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THE CARMICHAEL SHOW
May 31, 2017  | By David Bianculli

NBC, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

SEASON PREMIERE: Jerrod Carmichael has established this sitcom as this generation’s equivalent of a Norman Lear topical comedy, with an issue-of-the-week approach to topics and character reactions. Season 3 opens by continuing this practice and doing so with an issue that has caused its share of controversy even here at TVWW: a rape joke (lesson learned). Actually, the setup is serious, as a friend of Maxine’s reveals her prior sexual assault on social media – but as her post is read back, it leads to a debate on whether she was assaulted at all. Before long, the entire family is debating what constitutes and defines rape, and, while doing so, dropping some jokes along the way. The episode’s title ought to start things off: “Yes Means Yes.”

 
 
 
 
 
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