TV: Black-ish – Season 5

Premiered: October 16, 2018

On: ABC

Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis, Laurence Fishburne, Yara Shahidi, August Gross, Berlin Gross, Jeff Meacham, Nicole Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Nelson Franklin, Allen Maldonado, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jennie Pierson, Emerson Min & Dara Reneé

On the heels of greatly written fourth season, black-ish faults in the fifth not seeming to be a bit lost on how to continue the story.

Now back together, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) take in their niece Kyra (Quvenzhané Wallis). Junior (Marcus Scribner) decides to take a gap year, while Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) both realize they’re growing up.

There’s incredible growth with Junior over the course of this season. He takes on the eldest sibling role and is strong in his outlandish decisions. Scribner shows strength as he develops his character.

The introduction of Kyra feels like a replacement for Zoey (Yara Shahidi). While it could’ve been a good restoration of balance with the younger characters, her storyline never really clicks.

Final say: Every great series hits a rut. ★★★☆☆

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