The Upshaws

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The Upshaws
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
  • Mike Epps
  • Kim Fields
  • Diamond Lyons
  • Khali Spraggins
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Journey Christine
  • Jermelle Simon
Opening theme"Solid" by Ashford & Simpson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes32
Production
Executive producers
  • Regina Y. Hicks
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Page Hurwitz
  • Mike Epps
  • Niles Kirchner
  • Annie Levine (season 3)
  • Jonathan Emerson (season 3)
Running time25–29 minutes
Production companies
  • Savannah Sweet Productions
  • Push It Productions
  • Naptown Productions
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12) –
present (present)

The Upshaws is an American sitcom created by Regina Y. Hicks and Wanda Sykes. The series stars Sykes, Mike Epps, Kim Fields, Diamond Lyons, Khali Spraggins, Journey Christine, and Jermelle Simon. The series premiered on Netflix on May 12, 2021.[1][2] In June 2021, the series was renewed for a second season, with the first part being released on June 29, 2022.[3][4] The second part of the second season premiered on February 16, 2023.[5][6] In October 2022, the series was renewed for a third season,[5] which premiered on August 17, 2023.[7] In December 2023, the series was renewed for a fourth season. The six-episode fifth part of The Upshaws (second half of Season 3), is slated to premiere in spring 2024.[8]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Mike Epps as Bernard "Bennie" Upshaw Sr., patriarch of the Upshaw family, Regina's high-school sweetheart and eventual husband. He is the owner of Bennie's Garage.
  • Kim Fields as Regina Upshaw (née Turner), the matriarch of the Upshaw family; Bennie Sr's wife and mother to Bernard Jr., Aaliyah, and Maya.
  • Wanda Sykes as Lucretia Turner, Regina's older sister who has an antagonistic relationship with Bennie
  • Diamond Lyons as Kelvin Upshaw, Bennie and Tasha's son who is the same age as Aaliyah, who calls Kelvin her "Ghetto Twin". He was conceived when Bennie thought he and Regina were on a break.
  • Khali Spraggins as Aaliyah Upshaw, Bennie and Regina's eldest daughter
  • Journey Christine as Maya Upshaw, Bennie and Regina's youngest daughter
  • Jermelle Simon as Bernard "Bennie" Upshaw Jr., Bennie and Regina's eldest child and only son together. He has a strained relationship with his father, who wasn't there for him until he was 16.

Recurring[edit]

  • Gabrielle Dennis as Tasha Lewis, Kelvin's mother
  • Page Kennedy as Duck, an old friend of Bennie's who also works at his garage. He is recently out of prison and has become a born-again Christian.
  • Mike Estime as Tony, Bennie's friend and employee
  • Dayna Dooley as Sheila, Regina's boss at the hospital
  • Daria Johns as Savannah, Aaliyah's best friend
  • Jessica Morris as Amy, Regina's friend
  • Sharifa Oliver as Monique Robinson, Bernard's ex-girlfriend and mother of their daughter, Sydney. She is a police officer.
  • Ayaammi Sledge as Sydney Robinson, Bernard's daughter. She comes looking for him in the First season finale and when she mentions Bernard Upshaw is her father, Regina accuses Bennie of being so until matters are cleared up.
  • Dewayne Perkins as Hector, Bernard Jr.'s boyfriend
  • Leonard Earl Howze as Davis, another of Bennie's friends

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110May 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
2168June 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
8February 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
36August 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Birthday B.S."Ken WhittinghamRegina Y. Hicks & Wanda SykesMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
Bennie's two kids: Kelvin and Aaliyah have a birthday at the same time. Bennie tries to find time to be at both parties, worried that he won't get to spend time with his kids, so he goes back and forth to make sure he has time to go from one party to the other. Eventually, he is caught and realizes he has to confess the truth.
22"The Hook-Up"Robbie Countryman & Ken WhittinghamAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
Bennie takes Regina to a fancy restaurant and meets the manager of the establishment. He later takes her out in the hopes of breaking their dry spell, which they've had for a long time. Bennie gets an unexpected surprise when he realizes that the meal wasn't free.
33"Joy Ride"Ken WhittinghamMark Alton BrownMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
44"Big Plans"Sheldon EppsMitchell MarchandMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
55"Ridin' Dirty"Robbie CountrymanAllie RomanoMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
66"Last Straw"Sheldon EppsRegina Y. HicksMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
77"Yard Sale"Kelly ParkDino ShorteMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
88"Night Out"Phill LewisAnil K. ForemanMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
99"Gloves Off"Phill LewisAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)
1010"The Backslide"Sheldon EppsAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonMay 12, 2021 (2021-05-12)

