]
Black Reel AwardsOutstanding Comedy SeriesAnthony Anderson, Kenya Barris, Julie Bean, E. Brian Dobbins, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Jamie Pedrosa, Tom RagazzoNominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesYara ShahidiNominated
Teen Choice AwardsChoice Comedy TV ActressNominated[36]
Choice Breakout TV StarLuka SabbatNominated

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