Disney releases never-before-seen sitcom episode that went straight to the poison closet in 2018
At the moment one reads again and again news about series episodes that are taken out of circulation and put in the poison cabinet (most common reason: blackfacing). In an episode of the sitcom “Black-ish” the opposite is now the case.
In recent years, the hit sitcom “Black-ish”, which is broadcast in the US on the Disney broadcaster ABC, has not only made six seasons with 142 episodes, the series has also received numerous nominations and awards ( including a Golden Globe).
But of the 142 episodes to date – unsurprisingly – the most infamous is the one that has never been broadcast before. In 2018, ABC withdrew the episode “Please, Baby, Please” from circulation just a few days before the planned broadcast and without further explanation – even though the station managers had previously given their nod to both the first draft of the story and the finished script. For the production of the episode, an increased budget was even made available for necessary rights purchases.
ABC withdrew the episode “Please, Baby, Please” from circulation just a few days before the planned broadcast and without further explanation
Why did the episode end up in the poison cabinet
“Black-ish” is about a black family who live in an upper middle class settlement with almost exclusively white neighbors, but who also try to maintain their own cultural identity there. The episode in question, “Please, Baby, Please,” takes place during a storm, and Dre (Anthony Anderson) tries to calm the baby down by reading a bedtime story to him. When that doesn’t help, he changes his plan – and improvises a story in which he covers all the things that worried him about the state of the nation a year after the presidential election …
Spoiler: Trump doesn’t do so well in the episode! The rise of “White Pride” and the kneeling of Colin Kaepernick are also an issue gostream. Nevertheless: Today, just two years later, you can hardly imagine it – but even in 2018 a TV episode of Disney was actually withdrawn because in it the black protagonists say (too clearly) how they see America today.
Apparently, ABC did not fit into the business plan – especially since the broadcaster was squinting in the direction of more conservative viewers with the reboot of “Roseanne”. (The outcome of the experiment has been sufficiently documented.) Another reason was officially named, of course – namely the standard phrase about “creative differences”.
Apparently, ABC didn’t fit into the business plan
What happens to the episode now
As the series creator Kenya Barris, who finally fell out with Disney after banning the episode despite a long-term successful partnership and instead signed a mega-deal with Netflix, now announced on his Instagram account, the episode is now on Disney-for -Adult streaming portal Hulu available:
The episode is now available on the Disney-for-adult streaming portal Hulu:
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