When we first learned of the show’s premise, it actually did make us a little nervous.
A whole sitcom built around the idea that when two people of different races or ethnicities are in a couple, cringe-worthy moments are bound to ensue?
This list can be expanded to include sex, bodily functions, and the appearances of others (“Has she had work done? ”) when the company you're keeping is even more unfamiliar and refined.
There have certainly been interracial and interethnic couples on television in the past, but not shows that specifically focused on the complexities of these relationships.One of TV’s first and most memorable interethnic couples was, of course, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on (1951-1957). “CBS and its sponsor, Philip Morris cigarettes, were adamantly opposed to this.They said that the American public would not accept Desi as the husband of a red-blooded American girl.” Kathleen Brady, one of Ball’s biographers, told NPR in February 2014.NPR went on to note that (1971-1979), "was considered daring in the early ’70s" because it prominently features an interracial couple, Helen (Roxie Roker) and Tom Willis (Franklin Cover).“I think audiences have been open to it, [and] that, as an industry, we’re behind,” Packer added.
Still, some of the story lines are sure to ruffle feathers — especially ones dealing with interracial relationships. “We’re doing an episode where Angie talks about how, when she finds out that her husband had dated a white woman, that’s a bump for her, and it bothers her that it’s a bump for her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (you knew they were going to come up here!
) represent the ever-changing tapestry of diverse backgrounds in American families.
) Mitch is white (although the actor who plays him, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, is half Asian), and is married to Tracy (Vanessa Lachey), who is of Filipino and Caucasian heritage.
Their best friends, Russell (Tone Bell) and Angie (Bresha Webb), are Black.
On (2011-2013), Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) frequently talk about their relationship in an almost laudatory way, praising each other for daring to marry outside their race.