The BEST Episodes of black-ish

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

An upper-middle-class black man struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his assimilated, color-blind kids.

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#1 - Lemons

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 11, 2017

The nation is still reeling after the outcome of the presidential election, and tensions are particularly high at Dre’s work. Much to his frustration, they haven’t been able to get anything done since election night – eight weeks ago. Meanwhile, Junior is dealing with a disenfranchised student body as class president, and when he is asked to deliver Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at school, Pops teaches him there is more to the speech than Junior thought.

star 8.14
997 votes
Directors: Kenya Barris
Writers: Kenya Barris

#2 - Hope

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 24, 2016

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.

star 7.94
684 votes
Writers: Kenya Barris
Daddy Dre-Care

#3 - Daddy Dre-Care

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 11, 2016

When the flu breaks out in the Johnson household, Dre desperately tries to avoid catching it, while taking care of the whole family.

star 7.92
719 votes
Directors: Kenya Barris
Writers: Jonathan Groff

#4 - Sprinkles

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 2017

In the Season 3 finale, Dre throws Bow’s baby shower and wants it to be unforgettable, but his plans are put on hold when Bow stops by the OB/GYN with a headache and discovers she is having complications.

star 7.90
848 votes
Directors: Eva Longoria
Writers: Laura Gutin Peterson
Mother Nature

#5 - Mother Nature

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 2017

Bow is feeling overwhelmed after the birth of DeVante and learns she is suffering from postpartem depression. Dre urges her to get help and stands by her side while she works through it. Meanwhile, the kids babyproof the house in an effort to help their parents out.

star 7.87
738 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Corey Nickerson
Dream Home

#6 - Dream Home

Season 4 - Episode 23 - Aired May 15, 2018

Dre and Bow are living separate lives and switching off with the kids. They start to realize how much they relied on each other and how hard it is being on their own. Dre gets his sleek, ultra-modern dream house in the canyon with all the amenities, and Bow doesn’t think it’s suitable for the kids.

star 7.86
296 votes
Writers: Graham Towers, Steve Vitolo
All Groan Up

#7 - All Groan Up

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 26, 2017

When Zoey gets into several colleges around the country, Dre and Bow begin to feel worried and sentimental. They reflect back on memories they’ve had with the family and wonder what life will be like without her around all the time. Pops enlists the twins to try and sway Zoey to go to college in a city they want to visit.

star 7.86
857 votes
Directors: Kenny Smith
Writers: Hale Rothstein
The Purge

#8 - The Purge

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 26, 2016

After Junior embarrasses Dre during a basketball game, Dre decides to remind Junior of his master pranking skills so he’ll never challenge him again. Meanwhile, the neighborhood participates in a “mischief night” during Halloween where petty crimes become legal, and Ruby takes it too far with the kids.

star 7.85
955 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Lindsey Shockley
The Gift of Hunger

#9 - The Gift of Hunger

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2014

After the kids turn their collective noses up at Dre’s favorite cheap restaurant in his old ’hood, he decides it’s time to give them a reality check. He insists all of them get jobs. But when Andre Jr. and Zoey start working at his office, he can’t help but interfere, and Jack and Diane’s efforts to make some spare cash leave the neighbors thinking the family has fallen on hard times, much to Bow’s embarrassment.

star 7.84
776 votes
One Angry Man

#10 - One Angry Man

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 22, 2017

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.

star 7.83
941 votes
Writers: Doug Hall
The Word

#11 - The Word

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 2015

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.

star 7.83
760 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Kenya Barris
Black Like Us

#12 - Black Like Us

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 15, 2019

Dre and Bow are furious after Diane isn’t lit properly in her class photo. Diane doesn’t want to make it a big deal, but they decide to talk to the principal about the need for sensitivity toward all complexions. Meanwhile, Junior claims there is unspoken colorism within their own family, and things get heated.

star 7.82
244 votes
Writers: Peter Saji
The Prank King

#13 - The Prank King

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2014

Dre fears his holiday fun will be ruined when the older kids balk at the glorious Johnson Halloween tradition of seeing who can pull the most outlandish pranks on each other.

star 7.82
790 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Lindsey Shockley
The Nod

#14 - The Nod

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2014

Dre sets out to expand Andre Jr’s social circle to include more black kids after he discovers Andre Jr. is clueless about “the nod.” Meanwhile, hoping to inspire little Diane to become a doctor, Rainbow takes her to work at the hospital... on what turns out to be the worst day ever.

star 7.81
928 votes
Directors: James Griffiths
Writers: Kenya Barris
Elder Scam

#15 - Elder Scam

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2017

Ruby gets scammed and Dre begins to suspect that she isn’t as sharp as she used to be, particularly because she was the one who used to scam other people. Zoey’s friend Aaron visits and Diane develops an instant crush on him.

star 7.81
656 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Courtney Lilly
Who's Afraid of the Big Black Man?

