7 Times Tracee Ellis Ross Proved She Was the Ultimate Sitcom Mom

Tracee Ellis Ross didn’t need more fans.

She’d already won over a ton of folks after starring on Girlfriends for eight funny seasons. But there is something wonderful about her latest and most heralded role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on Black-ish that has helped Ellis, 43, cement her place in pop culture as the perfectly imperfect TV wife and working mom.

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Here are seven Black-ish moments and reasons Ellis won us over just in time for her upcoming ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honor:

That time Rainbow tried to hard to impress her friends from college (season one):

And remember when Bow refused to believe Junior (Marcus Scribner) was a Republican (season one)?: 

Rainbow and Dre (Anthony Anderson) posed as regular churchgoers for some white parents from their kids’ school and that was hilarious (season two):

Rainbow’s mother-in-law Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) is a piece of work, but Rainbow figures out humorous ways to interact with Ruby—most of time:

Rainbow also isn’t afraid to call Dre on his crap like she did when she was overwhelmed by mom duties (season one):

Then there was that time Dre dropped the ball on Valentine’s Day. But Bow let him know (season one): 

Through it all, Rainbow has Dre’s back and that of their four children. She’s smart, funny and flawed and we love her for it:

Black-ish airs 9:30 pm Wednesdays on ABC.


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