The Upshaws: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
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Air date: May 12, 2021

Bennie scrambles to find a venue for one of his kids as two of them have birthday parties on the same day.

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Air date: May 12, 2021

After meeting the manager of an upscale restaurant, Bennie decides to take Regina there, looking forward to breaking their dry spell. However, he realizes the meal is not on the house.

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Air date: May 12, 2021

A customer entrusts his sleek ride with its secret compartment to Bennie. Also, Duck overstays his welcome.

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Regina tries to land a better job at another organization, but Bennie's friends get into his head by saying she is looking to level up her life without him.

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Regina juggles family duties with work and studying for the GMAT, but she reaches a boiling point when Bennie doesn't help lighten the load.

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Tasha gets into an accident, and Bennie comes up with a solution without telling Regina. Meanwhile, tension arises between other family members.

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Regina starts cleaning the house after throwing Bennie out; and Lucretia's affair takes a turn.

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Air date: May 12, 2021

Regina goes to her work party solo; Lucretia and Bennie get drunk together; and Bernard reveals his truth.

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Maya struggles with a school bully; and Bennie winds up in a boxing ring with an emotional Bernard.

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Regina's frustrations start to show after Bennie gets back in the house and bonds more with the kids.

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Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps), the head of a Black working class family in Indianapolis, is a charming, well-intentioned mechanic and lifelong mess just trying his best to step up and care for his family -- wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters (Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Journey Christine) and firstborn son (Jermelle Simon), the teenage son (Diamond Lyons) he fathered with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) -- and tolerate his sardonic sister-in-law (Wanda Sykes), all without a blueprint for success. But the Upshaws are determined to make it work, and make it to the next level, together.

Cast & Crew

Mike Epps
Bennie Upshaw
Wanda Sykes
Lucretia
Kim Fields
Regina Upshaw
Gabrielle Dennis
Tasha Lewis
Jermelle Simon
Bernard Upshaw Jr.
Journey Christine
Maya Upshaw
Diamond Lyons
Kelvin Upshaw
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Critic Reviews for The Upshaws Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The jokes are entrenched in racial stereotyping and clichés. The Upshaws was meant to be transgressive, one imagines. It's harder to imagine who'll be laughing.

May 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Having such a particular blended family immediately gives The Upshaws a specificity that really works for it, especially when the scripts lean all the way in by letting the characters react to it all individually, too.

May 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Save for one noteworthy update to the Black family sitcoms of yore, Sykes and her co-creator Regina Y. Hicks' largely listless series would've fit right into the network TV comedy landscape 20 years ago.

May 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Both Sykes and Hicks have more than two decades of TV on their résumés, and The Upshaws benefits from their sitcom expertise... But it's TV treasure Fields who holds The Upshaws together.

May 11, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The Upshaws, is, of course, not a stand-in for the entirety of the Black American experience, but, by incorporating the complexities of a blended family amid varied parental and marital relationships, it feels not only timely, but also incredibly genuine.

May 11, 2021 | Full Review…

The Upshaws is a humorous and contemporary portrayal of an imperfect but loving family.

May 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Has "good sitcom bones", but is so saddled with tired plots and dialogue it just makes for a show that feels like it's already stale.

May 13, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Upshaws: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    SO REFRESHING, FINALLY A SHOW THAT RELATES TO THE BLACK FAMILIES. LAUGH OUT COMEDY. REMINDS ME OF HOW MY FAMILY ACTS. TRUE LIFE.
  • 4d ago
    This show is lit, bring good vibes
  • Jun 02, 2021
    A sitcom with an adult spin. Kim Fields and Mike Epps are a married couple in a modern family trying to navigate the nuances of modern living through a series of laughable incidents. Wanda Sykes is hilarious every time she is on the screen. Nothing incredible but likable characters. As the season progressed they did a good job of handling more serious issues with levity and style.
  • May 29, 2021
    Great Funny Cast, Old Sitcom feel, Great Storylines, and Very Realistic, Only bad thing is some episodes are over dramatic...
  • May 26, 2021
    I so Love This Show This how Family should be betray Being there self not what a Perfect Family Look like no Family Is Perfect for sure be real and truthful that is what is a good show real life issues and blended Family with kids in and outside the marriage and how they deal with it and how making mistakes dealing with it and learning from it also to do better 😀👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👍🏼So Loving This Show ❤️ Netflix thanks for this it makes me laugh and think wow that's Friends I know or some Family Members going through this blending kids or step kids or etc #TheUpshaws
  • May 25, 2021
    Terribly unfunny, awful acting.
  • May 24, 2021
    A hit and miss show. It isn't really sure what it wants to be, if it wants to be a comedy or dramatic but can't find the balance to be both. Wanda Sykes in a supporting role steals the show and is the only solid consistent performer.
  • May 23, 2021
    First sitcom to make me laugh in decades, I completely the whole series on my own that's how good it was for me. Epps and Sykes chemistry is electric
  • May 21, 2021
    It's funny, it's tragic and it's complicated. It's like real life. It is not a typical we are all friends and cozy family sitcom. There are problems, both personal and financial. It is one of these sit-coms that do not whisk you away in a sugar-coated all is well ferry-land. But it rather shows the daily struggle, joys and hardships of normal people living normal lifes. No super-genius wise-crack kids. No unaffordable New York Apartments… It shows how life can be or is for most of us. No clear-cut or black and white situations. But a lot of normal, everyday life, grayish messiness that we all go through. That makes it refreshing, interesting and rather unique in the TV landscape. MUST SEE
  • May 21, 2021
    Terrible acting, cringe laugh track

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