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Mixed-ish (stylized as mixedish) is an American single-camera sitcom television series created by Kenya Barris, Peter Saji and Tracee Ellis Ross that debuted on ABC during the 2019–20 television season as a Tuesday night entry and premiered on September 24, 2019.[1] The series is a prequel spin-off of Black-ish and the second series to be spun off from the primary series after the Freeform series Grown-ish.[2] In October 2019, ABC issued a full season order of 22 episodes for the series.[3]

Created byKenya Barris
Peter Saji
Tracee Ellis Ross
Narrated byTracee Ellis Ross
Music byTranscenders
Opening theme"In the Mix" by Mariah Carey & Daniel Moore
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Rob Sweeney
  • Troy Smith
  • Thomas M. Bolger
  • Seth Clark
  • Jamie Nelsen
  • Jamie Conklin
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
  • ABC Studios
  • Khalabo Ink Society
  • Cinema Gypsy Productions
  • Artists First
Original networkABC
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service on SAP channel
Original releaseSeptember 24, 2019 (2019-09-24) –
present (present)
Related showsBlack-ish
External links
Production website


Loosely based on the early life of Dr. Rania Barris (co-creator Kenya Barris' wife)[4], the series chronicles the early years of Rainbow Johnson as she recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the 1980s. The family faces dilemmas over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves when Rainbow's parents move from a hippie commune to the suburbs in 1985.[5]



  • Arica Himmel as Rainbow "Bow" Jackson, a teenager who is coming into her own while embracing her biracial heritage.[6]
    • Tracee Ellis Ross as adult Rainbow Johnson (narration), who details her background and actual real life events in the episodes.
  • Tika Sumpter as Alicia Jackson, Bow’s nice mother who works hard as a lawyer at her father-in-law's practice and helps Bow embrace her Black heritage.[6]
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul Jackson, Bow’s father. Paul is a stay at home dad and is always there for the family. Paul was played by Anders Holm in the pilot.
  • Gary Cole as Harrison Jackson III, Bow’s grandfather[6]
  • Christina Anthony as Denise, Bow’s aunt, a Tennesseean who is unafraid to express her African-American heritage (since her idea of culture is "influenced" by 227 and Eddie Murphy) , even though she tends to be stereotypical towards the family’s biracial culture.[6]
  • Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica Jackson, Rainbow’s baby sister with a sassy attitude.[6]
    • Rashida Jones as the future Santamonica Jackson (in fast-forward clips)
  • Ethan William Childress as Johan Jackson, Rainbow’s brother, who has started to adopt a street culture and muscular attitude.[6]
    • Daveed Diggs as the future Johan Jackson (in fast-forward clips)


  • Paulet Del Castillo as Micaela
  • Caitlin Kimball as Ms. Collins
  • Trinitee Stokes as Tamika
  • Isabel Myers as Rebecca
  • Luca Luhan as Bryce


  • Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, Bow's husband ("Becoming Bow")
  • Marcus Scribner as Andre "Junior" Johnson, Bow's son ("Becoming Bow")
  • Miles Brown as Jack Johnson ("Becoming Bow")
  • Marsai Martin as Diane Johnson ("Becoming Bow")
  • Blake Anderson as Shaman Dave ("Becoming Bow")
  • Dallas Young as Rodney ("Let Your Hair Down")
  • Leiloni Arrie Pharms as Young Denise ("Love Is a Battlefield")


