‘Black Jesus’ is an American sitcom that airs on Adult Swim. The live-action comedy-drama is about modern-day Jesus Christ living in contemporary Compton, California. He has the same mission as Christ himself — to spread love and kindness in the neighborhood with the help of his small group of followers. Created by Aaron McGruder and Mike Clattenburg, it originally premiered on August 7, 2014.
Clattenburg and McGruder are credited as the executive producers alongside CEO of Mainstay Entertainment, Norm Aladjem; LEG’s John Bravakis; Rusty Cundief; Meghann Collins Robertson; and Robert Wise. After two seasons, the show was renewed for a third installment. Read on to know what the latest season is all about.
Black Jesus Cast: Who’s in it?
Gerald “Slink” Johnson leads the cast in the title role of Jesus Christ. The American rapper, actor, voice actor, and comedian is best known for his work on the video game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’. The late Charlie Murphy stars as Victor “Vic” Hargrove. Murphy is recognized for his work on the sketch-comedy series ‘Chappelle’s Show’. Corey Holcomb from ‘The Corey Holcomb 5150 Show’ fame is Boonie.
Kali Hawk (‘New Girl‘) is Maggie and Andrew Bachelor, popular for being the most-followed person on Vine plays Trayvon. Andra Fuller (‘The L.A Complex’) stars as Fish, John Witherspoon (‘Boondocks’) is Lloyd Hamilton, Angela Elayne Gibbs is Ms. Tudi, Valenzia Algarin is Dianne, Antwon Tanner is Jason, and Marcelo Olivas is Spider.
In season 3, we will not see the return of one of the most favorite characters on the show, Victor, played by Charlie Murphy, who passed away from leukemia in 2017. Victor aka Vic is the bad-tempered and negative landlord of Black Jesus and the team’s building complex. He is one of the primary antagonists on the series. We don’t yet know how the creators attempt to fill his void in the latest season. However, season 3 sees all other actors reprising their previous roles.
Black Jesus Plot: What is it about?
Adult Swim never shies away from controversy or from crossing boundaries when it comes to quality content. ‘Black Jesus’ is just another attempt from the platform that introduces a concept, which should not come as a shock to regular viewers of this channel. As the name suggests, ‘Black Jesus’ revolves around an African-American Christ, who resides in modern-day Compton, California. He attempts to spread love and kindness in the vicinity along with his rag-tag band of followers. His team may be small and mostly comprise downtrodden followers, but they are extremely loyal to Jesus and his cause. The series follows this contemporary avatar of the Messiah as he steps into the chaos of the urban jungle and dives into various misadventures — as he and his team regularly invent new schemes to convey the good word of the gospel to the ‘hood’.
In season 1, we see Jesus and crew launch a community garden in Compton, which grows mystical tomatoes, laced with weed. This activity causes a fight which introduces figures like Coolio for a major benefit concert. However, Jesus ends up in a mental hospital, thanks to his claims of being the actual Christ.
Season 2 follows Black Jesus after he is released from the institute. He is tragically surprised to discover that in his absence, his followers have strayed from the righteous path and are now engaged in ungodly things like stripping. To reverse the situation, Jesus and crew open a food truck and serve blessed fresh seafood from a polluted river. But things soon end in chaos when the venture prompts unlawful activities such as stolen cables and a pop-up restaurant, among others. The second season wraps up with Jesus deciding to live in his own version of A Wonderful Life, where he no longer is God’s son. But, toward the end, he remembers his vows and considers reviving his faith and sowing the seeds of goodness in Crompton.
Season 3, just like its predecessors, follows the protagonist as he continues to spread love and kindness in the neighborhood. One of the misadventures that the group faces along the way includes an encounter with a local caped crusader, which manages to draw the attention of the Pope himself.
Black Jesus Season 3 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Black Jesus’ season 2 premiered on Adult Swim on September 18, 2015, and wrapped up on November 27, 2015. It consisted of 11, 20-minute episodes. ‘Black Jesus’ Season 3, after a hiatus of three years, releases on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 12 AM ET. Its total run for the third installment consists of 10 episodes.
Adult Swim’s 2019 release schedule also includes the debut of the 10th season of its popular comedy series ‘Robot Chicken’ and the long-awaited return of ‘Rick & Morty‘ season 4.
Black Jesus Trailer:
You can check out the official trailer of ‘Black Jesus’ season 3 below. If you have not watched the show yet, head to Adult Swim and catch up on all its previous episodes.
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