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Black-ish returns for season 4; Grown-ish preps for debut

Black-ish ready to start strong bringing awareness of "Juneteenth" and addressing Columbus Day in the fourth season premiere. Here is when to watch.
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Black-ish is back on a new date and time. Photo: Instagram/BlackishABC

Black-ish returns to ABC on Tuesday for season 4 while spin-off Grown-ish prepares for a 2018 debut. 

What time is Black-ish on?

ABC held its season openers for a week so as not to compete with other returning favorites This is Us and The Voice on NBC. Black-ish returns Oct. 3 at 9 p.m.

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The full lineup for Tuesday:

  • 8 p.m. - The Middle Season 9 premiere
  • 8:30 p.m. - Fresh Off the Boat Season 4 premiere; new time
  • 9 p.m. - Black-ish Season 4 premiere; new day and time
  • 9:30 p.m. - The Mayor series premiere
  • 10 p.m. - Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (formerly The Gospel of Kevin) series premiere

 

Black-ish previously aired on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Watch full episodes of past seasons on Hulu or catch the "best of Bow" on the show's webpage.

Black-ish celebrates Juneteenth.

According to TV Guide, Black-ish Season 4 Episode 1 called “Juneteenth” dives into the controversy of Columbus Day.

“In the fourth-season opener, the family attends a school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by its inaccuracies. This inspires him to get Aloe Blacc to help him create a catchy song intended to raise awareness about a black holiday.”

The second episode “Mother Nature” is set to air on Oct. 10.

“Bow feels overwhelmed after the birth of DeVante and learns she has postpartum depression, so Dre urges her to get help and stands by her side as she works through it. Meanwhile, the kids babyproof the house in an effort to help out their parents.”

 

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Where did we leave off with the Johnsons in Season 3?

In the third season finale of Black-ish, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) delivered their fifth child. The storyline was based on the real-life experience of show creator Kenya Barris, whose wife gave birth to their youngest child eight weeks early after a preeclampsia diagnosis.

Despite Barris’ claim that his show isn’t issues based, critics have hailed Black-ish for tackling topics like police brutality in the episode titled “Hope” or Trump’s impending presidency in “Lemons.”

"I've been lucky enough to raise four beautiful children in a world that showed them Jay Z and Beyoncé as king and queen, a black family in the White House, and a woman run and almost win the presidency of the United States," Dre says in “Lemons.” "So, if you ask me if I love America, the answer is yes. Warts and all. Can it be better? I hope so. And I hope that we as a people have it in us to come together and make lemonade out of our lemons."

Black-ish spinoff Grown-ish adds characters

Grown-ish, previously titled College-ish, will follow Yara Shahidi’s Zoey Johnson as she heads off to college at Southern California University.

“Grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show — that in-between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” creator Kenya Barris said, EW reported. “Where Black-ish examines what it means to be black, Grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Grown-ish added three cast members to join Shahidi and Deon Cole, who will reprise the role of Charlie. Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) returns as the school’s dean and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) returns as “a socially conscious student,” according to EW.

Emily Arlook (The Good Place) will play freshman Miriam, a role originally played by Mallory Sparks.

Grown-ish‘s 13-episode first season is set to premiere on ABC’s sister-network Freeform in early 2018.

 

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