mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
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Critics Consensus

While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 53
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 24, 2019
2
Air date: Oct 1, 2019
3
Air date: Oct 8, 2019
4
Air date: Oct 15, 2019
5
Air date: Oct 22, 2019
6
Air date: Oct 29, 2019
7
Air date: Nov 12, 2019
8
Air date: Nov 19, 2019
9
Air date: Nov 26, 2019
10
Air date: Dec 10, 2019
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Critic Reviews for mixed-ish Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

I love the premise of this misfit family trying to find where they fit in America's confusing, hypocritical racial hierarchy. And the cast, featuring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tika Sumpter as Rainbow's parents, often shines.

Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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There's loads of potential, but the first episode is underwhelming, a little too neat, and too reliant on spelling things out for the audience.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…
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Wise, funny, patient, and full of that quality we call human kindness, something good came from that fraught childhood. "Mixed-ish" is her story and it feels like one worth hearing about.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Mixed-ish falls into the trap of framing its protagonists as pioneers of mixed-race consciousness, rather than inheritors of a long and complex history.

Oct 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Santamonica is quickly becoming a favorite character. I'm not sure it's her age or blunt tongue, but she made me laugh this entire episode. The witty one-liners have me laughing out of my chair.

Nov 26, 2019 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

I trust that the talent behind the series created by Kenya Barris, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Peter Saji will work out the kinks, but it's definitely in the wait-and-see category.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Much like being bi-racial creates a different racial experience, mixed-ish is a different kind of show - and that's ok. It's a lane to explore those differences in all of its nuances,

Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…

From the first episode, it looks like mixed-ish, in the same vein of its predecessor black-ish, has all the ingredients to tackle those difficult grey areas in a smart, articulate, and funny way.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

There may be a few too many precocious kid scenes, but the tone is warm, the cast is likable and the '80s details are a nostalgic kick.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

"Black-ish" spin-off has a uniquely wonderful take on race.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

On first glance, "Mixed-ish" shows potential. Much like its lead character, though, it struggles to decide what it wants to be.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I just love the whole cast.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for mixed-ish: Season 1

