We’ve all done it. Typed "Black shows" or "Black student/college TV shows" into the Google search bar and quickly found ourselves less than impressed. Deep sigh.
You’ve probably discovered that not only are there limited options, but something usually seems off within the first few episodes of most student-centered shows. There’s the unrealistic or overblown character development, inauthentic dialogue, tokenizing, sidekicking, stereotypical dialogue, overacting and worse: the exploitation of Black trauma. They hardly ever paint these young characters as multifaceted, complex badasses. Many showrunners also seem to forget that, realistically, having to navigate predominantly white spaces as a Black student is a plotline of its own.
Yes, we all have our favorite binge-worthies, but are they getting it right? We’ve compiled a list of the series getting us right and those getting us oh, so wrong.