Following in the footsteps of the 1987 groundbreaking Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World, where television viewers got the opportunity to follow Cosby daughter Denise Huxtable, portrayed by Lisa Bonet, experience the in’s and out’s of Hillman college, Grown-ish is about to do the same for a new generation.

Photo Credit: Sean Thomas/Teen Vogue

Set to debut on Freeform in January, Grown-ish will give a first-person point-of-view through the eyes of Zoey Johnson, portrayed by Yara Shahidi, and her college friends, of college life for Generation Z and the issues that affect the world today.


“Rather than directly addressing a specific political or social happening, Grown-ish tackles college culture as a whole,” stated Shahidi in the interview with Teen Vogue.  “We’re trying to address things that are happening on campuses through individual story lines.”

Photo Credit: Sean Thomas/Teen Vogue

The new show will feature all characters in story lines that are relevant and authentic, creating a seemingly perfect bridge between reality and the small screen. “My character is basically me — he’s a television, college version of me,” says Luka Sabbat to Teen Vogue. “If something is in the script that I wouldn’t say in real life, they let me change it.”

Photo Credit: Sean Thomas/Teen Vogue

As Grown-ish is one step closer to becoming a television reality, we definitely cannot wait to see how this group of young people will take over primetime with not only their look but their talents as well. To read the Teen Vogue interview in its entirety, click here.

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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