  • Jan 14, 2020
    Woke sjw garbage show Anti white and anti men
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Pretty funny to me. Love the actors involved in this sitcom.
  • Jan 03, 2020
    I hate to say it, but the show is complete garbage. Take it from a mixed teenage girl. In this show, there's no plot, no entertainment value, and no character development. Honestly, the only point of the show is to hammer into your head that makes people exist, and by the second or third episode, it was already boring and dry. Every episode is basically the same. Unlike blackish, which I happen to love, this show provided boring characters, stale environments, and completely synthetic conversations. If you took away the fact that the main character is mixed, there would be no show. In contrast, blackish provided unique characters with a plot and an interesting environment. You actually care what happens to the characters and the whole point of the show is not that they're black, even though that's a fundamental part of it. It's integrated in a way that makes it interesting, adds to the plot, and allows the characters to be real people beyond just their race. It would be really nice if we were provided with some dynamic characters, with more than one personality trait and role in the story. I wanted to like this show, and I really hope they can pull it together in the future.
  • Dec 12, 2019
    It is SO LAZY! instead of contending with the real implications of raising children without capitalism, gender, and race, the show jumps to unrealistic conclusions. When kids are raised with certain values, such as anti-capitalism, they do not immediately run to the first display of it they find, though the show suggests otherwise. It does not make sense that the children are so quick to reject the religious customs they were raised with. I was raised in a non-majority religion and I didn't come home from school excited to reject my Judaism at the first opportunity. When the kids adopt Christmas so easily, it is inconsistent with the setup of the show. This is just a way for the dominant culture to feel soothed in their social practices.
  • Dec 07, 2019
    Funny and smart! Love all the characters and the writing for the show marries societal conversations with humor really well.
  • Dec 01, 2019
    Hilarious and very relatable!
  • Nov 21, 2019
    This thoughtful, funny show fills a void on TV not only about being mixed-race, but about feeling like an 'other'. Its enjoyable cadence and throwback details are sheer genius. If you like Black-ish or Grown-ish, this is a must see!
  • Nov 20, 2019
    It's boring nothing more to say
  • Nov 20, 2019
    Mixed-ish" is a show designed to actually denigrate biracial identity. We are told at the beginning that the parents were "hippies" and lived with the kids on a commune where, according to eldest daughter Rainbow, she did not know about "race" or popular culture (even TV or movies). The implied message is that official interracial couples are unrealistic and don't know what they are doing. It also feeds into the "What about the children?" argument against interracial marriage by making the kids totally clueless about American society. They also have the parents giving their kids stupid names like "Rainbow" and "Santa Monica." The black aunt in the show heavily pushes a pro-black identity agenda with no one pushing back. The kids have referred to themselves as "black" but nothing else. The white father is a feckless, unemployed college dropout while the black mother has a law degree from Berkeley. This feeds into the stereotype that only "inferior" whites would marry a "black" and even a "superior" black can only get the lowest "white" for a spouse. The Oct. 29, 2019 show claimed to condemn "tokenism" but in reality endorsed the racist idea that mixed-race part-black people should be "superior blacks" (in contrast to the "inferior" real ones?) in order to "prove" to "whites" that "blacks" are not "inferior." The "white girls" presented as the villains of that episode received a bum rap. They are condemned for liking Rainbow because she is culturally white and similar to them. Rainbow's black aunt them guilt-trips her into accepting the racist myth that whites should view all "blacks" as the same. The poor fool Rainbow then drags a sullen, white-hating, black girl to the white girls and insists that they be "friends" with the girl (who clearly does NOT want to be friends with them). The writers make it clear that the white girls are supposedly guilty of "racism" for finding the friendly, culturally white and biracial Rainbow a better social choice than a ghetto-type black for whom all whites are "the enemy." Those familiar with black behavior towards mixed-race, part-black people will recognize in this episode the obsessive black racial jealously that makes many of them wild with anger at the thought of mixed-race people being "better" than they are or deemed more attractive by whites and others. Going back to antebellum times, blacks love to condemn whites for "racism" when they give preference to the mixed-race (who are, after all, their kin) and (self-righteously) when they don't. Nearly every mixed-race girl who has had to go to school with blacks has been accosted by jealous, violence-prone black girls with the accusation, "You think you're cute!" We know what is happening when the "Rainbow" character in "Mixed-ish" is condemned for the advantages her white ancestry and culture have given her AND expected to defend and rehabilitate the reputation of blacks who have no intention of lifting a finger to improve themselves. The November 12, 2019 episode of "Mixed-ish" had another foolish "moral." When white Grandpa Harrison Jackson invites the family to his country club, the children and adult relatives are enjoying themselves when Rainbow and her black Aunt DeeDee (of the ghetto mannerisms) are questioned by security employees regarding their presence at the club. Grandpa quickly confirms that they are his guests and it is all a misunderstanding. No problem. That is how civilized people handle conflict. They try to smooth over misunderstandings and not create a scene. However, the writers hypocritically condemn Grandpa Harrison for NOT making a scene (as ghetto Aunt Dee wished to do) and white hippie Dad makes the "moral" decision that the family will never return to the country club despite the fact that the children were enjoying themselves. What is especially ridiculous here is that earlier in the episode the parents were boasting about having participated in lunch counter sit-ins for integration and "marching with Dr. King." Needless to say, those political activities involved going where they were not wanted AND being willing to face insults and violence. Yet, a polite and non-violent encounter with some of the club's security employees outrages hippie Dad so much that he vows never to return to the "all white" club with his family. What kind of integration is that? What kind of cowardice is that? Later, Grandpa Harrison is pressured by his son to resign from the club. What does that accomplish except keeping the club all white? Oh, yes. We are also told in that episode that hippie Dad Paul gave Rainbow her mother's surname of Johnson because he wanted to "prove" he's a "feminist." The real message he's sending to the public, especially in view of Rainbow's mulatto status, is one of bastardy for his child. That is actually far more "racist" than anything Grandpa did. Once again, "Mixed-ish" presents totally ridiculous and convoluted moral values. The November 19, 2019 episode resurrects the "one drop rule" nonsense that mixed whites "tainted" with any of the dreaded "black blood" are really "secret blacks" and unworthy of the great honor of their own European ancestry. The audience is told that every black-blood-tainted mixed white has some kind of moral obligation to make a public announcement of it. Why? Forced identification is a mark of inferiority. Hollywood is overflowing with people who don't care to publicize their "inferior" Jewish, Slavic, Hispanic, Asian, etc. ancestry. Talk about hypocrisy! Are the black and black-identified idiots still too stupid to understand that calling a person who "looks white" a mere "secret black" who is only "passing as white" is a validation of black genetic inferiority? They can't proclaim themselves as good as whites while using their power to claim mixed whites and other non-blacks for their "race." Make no mistake. "Mixed-ish" is NOT a celebration of being racially mixed. It is thinly disguised pro-hypodescent* propaganda.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    I loved it! Great cast. So funny.

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