It’s always weird how shows like these slip through the cracks. But then, I think NBC is partly at fault for not really pushing it, at least that’s my story and I am sticking to it. I have asked a lot of my friends about this show and it seems like no one has heard of it. I then googled for more information about this it and I found that it received a lot of acclaim last summer during its short run and I asked myself, “Where was I?”
I stumbled on this show last week while trying to find something to watch and found myself watching all six episodes. It’s one of the best, if not the best, Black sitcoms on television. In my opinion, this is the show that Black-ish could have been. This show aired in late August and I kept trying to pinpoint how I missed this it and then I remembered that it was because Craig Robinson had an uninteresting TV show by the name of Mr. Robinson and I never checked back in with NBC after that.
I talked last year of how Empire is probably the worst thing on TV for Black people but The Carmichael Show is the total opposite. The premise of the show is based around Jerrod Carmichael who plays himself along with his girlfriend Maxine as they are starting a new life together. While they are still trying to learn about each other and if they are making the right decision to co-habitate, they also have to contend with Jerrod’s more conservative minded mom and pop as well as his brother who is just getting by. The show has a strong cast with Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Tiffany Haddish and Lil Rel Howery.
What I really loved most about this show is that in six episodes, it’s covered many crucial issues in ways that Black-ish hasn’t done. Better yet, the way that these issues including cohabitation, religion, skin color, sexuality and gun violence, are handled is in a very relatable way that many people watching have probably already dealt with among their own families.
The Carmichael Show is not a buffoonish show nor is it over the top comedy. It’s a very even mix of seriousness and humor used to address what is happening currently in our communities and gives us a voice on television to raise awareness in ways we haven’t seen since the 80s and 90s. It’s one of the rare gems of a show that is actually watchable for an entire family.
NBC has renewed The Carmichael Show for a second season where it should get a full 10 episode run. If you missed it check out Hulu or the NBC app.
5 stars out of 5.