10 Worst Episodes of mixed-ish

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

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#10 - She's a Bad Mama Jama (Season 2 - Episode 8)

Alicia's mom, Grandma Shireen, stays with the Johnson's after her surgery, but taking care of grandma becomes a full-time job. Meanwhile, Denise tests each of the kids to see who is best fit to take care of her when she gets old one day.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 42 votes.

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#9 - This Charming Man (Season 1 - Episode 15)


Rainbow is excited to go on her first real date with Bryce for Valentine’s Day, but when her friends weigh in on the rules and expectations, she becomes very nervous. Alicia is wary to let Rainbow start dating and invites Bryce’s parents over for dinner to cross-examine them; and Paul gets into a fight with Bryce’s dad over politics.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 76 votes.

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#8 - Material Girl (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Alicia treats herself to a new Louis Vuitton bag; but when Paul finds out, he demands that she return it and Alicia ends up sneaking around with the bag behind his back. Meanwhile, Bow bribes Alicia to buy her a Jansport backpack so she can impress her friends at school.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 47 votes.

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#7 - Tainted Love (Season 2 - Episode 11)


After the Johnson family discovers Harrison on a date, Paul decides to give Harrison some dating advice; Alicia feels a little insecure after finding out all of her children go to Aunt Denise for advice.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 45 votes.

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#6 - Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Season 1 - Episode 6)

The popular girls at school ask Rainbow to join their group Halloween costume as Tootie from “The Facts of Life.” She thinks this is finally her opportunity to fit in, but Denise views the situation differently. Meanwhile, Alicia doesn’t want the kids to go trick-or-treating after Harrison and his colleagues tell her about all the dangerous things that can happen.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 104 votes.

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#5 - On My Own (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Paul surprises the family by inviting one of his students to live with them, and Paul and Alicia compete to be his mentor. Meanwhile, Rainbow has a crush on their new house guest.

The episode was rated 7.53 from 57 votes.

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#4 - The Warrior (Season 1 - Episode 2)

For Rainbow and Alicia, fitting in at school and standing out at work are hard enough; but with the added pressure from stay-at-home-dad Paul to make the world a little better every day, it might just be impossible.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 135 votes.

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#3 - Brand New Funk (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Alicia and Denise bicker over who is the stronger Black woman, and Paul and Harrison come up with a new way of showing affection. Meanwhile, Rainbow is put in charge of Johan and Santamonica and she struggles to maintain control over them.

The episode was rated 7.43 from 56 votes.

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#2 - Becoming Bow (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Rainbow Johnson’s parents decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 183 votes.

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#1 - Every Little Step (Season 1 - Episode 22)


The kids meet a homeless man in their neighborhood, and Paul and Alicia try to have an honest conversation with them about the homelessness crisis. Paul and Rainbow try to help by starting a soup kitchen at Rainbow’s school. Meanwhile, Denise has a new boyfriend and Alicia doesn’t think they’re a match.

The episode was rated 7.34 from 77 votes.

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