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Review of "Grown-ish" 1/4/17 by Eva Diaz
airs Wednesdays on Freeform.

I waited to watch this show because its a spin-off of "Black-ish," in which Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) goes to college and starts learning how to live on her own for the first time. The show is similar to "Black-ish" in that Zoey narrates the episode in the same style that her father Andre (Anthony Anderson) narrates "Black-ish." Also, takes on tough topics, much like "Black-ish." However, since it's on Freeform, it has a bit more leeway to use bad language, than it would be if it were on ABC.

Zoey, once the most popular girl in high school, finds it hard to fit in at college, so she bonds with a group of misfits that are in one of her night classes.  As she narrates, they gradually become her best friends in the world. Freeform had a two-episode premiere. I was most impacted by the second episode, which dealt with Zoey using the drug Adderal, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorder.  She used it to get all her work done, since she had to turn in a paper the next day. The episode showed how the drug affected her, and since she didn't like the way it made her feel, she decided not to use it anymore (after having used it twice).

I think this show is very imprtant for parents to watch with their children, especially if you have children 13 and older because it deals with very adult topics. I think this show could help parents start to talk with their children about these very important topics. I think the show will do very well for FreeForm and be a big hit for them. It is very well-written and funny, although the first episode where Zoey meets her new group of friends, was a little boring.  However, I think that most first episodes of new shows are boring. I give this show 5 out of 5 stars and will keep watching sporadically to see Zoey grow up.


Premieres January 3, 2018

From “black-ish” executive producer Kenya Barris comes a contemporary take on the current issues facing both students and administrators in the world of higher education. Yara Shahidi portrays Zoey – Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter — as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest.

The series stars Yara Shahidi (“black-ish”) as Zoey Johnson, Trevor Jackson (“Burning Sands,” “American Crime”) as Aaron Jackson, Jordan Buhat (“Summer of ‘84”) as Vivek Shah, Emily Arlook (“The Good Place,” “Hand of God”) as Nomi Segal, Francia Raisa (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) as Ana Torres, Chris Parnell (“SNL”) as Dean Parker and Deon Cole (“black-ish”) as Charlie Telphy. Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey and Luka Sabbat also recur in the series.

Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins and Julie Bean are executive producers of the series; “grown-ish” is produced by ABC Signature Studios.

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