The Carmichael Show

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  • TV-PG
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.7  (3,335)

The Carmichael Show was a sitcom that aired on NBC from 2015 to 2017. The series was created by Jerrod Carmichael, Ari Katcher, and Willie Hunter, who also served as executive producers along with Ravi Nandan and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. All three seasons of the show were well-received by audiences, making it one of NBC's top comedies during its run.

The show revolved around the life of Jerrod Carmichael, a young comedian who played himself in the show. Jerrod lived with his girlfriend, Maxine, played by Amber Stevens West, and his family, including his parents, Joe and Cynthia, played by David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine, and his brother Bobby, played by Lil Rel Howery.

The Carmichael Show was a classic multi-camera sitcom, filmed in front of a live studio audience. The show's format was straightforward and traditional, with the characters often engaging in family discussions around the dinner table or in their living room. However, the topics of these discussions were anything but ordinary.

The show tackled a range of social and political issues, exploring taboo topics such as race, religion, police brutality, and gun control. Jerrod, as the show's protagonist, often found himself in the middle of heated debates with his family members, who held different opinions and perspectives on these issues.

What set The Carmichael Show apart from other comedies was its fearless approach to controversial topics. The show did not shy away from challenging subjects, but instead tackled them head-on with humor and wit. The show was not preachy or didactic, but rather presented different viewpoints and allowed audiences to draw their conclusions.

The cast of The Carmichael Show was exceptional, with strong performances from each member. Jerrod's character was charming and relatable, while Amber Stevens West's role as Maxine added a fresh perspective to the discussions, often representing the voice of reason. David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine, as Joe and Cynthia, provided the show with a strong comedic backbone, often delivering some of the show's funniest lines. Lil Rel Howery, as Bobby, offered a lovable and slightly hapless character who often brought levity to the more serious discussions.

Despite the show's intense subject matter, The Carmichael Show never lost its comedic edge. The writing was sharp, clever, and often unexpected, providing audiences with plenty of laughs. The show's humor was often edgy, but never cruel or insensitive, which helped to balance some of the weightier topics.

The Carmichael Show also featured some memorable guest stars, including Marla Gibbs, who played Joe's mother in several episodes, and Richard Roundtree, who played a family friend. The series finale, which aired in August 2017, was particularly notable for featuring a cameo from President Barack Obama, who shared a Skype call with the show's characters.

In conclusion, The Carmichael Show was a groundbreaking sitcom that explored taboo topics with humor and insight. The show's talented cast and clever writing made it a standout comedy during its run on NBC. Although the show only lasted for three seasons, it made a lasting impact on audiences, demonstrating that comedy can be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The Carmichael Show is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (32 episodes). The series first aired on August 26, 2015.

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Gold Diggers
13. Gold Diggers
August 9, 2017
When Bobby brings home his new girlfriend, a debate about the effects of money ensues that uncovers something about Maxine's financial situation that Jerrod never knew and doesn't know if he can handle.
Three Year Anniversary
12. Three Year Anniversary
August 9, 2017
When the family discovers the unique way in which Jerrod and Maxine celebrated their dating anniversary, their disapproval forces Jerrod and Maxine to explore their potential inabilities to meet each other's expectations. Also starring David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, and Lil Rel Howery.
Low Expectations
11. Low Expectations
August 2, 2017
When Bobby suffers an on-the-job injury that spurs him to want to go to college, Maxine defends his decision to the disapproving Carmichaels but struggles herself once he declares what career he'd like to pursue.
Maxine's Sister
10. Maxine's Sister
July 26, 2017
When Maxine brings her sister (guest star Aurora Perrineau) to meet the Carmichaels, Bobby reveals that they've previously met under unexpected circumstances forcing an exploration on judgment, hypocrisy and what it means to be family.
Evelyn and Vernon
9. Evelyn and Vernon
July 19, 2017
When Cynthia discovers her parents (guest stars Starletta Dupois and Bill Cobbs) are having marriage problems, it forces her to confront problems in her own marriage.
8. Intervention
July 12, 2017
A fight between Bobby and Nekeisha about how much she's been drinking lately spurs the family to throw an intervention that turns into a debate about how to best handle life stress.
7. Morris
July 5, 2017
When Bobby shares news with Jerrod about a mysterious Facebook message he received, a decades old family secret is revealed.
6. Shoot-Up-Able
June 28, 2017
When Jerrod survives a tragedy, he fights against being coddled by his family and being labeled a victim, but things are made harder when he's forced to tell a police officer exactly what he saw.
Cynthia's Birthday
5. Cynthia's Birthday
June 21, 2017
After Cynthia reacts negatively to a birthday gift she receives from Jerrod and Maxine, Jerrod forces his family to broaden their horizons and sets out to prove there should be no rules about what is and isn't acceptable when it comes to race.
4. Shoot-up-able
June 14, 2017
When Maxine offers to set Bobby up with a friend whom the family deems unattractive, a debate about beauty and superficiality ensues, which spurs Maxine to try to prove that the world is not that shallow.
Grandma Francis
3. Grandma Francis
June 7, 2017
Joe and his sons take a boys trip to visit Joe's mother that takes a serious turn when she presents them with an impossible dilemma.
Support the Troops
2. Support the Troops
May 31, 2017
When the Carmichaels discover Bobby's childhood bully has joined the army, they discuss supporting the troops.
Yes Means Yes
1. Yes Means Yes
May 31, 2017
When Maxine's friend posts about her sexual assault on social media, Jerrod and Maxine end up on opposite sides of the issue. This opens the family up to a debate about consent that sends Bobby into a spiral.
Where to Watch The Carmichael Show
The Carmichael Show is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Carmichael Show on demand at Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 26, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (3,335)