The Best Show on the Low
Trill or Not Trill?
Summer television can be easily overlooked. There’s just so much going on, like all the vegan barbecues in gentrified neighborhoods. Who has time for TV, when your group chat is arguing for hours over which rooftop party will be more fun. We all know you’re out causing all types Summer Friday debauchery instead of watching new sitcoms on your couch. As the heat waves say goodbye and cuffin season ushers its way in, so does more time for good television. One such program was just renewed for a second season after only 6 episodes. I was hesitant after watching the trailer, but The Carmichael Show came in, bodied the set and conquered.
If you’ve missed it, here are 3 quick reasons this show needs to be included on your binge TV queue.
1. Jerrod Carmichael is really funny.
I honestly didn’t know much about Jerrod Carmichael until his Spike Lee directed, hour long HBO special. It was sheer comedic brilliance and he brought the same type of dry wit and social commentary to NBC. As a tall lanky fellow myself, I tend to support my fellow skinny armed community and Carmichael’s comedy makes that an easy task. Like most comedians his acting isn’t great but his personality and the writing more than makes up for any potential deficiencies. He’s just sarcastic enough and avoids being too mean and annoying. On the low, Carmichael rocks a lot of Timbs and Jordan’s on the show. I love a good pair of constructs.
2. David Alan Grier is masterful
Loretta Devine who plays Jerrod Carmichael’s mom, does everything in her power to turn this into a Tyler Perry sitcom but David Alan Grier won’t allow it. All of her over the top yelling and lawd have mercy’s are balanced out by Grier’s amazing comedic timing. He plays Jerrod’s father and continually steals scenes. His super conservative character provides the perfect commentary on every subject. His back and forth with Jerrod’s girlfriend, Maxine (Amber Stevens) is just right. He reminds me of so many black fathers I’ve met, that didn’t like me dating their daughters. I couldn’t imagine the show without him.
On the low, Grier might be one of the better living comedic actors today.
3. The Show Content
The beauty of the show is how they attack a variety of topics with ease. They effortlessly tackle race on each episode. While doing so blackness is infused into some heavy topics. The second episode touches on police brutality and provides subtle commentary on the Black Lives Matter conversation. All the while it’s Jerrod’s birthday and he’s bothered by folks not noticing. Another episode involved Carmichael working with a black transgender teenager in a Big Brother program. I can honestly say that’s something I’ve ever seen in television before. Part of my response was “yo that’s a wild stereotype” and another part is “yup that’s a perfect depiction.”
I was a bit late in catching up to this show but I’m glad I did. There is still room for this show to grow and that’s exciting to know.Getting to see another black sitcom on broadcast TV get a second season is also a great sight. This is no Blackish and I’m perfectly fine with that. It’s been a long time. Congrats, Jerrod Carmichael.