Rel: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)

Season 1

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 39

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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

The premiere of the series about a recently divorced father who makes a fresh start on the west side of Chicago with help from his best friend, younger brother, and dad.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018

Rel finds the motivation to get off the couch and invites his Dad, Brittany and Nat to brunch. But his big plans are placed on hold when all of his clothes are held hostage in his laundry room by a local gang, the Lords.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2018

Rel's kids come to visit for the first time since the split, and he wants to make sure they have an amazing trip. He, Dad, Nat and Jess bring the kids to a Family Fun Center in Chicago, but when it doesn't quite live up to its name, Rel has to find a way to salvage the day.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2018

Just when Rel thinks he can't possibly move on from his ex-wife, he's hit with a pleasant surprise. But after getting in way over his head, he ends up taking some good advice from Brittany.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2018

Rel, Nat, Brittany and Dad get together to watch a scary zombie movie around Halloween night. The film, titled "Frederick Douglass: Zombie Slayer," is not what anyone expected and sparks a lot of controversy amongst the group.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2018

Nat lands himself a job and gets the second chance he's been hoping for since doing his time in prison. His excitement comes to a halt when his superior acts inappropriately towards him. Without hesitation, Rel and Brittany try to come to his rescue.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2018

One of Dad's old friends and bandmates turns up as a patient at Rel's hospital. When Rel finds out their friendship ended on bad terms, Rel, Nat and Brittany investigate why Dad's band "The Dragons" broke up all those years ago.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2018

Rel meets a new friend when he gets stuck at the hospital in the midst of a blizzard. Across town, Brittany and Nat get snowed in at a bar, along with Brittany's emotional ex-boyfriend.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2018

Brittany's estranged mom shows up unexpectedly in hopes of being reunited with her daughter. Rel convinces Brittany to give her a second chance, but Brittany isn't sure her mom is the changed woman she claims to be.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2018

One of Rel's patients is prejudiced and Rel is conflicted on how to behave as his attending nurse. Meanwhile, Brittany, Nat and Dad hang out at Frances', where everyone is obsessing over Brittany's ex-boyfriend's awful new rap song.

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Tv Season Info

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 (9)

"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…

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…

"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…

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

Sep 27, 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…

If Rel is short on surprises it does not lack charm, and is funny in waves. It's good-natured, a little whimsical and not at all cynical.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Not funny at all, such a disappointment.

Oct 5, 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…

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…

SKIP IT, but keep an eye on it. Some bumpy pilots lead to good shows if the showrunner (in this case, Simpsons veteran Mike Scully) can figure out how best to write to the stars' strengths.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rel: Season 1

  • Jan 13, 2019
    Contrived and formulaic. Humor is predictable and misses, badly.
  • Oct 30, 2018
    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.
  • Oct 22, 2018
    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 !!!
  • Oct 21, 2018
    #REL I love the show
  • Oct 19, 2018
    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!
  • Oct 16, 2018
    '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)
  • Oct 07, 2018
    Solid new sitcom. Embraces classic sitcom elements but is also unique. Great cast. Worth watching.
  • Oct 02, 2018
    i liked it a bunch! felt like an updated version of late 70s sitcomes. i'm excited to watch it progress.
  • Oct 01, 2018
    The most standard sitcom jokes you'll ever hear. It feels like it was written for the 70s.
  • Oct 01, 2018
    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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