This show has gotten a lot of publicity and has
generated some controversy because some people think
that it perpetuates stereotypes about African Americans.
I like to make up my own mind about a show. so I watched
the first episode this past Wednesday. Anthony Anderson
plays Andre Johnson, an advertising executive at a
largely-white agency. He is the father of four
kids, and his wife, Rainbow (Tracie Ellis Ross) is
a pediatrician . The cast also includes Laurence
Fishburne, who plays Andre's father, whom the family
lovingly calls "Pops."
I wanted to like this show, but the truth is there were
very few times it made me laugh because the jokes were
predictable. The few that did make me laugh were
done by Fishburne's Pops; he's very funny. The plot of
the show is simple, and the writers kept repeating it to
the point of annoyance. Andre is worried that being the
only black family in a white neighborhood is making his
kids forget their African American roots. His oldest
son, Andre Jr., wants to play field hockey and not
basketball and calls himself Andy at school to be more
approachable to other kids. Andre becomes a bit obsessed
with the idea of giving his son an African rite of
passage ceremony instead of a bar mitzvah like his son
wants for his birthday. Andre Jr finally admits to his
father that he can't play basketball well, so he and his
friends decided to do field hockey because girls like a
guy who plays sports. All he wants is to get close
to a girl.
Also, Andre gets a big promotion at work, but he gets
annoyed that he's put in charge of the "urban division".
He takes it as a slight, even though he's very proud to
get the promotion. His wife points out how silly he's
being. He spends most of the time complaining, and it
just comes across as petty and immature.
I didn't find this show too funny at all. I think it
should be a little more subtle in its humor. I will give
it another chance, though, because I did enjoy "Pops".
If you want to see a show that deals with the same
subject, but is a lot funnier, IMHO, you should rent or
get on the internet and watch episodes of "Everybody
Hates Chris." I give this show 3 out of 5 stars, hoping
it will get better as I watch more episodes.
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