When I first heard about Freeform’s black-ish spinoff, grown-ish, I figured it’d be just that -- a by-the-numbers spinoff. Like a single slice of pizza gone rogue, this creation from black-ish creator Kenya Barris and black-ish executive producer Larry Wilmore was supposed to be a smaller portion of exactly what we already knew and loved -- or so I thought. What we got is an almost completely different beast, but it’s one that stands on its own a lot better than even its own pilot indicated at times. Zoe Johnson (Yara Shahidi) has finally left the nest and now we’ll learn who she really is. It feels like grown-ish is doing the same thing.
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