NPR says. “Mixed-ish is a nostalgic, cheeky look at Rainbow’s origin story, showing how she grew up sheltered from racial politics in an idealistic commune with her white dad, black mother and two siblings.” As if that’s not enough to convince both fans of the original series Black-ish and novices alike, consider this: Mariah Carey sings the theme song. Yes, really.
After the US government raided their commune in the mid-80s, when Rainbow was 12, she and her family have to move into a house in the suburbs owned by Rainbow’s grandfather, a slimy lawyer (you’ll recognise Gary Cole as the equally ruthless Kent in Veep) who doesn’t understand how Alicia Johnson, Rainbow’s mother (played by Tika Sumpter), can stand to be poor. And this is where the comedy starts.
NPR concludes their review by saying that, “Tracee Ellis Ross [who plays Bow in Black-ish], herself a biracial child of pop music superstar Diana Ross and her ex-husband Robert Ellis Silberstein, is also an executive producer on Mixed-ish. I’m hopeful her input will help amp up the funny while providing an incisive, authentic look at race and culture in a way few sitcoms have attempted before.”
IMDB rating: 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 80%