#16 - Who's Afraid of the Big Black Man?

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 12, 2016

After a situation arises at work, Dre’s views are confronted regarding how black people are perceived now versus when he grew up. He wants to be more open-minded about being a part of his community, and his first step is joining his Homeowners’ Association. Meanwhile, Bow wants to spend more time with the kids before the new baby arrives and gets advice from Pops on how to make them want to be around her.

star 7.80
956 votes
Directors: Matt Sohn
Writers: Peter Saji
Black Santa/White Christmas

#17 - Black Santa/White Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 2014

Dre campaigns to be the new Santa at the annual office Christmas party, but when that honor goes to Angelica, the lovely head of HR, he goes to great lengths to unseat her, because he’s convinced Stevens & Lido needs a black Santa. Meanwhile, Bow is tired of competing with Ruby over who cooks the big Christmas Eve dinner.

star 7.78
706 votes
Directors: Elliot Hegarty
Writers: Gail Lerner
Sister, Sister

#18 - Sister, Sister

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 26, 2017

Bow’s sister comes to town after filming a stint on a reality show, and they couldn’t have less in common. Meanwhile, Zoey suggests that Dre spend more time with Junior since she’s leaving for college, and Jack and Diane decide to rebrand themselves.

star 7.77
877 votes
Directors: Anya Adams
Writers: Yamara Taylor
Crime and Punishment

#19 - Crime and Punishment

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2014

Although Dre and Rainbow agreed they would no longer spank their kids, all bets might be off when Jack disobeys. Now, Zoey, Junior, Diane and a nervous Jack are afraid that their parents will go back on their word.

star 7.77
844 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Corey Nickerson
Their Eyes Were Watching Screens

#20 - Their Eyes Were Watching Screens

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 4, 2017

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.

star 7.76
920 votes
Writers: Gail Lerner
Keeping Up with the Johnsons

#21 - Keeping Up with the Johnsons

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 2016

After a month of heavy spending, Dre and Bow start to question if they are living too large. Dre’s crazy accountant, James Brown, has always been their go-to money guy, but when the topic of finances gets brought up at work, Mr. Stevens refers Dre to his more straight-laced accountant for a second opinion. Dre and Bow realize they need to be more financially responsible and try to prove to each other that they can live without their outrageous expenses. Meanwhile, the kids overhear their parents talking about money and Junior decides to start day trading.

star 7.75
610 votes
Writers: Courtney Lilly
What Lies Beneath

#22 - What Lies Beneath

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 5, 2017

Dre’s sister Rhonda is in town, and he feels a little jealous of her close relationship with Pops. Dre and Bow urge Zoey to take Junior to a high school party, and things get out of hand. Meanwhile, the twins feel like they’re soon to be forgotten, and decide to live life to the fullest.

star 7.75
874 votes
Writers: Jessica Poter
40 Acres and a Vote

#23 - 40 Acres and a Vote

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 5, 2016

With Obama leaving office and the upcoming election, Dre finds a new candidate to believe in – Junior. Junior is running for class president and is overqualified for the job, but he just can’t seem to connect with his fellow classmates. Dre becomes his campaign manager and tries to make Junior appeal to the masses. Meanwhile, Pops, Johan and Jack discuss why they’re not voting in the upcoming election, and Bow is worried that Zoey’s college essay is not going to get her into college.

star 7.75
945 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Corey Nickerson
The Name Game

#24 - The Name Game

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 8, 2017

Dre and Bow have a gender reveal party, and Dre is thrilled because it’s his turn to name the baby. He decides on a culturally significant name that Bow and Ruby aren’t a fan of. Meanwhile, Zoey’s plan to have an anti-Valentine’s Day with her friend Shelly is thwarted when Junior asks Shelly out on a date, so Diane tries to fill in as Zoey’s BFF.

star 7.75
884 votes
Directors: Gail Lerner
Writers: Courtney Lilly
The Leftovers

#25 - The Leftovers

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 6, 2016

When Dre and Bow realize they don’t have a legal guardian for their kids, they make it their mission to find replacement parents should anything happen to them. Meanwhile, Zoey and Junior reveal the truth to Jack about their old dog’s death and other family secrets he naively accepted.

star 7.74
706 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Hale Rothstein