Black. White. 1 Season 2006

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Season 1
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1. Hour 1 TV-MA CC

The Wurgels (Bruno, Carmen, and daughter Rose) are a white, liberal family from Santa Monica, California; and the Sparks (Brian, Renee, and son Nick) are a middle-class black family from Georgia. Both families get to know each other before they are made up as the opposite race for the first time.

Starring:
Rose Bloomfield, Chapter Jackson
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
March 8, 2006

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Reality TV, Drama
Director R.J. Cutler
Starring Rose Bloomfield, Chapter Jackson
Supporting actors Bruno Marcotulli, Poetri, Brian Sparks, Nicholas Sparks, Renee Sparks, Carmen Wurgel
Season year 2006
Network FX
Producers Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, R.J. Cutler, Keith Hoffman, Autumn Humphreys, Donny Jackson, Fernando Mills, Alexandra Reed, Andy Robertson, Jude Weng
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 30, 2012
The first episode of "Black. White." really caught my attention; I was fascinated by what I saw. We meet two families, one white (the Wurgels, Bruno, Carmen and Rose) and one black (the Sparks, Renee, Brian and son Nick) who for a six week social experiment will have studio quality make-up applied to them so that the Wurgels appear black and the Sparks appear to be white. The two families must also live together in one home in California and go outside quite a bit to experience what it's like to be a member of another race. Of course, racism is going to be deeply explored here; and while they start out liking each other with some mild anticipatory anxiety I could tell tensions could easily rise. After all, this is a type of reality TV show, even if it's a particularly intelligent reality TV show, so you know not everything is going to be pretty as people are bound to clash, sometimes rather unexpectedly. Of course, there are moving, sweet moments to come as well.

In this first episode, we see their reactions the very first time they see each other after being made-up for the very first time; the make-up department did an excellent job and Renee exclaims that her husband Brian (when made-up to look white) isn't anything like the kind of man she'd be attracted to! Other interesting scenes look at Brian playing a round of golf at a predominantly white golf club and he is treated with a lot more respect when he shops for shoes. Bruno, as a black man, looks to buy a car at a used car lot and there's already a very candid dinner conversation that includes the Sparks trying to show the Wurgels how to "pass" as black people.

This is a very strong and captivating first episode for the series; it's probably best if you watch this first episode before you watch the other five episodes so that you can view them with a solid understanding of what's happening on several levels all at once when one white family becomes black and another family becomes white.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2012
The third episode of "Black. White." captivated me. There are two families, one white (the Wurgels, Bruno, Carmen and Rose) and one black (the Sparks, Renee, Brian and son Nick) who are now in the third week of a six week social experiment having studio quality make-up applied to them so that the Wurgels appear black and the Sparks appear to be white. The two families must also live together in one home in California and go outside quite a bit to experience what it's like to be a member of another race. Of course, racism is going to be deeply explored here; and while they start out liking each other with some mild anticipatory anxiety tensions rise. After all, this is a type of reality TV show, even if it's a particularly intelligent reality TV show, so you know not everything is going to be pretty as people are bound to clash.

In this episode there's quite a lot of action. Nick's parents Renee and Brian become rather concerned about him when he is simply too carefree about life, he rarely thinks about consequences. Watch what happens when Nick buys an expensive watch on the spur of the moment! Rose and Nick discuss why he was kicked out of school; and Renee finally begins to learn a lot more about the everyday realities of black life by befriending Deanna, an African-American woman who gives lectures and workshops about the black experience.

In addition, the two families continue to square off about Carmen's use of the word "creature" (from the end of the second episode); the Sparks are offended and we see what happens about that. There is also an interesting experience when Deanna goes with Carmen and Bruno (with Carmen being white and Bruno in make-up to appear black) to a park where black men congregate to play their drums and enjoy a sense of community.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 1, 2012
"Black. White." continued to amaze me in its second episode. I was fascinated by what I saw. There are two families, one white (the Wurgels, Bruno, Carmen and Rose) and one black (the Sparks, Renee, Brian and son Nick) who are now in the second week of a six week social experiment having studio quality make-up applied to them so that the Wurgels appear black and the Sparks appear to be white. The two families must also live together in one home in California and go outside quite a bit to experience what it's like to be a member of another race. Of course, racism is going to be deeply explored here; and while they start out liking each other with some mild anticipatory anxiety tensions rise. After all, this is a type of reality TV show, even if it's a particularly intelligent reality TV show, so you know not everything is going to be pretty as people are bound to clash. Of course, there are moving, sweet moments as well.

In this particular episode, lots of action goes on and things definitely begin to get bumpy. Carmen, too enthusiastic to act like a black woman, calls Renee a b**** because she thinks the word is just being playful when one black woman says it to another black woman; and Renee steps even further into the mud when she calls a member of Rose's black poetry group a "magnificent black creature." Needless to say, this starts trouble.

And there's more. We see what happens when Rose decides she wants to tell her black slam poetry group that she's actually a white girl made-up to appear black. We also see Renee at a bar where her husband Brian works as a bartender in white make-up; she listens to a guy who gives her his views on black people, white people and what he thinks are the causes of racial problems.
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