Outsiders try to infiltrate high society with the goal of not only fitting in but learning the truth and potentially revenge – what more can you ask for?
|Created By||Karin Gist|
|Directed By||Tasha Smith|
|Written By||Karin Gist|
|Genre||Comedy, Drama, Romance, Young Adult, LGBT, Family|
|Introduced This Episode|
|Eve||Ashley Nicole Blake|
|Angela (Past)||Faith Bogle|
|Aunt Patricia||Debbi Morgan|
|Lauren||Rhyon Nicole Brown|
|Taylor||Nicole Chanel Williams|
|Olivia||L. Scott Caldwell|
After her mother’s passing, Angela moves herself, daughter Nikki, and Aunt Patricia to Oak Bluffs where she has inherited a building her mother, Eve, owned. There, she finds herself trying to integrate into local high society, which is a challenge for everyone, but she comes from old money, and everyone is very cliquey.
For example, Leah Franklin-Dupont, at the center of it all, is the new president of the Graceties, a Black Sisterhood that Angela is seeking to join. This, as you can imagine, isn’t allowed to be an easy task and what complicates matters is Nikki interacting with Leah’s daughter, Lauren, who is secretly gay, alongside Lauren catching the eye of Lauren’s brother Quincy.
However, that’s just the warm-up for the big to-do is Leah getting ready to overthrow her father, Teddy Franklin, and Leah not knowing that Teddy is Angela’s father who tried to pay off Eve long ago! But, all of that shall unravel in time.
Things To Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Maybe I missed something, but what was Josephine’s connection to Angela again? Did we just rush through that? I get they are friends, but the origin of their friendship got sped right by.
What We Hope Happens Next
- With this show having Joe Morton on it, I fully expect a whole lot of monologues talking about Black history. I want it, I need it, I expect it, and I hope it goes beyond his character’s family history and expands to Blackness in general
The benefit of having Joe Morton on your show is that it means you have cast an orator. Someone who, with precision, will slice up any character they are in a room with, and even when they are or should be on the ropes, you are just waiting for them to reveal what is up their sleeve. That is how we felt as Leah thought she took down her father, and it really makes us curious to know how will Angela confronting Teddy will go down.
High Society Drama
Do you know what the best kind of drama is? The kind with cutting words, nasty looks, and people making a scene without laying their hands on you. That’s what high society drama offers, alongside a taste of politics, as playing and keeping your position requires a strong network and the occasional power play. Leah already pulled one on her father, and I feel that, with her husband Raymond working for the same company, the brotherhood he and Teddy share may trump the blood Teddy shares with Leah.
Though, let’s not discount what Angela could do with her street smarts. Never mind, there perhaps isn’t any better place to gather information than a beauty shop, nail salon, or any place which caters to pampering its clientele. So it won’t take too long for Angela to get all the tea.
The Visual Diversity & Potential Diversity In Perspectives
What I really like about new shows coming out, especially those featuring Black folk, is that they are trying to diversify when it comes to skin tone, how the characters look, and their ages. We have multiple characters, who aren’t directly related, who are elders with full lives and opinions. The middle-aged characters represent the shift in culture that their forebearers aligned to get where they are, and then there are the young adults who show there still are quite some miles to go.
And to add onto that, while Lauren is closeted, we don’t know if their girlfriend Taylor is or wants to be, and it isn’t clear what Nikki might be. Add in we have characters like Josephine, Olivia, and others who don’t restrict us to just one way people can look and be considered upper crust, and it truly is a wonderful thing. Especially as the premiere helps you realize it isn’t just about the look, but everything you can possibly think of to show Black people aren’t a monolith.
I don’t care what anyone says, I’m happy everyone is dating a Black man or woman. I get many Black dominant movies and shows feel the need for one token, but not meeting one person who wasn’t Black have a notable role was awesome to me. Which, I know, if things were reverse, it would be a problem. However, I feel like the more diverse a show is, oftentimes, they lessen how much an individual’s culture comes into play. So the more hyper-focused a show is on a Latino community, Asian community, or Black community, we get what was lost as shows upped their racial quotas beyond a Black best friend.
Which, in the long run, I hope means that Our Kind Of People can really explore Blackness in a way often limited on other shows. Especially regarding those like Leah, the Black elite, and Angela, who doesn’t neatly fit into the extremes of bougie or hood.
Who doesn’t love a good flashback? Especially when they complement their modern-day counterparts as we saw with Little Angela and Eve? It enhances the present day, and I’d rather a show exhibit what went down, with the actors speaking, than a conversation or giving us narration. Let me feel like I’m there and know what is going on. I don’t get one-sided prospectives in present day, so why should I when we’re talking about the past?
I wouldn’t say Our Kind of People is must-see television. Do I enjoy it? Yes. However, you could submit it is the Black version of a show you saw once before without forcing itself to deal with the remake stigma. But if you like high society drama, people trying to get revenge, get on the come up, and family drama, this is for you. Do I think this would have probably done better and be safer from cancellation on other networks? Yes. Though, the fact FOX is still willing to take chances on shows like this is all that matters, and I can only hope with the network giving those involved time, it can break away from any and all comparisons and stand on its own.