According to Deadline, the plot of the show will revolve around Dean (Williams) as a young boy growing up at the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement in the south and the beginning of the Black Power movement that defined the early 1970s. “It’s 1968 in Montgomery, Alabama–and Dean is trying to figure out his place within his Black family and the world at large,” states the site. “Though a little insecure, a tad awkward and a bit self-conscious, he is determined to make his mark on the world around him.”
Senghbloh plays Dean’s mother Lillian, who works as an accountant and is described as “sharp as a tack…kind, perceptive and [having] a good sense of humor.” Hill plays Dean’s father Bill, a music professor and funk musician who is described as “almost always calm and composed.” Kariuki plays Dean’s older sister Kim, who is “bright and popular” and starts to find her place between her parents’ wish for her to start preparing for college and her wish to follow in the politically-minded footsteps of activists Bobby Seale and H. Rap Brown.
Along with Daniels, the series was created by Saladin Patterson and the original The Wonder Years star Fred Savage, who will also direct.