Season 1, Episode 1
First Aired September 24, 2014
Production Code 101
Writer(s) Kenya Barris
Director(s) James Griffiths
Episode Guide
"The Talk"
Pilot is the series premiere of Black-ish. The episode premiered on September 24, 2014.


Advertising exec Dre looks forward to a promotion that would make him the first African American senior vice president at his firm in the premiere of this family sitcom, but he worries that there is a price to pay for his success when his son Andre Jr. announces that for his 13th birthday he's converting to Judaism in order to have a Bar Mitzvah like all his friends.


Recurring Cast



  • As of September 12, 2014, the episode is free to download on iTunes.
    • It is no longer available to download for free.
  • The alternate title of this episode is called "Keepin' It Real!".
  • Laurence Fishburne portrays Anthony Anderson's father. In reality Laurence Fishburne is only 9 years older than Anthony Anderson.
  • Laurence Fishburne (Pops) says Junior (Marcus Scribner) would be better off watching Roots. Marcus Scribner would later go on to play Alex Haley in its remake from 2016.


If I'm not black, then would someone please tell my hair and my ass?

Featured Music

  • Jesus Walks by Kanye West
  • Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight
  • It's Bigger Than Hip Hop by Dead Prez featuring Tahir & People's Army
  • Ngayaya by Balikoowa Centurio
  • Yeah! by Usher
Season One episodes

PilotThe TalkThe NodCrazy MomCrime and PunishmentThe Prank KingThe Gift of HungerOedipal TriangleColored CommentaryBlack Santa/White ChristmasLaw of AttractionMartin Luther Skiing DayBig Night, Big FightAndre From MarseilleThe DozensParental Guidance30 SomethingSex, Lies and VasectomiesThe Real WorldSwitch HittingThe Peer-ent TrapPlease Don't Ask, Please Don't TellElephant in the RoomPops' Pops' Pops