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Thoughts on Aaron McGruder's New Adult Swim Series 'Black Jesus' After Last Night's Premiere?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 8, 2014 at 12:23PM

The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.
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Black Jesus

Sadly, this fell rather flat for me. Maybe I was too excited for it, and my expectations were too high, and thus impossible to meet. But I just expected something more. It could be one of those situations in which the trailer had the best bits, and that there just isn't enough material to stretch throughout a half-hour show. Maybe it'll actually work better as a web series, with each episode clocked at around 5 easily-digestible minutes; they then go viral, we all have a good laugh anticipating the next 5-minute clip, and so on...

So what happens now? Well, I'll continue watching. Maybe there'll be episodic highlights here and there. I typically give new series 3 episodes before deciding whether to continue watching. So it's not entirely over for me. After a few more episodes, I'll give a more informed analysis, especially if I decide to drop it.

But what did you think of last night's season premiere of Adult Swim's new half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus," from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder?

Will you be back for seconds, or are you done? Was it love at first sight, and you can't wait for the next episode? Chime in below, in the comments section.

The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers.

Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus." 

Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the starring cast.

McGruder is executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions, along with director Mike Clattenburg, LEG's Norman Aladjem, John Bravakis and Stu Schreiberg, with Robert Wise and Meghann Collin.

Watch the trailer below:

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