Black-ish fans — or folks wanting to give the outstanding ABC series a try following its three Emmy nominations — you can get the show’s stellar Season 2 for free on iTunes. But only if you act fast.
ABC Studios will make all 24 episodes available at no cost now through Wednesday, August 17.
During Season 2, black-ish was recognized by the American Film Institute as an AFI Television Program of the Year, and received the coveted Peabody Award. In July, the show received three Emmy nominations, including a second consecutive nod for Anthony Anderson for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, a first-time Outstanding Comedy Series nod, and a first nomination for Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Black-ish was also honored for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy at this month’s Television Critics Association Awards in Beverly Hills.
Season 2 also includes the acclaimed “Hope” episode that features the Johnson family members’ reaction to a verdict in a trial involving alleged police brutality and that black-ish creator Kenya Barris hopes exemplifies the series’ organic storytelling.
“We are not Law & Order; we don’t want to rip stuff from the headlines,” Barris told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association summer 2016 press tour. “And I think the best way to approach this show is what would this family actually be talking about. … We’ve made this show in such a way that we don’t really try to land on a particular point of view, but we do try to offer every side. … So we’ve got such a great cast together that everyone has a point of view, and we try to leave it up to the audience and start a conversation and let them decide what they think about the particular topic.
“To me, that’s the superpower of this show is that we really, legitimately try to hit every different angle that we can without being, you know, schizophrenic,” Barris continued. “Because, as a people, for so long black culture was presented in a monolithic light, and I think that we are not monolithic. We have a lot of different voices. We come from a lot of different places, and we have a lot of different things to say, and we don’t agree about everything. We have different points of view. And I think that this family, the one thing that they have in common is that they love each other, and to me, that’s sort of what we need to have more as a country is that we need to allow more voices to be heard.
“But at the center of it, if we have love, we can take those voices in and actually filter them and hear what they are saying and not just let them be words.”
black-ish Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30/8:30CT on ABC.