Shelved ‘Black-ish’ Episode, “Please, Baby, Please” to Air on Hulu

An episode that caused controversy so intense that the creator moved from Disney to Netflix will now join the Hulu collection.

Disney will be making the 2018 half-hour available with the rest of the library at Hulu. Although it was supposed to roll out in the fourth season, days before its scheduled Feb. 27 air date, “Please, Baby, Please” was shelved. Not long after this controversy, Barris moved his business from ABC Studios to Netflix.

This is Barris’ statement on the episode’s return:

n November 2017, we made an episode of “black-ish” entitled “Please, Baby, Please.” We were one year post-election and coming to the end of a year that left us, like many Americans, grappling with the state of our country and anxious about its future. Those feelings poured onto the page, becoming 22 minutes of television that I was, and still am, incredibly proud of. “Please, Baby, Please” didn’t make it to air that season and, while much has been speculated about its contents, the episode has never been seen publicly… until now.

I’m excited to share that “Please, Baby, Please” is now available on Hulu. Following the re-airing of “Juneteenth” and “Hope,” I asked Walt Disney Television to revisit making the episode available. Recognizing the importance of this moment, they listened and agreed.

I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves and, as was the case nearly three years ago, we hope it inspires some much-needed conversation — not only about what we were grappling with then or how it led to where we are now, but conversations about where we want our country to go moving forward and, most importantly, how we get there together. 

Thank you to ABC Entertainment for allowing this moment to happen. And thank you to the entire “black-ish” family for never shying away from tough conversations, making telling stories like this possible. 

-Kenya Barris

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