113 votes


ABC 2019

Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.

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The 10 Best Episodes of mixed-ish

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#1 - When Doves Cry (Season 1 - Episode 11)

In the wake of the Challenger tragedy, Rainbow and her family handle their grief in different ways. Denise realizes that life is too short, so she vows to right all the wrongs she’s done in her life (and she’s done a lot of bad).

The episode was rated 8.02 from 91 votes.

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#2 - Pride (In the Name of Love) (Season 1 - Episode 13)

It’s the first-ever nationally recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Paul is speaking at the school assembly about his personal experiences with him. Johan and Santamonica think Paul is going to embarrass them; and being ashamed of her father had never occurred to Rainbow, so they decide to ditch. Meanwhile, Alicia thought she had convinced Harrison to take pro bono civil rights cases on MLK Day to honor him, but he plans to go golfing instead, so Denise steps in to help.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 90 votes.

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#3 - You Got It All (Season 1 - Episode 23)

Alicia and Paul are both offered jobs to work on Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign, but Alicia’s law firm makes her an enticing offer to stay. Rainbow struggles to define her racial identity as “mixed” when she’s given a form to answer “black” or “white.”

The episode was rated 7.89 from 79 votes.

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#4 - Papa Don't Preach (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Paul struggles when Rainbow and Santamonica want to participate in a beauty pageant. Meanwhile, Johan gets teased for crying after a martial arts tournament, and Alicia and Harrison struggle with the best way for him to fight back.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 87 votes.

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#5 - It's Tricky (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Rainbow wants to battle stereotypes at school after she joins the track team and feels like her friends only see her skin color. Meanwhile, Alicia and Paul battle stereotypes of their own, and Santamonica tries to be cool enough to hang out with Rainbow’s friends.

The episode was rated 7.86 from 78 votes.

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#6 - Forever Young (Season 2 - Episode 13)

Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas she and the family members had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 45 votes.

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#7 - Parents Just Don’t Understand (Season 1 - Episode 18)

Rainbow clashes with her parents over her love for rap music. Plus, Harrison steps in to take Denise to a charity benefit and helps her realize she deserves better men in her love life.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 81 votes.

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#8 - Livin’ on a Prayer (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Bow takes an interest in going to church with her friends, much to her parents’ dismay. Meanwhile, Santi and Jonah try to prepare for hell.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 56 votes.

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#9 - Doctor! Doctor! (Season 1 - Episode 19)

Rainbow’s friend Rebecca gets mono (“the kissing disease”), and after helping her out, she becomes interested in the medical field. Alicia fibs to Paul about getting a flu shot, and when Denise gets sick, their distrust of the medical community comes to light. Meanwhile, Johan and Santamonica go to live with Harrison while Denise is sick and start to enjoy his lavish lifestyle.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 78 votes.

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#10 - Walk This Way (Season 2 - Episode 12)

Paul tries to become better friends with Denise so he uses his white privilege to help her out with her errands. Meanwhile, Rainbow, Jonah and Santi are selling chocolate bars for their school fundraiser but they pick up some questionable sales tactics.  

The episode was rated 7.80 from 45 votes.

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#11 - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (Season 1 - Episode 17)

The Johnsons welcome an African American family that has just moved into their mostly white neighborhood. Santamonica doesn’t get along with the new neighbor’s daughter, until she gives Santamonica attitude. Meanwhile, Rainbow is excited to celebrate her one-month anniversary with Bryce, but he tells her some devastating news.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 88 votes.

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#12 - You Give Love a Bad Name (Season 2 - Episode 7)

Paul and Alicia encourage sex-positive conversations with Bow until she invites her crush over to their house and they worry about what's happening behind closed doors. Meanwhile, Johan and Alvin are looking at advertisements, magazines and even the constellations to see if they can see boobs.

The episode was rated 7.80 from 44 votes.

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#13 - Love Is a Battlefield (Season 1 - Episode 4)

When Rainbow is tasked with a school assignment that requires her to trace her roots, she learns that history is more complicated for her mom’s side of the family than it is for her dad’s. Meanwhile, Johan struggles to balance his new love of ice hockey with what his friends think is cool.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 115 votes.

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#14 - My Prerogative (Season 2 - Episode 5)

It’s not all fun and games when Paul wants to crash Denise and Alicia’s neighborhood Spades match, so they teach him about the cultural and racial significance of the game. Meanwhile, Santi, Johan and Bow learn about divorce after watching a movie, so Harrison tries to teach them that divorce can be cool.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 50 votes.

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#15 - All She Wants to Do Is Dance (Season 1 - Episode 5)

It’s time for the Johnson kids’ first school dance, but before Bow can dance the night away, she’ll have to consider the social impact of her date choice. Johan finds an outfit for the dance and discovers his love of fashion, while Santamonica spends some time with Harrison.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 105 votes.


Last updated: jan 18, 2023


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