With black-ish Season 6 starting tomorrow, do you remember where the show left off at the end of the last season?
You may recall that it was unclear if black-ish would get afif5th season some time ago but here we are rolling into Season 6. The show has been successful enough to earn two spin-offs (grown-ish and now mixed-ish) as well as a slew of awards and nominations. Though they have yet to walk away with an Emmy, they have been nominated for 15 in five seasons and that alone is a testament to the quality of the show.
The last time we saw the Johnson family was back in May, almost exactly four months ago, so you likely don’t remember everything that happened at the end of the season. That’s fine because we’re here to remind you of the biggest developments from the finale and prepare you for what’s to come.
It was all about Junior
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Junior has been the least celebrated Johnson family member over the years. Primarily there to be made fun of, there wasn’t much to care about when it came to his character. Even when Zoey left the main cast for her own show he had been slow to pick up steam. That changed near the end of Season 4 and continued into Season 5.
At the start of the season, the family dropped Junior off at college (He chose Howard.) They then went to explore D.C., specifically the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and when they returned Junior had beaten them there. He announced to them that he was taking a gap year and thus began a journey of self-discovery that spanned the entire season.
The gap year
Over the course of the year, Junior mostly laid around doing nothing and he was eventually invited to come to work with Andre. He started as an intern and eventually ended up working for Josh.
In the finale, Junior is sitting in on a meeting that the team is having with Quavo and the meeting goes poorly. The team is struggling to connect with Quavo in a way that he feels like matches his brand. He’s on his way out the door when Junior pitches an idea. Quavo loves it and Junior is hired to handle the social media campaign for the Migos partnership with a shipping company called “Boxable.”
After this huge win, Junior decides to tell his parents that he’s not going back to school. He tells them that the job he has is the same job he’d be fighting for as a college graduate and that it doesn’t make sense to give that up. Dre is initially surprised but he’s more hurt by the fact that Junior called him out for not pursuing his dream of opening his own shop.
After Junior realizes the error of his ways (with some help from Pops) he apologizes to his dad and Dre is able to accept his son’s decision to set out on his own path. He’s still kicked out of the house, but he’s not disowned so this is a good thing.
Rainbow, however, is devastated. She’s always dreamed of Junior following in her footsteps and the idea of him not going to college at all is hurting her soul. He already let her down by choosing Howard over Stanford so she has been hurt by him in two straight seasons.
At the end of the season, Junior has moved in with his coworker Zion (GeffriMaya) and tells everyone “we’re just friends.” We’ll see if that lasts. Dre and Rainbow have come to accept his decision and help him move the rest of his things.
Dre, meanwhile, seems to still be thinking about the idea that Junior mentioned of starting his own shop and that seems like a natural next step for him. Perhaps even bringing Junior along to handle the social media side. We’ll see if that comes to fruition in the new season.
Descriptions are out for the first three episodes of Season 6 and the show picks up with a big announcement. First of all, Junior is still working with the Migos and the twins are now in eighth grade (WHAT!) but the big news comes from Pops.
Pops is getting engaged! Now I’m as shocked as you are because when we left Pops did not have a love interest at all so this comes out of left field. Based on the early look at the new episode his love interest will be played by Emmy winner Loretta Devine.
We also know that the third episode of the season will be a Girlfriends reunion for Tracee Ellis Ross and her former co-stars so there is a lot to look forward to right off the bat this season.
black-ish returns this Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the new time 9:30/8:30c on ABC.