Grown-Ish

Grown-Ish

Season 2 of Freeform’s Grown-ish is in full effect & Culture Piece is here for it! Any show, piece of writing or work of art created for the culture is good in my book. With the first few episodes of the season underway, I’m already hooked on the diverse show, which is based off the ABC show, Black-ish. Three episodes in, the series has explored the sometimes unrealistic rules Millennials have set for ourselves, the pressures of needing to be #relationshipgoals and even going a little deeper & tapping into mental health issues.

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In the season premiere, Zoey is back at CalU for her sophomore year and ready to finally have face time with her boyfriend, Luca, after spending the majority of their relationship across the world from one another. Of course things never go as planned in Zoey’s world, despite how confident in a situation she might be, so naturally her and Luca aren’t clicking in person the same way they did via text.

I was always a fan of Zoey & Luca together so I’m definitely rooting for them but something always seems to get in the way of them having a smooth sailing relationship. In episode 2, Zoey is seemingly obsessed with being “relationship goals”. This isn’t a foreign concept within our generation, sadly. I don’t even have to get into detail for y’all to know that so many of us are wildly obsessed with portraying this unnatural image of our relationship on social media. It seems like everyone wants to be #relationshipgoals. I used to be the same way, until I realized alllll of that shit is fake. No one is as happy as they seem, especially couples, so there’s no point in trying to be something you’re not simply for people on a social network who don’t even care all that much about you.

I don’t want to give away too much because this is definitely a show worth watching but just know that Grown-ish is the perfect relatable & diverse tv series for Millennials. I’m relieved that tv with Black leads wasn’t just a trend of 2018, it’s really here to stay & it’s mainstream. Do yourself a favor and check out our thoughts on season 1 of Grown-ish here and be sure to tune into season 2 on Freeform or Hulu!

Words by Maya Clark // @mayaexplains