TV Club: Black-ish: “Pops’ Pops’ Pops”

Grading “Elephant In The Room” turned out to be remarkably challenging. It didn’t feel like a grade-A episode of Black-ish, even as I struggled to determine why it wasn’t, and what it was missing that could have elevated it to unqualified greatness. Choosing a grade for “Pops’ Pops’ Pops” comes with its own challenges. To call “Pops” the best episode of Black-ish‘s first season seems mildly unfair because of the singularity of its premise. It’s the kind of high-concept episode a family sitcom can only pull off once per season, if that often, so part of me regrets giving it the season’s first minus-free A. But “Pops” isn’t merely a case of an average episode amplified by its novelty. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, thematically rich, and really funny.

Most black folks in America around my age recognize the premise established in the cold …

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