Mixed-ish is an American sitcom 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. 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.
In Mixed-ish, Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong.
- Arica Himmell as Rainbow Johnson
- Tika Sumpter as Alicia Johnson
- Christina Anthony as Denise
- Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamaria Johnson
- Ethan Childress as Johan Johnson
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Paul Johnson (played by Anders Holm in the pilot)
- Gary Cole as Harrison Johnson
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Becoming Bow"||Anton Cropper||Teleplay by: Kenya Barris & Peter Saji|
Story by: Kenya Barris & Peter Saji & Tracee Ellis Ross
|September 24, 2019||3.91|
|2||"The Warrior"||Anton Cropper||Peter Saji||October 1, 2019||3.51|
|3||"Let Your Hair Down"||Michael Spiller||Karin Gist & Peter Saji||October 8, 2019||3.43|
|4||"Love is a Battlefield"||Stephanie Laing||Angela Nissel||October 15, 2019||2.73|
|5||"All She Wants to Do is Dance"||Matt Sohn||Jim Brandon & Brian Singleton||October 22, 2019||3.02|
|6||"Girls Just Want to Have Fun"||Osmany Rodriguez||Tim Edwards & Kevin Marburger||October 29, 2019||3.10|
|7||"Puttin' on the Ritz"||Sam Bailey||Heather Flanders||November 12, 2019||2.80|
|8||"Weird Science"||Charles Stone III||Chuck Hayward||November 19, 2019||2.62|
|9||"Papa Don't Preach"||Todd Biermann||Angela Nissel||November 26, 2019||2.75|
|10||"Do They Know It's Christmas?"||Anu Valia||Rachelle Williams||December 10, 2019||2.96|
|11||"When Doves Cry"||Andrew DeYoung||Jim Brandon & Brian Singleton||January 7, 2020||4.77|
|12||"It's Tricky"||Maggie Carey||Heather Flanders||January 14, 2020||3.68|
|13||"Pride (In the Name of Love)"||Chris Robinson||Spencer Taylor||January 21, 2020||2.36|
|14||"True Colors"||Michael Spiller||Tim Edwards & Kevin Marburger||January 28, 2020||2.32|
|15||"This Charming Man"||Michael Spiller||Andrew Ti||February 11, 2020||2.35|
|16||"She Works Hard for the Money"||Anu Valia||Chuck Hayward||February 18, 2020||2.52|
|17||"Say Hello, Wave Goodbye"||Natalia Anderson||Jesse Esparza||February 25, 2020||2.30|
|18||"Parents Just Don't Understand"||Melissa Kosar||Melanie Kirschbaum & Alexandra Decas||March 17, 2020||2.86|
|19||"Doctor! Doctor!"||Shiri Appleby||Jim Brandon & Brian Singleton||March 24, 2020|
|20||"Bad Boys"||Matthew A. Cherry||Heather Flanders & Angela Nissel||April 7, 2020|
On May 2, 2019, it was announced that the Black-ish episode that was set to air May 7, 2019 titled "Becoming Bow," in which this was to introduce a younger version of the character Bow living with her family, would be shelved. The episode will instead serve as the pilot episode with the cast of the parent show appearing in a fast-forward cameo introduction.
Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays the adult Rainbow in Black-ish, will serve as both an executive producer and narrator on the series, with flagship costars Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne also executive producing. The series is also the final one that Kenya Barris helped created prior to signing his deal with Netflix in August 2018 after he asked for an exit from his ABC Studios deal over issues with the studio's handling of controversial Black-ish episodes and rejected pilots he helped put together.
A day after that, it was announced that the series would premiere in the fall of 2019 and air on Tuesdays at 9:00 P.M. The series is set to debut on September 24, 2019.
Anders Holm was originally set to play Bow’s father, Paul Jackson, having played the role in the series’ original pilot episode, but he left the series before it was picked up by ABC. On June 19, 2019, Mark-Paul Gosselaar replaced Holm in the Paul Jackson role, with the scenes from "Becoming Bow" episode-turned-pilot being reshot. However ABC ran ads in July of 2019 that still featured Holm.