‘Grown-ish’ is a single-camera American sitcom that airs on Freeform and is a spin-off of the ABC series ‘Black-ish’. Co-created Larry Wilmore and ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris, the show follows the eldest daughter of the Johnson family from ‘Black-ish’ as she heads into college.
A relatively new show, Season 1 of ‘Grow-ish’, consisting of 13 episodes, premiered on January 3, 2018, and was received enthusiastically by critics and viewers alike. Dan Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter had this to write about Grown-ish: “I think I can spot the fine show that Grown-ish may be evolving into, or at least latch onto the potential. But as its title is meant to imply about its college-age characters, it’s a show that’s not quite grown, still trying to make it on its own.”
Freeform unsurprisingly spent no time in renewing the show, and renewed it on January 18, 2019. A year after Season 1’s premiere, Season 2 premiered on January 2, 2019, with 20 episodes. Following Season 2’s premiere, Freeform, on February 25, 2019, announced that it had renewed ‘Grown-ish’ for yet another season. Here’s everything we know about it.
Grown-ish Cast: Who is in it?
In ‘Grown-ish’, Yara Shahidi takes up the role of the main protagonist Zoey Johnson, a role she had played in ‘Black-ish’ also. Other cast members from ‘Black-ish’ do not star in the show, save for occasional guest appearances by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who reprise their roles as Zoey’s parents, Andrew Johnson and Rainbow Johnson.
As far as Zoey’s friends in college are concerned, Trevor Jackson plays African-American sophomore student Aaron Jackson, who is portrayed to be a “woke” boy who is sympathetic towards various causes. Francia Raisa plays Zoey’s roommate Analisa Patricia Torres, who is a freshman with Cuban roots. Emily Arlook plays Nomi Segal, a secretly bisexual Jewish American student. Jordan Buhat, meanwhile, plays the role of Vivek Shah, a student with Gujarati roots who is also a drug dealer, and Luka Sabbat stars as Luca Hall, a freshman, stoner, and trend-setter. Finally, Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey play Jazlyn Forster and Skylar Forster respectively, both of whom are intelligent and sassy track athletes with an eye on the bigger picture.
Other cast members who get considerable screen time are Deon Cole as Professor Charlie Telphy, Chris Parnell as Dean Burt Parker (Season 1), and Diggy Simmons as Doug. We expect all the main cast members to return for Season 3 and reprise their roles.
Grown-ish Plot: What is it about?
‘Grown-ish’ follows Zoey as she leaves the comfort of home and heads off to college in her journey towards adulthood. In college, she meets people from extremely varied backgrounds and with different personalities, and soon comes to realize that unlike home, things don’t always go your way in the outside world. Apart from her experience with different people, Zoey also meets her first love in college and suffers her first heartbreak, all while trying to balance her social life with academic pressure. Yet, through all the trials and tribulations of navigating college, Zoey maintains her go-getter attitude and strives to make the best of these confusing, yet important and formative years. As the show progresses, Zoey graduates from freshman year to sophomore year, and that brings with it more complications despite her being a more settled person.
The show set a high bar during its first season, tackling topics ranging from the prevalence of drug use on college campuses to double standards surrounding bisexuality. Yes, the show is a comedy, but one with a strong sense of purpose. After all, these are experiences that college students do have in the United States, so why not depict the higher education experience accurately? The second season, too, carries on in this vein, tackling particularly the hype that college students often fall for.
If the upcoming third season is anything like the first and the second, we can expect ‘Grown-ish’ to keep things very real and tackle even more issues that many students face during their college lives. Suffice to say, we’re quite excited.
In terms of reception, Season 1 of ‘Grown-ish’ ticked all the right boxes for television critics, who gave it an astounding score of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. While Season 2 has not been rated, the critics’ consensus for Season 1 reads: “Grown-ish quickly works through its growing pains to establish itself as its own socially aware show with a fresh perspective on the college experience, driven by the charming and capable Yara Shahidi.” Viewers, however, seem to have had mixed opinions about the show, and ‘Grown-ish’ enjoys a better-than-average overall rating of 6.5/10 on IMDb.
Grown-ish Season 3 Release Date: When is it coming?
‘Grown-ish’ season 2 premiered on January 2, 2019. The show went on a hiatus for a while on Mar 6, 2019 and returned on June 5, 2019. As far as the season 3 is concerned, the good news is that Freeform has announced its renewal. Yet, that hardly comes as a surprise, considering that ‘Grown-ish’ is currently the No. 1 cable comedy among women in the 18-49 years demographic, and the No. 3 comedy for adults in the 18-34 years demographic.
Making the renewal announcement, Tom Ascheim, the president of Freeform, told Variety, “At Freeform, our shows are uncompromising and bullish on what’s possible when young adults are empowered to be themselves and share their voice about the things that define them and their generation.”
With Season 3 now confirmed, the question is when it will air. While Freeform has not announced a release date for Season 3 yet, we expect it to follow the precedents set by Seasons 1 and 2 – our prediction is that ‘Grown-ish’ Season 3 will release in early January 2020. We will update this section when Freeform announces the exact release date.
Although Freeform has announced that ‘Grown-ish’ will return for a third season, we do not expect the trailer of Season 3 to be released any time before December 2019. While we wait for it, here’s a promo of Season 2 to give you a glimpse into the show and the story thus far.
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