[blak] [frahy-dey, -dee]


  • Any Friday actually darkened by catastrophe, or the anniversary thereof.
  • The day after Thanksgiving Day.
  • A strange phenomenon that turns white people into Black people. See also acute spontaneous melanization.


How it started.

How it’s going.

How it ends.

The Show

BLACK FRIDAY is a fiction podcast written, produced, and directed by Tycho Newman. This is Tycho’s first foray into audio fiction.

The first season began on November 29, 2019 and concluded on February 7, 2020. The second season premiered on November 27, 2020 and concluded on March 12, 2021. The final season will begin on Black Friday - November 26, 2021.

BLACK FRIDAY is co-produced by Stormfire Productions under its Production Partnership program.

Hero Art

Visuals. Original by Oladimeji Odunsi.


Lisette Alvarez, A.J Beckles, Luis Bermudez, Sena Bryer, Cole Burkhardt, A.J. Carter, Jordan Cobb, Leslie Gideon, Elliot Gindi, Faye Holliday, Jody Harvey, Zed Jackson, Karim Kronfli, Whitney Johnson, Anjali Kunapaneni, Ryan Laughton, Angelique Lazarus, Jake Masters, Mark Matulis, Cornelius Mohr, Anairis Quinones, Bishop Rice, Graham Rowat, Rhiannon Shepherd, Jodi Swenson, Zayn Thiam, Abigail Turner, Alex de Vries, Ezra J. Wayne, Raechel Wong.


Benjamin Banger, David Fesliyan, Hinterheim; Kai Engel, XTaKeRuX, Monk Turner + Fascinoma, The Zombie Daddies.


Each episode has transcripts on the individual episode pages.


You can find BLACK FRIDAY wherever you get your podcasts (see below).

Supporting the show

The best way to support the show is to tell people about it. If you like the show, let us know via Twitter @blackfridaycast. In this world of podcasts, word of mouth is the best way to get the word out.

You can also support the show via Patreon.

Reviews & Press

  • Polygon - The 10 best sci-fi podcasts imagining the future - The sci-fi elements of this podcast lie in the story’s conceit: what if a bunch of white people woke up to find that they were now Black?

  • Digital Trends - The Best New Podcasts For the Week of November 30, 2019. - If the name Sam Gregor makes you think of the main character in The Metamorphosis — Gregor Samsa — it’s likely not a coincidence. Sam awakens to find he’s undergone a transformation. His skin has darkened overnight. Everything else is the same, but now he looks like a black man. … But Sam has to navigate a world that treats him differently, and, the first episode hints, he’s not alone.

  • Bello Collective - Black Friday is a series of ongoing examinations into the phenomenon and the people who change, and the resultant violence, panic, and hysteria that ensues in America. Tycho Newman’s limited series, incredibly timely, is a fascinating consideration of race and society’s tremulous understanding of what it means.

  • Discover Pods - Radio at the End of the World - Black Friday … examines the issues of being Black but also the issues of the ways white people view Black people. A lot of the stories hit extremely close to real life events, so be warned that this … isn’t a show for someone looking to escape the world but want to see it in a different light and under another lens.