Why The Carmichael Show is the Next Black Show

The 90’s brought us a lot of great sit-coms; Friends, Seinfeld, and Full House. Those shows that made you feel connected with America. A look at how we all as a society acted, behaved, and thought. That happened on the white side of the spectrum. On the black side, I got shows like Martin, The Fresh Prince and The Jamie Foxx Show. All three were not only great black sitcoms, but shows in general. I felt connected, and I also felt like the people on screen knew what life was like in my shoes (Especially that Carlton Banks). In today’s day and age, we are plagued with reality stars, with no formal acting training, and social media accounts. Although we do have Blackish, there are very few shows out there that I feel like I can relate to them and not feel like I’ve lost brain cells. The Carmichael Show makes me feel like I have something to believe in again. That’s why Season 2 of The Carmichael Show should be viewed by all black people everywhere. The Carmichael Show

First off, yes this is another black thing (I’m black (contrary to popular belief) so deal with it). Question: Can you put parenthesis inside parenthesis? Anyhow, the scarcity of great sitcoms in this age is mind boggling, because it was what shaped television in the 90’s. The cheap thrill of “Reality TV” is the ratings grab that networks want and its awfully disheartening. I tend to gravitate towards more shows that are scripted and contain some type of message directed at viewers that could help them in potential life situations. Reality TV is a quick fix in the entertainment world, opposed to the long lasting addiction that sitcoms provide; all scripted shows at that. Back to the subject at hand.

The Carmichael Show is based on comedian Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors, 2014), his life experiences with his girlfriend Maxine (Amber Stevens West), and living in close proximity to his mom (Loretta Devine) and dad (David Alan Grier). The show is honest, and reflects on real life situations. Last season, episodes focused on gun control and the “Black Lives Matter” movement and its contribution to police brutality. You get to hear about real issues that reflect today’s society. Not to mention, it’s hilarious. Between Jerrod Carmichael, his father Joe (David Alan Grier) and his brother’s ex-wife Nekeisha Williams (Tiffany Haddish) the cast is extremely well-rounded.

The Carmichael Show reflects the average black family. There are characters, serious conversation, and a lot of misunderstanding. This misunderstanding often leads to discussion from all angles and people who are relatable to someone you know. This show is well written and pulls no punches; which is one thing that is missing on today’s television programming. With Hollywood’s call for more African American opportunities, we get a gem from NBC.

Check out The Carmichael Show on NBC, Sunday’s at 9.

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