Johnson is a new dramedy on Bounce television which is produced by Cedric The Entertainer. It’s about four Black men; Omar, Greg, Keith, and Jarvis who met each other in grade school and have been best friends ever since. They all met because they share the same last name, Johnson, but they are not related. Johnson focuses on what happens when the four guys find themselves in vastly different places in their lives and it begins to threaten their bond. They confront and find humor in the most current controversial social issues from the Black man’s perspective, ranging from love, marriage, business, politics, and religion. Johnson premieres on Bounce TV on Sunday, August 1st at 8 pm EST.
Celebrity Myxer had a chance to catch up with the main cast members. We spoke with Deji LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Thomas Q. Jones (P- Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie), and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).
The cast also includes Cedric the Entertainer (The Neighborhood), Angela Yee (Breakfast Club), Earthquake (Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All-Star Comedy Jam), D.L. Hughley, and Rodney Perry (Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family) are guest stars this season.
Johnson Cast Members Interview
I asked the fellas, why do they feel that releasing the show now is great timing, seeing as though it was first filmed in 2018 and carried through the pandemic. Deji enlightened us with the fact that the timing was perfect. The show was able to write in current social moments, such as the murder of George Floyd and other police injustices, the elections, the terrorist insurrection, BLM protests, and more. “The climate is right. The world is listening,” says Laray in reference to discussing these topics from a Black man’s perspective.
I also asked the guys, are men really setting traps to if a new potential woman is for the streets? LOL! Thomas explained, “Social media is like the wild wild west,” there are people of all interests on those platforms looking for different things in life. There are celebs, businesses, those looking for genuine relationships, many looking for flings, those trolling, many looking for entertainment, or even fantasies of embellishing their lives. Ex-football player Jones said it can be true with the trap, but for both men and women. And oftentimes it can save you time and effort if set.
Although Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones are actors in the series, they work as showrunners. Their ear was to the streets, listening to the comments on social media as well as current events in order to culminate a grown man show! Johnson is not about stereotypical monoliths we see from Black men in television, but deep diversity and complexities. It offers different, strong perspectives on topics yet leaves it in the air for viewers to determine how they feel about certain topics covered.
“A lot of times our narrative is created by people who haven’t lived our lives,” explains Thomas Q. Jones in regards to their portrayal of their roles. The group wanted to bring authenticity to what it means to be a Black man in American. Often, our brothers are stereotyped as angry and withdrawn from elite socialites. This show breaks the mold.
What is Johnson (TV Series) about?
We had a chance to preview the first two episodes, and without giving up too many spoilers, let’s delve into them…
Recaps of Johnson on Bounce
Johnson Season 1 Episode 1 “Brotherly Love”
We learn who the Johnson’s are, what are their personalities, and what issues they face. Omar is stepping out of the limelight but is crushed while going through the start of a messy divorce. Greg has one foot in and out of a committed relationship. Jarvis owns a real estate firm that has been impacted by a slump in sales from Covid, he’s also married to a white woman and that indifference may pull him away from his friends. Keith is a pro photographer but is also naive about women.
Keith meets a popular Instagram model and his brothers help him filter if her interests are genuine or not.
Johnson Season 1 Episode 2 “Opposites Attract”
Omar confides with Greg about a situation that involves Keith. He struggles with telling Keith the truth or withholds it to protect his feelings. Greg’s girlfriend wants to settle down but he wants to take the relationship slower. Is he wrong for not wanting to move in with a woman after only 6 months of dating? Omar has a temper issue and this is used against him in his divorce.
Johnson Season 1 Episode 3 “Poker Face”
Omar, Greg, and Jarvis attend Eugene Johnson’s annual poker tournament while Keith goes sala dancing with Bianca as he tries to figure out if it’s a real date or not. Read our full recap here!
Johnson Season 1 Episode 4 “The Lady”
Omar learns the importance of mental health while Keith begins his search for a rental space for his dream photo gallery. Read our full recap here!
Johnson Season 1 Episode 5 “Mixed Signals”
Bianca spends the night at Keith’s loft leading him to believe that they can be more than friends; Omar visits his son, Caleb, and his estranged wife, Naomi. Read our full recap here!
Johnson Season 1 Episode 6 “Foul Play”
Tensions rise during a pick-up basketball game as Jarvis’ and Greg’s disagreements come to a head. Greg encounters the infamous Atlanta ‘Water Boys’ when his car is broken into.
Johnson Season 1 Episode 7 “Goal Digger”
Omar slept with Bianca. He talked with his Uncle Eugene about his divorce and life decisions. Greg was misleading about his whereabouts with his ex, and his girlfriend Serena is getting suspicious. Read our full recap here!
Johnson Season 1 Episode 8 “Dazed & Confused”
Serena found the ring Greg got back from his ex, Ari. She thought it was meant for her. Greg confessed who it was initially and that he met with her the prior night. Jarvis deals with misinformation about his company. Omar gets better at controlling his anger. A previous client of Jarvis’ is an avid art collector, Quantavious Washington (Cedric The Entertainer,) who paid for 6 months of rent on Keith’s behalf. Read our full recap here!
Johnson Season 1 Episode 9 “Hot Seat”
Serena spoke with friends who tried to convince her that getting over someone meant getting under someone new. She didn’t agree.
Omar had his day in court with Naomi. The judge hard balled Omar and was biased for Naomi until he got his chance to speak from the heart. The judge granted him joint custody of his son! Later on, Omar stopped by his Uncle’s radio show and Eugene threw him on the show impromptu… in the hot seat.
Greg had a chance encounter running into the Waterboys (who broke into his car earlier.) Instead of addressing the robbery with the boys, he identified with them because he knew the boy’s older brother. He gave them some affirmations in life. The teen felt bad and returned the phone they stole.
Jarvis had to get to his office as a swarm of reporters wanted his comment about his company being used as a pawn in the merger fiasco. It was a ploy to appease Black people. And Black Twitter started to drag Jarvis for it. He has to strategically deal with the situation…
Johnson Season 1 Episode 10 ” Man Down”
Johnson season finale!
Jarvis interviews with Angela Yee in hopes of cleaning up his image. Keith has his grand opening for his art gallery where a secret is revealed that will threaten the guys’ friendship.
Johnson Has Been Renewed For Season 2 On Bounce TV!
We’ve gotten official word that the Johnson TV series has been renewed for season 2!
New episodes of Johnson will be available on Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar on Mondays, the day after their Bounce premieres. Visit BrownSugar.com for more info.
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Johnson Season 1 Episode Guide
|1||10||“Man Down” Johnson Season 1 Finale||October 3, 2021|
|1||9||“Hot Seat”||September 26, 2021|
|1||8||“Dazed & Confused”||September 19, 2021|
|1||7||“Goal Digger”||September 12, 2021|
|1||6||“Foul Play”||August 29, 2021|
|1||5||“Mixed Signals”||August 22, 2021|
|1||4||“The Lady”||August 15, 2021|
|1||3||“Poker Face”||August 8, 2021|
|1||2||“Opposites Attract”||August 1, 2021|
|1||1||“Brotherly Love”||August 1, 2021|