Rel: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)


Critic Consensus: Rel has a talented star supported by a solid ensemble, but none of it's enough to disguise an ordinary sitcom that hits a series of generic beats.


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Air date: Sep 9, 2018
Air date: Sep 30, 2018
Air date: Oct 7, 2018
Air date: Oct 14, 2018
Air date: Oct 21, 2018
Air date: Nov 4, 2018
Air date: Nov 11, 2018
Air date: Nov 18, 2018
Air date: Dec 2, 2018
Air date: Dec 9, 2018
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Rel (Lil Rel Howery), a nurse in Chicago's West Side, finds his perfect life crumbling after discovering that his wife is having an affair with his barber. After the divorce, he learns to navigate his new life as a single dad with the help of his brother Nat (Jordan L. Jones), his best friend Brittany (Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore), and his dad Milton (Sinbad).

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Critic Reviews for Rel Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

"Rel" may not have to grow to be a hit, but at least there's a hint of where it could go if it truly wants to set itself apart.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Diversity in prime-time is both laudable and necessary. But when this is the end result, it's better left undone. C'mon, Fox, do better. Do much, much better than this.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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"Rel" feels like it's gone through the dreaded Network Comedy Blender rendering it "networkized," which means the setups are obvious, the payoffs conspicuous.

Sep 6, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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Not funny at all, such a disappointment.

Oct 5, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of Howery's work, Rel is worth tuning in to.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Divorced dad rebuilds life in not-quite-funny enough show.

Sep 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In all, it's easy to see why FOX would hand Rel its post double-header slot, as the new sitcom delivers an impressive pilot... and manages to introduce a stellar supporting cast that makes this an entertaining bright spot in the network's fall lineup.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

This feels like a show given too many notes, and the laughs were left somewhere in rewrites.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

As much good will as Lil Red Howery has engendered in his standup and on "The Carmichaels" and in "Get Out," his new sitcom about a man whose wife left him for his barber is rather flat.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Rel's pretty good at delivering laughs, but his pathos is, well, pathetic.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rel: Season 1

Contrived and formulaic. Humor is predictable and misses, badly.

After seeing the previews of this show, it drew me in to actually add this on my to-watch list. I don't watch too many comedy shows, but Rel caught my attention. The first few episodes were ok. Had some great laughs in between. I really want to see more in the show such as maybe a new love interest or the kids more often.

This show in it's first season has touched on some serious topics while providing just enough humor to soften the blow. I'm not sure if the world is ready for the truth, but I love it !!!

#REL I love the show

This show was setup to fail. Rel was a solid stand up, but not a great actor. I feel the networks can walk away from this show and say "We gave the black show a try and it didn't work". The cast has zero chemistry and the comedy seemed forced and not very funny!

'Rel' My Seem Generic And Ordinary, But All Trains Start Slow Before They Reach Their Destinations. (Plus I like watching that dyke looking bitch on their, damn she look good) Lol)

Solid new sitcom. Embraces classic sitcom elements but is also unique. Great cast. Worth watching.

i liked it a bunch! felt like an updated version of late 70s sitcomes. i'm excited to watch it progress.

The most standard sitcom jokes you'll ever hear. It feels like it was written for the 70s.

This show is a throwback to sitcoms like Good Times and What's Happening? Uplifting with a whole lot of tough love. Black folk don't coddle their loved ones. It's a tough old world and the sooner you can laugh about it the better off you'll be. With suicide rates far lower than whites maybe they're on to something. Sure it can be hokay at times, but it's also damned funny. And to that clueless reviewer who accused Fox of making a show Just for black folks? So what!? They don't do they for us? Besides, I'm white and I really enjoy it.

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