Black Jesus

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  • TV-MA
  • 2014
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.0  (3,773)

Black Jesus is a comedy television series that premiered on August 7, 2014, on Adult Swim. The show was created by Aaron McGruder and Mike Clattenburg and starred Gerald Johnson as Jesus Christ, who is living in modern-day Compton, California. The show lasted for three seasons, with the final episode airing on May 12, 2019.

The show follows the adventures of Jesus Christ, as he attempts to spread his message of love and kindness to the people of Compton. Despite his divine origins, Jesus is portrayed as a down-to-earth and relatable character, who is very much a part of the community. He is also shown to have an irreverent sense of humor, which often leads to hilarious situations.

One of the most notable aspects of the show is its depiction of Jesus as a black man. This casting choice was controversial at the time, with some viewers and religious groups accusing the show of being blasphemous. However, the creators of the show defended the decision, stating that they wanted to explore the idea of what it would be like if Jesus were to come back to Earth today.

Gerald Johnson gives an incredible performance as Black Jesus. He portrays the character with a quiet confidence and a calm demeanor, which is in stark contrast to the chaotic and often violent world of Compton. Despite the many challenges that he faces, Jesus never wavers in his commitment to spreading his message of love and acceptance.

The supporting cast of the show is also excellent. Charlie Murphy (RIP) plays Vic, one of Jesus' closest friends and a former gang member. Kali Hawk plays Maggie, a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet. Corey Holcomb plays Boonie, a drug dealer who is always up to no good. Andra Fuller plays Fish, a reformed criminal who is trying to turn his life around. King Bach, John Witherspoon, Angela Gibbs, Valenzia Algarin, and Antwon Tanner also make appearances throughout the series.

One of the things that sets Black Jesus apart from other comedies is its willingness to tackle serious issues. Throughout the series, the characters deal with poverty, gun violence, racism, and other social issues. However, the show manages to do this without ever becoming preachy or overly serious. There is always a sense of humor and levity to the proceedings, which makes the show both entertaining and thought-provoking.

In addition to its social commentary, Black Jesus is also a celebration of African American culture. The show is filled with references to hip-hop, black history, and other aspects of African American life. This is particularly evident in the show's soundtrack, which features songs from artists like Kendrick Lamar, N.W.A., and Wu-Tang Clan.

Overall, Black Jesus is a funny, irreverent, and socially conscious comedy that is not afraid to take risks. The show's portrayal of Jesus as a black man may have been controversial, but it ultimately adds to the show's uniqueness and originality. The performances from the cast are top-notch, and the show's willingness to tackle serious issues without sacrificing its sense of humor is commendable. While the show may not be for everyone, it is definitely worth checking out for those who enjoy edgy comedies with a message.

Black Jesus is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on August 7, 2014.

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The Real Jesus of Compton
10. The Real Jesus of Compton
November 29, 2019
The gang talks Jesus into starring in a reality show after a sleazy producer promises them fame and fortune. It's a disaster from start to finish, but Jesus is determined to get Pop's good word out as a result.
God's Team
9. God's Team
November 22, 2019
Jesus suddenly finds himself as the coach for the Compton Devils junior high football. His agenda to spread love and kindness is at odd with winning at all costs, and we see his struggle play out in the big game against the Simi Valley Skullcrushers.
Boonie Comes Up
8. Boonie Comes Up
November 15, 2019
Believing that a dead gangster's soul has possessed him, Boonie begins acting like a badass.
Hair Tudi
7. Hair Tudi
November 8, 2019
Ms. Tudi is able to open 'Tudi's Wigs, Weaves and Whatnots' after miraculously landing a small business loan. However, she creates a turf war when she opens the store on The Korean Bitch Mafia's turf.
The Compton Crusader
6. The Compton Crusader
November 1, 2019
There's a vigilante in Southwest Compton, and he's taken matters into his own hands. Jesus has to stop him before he goes too far.
Boonie Christ
5. Boonie Christ
October 25, 2019
AmBro, the head of security at the New Compton Gardens, forms a militia to scare off drug dealers in the hood; in a show of force, his troops take over the street and screw up a drug deal the gang planned for that day.
4. Operation SHUT'EMDOWN
October 11, 2019
AmBro, the head of security at The New Compton Gardens, has formed a militia to scare off drug dealers in the hood. In a show of force, his troops take over the street for a day, which screws up a drug deal the gang planned for that day.
Parole Officer
3. Parole Officer
October 4, 2019
The parole officer for Jesus has a spiritual upheaval and decides to stop going to work.
Vatican Guys
2. Vatican Guys
September 27, 2019
After discovering the leaked video of Jesus performing a miracle, the Vatican sends two secret agents from Italy to Compton to kidnap "the Black Jesus" and determine if the oversized black guy is really the son of God.
The Compton Carter
1. The Compton Carter
September 20, 2019
Returning to their old Compton Gardens apartment after being released from jail, Jesus finds out Boonie has moved to the "new" Compton Gardens, which is managed by Lloyd.
Where to Watch Black Jesus
Black Jesus is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Black Jesus on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Adult Swim.
  • Premiere Date
    August 7, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (3,773)