Let it be known that grown-ish is the show we never knew we needed in our lives until now. The black-ish spin-off starring Yara Shahidi just premiered on Freeform at the start of the new year, and we already know it’s going to be at the top of our list of 2018 obsessions. No really though, it’s that good – and here is why.

It’s woke AF.

You better believe grown-ish is just the right dose of woke television we need every week – and you can thank Trevor Jackson‘s character Aaron Jackson for that. The first time we meet him in Episode 1, it is clear he is a big social justice activist. Why? Well, he just about has a pin for every movement on his jacket. Now, he’s cute to begin with – but the fact that he’s passionate about making the world a better place just makes him even dreamier.

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And he’s cute. Did we mention he’s cute?

It could not be more relatable.

With things like roommate tension, decoding texts from crushes, all that ~college stuff~ freshmen have to deal with, grown-ish really hits the nail on the head. But the most relatable part so far has got to be when Zoey totally word vomits to Aaron via text about family, marriage, setting down and joint checking accounts. Cringy, yet classic.

The cast is fire.

Starring alongside Yara and Trevor is a seriously lit cast. Francia Raisa, who plays Zoey’s roommate, has been most recently buzzed about for donating a kidney to her best friend Selena Gomez – but did you also know Yara is the one who reportedly set Francia up with her IRL boyfriend Chris Adkins? Crazy, right?

Chloe and Halle Bailey were best known for as a singing sister duo by the name of Chloe x Halle before adding acting to their long list of talents. While they are sisters in real life, they actually play twins on the show. As as a matter of fact, they’re responsible for the show’s theme song too, which we’ve had on repeat since the moment we heard it. Also a part of Zoey’s crew at school crew are Luca Hall (played by Luka Sabbat), Nomi Segal (played by Emily Arlook) and Vivek (played by Jordan Buhat).

Two words: Fashion. Goals.


Yara is such a fashionista IRL, so it comes by absolute no surprise that grown-ish is a one-stop shop for all the style inspiration you’ll ever need. Besides, Zoey was always killing the outfit (and hair!) game on black-ish so her looks have only become better in college.

Now, excuse us while we re-watch every existing episode.

Watch: Catching Up With Yara Shahidi

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