‘The Last O.G.’: Why the Tracy Morgan / Tiffany Haddish show is pure fire
Tray (Tracy Morgan) is an ex-con who is shocked to see just how much the world has changed after being released from prison for good behavior after 15 years. Returning to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he discovers his boo Shay (Tiffany Haddish) married an affable, successful white man, who is helping raise the adorable twins Tray never knew existed.What sounds like a clichéd sitcom setup is rounded out by an incredibly heartwarming & hilarious cast. The exceptional performances from Morgan and Haddish kept us interested through a slow S1; S2, strong from the get-go, is the payoff for our patience.
Here are the reasons we love the show.
It hits the nail on the head with the ridiculousness of gentrification
If you’d been on a desert island for ten years, what would you make of filament lightbulbs, metro tiles, spin classes, and cat cafés? You’d probably be confused.
Seeing the bafflement of Morgan’s character as he traverses the newly cleaned streets of Brooklyn speaks to all us NYC dwellers that miss our old town. Boutiques, artisanal stores, and entitled white people littering the streets is a lot for us – and Tray – to handle.
It gives plenty of screentime to our absolute fave Tiffany Haddish
We’re amazed The Last O.G. is our girl’s first leading role in a TV show, but we can guarantee it won’t be her last. Haddish plays the role of Shay with such grace and warmth that we truly believe she’s the girlboss holding it all down: home, family, work.
Every day we thank the lord she was the breakout star of Girls Trip – and we can assure you you’re going to love her in Tuca and Bertie dropping on Netflix soon.
It’s not afraid to talk about big issues like race relations & privilege
One of the most LOL hilarious conversations of S2 is between Shay and her husband Josh. He points out to her she can sometimes scare white people, and you can bet she doesn’t like to hear this observation from her white spouse.
The Last O.G. also reveals hard truths about being born into privilege – especially via the storylines involving Tray and Shay’s children Amira (Taylor Mosby) and Shahzad (Dante Hoagland), black kids who grew up in a beautiful house and were sent to private school.
Over the episodes we see them becoming aware of the advantages they’ve received over other black kids, and it’s heartbreaking to see their worldview shatter when first faced with institutional racism and being judged by the color of their skin.
The Last O.G. stars Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish, Ryan Gaul, Taylor Mosby, and Dante Hoagland. S1 is available to stream on Netflix and S2 is on TBS.