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [7]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Becoming Bow"Anton CropperTeleplay by : Kenya Barris & Peter Saji
Story by : Kenya Barris & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross
September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)1013.91[8]
2"The Warrior"Anton CropperPeter SajiOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)1023.51[9]
3"Let Your Hair Down"Michael SpillerKarin Gist & Peter SajiOctober 8, 2019 (2019-10-08)1033.43[10]
4"Love is a Battlefield"Stephanie LaingAngela NisselOctober 15, 2019 (2019-10-15)1042.73[11]
5"All She Wants to Do is Dance"Matt SohnJim Brandon & Brian SingletonOctober 22, 2019 (2019-10-22)1063.02[12]
6"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"Oz RodriguezTim Edwards & Kevin MarburgerOctober 29, 2019 (2019-10-29)1053.10[13]
7"Puttin' on the Ritz"Sam BaileyHeather FlandersNovember 12, 2019 (2019-11-12)1072.80[14]
8"Weird Science"Charles Stone IIIChuck HaywardNovember 19, 2019 (2019-11-19)1082.62[15]
9"Papa Don't Preach"Todd BiermannAngela NisselNovember 26, 2019 (2019-11-26)1102.75[16]
10"Do They Know It's Christmas?"Anu ValiaRachelle WilliamsDecember 10, 2019 (2019-12-10)1092.96[17]


On May 2, 2019, it was announced that the Black-ish episode that was set to air May 7, 2019, would be shelved. The episode, titled "Becoming Bow", introduces a younger version of the character Rainbow living with her family, and will instead serve as the pilot episode for the new series,[18] with the cast of the parent show appearing in a flash-forward cameo introduction. On May 14, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Tuesdays at 9:00 P.M.[19] It is set to debut on September 24, 2019.[1]

Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays the adult Bow in Black-ish, will serve as both an executive producer and narrator for the series, with flagship costars Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne also executive producing.[20] Mixed-ish is the final series that Barris helped create prior to signing his deal with Netflix in August 2018. Barris had asked for an exit from his ABC Studios deal because of the studio's handling of controversial Black-ish episodes and of rejected pilots he had helped put together.[21][22]

Anders Holm was originally set to play Bow’s father, Paul Jackson, and played the role in the series’ pilot episode, but he left the series before it was picked up by ABC.[23][24] On June 19, 2019, Mark-Paul Gosselaar replaced Holm in the Paul Jackson role, and scenes with Holm in the "Becoming Bow" episode-turned-pilot were subsequently reshot with Gosselar.[25]

In the promos, the family is called "the Johnsons" (the same surname as Bow's family on Black-ish), even though the surname of the characters Harrison and Paul is Jackson, which implies that Bow's maternal family still uses the name Johnson. This was brought up during the Black-ish second season episode "Johnson & Johnson," in which Dre learns that Bow never formally took his last name after their marriage. In addition, the episodes listed are named after songs, television shows, and movies that were made during the 1980s.

On October 28, 2019, the series received a full season order of 22 episodes.[3]



On May 14, 2019, ABC released the first official trailer for the series.[26]


On August 5, 2019, Mariah Carey confirmed that she recorded the series' theme song, entitled "In the Mix." [27] The song was written and produced by Carey and songwriter-producer Daniel Moore and reached number nine on the Billboard U.S. R&B Digital Song Sales chart.[28]

During a panel discussion with Barris and Carey, Barris stated that he wants Carey to appear as a guest on the show.


Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Mixed-ish holds an approval rating of 77% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start."[29] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Becoming Bow" September 24, 2019 0.9/4 3.91[8] 0.6 1.76 1.5 5.67[31]
2 "The Warrior" October 1, 2019 0.7/4 3.51[9] 0.4 1.30 1.1 4.81[32]
3 "Let Your Hair Down" October 8, 2019 0.7/3 3.43[10] 0.4 1.24 1.1 4.66[33]
4 "Love is a Battlefield" October 15, 2019 0.6/3 2.73[11] 0.4 1.07 1.0 3.80[34]
5 "All She Wants to Do is Dance" October 22, 2019 0.7/3 3.02[12] 0.4 1.02 1.1 4.03[35]
6 "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" October 29, 2019 0.8/3 3.10[13] 0.3 0.91 1.1 4.01[36]
7 "Puttin' on the Ritz" November 12, 2019 0.6/3 2.80[14] 0.3 0.91 0.9 3.71[37]
8 "Weird Science" November 19, 2019 0.6/3 2.62[15] 0.3 0.90 0.9 3.52[38]
9 "Papa Don't Preach" November 26, 2019 0.6/3 2.75[16] 0.2 0.84 0.8 3.60[39]
10 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" December 10, 2019 0.5/3 2.96[17] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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