Why is ABC’s Black-ish the fall season’s biggest sitcom success story? Credit a sharp point of view, finely honed jokes, Tracee Ellis Ross (and her glorious hair), a plum timeslot right behind Modern Family… and, perhaps most importantly, the four young actors who keep stealing scenes right out from underneath star Anthony Anderson.
How did the show cast what might be the finest pint-sized ensemble on television? We chatted with series creator Kenya Barris—who says these characters are “loosely based” on his own brood—to find out, going kid by kid. Click here for more stories behind the year’s top TV moments.