“Woke” is Insightful, Quirky and Timely

Cover art by @slutwatertaffy on Instagram

By Alena Nguyen

If you missed seeing Winston Bishop from “New Girl” and want to see him as a cartoonist in San Fransisco, “Woke” is definitely the show for you. Lamorne Morris plays Keef, a Black cartoonist rising to stardom. Throughout the semi-animated series, Keef engages in conversation regarding racial inequality with animated inanimate objects. Once Keef is confronted by police after being suspected as a mugger, he is faced with the realities of living as a Black man in America. 

One of the best things I found about this show even before I saw it was the timeliness of this show, specifically with the Black Lives Matter movement. The title of the show truly speaks to the nature of it, as people need to stay “woke” about current event topics. Also, Morris does a fantastic job portraying a quirky and authentic artist, just as he did during his time on “New Girl” as one of my favorite characters. Keef is jazzy, energetic, and quirky, with an unmatchable energy and such a unique perspective on the world which makes him such a lovable character. 

The show is an eye-opener and a glimpse into life as a Black person in America. Hulu original shows always do an excellent job in terms of set design and overall aesthetic of a show, so the animation that the anthropomorphic objects have were so well done and helped convey the messages of the episodes in a creative and fresh way. By highlighting such a specific character and making them explore such universal stories and happenings that likely occur to Black people every day, the show is really telling us viewers to open our eyes to the racism that, although it happened to one person, it can truly happen to anyone.

From police brutality to lightening skin in photos, several racial issues are addressed in this show. The journey that Keef goes on is easy to follow and the role that Keef takes on as the eyes for the audience makes it so that we are all learning as we go along, which is arguably representable of real life. We learn and grow from the experiences in our lives, and Keef mirrors that on his self-reflective journey throughout the show.

Stream all 8 episodes of “Woke” now on Hulu.

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