Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Controversial Season 4 Episode of ‘Black-ish’ Was Banned for Years, Now Available on Hulu

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*“Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris has confirmed that audiences will finally get to see a previously shelved episode from the hit ABC series. 

Barris shared the update via Instagram on Monday, noting that an episode titled “Please, Baby, Please” from season 4, which was banned from seeing the light of day for over two years, will now be available for fans to watch on Hulu, Deadline reports. 

“On November 2017, we made an episode of black-ish entitled ‘Please, Baby, Please,’” Barris wrote in the post. “We were one year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future,” he continued.

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“Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of. ‘Please, Baby, Please’ didn’t make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now.”

ABC claims the episode was pulled over creative differences with Barris. 

“One of the things that has always made Black-ish so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates,” a network spokesperson said in 2018. “However, on this episode, there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”

A 2018 synopsis of the episode read: “Dre is on baby duty for the night during a storm, and the household is wide awake. He decides to read a crying Devante a bedtime story, but when that doesn’t do the trick, Dre tosses it aside and begins to tell a story of his own about the current state of the country in a way Devante will understand, on a special episode…”

“Please, Baby Please” is currently available on Hulu at the end of the Season 4. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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