This week’s episode of “Black-ish” gave us all the feels. During the opening of the all-new episode titled “The Johnson Show,” Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and their crew paid tribute to the popular ’80s family sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” complete with a re-enactment of the iconic dance-filled opening credits.
During the episode, Dre, played by Anthony Anderson, revealed he’s always admired the Huxtables. “There’s something to seeing a Black doctor and Black lawyer living in a loving marriage, raising happy and stable children with no one questioning it.”
“I invested in the Huxtables,” Dre continued before addressing Cosby’s sexual assault allegations. “They made me believe that I could have a family like them. And then, that news about Bill Cosby hit and I was devastated.”
“We all were!” Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) added. “It was awful.”
Of course, the episode arrived in good time. As previously reported, on Tuesday, April 26, news broke that Cosby is scheduled to return to court on charges he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004. Meanwhile, Cosby, who has never been charged in any other criminal case regarding any of the numerous accusations responsible for the demise of his career, continues to deny any of the allegations are true.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the hit series has tackled a controversial topic. In February, the ABC sitcom aired an episode, titled “Hope,” featuring the Johnsons as they watched news coverage of a case involving police brutality against a Black teenager. The segment which highlighted the family’s struggle on how to talk to the twins Jack and Diane about the community reaction to the case and others like it was a slight nod to the challenge many Black families face when talking to youngsters about difficult topics.
Black-ish” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. EST on ABC.