Director/Writer/Producer Marlon Riggs, 1992-PBS, 87 min.
Color Adjustment traces 40 years of prime time entertainment through the prism of race-- scrutinizing television's racial myths and stereotypes. Narrated by Ruby Dee, the documentary revisits some of television's most popular stars and shows including Amos and Andy, The Nat King Cole Show, I Spy, Julia, Good Times, Roots, Frank's Place and The Cosby Show. Methodical and thoughtful, Riggs showcases the interplay between America's racial consciousness and network primetime programming. Riggs demonstrates how African-Americans were allowed into America's primetime homes only insofar as their presence didn't challenge the mythology of the American Dream central to television's commercial function. Engaging and incredibly prescient, Color Adjustment sheds light on the racial implications of America's addiction to television viewing.