There are so many funny episodes of Black-ish, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "First and Last" the best, or is "THE Word" your favorite episode of Black-ish? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of all the seasons of Black-ish are, let's rank every Black-ish episode from best to worst.
Black-ish in an American sitcom starring Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr., Tracee Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson, and Laurence Fishburne as Andre's father. Black-ish, which premiered on September 24, 2014, won an AFI award for its first season, and has also been recognized by the Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, and at the Producers Guild Awards ("Episodic Television"). The show has inspired two spin-off series, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.
Vote up your favorite episodes of Black-ish, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Black-ish episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.
Season 2, Episode 1
Jack performs the song “Gold Digger” at a school talent show and when he sings a lyric that includes THE word, it leads to his possible expulsion from school. Dre and Bow work together to get him reinstated, and along the way, examine the evolution of THE word through the generations and just who, if anyone, has the right to use it.
Season 2, Episode 16
When the kids ask some tough questions in the midst of a highly publicized court case involving alleged police brutality and an African-American teenager, Dre and Bow are conflicted on how best to field them. Dre, along with Pops and Ruby, feel the kids need to know what kind of world they’re living in, while Bow would like to give them a more hopeful view about life. When the verdict is announced, the family handles the news in different ways while watching the community react.
Season 1, Episode 5
Jack disobeys, and Dre and Rainbow consider a spanking. Rainbow and Dre agree they will no longer spank their children.
Season 3, Episode 12
Tensions run high after the presidential election.
Season 4, Episode 4
The competition gets intense during family game night.
Season 1, Episode 15
Dre schools Andre Jr. in "The Dozens" when he faces a bully at school. Dre teaches Andre Jr. how to trash-talk a school bully, Diane is afraid of the dark.
Season 3, Episode 24
Initially wary, Dre embraces throwing Bow’s baby shower and wants it to be unforgettable. However, his plans are put on hold when Bow stops by the OB/GYN with a headache and discovers she is having complications.
Season 1, Episode 3
Dre sets out to expand Andre Jr's social circle. And dre tries to help Andre Jr. expand his social circle. Rainbow tries to inspire Diane.
Season 3, Episode 6
When Jack and Diane bring home the results of their career tests, Dre and Bow must come to terms with the fact that Jack may have a blue-collar future. Meanwhile, Ruby is convinced Diane is possessed with a little help from Junior and Zoey.
Season 2, Episode 8
While Bow prepares for the Johnson family’s annual Christmas card shoot, Dre takes Junior and Jack to the Barber Shop to get a hair cut from his lifelong Barber, T. When Junior decides to let another Barber cut his hair, Dre feels Junior has violated the most sacred of codes. The family is not happy with Dre’s new hair cut but Dre is disappointed in Junior’s lack of loyalty to T.
Bow prepares for the Johnson annual Christmas card.
Season 1, Episode 21
When Zoey stages a mini-rebellion, Dre and Bow clash over how to handle it.
Season 2, Episode 18
Dre and Bow start to slip on the kids' activities and chores around the house, so Bow persuades Dre to hire a nanny. After several interviews that don’t go well, they meet Vivian, who impresses them with her desire to take care of the whole family, including Dre and Bow. Dre struggles with the idea of hiring a Black nanny, but decides to give her a try. Meanwhile, Diane decides to run for class president, so when the smart and bubbly Susie Kwest becomes her competition, Zoey helps Diane create a smear campaign to win Diane the vote.
Season 1, Episode 2
Dre wants to teach Andre Jr. the birds and the bees.
When Dre decides to give Andre Jr. the sex talk, he instantly regrets it when his son won't stop asking questions.
Season 1, Episode 23
Dre and Bow go ballistic when Junior declares he’s joined the Young Republican Club to impress a girl. Since they really can’t believe any reasonable black people would be Republicans, Dre and Bow arrange to meet Hillary’s wealthy and conservative parents. Meanwhile, everyone teases Zoey when she finds out she needs glasses.
Season 1, Episode 12
Dre tries to teach the kids the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While on the way to the family's annual ski trip, Dre teaches the kids about Martin Luther King Jr.
Season 3, Episode 8
Bow must address unresolved feelings about her own biracial identity when Junior brings home his first girlfriend, who happens to be white. Dre is handling a big project for a client at work and relies on Charlie to teach him how to relate to the campaign’s white, female point-person. Meanwhile, Zoey needs extra credit for her design class, and asks Jack and Diane if she can remodel their room.
Season 4, Episode 1
Dre raises awareness for a new holiday.
The Johnsons go to Jack and Diane’s school play about Columbus Day, and Dre is dismayed by the historically inaccurate way that the holiday is portrayed. He feels like there aren’t enough black holidays, so he enlists Aloe Blacc at work to help him create a catchy song to raise awareness for a holiday worth celebrating, Juneteenth.
Season 2, Episode 14
After Dre notices that his neighbor Janine has never invited his family to any of her pool parties, he assumes she is racially stereotyping them as a family that doesn’t swim. The kids are shocked to find out that, in fact, Dre doesn’t know how to swim. At work, Dre shares the story with his colleagues, and Daphne Lido is not convinced it’s a race thing, so Dre confronts Janine directly. Meanwhile, Jack and Diane are a part of the Girls’ and Boys’ Rovers Organization, and they envy each other’s activities.
Season 2, Episode 22
Dre has always felt his older son was never like him, but when he finally meets Junior’s cool friends, Dre is all in and happy that his son may have the opportunity for an actual social life. Meanwhile, Bow is dealing with Ruby, Zoey, Jack and Diane not confessing to things breaking around the house and decides to handle it her own way after some judgment from Vivian.
Dre meets Junior's cool friends.
Season 3, Episode 11
Dre and Bow make their home an internet-free zone. When Diane stumbles onto some websites that give her more than she bargained for, Dre and Bow must take action. Concerned that the internet is corrupting their children, Dre and Bow decide to make their home an internet free-zone and deal with the backlash.
Season 3, Episode 16
Dre is forced to participate in jury duty after Junior responds to the summons that was thrown away. The case is supposed to be open and shut, but when Dre sees that the defendant is a young African American, he feels a civic responsibility to give him a fair trial. Meanwhile, Bow decides to let the kids swear in the house since they are more open with her that way, but she and Ruby soon regret the decision.
Season 1, Episode 10
Dre campaigns to be the new Santa at the annual Christmas party.
Dre endeavors to take over the role of office Santa from the head of human resources.
Season 2, Episode 6
The cousins come to town.
Ever since he was a kid, Dre has loved Halloween. Now that he lives in one of those “good candy neighborhoods,” kids come from all over the city to trick-or-treat, including Dre’s own nieces and nephews. The cousins are known for roughhousing and The Johnson kids aren’t happy when they come around, but Dre feels his kids could use some toughening. Meanwhile, Dre gets a surprise visit from his own cousin, June Bug, who used to torment Dre as a kid.
Season 2, Episode 7
The kids help Charlie reconnect with an old flame.
While Dre and Bow take Zoey on a trip to visit Bow's alma mater, Brown University, Dre battles with his fear of flying through a little pharmaceutical assistance to get him through the flight. One loopy miscommunication leads to another and somehow Charlie ends up babysitting the kids. When Charlie shares details about Dominique (played by Amber Rose), an old flame that has come back into the picture, the kids hatch a plan to charm her by pretending that the home and children are all a part of Charlie's domesticated lifestyle. Meanwhile, Bow becomes over-excited about sharing Brown University with Zoey and after a series of embarrassing moments, threatens to turn Zoey off from Brown altogether.
Season 4, Episode 2
Bow is suffering from postpartem depression.