NBC’s Grand Crew Review by Phinesse Demps

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For the longest amount of time Television Networks, including Black Networks, had shows that featured Black Men in stereotypical roles or one-dimensioned characters that never captured the real essence of  Black Male characters until now. NBC has a home run on its hands just as long as they allow the show to grow organically without moving from night to night and intentionally burying the show. So what is the show? NBC’s  Grand View.

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What makes this show so great is the natural flow, the acting, and the chemistry. It is not forced, the chemistry is perfect. The conversation and reactions remind me of the way I and my crew LoveFlight use to act. As any real Black man will say if after watching this show, this didn’t remind them of their cast of friends. Even the character of Nicole, played by Nicole Byer, was that female friend that was always part of a male crew of friends that is always there with the advice and comedy. So what is Grand View about?

 

Phil Augusta Jackson (writer/producer/director, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) and Dan Goor (creator, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) come to a new comedy that proves life is better with your crew. This group of young professionals is all trying to navigate the ups and downs of life and love in Los Angeles, and they always find time to gather at their favorite bar to “wine down” and unpack it all. There’s Noah, a hopeless romantic too eager to settle down; Nicky, a go-getter in real estate who’s adventurous in romance; Sherm, a low-key genius who plays the dating odds; Anthony, whose true love is his career; Wyatt, who’s relieved to be married and out of the dating scene; and Fay, who’s recently divorced and looking to start fresh in LA. And just like wine, their friendship gets better with time.

 

The cast includes Nicole Byer, Justin Cunningham, Aaron Jennings, Echo Kellum, Grasie Mercedes, and Carl Tart. Garrett Morris is the Black Conscious/Black Male Narrator gives that Grown-Up Mature but Silly persona which clearly shows another side of Black Men.

 

NBC please don’t mess this up. Grand Crew is definitely a five/six-season show. Incredible writing but more importantly THIS show changes the perception of what a Black Man is, how he loves, and acts.

 

GRAND CREW SERIES PREMIERE JANUARY 4, TUES 8:30/7:30c on NBC and the next day on HULU TV.

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