#blackAF

#blackAF

#blackAF

From writer-director-star Kenya Barris (Black-ish, Girls Trip), this Netflix original sitcom follows a fictionalised version of himself and his wife (played by Rashida Jones), raising their six children. Season guest stars include Nia Long, Issa Rae, Mike Epps and Tyler Perry.

On announcing the show, Netflix said #BlackAF is "inspired by Barris' irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture... [this show] looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the 'family sitcom' in a way we’ve never seen before."

2020USA
Comedy

Streaming (1 Provider)

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

“Black-ish” has, historically, been a really good show in part because of those guardrails. “#blackAF” is a fiasco only interesting in the degree to which it detonates and, retroactively, somewhat spoils Barris’s work so far.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Though the words “Unapologetically. Unforgettably. Unabashedly. Unforgivably” scroll across its opening credits, Kenya Barris’ newest series “#blackAF” (with eight episodes premiering Friday) is anything but.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It feels like a kind of confessional — although it rarely rises above surface-level self-aggrandizing — and it meanders due to the absence of a clearly expressed series arc.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Though #blackAF is frequently very smart, and at times explosively funny, the comparisons it constantly invites to Barris’ previous work can be terribly distracting.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The easy instinct is to call #blackAF Barris' Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I don't think Larry David has ever truly used his HBO comedy as self-exposing therapy in the way that Barris does here.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The result can be very funny at times. It’s just unfortunate that the traditional family sitcom Barris is “rebooting” is his own, which is still on the air and enjoyed by millions every Tuesday.

Collider

Collider

press

This is a show about the black experience, yes, but it’s also about the 1%, and to me, that makes for an interesting combination, one that allows for both conversation and occasional controversy.

4.0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

The cast handles the whip-smart dialogue perfectly. It’s hardly a surprise Barris and Rashida Jones are terrific, but it ain’t easy finding a half-dozen young to very young actors who are so authentic, so skilled at comedic timing, so good at creating original characters who are believable even in his heightened comedic atmosphere.

Variety

Variety

press

“Black-ish” has, historically, been a really good show in part because of those guardrails. “#blackAF” is a fiasco only interesting in the degree to which it detonates and, retroactively, somewhat spoils Barris’s work so far.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Though the words “Unapologetically. Unforgettably. Unabashedly. Unforgivably” scroll across its opening credits, Kenya Barris’ newest series “#blackAF” (with eight episodes premiering Friday) is anything but.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It feels like a kind of confessional — although it rarely rises above surface-level self-aggrandizing — and it meanders due to the absence of a clearly expressed series arc.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Though #blackAF is frequently very smart, and at times explosively funny, the comparisons it constantly invites to Barris’ previous work can be terribly distracting.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The easy instinct is to call #blackAF Barris' Curb Your Enthusiasm, but I don't think Larry David has ever truly used his HBO comedy as self-exposing therapy in the way that Barris does here.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

The result can be very funny at times. It’s just unfortunate that the traditional family sitcom Barris is “rebooting” is his own, which is still on the air and enjoyed by millions every Tuesday.

Collider

Collider

press

This is a show about the black experience, yes, but it’s also about the 1%, and to me, that makes for an interesting combination, one that allows for both conversation and occasional controversy.

4.0
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

press

The cast handles the whip-smart dialogue perfectly. It’s hardly a surprise Barris and Rashida Jones are terrific, but it ain’t easy finding a half-dozen young to very young actors who are so authentic, so skilled at comedic timing, so good at creating original characters who are believable even in his heightened comedic atmosphere.

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