Who says television can’t be woke? Network, cable and streaming services like Netflix are proving that the content we consume can entertain while addressing issues like racism, social injustice, police brutality, sexism, classism and more head on. The result? Thought-provoking, intelligent, engaging content that keeps viewers tuned in week after week and season after season, while bucking longstanding cultural norms, delving into issues in ways that traditional media can’t, or rather, won’t, and seeking positive, lasting change. Are you watching?
The Carmichael Show
Salon recently named Jerrod Carmichael, star, and creator of NBC’s The Carmichael Show, the most important comedian in America. The sitcom, now in its second season, uses humor to tackle issues of social and political importance, and all through the lens of a Black, working-class family. The show, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time, has discussed everything from #BlackLivesMatter to transgender issues and even Bill Cosby. The varied perspectives of The Carmichael Show’s diverse characters always welcome and encourage debate.