Matt Roush says...
SUNDAY: If this dramedy’s four Atlanta buddies, all surnamed Johnson, ever make it to L.A., what are the odds they’ll look up the black-ish Johnsons? That would make a pretty good episode—not that Johnson lacks appeal on its own. From Cedric the Entertainer’s production company, Johnson looks at relationships and Black life from the male point of view. The engaging cast includes co-creator Deji LaRay as Greg, who’s on the verge of moving in with his lady after a year; co-executive producer, and former NFL running back Thomas Q. Jones as Omar, unhappily heading into divorce territory; and their two BFFs, Derrex Brady as slick real-estate pro Jarvis, whose interracial marriage creates some identity conflicts; and scene-stealing Philip Smithey as the romantically naïve Keith. Comedian D.L. Hughley is a welcome presence in a recurring role as Omar’s uncle, a popular local radio personality who’s seen it all and isn’t afraid to share his opinions with this group of friends.