A white family and a black family find out what it's like to switch lives.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Rose Bloomfield Rose Bloomfield ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2006
Bruno Marcotulli ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2006
Poetri Poetri ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2006
Brian Sparks Brian Sparks ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2006
Nicholas Sparks Nicholas Sparks ...  Himself 5 episodes, 2006
Renee Sparks Renee Sparks ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2006
Carmen Wurgel Carmen Wurgel ...  Herself 5 episodes, 2006
Faith Cheltenham Faith Cheltenham ...  Slam Poet 4 episodes, 2006
Chapter Jackson Chapter Jackson ...  Poet 4 episodes, 2006
Stephanie Marie Ricoy Stephanie Marie Ricoy ...  Slam Poet / ... 4 episodes, 2006
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A white family and a black family find out what it's like to switch lives.

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Drama | Reality-TV

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Official Sites:

FX Networks

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USA

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English

Release Date:

8 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black.White. See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Color
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A part of this experiment, was for the two families to live together in the same house. With their false identities, they found jobs, enrolled their kids in schools and at the end of each day shared their interactions amongst each other. See more »

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13 April 2006 | by homeoptSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of contrived social experiments and certainly don't think it's appropriate to extrapolate much out of a sample body of 2 families but I did appreciate the honesty of those who weren't aware that they were being filmed. From the store clerks who ran out of job applications, to the cop advocating racial profiling, to the drum circle crowd upset at the "interracial" couple and the line dancers shaking their heads at the "black" couple. These were the moments that makes one shake his head in resignation.

Although the end speechs were highly edited with jump cuts and melodramatic music, I was taken by the words of Kenny the self-proclaimed ex gangster. I was moved by his eloquent words and his heartfelt caring for Nick. He had the entire room transfixed on his words and his emotion and while he didn't speak to the issue of race he did reach out and connect with Nick in a way no one else in the show did. Indeed, it was quite sad to hear Nick say that he has never been close to anyone, including his own family. We can't solve the issues of race if we can't even bridge the disconnect in our families. As Kenny alluded, if we fail to realise the power in our relationships with the people around us, we will never realise our true potential. We should all start locally and then work outward from there.


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