Birthdays. They're more than just the one day people in bad marriages get to have sex or an excuse to reach out to an ex on Facebook. They're how we measure milestones. But if you're black in America, each birthday is a much bigger deal. Black men live a full 7 years less than the national average. 7 years. That's like missing the entire run of Designing Women or six Bulls championships and the one time the Cavs got lucky. Stress, hypertension, heart disease, rap beefs. It takes an exceptional black man to make it all the way to 65.
— Dre (V.O.)
Things Were Different Then
Season 4, Episode 16
First Aired March 20, 2018
Production Code 417
Writer(s) Courtney Lilly
Director(s) Todd Holland
Episode Guide
"White Breakfast"
"North Star"

Things Were Different Then is the sixteenth episode of Season 4 of Black-ish and the eighty-eighth overall. The episode premiered March 20, 2018.


Dre reluctantly helps Junior plan Pops' 65th birthday party and starts to see his dad's past in a new light. Meanwhile, Bow decides to say "yes" to everything for a whole year and Jack & Diane take advantage of her.


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Laurence Fishburne as Pops (Special Guest)
  • Cedric the Entertainer as Smokey
  • P.L. Brown as Pops' Friend
  • Jensen Leflore as Reggie
  • Bryce Charles as Crystal
  • Jalyn Hall as 8 year old Dre

Recurring Cast

  • Nelson Franklin as Connor Stevens
  • Catherine Reitman as Lucy
  • August Gross & Berlin Gross as Baby Devante Johnson



Featured Music

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