She’s a Doctor AND a Housewife? | Laya Mohan

Blackish is considered a breakout show. It stars a black family, who is very successful, yet still faces the problems that the average American Black family deals with, although they make a ton of money. This is not the point of the story here though: the point is that the main character, Rainbow Johnson, is not only a successful black doctor, but she also takes care of the house, for most of the series, by herself. Bow, as she is called by her family, does not take on the role of the traditional housewife, while simultaneously taking on the role as the traditional housewife. In order words, the woman can do both.


Still from Blackish, “Crazy Mom”, (Season 1, Episode 4) Image from

In most sitcoms, there is often a mom who stays at home and takes care of the kids while the dad works and makes all the money. Sometimes, the mom tries to get a job but at the end she says that she misses her kids way too much and quits– such a classic. In Blackish, it seems that Bow gets the best of both worlds. Bow is a successful doctor and she loves her job. She also loves taking care of her four kids and she is always ready for whatever they throw at her. In the episode “Crazy Mom”, Bow and her husband Dre switch roles, where Dre takes care of the house and the kids, also while working his job. In this classic role reversal, Dre finally realizes exactly how hard it is to take care of the kids and has so much more respect for Bow and how she runs the house. The fact that Bow can be a successful professional with an MD and still run a smooth household as a Black woman is tremendously different than what we see normally. Bow serves as a great role model for women who want to do it all.

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4 Responses to She’s a Doctor AND a Housewife? | Laya Mohan

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I’ve never seen Blackish before, but wow Bow seems like a wonderful character. After watching 1950s sitcoms this week, it’s refreshing to see a woman doing both in a modern day sitcom. -Valerie Medoff

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I don’t watch this show regularly, but I had to watch this episode for a sociology class a while ago when we were discussing gender roles. I think it’s interesting to compare this with the Job Switching episode of I Love Lucy because Bow is a working mom, not just a housewife like Lucy. I think Bow is a strong female character in a modern sitcom. Great post! – Sarah King

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I love Blackish!! I agree that after watching 1950s sitcoms, I need a breath of fresh air. Bow is such a superstar mom and wife, and I admire her so much. Blackish plays with so many racial tensions, yet always finds a way to present them in a humorous manner, and address issues in a gentle way. I love seeing such an authentic family like the Johnsons represented in the media.
    -Kelsey Sierra

  4. marymdalton says:

    Excellent post. My biggest question is about why she has to do two jobs with so little support!

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