Based indirectly on Kenya Barris’ own family, “Black-ish” looks at the day-to-day lives of an upper-middle-class African-American family, the Johnsons. Many of the jokes revolve around the insecurities of Dre, the patriarch who isn’t always sure about how to interact with Black culture as a privileged advertising executive. His wife Bow, a biracial woman who is a successful anesthesiologist, is more used to juggling differing identities. Together, the pair try to deal with personal and political problems while raising their five children in a changing world.
Over seven seasons, “Black-ish” has undergone several changes, including Deon Cole joining the series, Dre and Bow nearly divorcing, and daughter Zoey getting her own show, “Grown-ish.” Yet the sitcom has remained one of the reliable staples of network comedy even as it tackled hot-button political issues. It seems likely then that Season 8 will depict some serious changes in the lives of the Johnsons, building up to what should be a heartfelt conclusion for “Black-ish.”