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Black. White. is a reality show that focuses on portraying the differences in daily life between white and black families. The show stars two separate families, each consisting of three people. The first family, the Sparks, is an African-American family that consists of the mother, Renee, the father Brian and their son, Nick. The second family, the Wurgels, is white. The Wurgels are made up of Carmen, her daughter Rose and Carmen’s boyfriend, Bruno.

Using make-up, the Sparks’ and the Wurgel’s are made to look like they belong to the opposite race. They then go out and experience life, and begin to take in how they are treated differently than they were before.

As the show progresses, the two families learn that there are many ways in which they can expand their own thinking. They also start to learn more about each other, even learning unknown things about people in their own families. Although each family soon begins to understand the trials the other faces, the two families also struggle to get along. Brian and Bruno, as well as Renee and Carmen, have a difficult time seeing eye-to-eye, while Nick and Rose face challenges with their friends.

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Wednesdays at 10:00 pm on FX
1 Season, 6 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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Black. White. Full Episode Guide

  • Rose develops a crush on a poetry-class friend; and Brian and Bruno reach an impasse as tensions between the families mount.

  • A made-up Rose tours Crenshaw with a poetry-class friend and is surprised at how often race comes up. Also: Carmen and her daughter are appalled at the chilly treatment they receive when they visit their own neighborhood in their makeup; Nick says he isn't offended by the "n" word---so Brian takes him to a black barbershop "to learn more about his heritage." And Bruno plays a video of his "Midlife Rap," which rags on rappers. Its tone offends Carmen, and Renee calls it "really obnoxious."

  • Carmen's "beautiful black creature" comment leads Brian and Renee to conclude that Carmen doesn't understand racism, and they're concerned that their son, Nick, doesn't get it either. They also worry about Nick's judgment when he buys a $150 watch while shopping with Rose. Meanwhile, Carmen's upset by her treatment at a C&W bar while she and Bruno are in their makeup. But she's treated with far more hostility at a park in a black neighborhood when Bruno is in his makeup but she isn't.

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