Zoey’s out, kind of, and Junior takes over on the latest season of Freeform's "grown-ish."
After Zoey (Yara Shahidi) graduates from Cal U, the series continues with Junior (Marcus Scribner) as the main character. This season’s cast includes new faces such as Annika (Justine Skye) and Zaara (Tara Raani), while keeping original cast members Aaron (Trevor Jackson) and Doug (Diggy Simmons).
After dropping out of Howard University on the first day and taking longer than a gap year, he returns to college to increase his earning potential and find meaning in life. The show gives Junior full range to be himself while being grown-ish.
His season focuses on identity and advocacy. We see what he does when he learns how others view him and how he stands up for Black women. It's safe to assume we can expect to see Junior's relationship with Aaron and Doug grow, Zoey casually dropping in and visiting, and Junior supporting the development of the other characters.
He navigates the unlikely pairing with his roommate, Zaara, and learns what it looks like to live with someone who doesn't like you at first. He sticks to his values, setting a curfew for 1 a.m. at a college party since it's a school night. He also embarks on discovering his place on campus and pursuing brotherhood in a fraternity.
Junior at the forefront of the series was a smart move mainly because of who he is: nerdy, clingy, weirdo and a momma's boy are the best words to describe him. Since "black-ish," Junior has always been self-aware and focused on his interests and others. His character brings a fresh perspective on navigating college and adulthood with your friends.
Although this season is structured similarly, it’s not as forced as it was. Junior, as the new "grown-ish" star, is working. We have Zoey and her previous seasons to thank for providing the foundation for this evident success.