‘Black-ish’ series finale review: The ABC comedy sticks the landing with its ‘Homegoing’ episode

The focus of this final chapter, subtitled “Homecoming,” involved Dre (Anthony Anderson) deciding he needed to turn his life around by moving from the majority white area where the family had lived and raised the children to a black neighbourhood 😮 as he put it ironically, one of those places where they filmed “Insecure”.

“Seventeen years on the same street and the whole neighbourhood was still whispering about us behind our backs,” he said offhandedly, before being relieved to discover that his wife Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) was on the same page.

The move brought a wave of nostalgia for everything the couple had experienced and rejection from their children, who understandably felt some reluctance to leave the only home they had ever known.

Nominated for multiple Emmy Awards during its eight seasons, “Black-ish” became an iconic ABC series, as well as a throwback to the days when sitcoms dealt with provocative themes. While the network welcomed the adulation, it didn’t always welcome the controversy, shelving an episode in 2017 that shrewdly allowed Dre to address concerns about an America that would elect Donald Trump. through a bedtime story that conveyed his fears. (Entitled “Please Baby Please,” the show finally saw the light of day in 2020 on sister streaming service Hulu.)

Despite all that, the network and producers probably did the show no favours by squeezing too much of its success, spinning off the “grown-ish” Freeform series and the short-lived “mixed-ish” prequel.

Still, the most resounding note came at the end, which featured a young Latino couple moving into the Johnsons’ home, filled with similar hopes and thoughts of achieving the American dream, just before that dream was shattered, perhaps as was Dre. , for an awkwardly bigoted interaction with Nicole Sullivan’s nosy neighbour next door.

It was a reminder that life goes on and problems persist, even if long-running sitcoms periodically come to an end. While the ending was sweet and sentimental so far, perhaps appropriately given Biles’ presence, that sequence helped the “blackish” landing stick.