Quality wise, this show is well produced. The makeup is top notch and the choice of family members will prove to create some interesting situations. Perhaps the weakest person is the black son, because he doesn\'t seem to be in the spirit of making believe you are the opposite race - at least in the first episode. We\'ll see if he gets into it later.
The makeup works on some members and not on others. The white family really ended up looking black, though the afros on the mom and dad looked a bit fake to me. But not bad enough that people would question the authenticity in public, which is good enough. The black family didn\'t come off looking very white unfortunately - more like light-skinned black people. The father looked the best, probably because he was light skinned and green eyed to start off with, while the mom and son are more black and didn\'t look as authentic as whites. The son has potential to look white, but as soon as he opens his mouth and talks people will think he\'s either a black in white makeup or a w*gger.
The first episode left me with a lot to think about. Both fathers are very strong in character, with the white father Bruno believing that what you put out there is what you get back, no matter what your skin color. I believe he is right about 95% of the time. He also recalls his fathers lesson that if you want something you have to work very hard for it. Brian, on the other hand, really wants to see subtle racism everywhere with all people in all situations. When walking on a sidewalk, he wants to think that when people move out of the way it\'s because he is black. When a salesman comes up to him in a store and asks if he wants some help, he wants to think it\'s because he is checking up on him. Bruno disagrees. In the first episode, Bruno\'s black experience largely proved him right - he acted positive and polite to those he ran into while in black makeup and everyone reacted well to him, even though he was black. He even said his credit was bad while at a car dealership but they continued trying to sell him a car.
Brian in white makeup actually had some interesting experiences being a white bartender. He\'s looking at this as a scientific study, and when he encounters racism he doesn\'t get offended but rather keeps his cool so he can extract more information. It worked well for him. In a white neighborhood one patron told him that the neighborhood is largely white and they hope to keep it that way so it doesn\'t run downhill like the black neighborhoods. This was probably eye opening for Brian (his eyes literally did get wide when he heard this) but it is a common concern among white America.
At the end of the day they come home and the two families talk about their experiences and look to the other family for their take on the situations. It\'s very well thought out and has a lot of potential. As the series progresses I think we\'re going to see more honesty come out, and hopefully the producers don\'t push the participants for drama but let them find their own way.