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Grown-ish, on Freeform, Wednesdays at 8PM
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Caution: potential spoilers.

This is a spin-off of Black-ish. But unlike that show, which is on ABC, this is on Freeform, which I don't get. (Also, it's more of a dramedy than its parent series.) It had a backdoor pilot in the penultimate episode of season 3 of Black-ish, "Liberal Arts." That episode began with Dre dropping Zoey off at college (Cal U, a fictional school in south L.A.), for a two-day orientation. And as usual on "Black-ish," Dre begins narrating... but he's quickly cut off by Zoey, who begins narrating the episode herself. (And she'll narrate "Grown-ish," but in more of an aside style.) She soon befriends a girl named Miriam. And crushes on an activist named Aaron Jackson. And discovers that her father's coworker, Charlie Telphy, is an adjunct professor of marketing. And she meets the dean, Burt Parker (Chris Parnell), and president Schock. And... there's a problem with housing... which somehow leads to Parker making Zoey the school's "student cultural liaison." (But that position never comes up in the series.)

Season 1
When the actual series started, I managed to watch an episode or two on ABC's website, but that was it. Then around the time the second season started, I got to watch the series on Hulu. So I'll have more to say as I catch up. To begin with, the first episode introduces us to friends Zoey makes in Charlie's class. I was a bit disappointed that Miriam isn't in the series, and she's never even mentioned. Anyway, one of Zoey's new friends is Aaron. The others include twin track stars Jazlyn "Jazz" and Skylar "Sky" Forster (played by Chloe and Halle Bailey, aka R&B duo Chloe x Halle, who perform the show's theme song, Grown), and a bisexual Jewish girl named Nomi Segal, and an Indian-American drug dealer named Vivek Shah, and a totally chill guy named Luca Hall. In that episode, we learn how each of them came to enroll in Charlie's class (because they were late for registration). Zoey's reason involved going to a party with her first college friend, Ana Torres, whom she bailed on when Ana embarrassed herself by getting sick. (Again, this seems weird to me because Miriam should have been Zoey's first college friend, but whatevs.) And at the end of the premiere, Ana becomes Zoey's roommate. And a little way into the season, Zoey starts dating a basketball player named Cash Mooney. He eventually leaves her when he decides to go pro. And after awhile, Zoey becomes romantically interested in both Aaron and Luca, and isn't sure which one she wants to be with. At the end of the season, Cash returns and says he wants Zoey back, so now she has three guys to choose between. And I guess that's all I want to say about season one (I expect I'll reveal who she chose when I start writing about season two). But I do want to say there's more to the show than just romantic complications. It does deal with various serious issues. But mostly it's about Zoey trying to figure out what kind of person she wants to be.

Season 2
Details coming soon, maybe.


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