Parents' Guide to

Mixed-ish

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Funny, sly Black-ish prequel has a unique take on race.

TV ABC Comedy 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Teaches lessons,but quite racy....

This is a nice funny show,but it is very racy since this takes place in the early 80's. and please note that it is EXTERMLY confusing even i did not get it. beware and watch this with your kids. not for kids under their double digits.
age 13+

Woke-ish Show that Encourages Underage Dating

Mixed-ish is a woke-ish show with a smattering of superficial good messages combined with quite a few problematic ones too, like the episode that portrays the main characters treating their waitstaff terribly then complaining about racism rather than apologizing to their waitstaff who didn't do anything to deserved that awful treatment. There's actually quite a lot of pushing down in this show. It also encourages underage dating and depicts a 12-year-old girl kissing and going on dates with a boy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Smart, sweet, and loaded with arch observations on race, class, and the many indignities of the 1980s, the second Black-ish spin-off widens the show's universe beautifully. Bow's unorthodox background has long been comic fodder on Black-ish, but her family never became a part of that show the way the parents of Anthony Anderson's Dre did. Mixed-ish not only puts the Johnson family front and center, it gives us fascinating observations on just what it was like to be biracial at a time when very few people were: "Basically, the beta testers for biraciality," as Himmel's young Bow beautifully articulates. "As if it wasn't hard enough being a 12-year-old kid going to school for the first time, and no one is like you -- even your parents."

Alicia and Paul are touchingly sympathetic to their children's unique growing pains, though, as well as refreshingly no-nonsense about grappling with race and class on top of their ordinary workaday struggles. When Paul whines about Alicia's new big-law work clothes, Alicia cuts through the self-pity with a devastating truth: It's all very well for her husband to affect hippie style and ideals as a white guy from a wealthy family. As a black woman, she doesn't have the same privilege. "It's different for me, and it's different for our kids," she tells him. It is, particularly with Paul's Reaganite dad on board as Alicia's boss -- and the writers give Gary Cole all the best (and most offensive) lines. What fun. Don't miss it.

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