The Johnsons Take a Trip to the '70s
There’s only one way to describe the Season 2 finale of black-ish: dy-no-mite! The hit show honors the classic 1974–79 sitcom Good Times, transporting the L.A.-based Johnson clan back in time to inner-city Chicago via a trippy dream sequence. “Forty years ago, the Evans family was the black family on TV,” black-ish creator Kenya Barris says. “Creating this parallel was something I always wanted to do.”
Dre (Anthony Anderson) and the rest of the family will don the requisite polyester finery to channel iconic Good Times characters, as real plot points from the vault dovetail with current storylines, like the unplanned pregnancy of Dre’s wife, Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross), and her Windy City alter ego, Thelma Evans. To get into a ’70s state of mind, the cast members—many of whom hadn’t been born during Good Times’ original run—binged episodes on YouTube. “I remembered it being funny,” says Ross, who grew up watching the reruns. “But I was surprised to see how much it pulled on heartstrings and dealt with heavy issues, which is something that our show does too.” Hey, everything old is new again.
Black-ish, Season finale Wednesday, May 18, 9:30/8:30c, ABC