The Carmichael Show The N-Word

The Carmichael Show to Air Episode Featuring Uncensored N-Word

Hold the bleeps: NBC’s The Carmichael Show will broadcast the racial slur “n—-r” in its entirety during an upcoming Season 3 episode.

“‘N-word’ is childish… say it!” star/executive producer Jerrod Carmichael told reporters during NBC Universal’s summer press day on Monday. “We know what we’re talking about. We’re not speaking to children.”

He added that the word is heard unedited “like, six times” during the half-hour, which will run with a parental advisory warning. Carmichael stars as himself in the acclaimed NBC sitcom, which centers on a fictionalized version of his North Carolina family and features TV veterans David Alan Grier and Loretta Devine as his parents. Previous episodes have tackled hot-button issues like police shootings and Black Lives Matter protests.

The N-word previously aired on broadcast television during All in the Family‘s run on CBS in the ’70s — but that was “before political correctness,” Devine noted.

The Carmichael Show Season 3 premieres Wednesday, May 31 at 9/8c on NBC.

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  1. Jared Munson says:

    I think you’re being generous with the word “acclaimed”.

    • Gina says:

      As far as I’ve seen, it is acclaimed.

      • geegee says:

        It reminds me of Seinfeld, at least in a way where the main guy is absolutely the worst actor out of the ensemble, and it still doesnt ruin the fun :)

        It’s funny and clever and pretty unafraid to dwell into what on the surface would be uncomedic waters and still make you laugh or giggle. It is pretty good.

        Cant wait for their/ his take on this.

  2. Jim says:

    Thank you for the Carmichael Show news, We finally get some. The use of the N word huh. Hmm…I cant wait to see his take on it :)

  3. ScottJ says:

    Anything to get a bit of publicity.

  4. flowerduh says:

    Love this show! His family discussons remind of how my family and I have discussions with different points of view.

    Can’t wait to see how they handle this topic.

  5. MrMank says:

    Whether a publicity stunt or not, Carmichael is right. We are not children. Basic cable is not afraid to use the word. Censorship sucks.

  6. Van says:

    All in the family and the jeffersons used it wisely. Why not?

  7. Aubrey says:

    Not to rain on anyone’s parade but I’ve heard the n word on some show not too long ago, I’ll probably wuote this post once I remember what show that was (it was something from Ryan Murphy I believe)

  8. T.W.S.S. says:

    “‘N-word’ is childish… say it!” This immediately reminded me of when Harry went around trying to get people to say “Voldermort.”

    Glad for any season three news, May 31 is too far away.

  9. jasie says:

    Boston Public did a whole episode on the N word in season 2, so roughly 2001-2 timeframe. It was called The Power of the N word. Loretta Devine had a big part of that episode as well

  10. m says:

    LA Law used it several times to make key points (Kuzak’s argument on the Williams case in Season 4, Taylor’s comments before he quit in Season 1). I think the editors here are too young (and sadly LA Law DVDs are only available in Europe).

  11. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    “1971: All in the Family — starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Sally Struthers, and Rob Reiner — has several firsts. The first series to be videotaped in front of a live studio audience. The first time a toilet is heard being flushed on series television. The first time the words “g*ddammit” and several derogatory slurs such as “fairy,” “spade,” and “n****r” are used in series television. The first time a gay character is shown on network television.”

  12. Stormy says:

    I tried watching it a couple of times because I like DAG but found it too preachy.

  13. E. D. Boddy says:

    It was used a few times on the earliest episodes of The Jeffersons. (George suggested Tom Willis would use it against Helen if they ever had a truly heated fight.)

  14. Sandra says:

    I love this show!!! Always been a BIG fan of David Allen Grier, and Loretta Devine! The whole cast is wonderful. Haven’t seen this good comedy in a long time!!!

  15. Priscilla Lopez says:

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I was wondering when it was coming back on. It’s a very informative and enlightening show. I’m glad that they are tackling all of the issues of our time with different views and emotions.