If you’ve ever watched Black-ish and thought, “I need to know more about Bow’s crazy family” then Mixed-ish is the show you’ve been waiting for.
We open with a quick scene of the Johnsons from Black-ish, hilariously questioning Bow about her childhood on the commune/cult. Then we get a glimpse of their ideal life, that is until ATF shows up to raid the place.
The family moves to the suburbs to live in the rental house owned by Paul’s dad Harrison, played by scene stealer Gary Cole.
Since they’ve spent their lives in a bubble, the family are hit with some hard lessons from the real world. The kids don’t fit in at school, because they’re biracial, while, their mom Alicia has to take a job working for Harrison.
Though Johan and Santamonica use TV to learn the lay of land, a fed up Bow plans to move to a new commune in Waco. However in typical sitcom fashion, she has a heart to heart with her parents and feels better about things.
All their problems aren’t solved, but we get to end on a family water gun fight set to DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night,” so we’re calling it a win.
This is a fun, heart-warming comedy that blends in perfectly with the rest of the franchise.
Where the show really excels is with its cast. Arica Himmel is basically a mini Tracee Ellis Ross, while Ethan William Childress and Mykal-Michelle Harris are just flat out funny.
TV vets Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter and Cole keep everything grounded and it all works.
Plus, the ‘80s setting adds a nice touch of nostalgia.
Mixed-ish is a charming, funny show that we hope gets a chance to shine in the insane new TV landscape.