An Upshaws Review



Promotional material for the new Netflix TV series, “The Upshaws.”

Tay Hall, Staff Writer

Netflix has outdone itself with a two-time nominated Primetime Emmy award show, The Upshaws. A sitcom about a goofy father Benny (Mike Epps), overworked mother Regina (Kim Fields), smart-mouthed know-it-all named Lucretia (Wanda Sykes), headstrong thirteen-year-old named Aaliyah (Khali Spraggins), and adorable six-year-old Maya (Journey Cristine) living in Indiana and their day-to-day struggles.

Mike Epps played Benny very well; he did a fantastic job with his entertaining punchlines. I also love Benny’s character development throughout seasons one and two. I also like how Wanda played her character, she made the character her own, and I think she acts like Lucretia. The blowout arguments about navigating family dynamics, infidelity, trust issues, and jealousy are some hard moments during the show, but the off-guard punchlines make this show worthwhile.

Although I was not too familiar with Kim Fields as an actor because the first time I saw her was as a reality TV star. When she appeared in season 8 of “The Real Housewives Of Atlanta”, she seemed like she was out of her element. She seemed very uncomfortable around her co-stars and she didn’t do a lot of things that the other women did. In The Upshaws she appeared more comfortable and more in her element.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I rate it a 4 because in some parts of the show the acting can be predictable at times, or some parts of the show would make you say to yourself “that would never really happen.” Still, all in all, it was terrific; it made me laugh, and it kept me wondering what would happen next.

The cast were perfect for their characters, and the sitcom has you hooked after one episode. The show has three seasons and can be streamed on Netflix.