Monique lists five reasons "black-ish" rocks at EW.com

I recap black-ish for Entertainment Weekly’s Community, and I thought it’d be neat to write a couple of reasons why I think everyone should be watching it. Here’s one reason why people should check it out.

The Goldbergs and Modern Family are two shows that showcase hilarious and entertaining families, but the last time I remember watching a sitcom specifically about a black family was in the late ’90s, with Moesha. Other shows like Sister, Sister, The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Parent ‘Hood and several other shows about black families populated the airwaves in the ’80s and ’90s, but it would seem that after the year 2000, nearly all representation of black families ceased to exist. The service that these shows gave—taking the black experience out of the realm of stereotypes and humanizing it—was hampered.

Black-ish certainly is a throwback to a time when family sitcoms were popular, but it’s also a fantastic way to introduce viewers to certain aspects of the black experience, such as being the only black person in a mostly white office space or school setting (and how irritating that can be at times). It reminds us as viewers how we can learn more about society (and ourselves) from different representations of family in the media.

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Latest "black-ish" EW.com recap: "The Prank King"

You might have celebrated Halloween with candy and costumes, but did you celebrate with horrible pranks like the Johnsons? This week on black-ish, Andre gets the shock of his life when his kids decide they don’t want to be a part of the pranking festivities anymore.

Here’s a snippet of my EW.com recap:

The oldest kids might have ruined the costume portion of the Johnson Halloween experience, but it’s the youngest ones who really drive the proverbial nail into the vampire coffin. Jack and Diane don’t want any Halloween candy after learning about diabetes in school. Neither of them want to lose their eyesight and feet to sugar! Dismayed and angry, Andre takes his frustrations out on the Halloween decorations he so lovingly filled his front yard with. Stapling an Air Dancer ghost in the head is probably one of the more macabre ways to say, “My family ruined Halloween.”

Want to know what else happens? Go to EW.com to find out!

"HTGAWM" S1 rewind: "Pilot"

How to Get Away with Murder is my first foray into the world of Shonda Rhimes, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. The episode had many great moments (Alfie Enoch aka Dean Thomas from Harry Potter! Upended sexual tropes! Viola Davis!) and the twist at the end…well, I wasn’t expecting that.

"Sleepy Hollow" S2 rewind: "Root of All Evil"

Ichabod and Abbie have to stop Henry’s latest plan: releasing an evil coin that will turn whoever holds it against the individuals they have gripes with. The first victim, the woman who gave Abbie her first checking account at the bank (seemingly the same bank that held the Horseman’s head), apparently had issues with the bank despite her loyalty. Unfortunately, Reyes killed the woman right as Abbie was in the process of talking her down, leaving Abbie even more determined to stop the coin from getting in the wrong hands.

"Sleepy Hollow" S2 rewind: "This is War" (Season premiere)

Welcome back, everyone, to the no-holds-barred ride that isSleepy Hollow! How exciting was it to get back in the swing of things? I went into the season premiere, “This is War,” believing I’d read every spoiler I could find. I thought I was prepared, when, in fact, I wasn’t. The beginning of the episode really threw me for a loop while providing beaucoup Alternate Universe fanfiction fodder. I can hear the stories being typed up right now.

"HTGAWM" recap: "Freakin’ Whack-A-Mole"

Thursday is such a long way from Saturday that I wasn’t even sure I remembered what happened in “Freakin’ Whack-A-Mole.” But There are some things I want to quickly touch on. In this episode, Annalise and her crew of kids have to save a wrongly-convicted man from Death Row.

The case: I am glad that more sympathetic cases are being portrayed. Last week’s was about physical abuse; this week’s is about America’s corrupt system that continues to thrive on the backs (and deaths) of black people. David, the Death Row inmate, didn’t commit murder, yet he was tried and convicted. Annalise had been working overtime to get him free and to show the courts just how racist America still is. I was actually surprised David got off, since it seemed like the justices weren’t having any of what Annalise was throwing at the senator. But I’m glad he was released.

Character-wise, I like how they nicely tied in the case to their spotlight-of-the-week pattern. Last week’s spotlight on Laurel didn’t do a great job of tying her to the case at hand. In fact, her story seemed to distract rather than help. Asher’s father being the man that put David in jail, however, brought Asher to a new level. Seeing him learn that his father—who was supposedly a judge who made his life on court decorum and ethics—went against everything he stood for to fix a case fueled by racism was extraordinary.

Asher’s my favorite character: If you had told me that Aflie Enoch wouldn’t be my favorite college kid in this show, I would have looked at you skeptically. But, in truth, he is not my favorite college kid. Asher is my favorite.

Asher seems like that guy that can fit in any circle despite his dudebro leanings. In fact, he makes dudebro seems cute. Asher also seems to be the one with his head mostly screwed on straight. The big reveal of him sleeping with Bonnie was a surprise, but if all he’s doing is sleeping with an older woman, then whatever. It’s not like he was out killing people, like his other colleagues. He’s just trying to live his life, focusing on actual college things like being irritated at not being invited to the bonfire by his “friends.”

I still don’t get Rebecca: I don’t think I need to belabor this point any further. Who is she? What is she? Why do we care about her apart from this Stangard case? Why in the world does Wes have the hots for her? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Seeing Wes half-naked: It was a lot less enjoyable than I expected it would be. As I said on Twitter, Wes/Alfie Enoch just looks so young. It’s like seeing my teenage brother or something. Not cool.

Nate getting back at Annalise: I had forgotten about Nate, actually, so I’m excited to see him work at taking down Annalise, who cost him his job and prestige. Of course, one can say that he did that himself by sleeping with her while his dying wife is at home by herself, so there’s that.

In any case, I’m intrigued to see how far Nate will go and if Annalise will catch him. And if she does, how far will she go to cover her tracks? We know she can employ Frank to cover up evidence, but now that Nate knows that secret, Annalise might be out of options.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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