Grown-ish: To Be Young, Wild and Free (7/18/2018)

Oh, to be young, wild, and free is the theme that I gathered from the FreeForm hit show Grown-ish this season. Featuring a cast of young actors from the ABC hit show and spinoff originator Black-ish, Grown-ish set out to tackle what current college students face in the path of pursuing higher education, better opportunities, and just plain old growing pains in early adulthood.

After surprising fans of the show and critics with the real to life issues and dialogue that the show contained, Grown-ish was quickly renewed for another season with the start date currently listed as TBA. As far as the premise of the show goes, the lead character, Zoey, who is portrayed by Yara Shahidi, faces typical transitions from being the most popular girl in school to being one in a thousand new college freshman on the campus with their own views on life, politics, and love.

She quickly surrounds herself with a group of quirky other college students that are all currently trying to find their way as well. From the hometown’s favorite track stars to the intense political activist, Zoey and the other characters learn from each other and their experiences over the Fall and Spring semester. Or, in television terms, thirteen comedically and satirically driven episodes.

Some of the best-featured storylines that I enjoyed watching from Grown-ish this season were the plotlines involving political and cultural differences and the relationship/friendship/situationship between Zoey and Luca (fashion model and photographer, Luka Sabbat) and Aaron (actor Trevor Jackson). The season finale ended on a bit of a cliff note, so I’m happy that we will get a season two. That is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when following a television serial and the show gets canceled and never renewed or developed in another platform.

I certainly hope that Grown-ish continues to take on political issues in its second season, considering the millennial generation and Generation Z are currently under attack for having polarizing views on both sides of the vastly more diverse political lines than the generations before. I also hope that Grown-ish will continue to march the beat of its show’s drum by staying original and creatively edgy.