Black-ish has been on the air since 2014, and now the ABC sitcom is coming to an end. While the network announced on Friday that the show will conclude with season 8, this decision isn't the result of a cancellation!
Black-ish creator calls show end "exciting and bittersweet"
Black-ish has been critically acclaimed during its run, with several awards nominations and wins. The show is currently in its seventh season, with the news of its conclusion coming just ahead of the season finale. Show creator Kenya Barris took to Instagram to share a video of the cast reflecting on Black-ish coming to an end, calling the announcement "exciting and bittersweet."
Barris explained it's "rare" to decide when a show should end, but expressed his gratitude that season 8 is "exactly what we’d hoped for." He also said he's glad to have "the entire and AMAZINGLY STELLAR cast coming back to close this chapter out with us the right way," and that he's "so proud of the conversations" Black-ish has sparked amongst viewers.
Black-ish star Ross reflects on "joy and pride" of the show
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross won a Golden Globe for the show in 2017, and also shared her thoughts on the series' end. "The joy and pride in what we have made is immeasurable," Ross said on Instagram. "Thank you for laughing, crying and growing with the Johnsons!" She also thanked "the #blackish family; our cast, writers and crew," saying her love for all of them "runs deep."
The show has gone on to launch two spinoff series— 2018's Grown-ish and 2019's prequel, Mixed-ish. Both of those shows are set to continue, which means fans will still get to see some of their favourite characters on-screen after Black-ish is over!