As a child, Tommy Crawford saw the power of the miniseries Roots quell her parents constant arguing and make her daddy cry. It is at that moment she becomes determined to create television shows that portray black people realistically. Twenty years later, Tommy is a television writer moving up the ranks of the black sitcom world amidst network boycotts from civil rights organization CPAA. When she is fired for speaking out against racist characterizations on a show she works on, she pitches a new project, "Just Us," to ambitious black WPIX network executive, George Washington. Sparks fly and they fall in love as they ride the waves of the show's success. However, their happiness and prosperity are threatened when the pressure to keep ratings up tests their love, values, and personal integrity.