Season 2 (2022–23)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 1
111"Maybe Daddy"Sheldon EppsRegina Y. Hicks & Wanda SykesJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
122"Bennie's Woman"Sheldon EppsAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
133"Testing, Testing"Robbie CountrymanMark Alton BrownJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
144"Control Issues"Robbie CountrymanMitchell MarchandJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
155"Duct Up"Phill LewisDino ShorteJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
166"New Growth"Phill LewisNicole BilbrewJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
177"Sista, Sista"Kelly ParkDarryl WesleyJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
188"Goin' In"Linda MendozaAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonJune 29, 2022 (2022-06-29)
Part 2
199"The Unforgiven"Lynda TarrykRegina Y. HicksFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2010"Home Repairs"Victor GonzalezJonterri GadsonFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2111"Treading Water"Kim FieldsErin JacksonFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2212"Off Beat"Regina Y. HicksMichael P. FoxFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2313"Lane Change"Robbie CountrymanMark Alton BrownFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2414"Heart Wants"Juanesta HolmesAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2515"Heart Matters"Sheldon EppsMitchell MarchandFebruary 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)
2616"Now What"Sheldon EppsStory by : Erin Jackson & Jonterri Gadson
Teleplay by : Dino Shorte & Nicole Bilbrew
February 16, 2023 (2023-02-16)

Season 3 (2023)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
271"Thera Please"Kim FieldsRegina Y. HicksAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)
282"Need Change"Robbie CountrymanAnnie Levine & Jonathan EmersonAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)
293"Forbidden Fruit"Lynda TarrykMark Alton BrownAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)
304"Slap Happy"Robbie CountrymanDino ShorteAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)
315"Really, Mama?"Lynda TarrykMitchell MarchandAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)
326"Auto Motives"Robbie CountrymanRegina Y. Hicks & Annie Levine & Jonathan EmersonAugust 17, 2023 (2023-08-17)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On August 20, 2019, Netflix gave production a series order. The Upshaws is created by Regina Y. Hicks and Wanda Sykes who are expected to executive produce alongside Mike Epps, Niles Kirchner, and Page Hurwitz. Push It Productions is the production company involved with producing the series.[1] The series was released on May 12, 2021.[2] On June 24, 2021, Netflix renewed the series for a 16-episode second season which is expected to be split into two parts.[3] The first part of the second season was released on June 29, 2022.[4] The second part of second season premiered on February 16, 2023.[5][6] On October 26, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a third season which was released on August 17, 2023.[5][7] On December 1, 2023, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth season.[8]

The series is set in Indianapolis, but it is shot in the Old Warner Brothers Studio in California.[10]

Casting[edit]

Upon series order announcement, Sykes and Epps were also cast to star.[1] On March 4, 2020, Kim Fields joined the cast in a starring role.[11] On December 2, 2020, Gabrielle Dennis, Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, and Journey Christine were cast in starring roles.[12]

Reception[edit]

For the series, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 63% based on 8 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7/10.[13] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 57 out of 100 based on 5 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise; Andreeva, Nellie (August 20, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'The Upshaws' Comedy Series Starring Wanda Sykes & Mike Epps". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Marcus (March 16, 2021). "Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps hilariously butt heads in first look at Netflix's The Upshaws". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2021). "'The Upshaws' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Haring, Bruce (May 7, 2022). "'The Upshaws': Wanda Sykes, Regina Y. Hicks Sitcom Sets Second Season Premiere On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d Schneider, Michael (October 26, 2022). "Netflix Renews Wanda Sykes' 'The Upshaws' for Season 3 as It Creates New Comedy Pipeline for Standups (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "'The Upshaws' to return for season 3 at Netflix". TheGrio. December 15, 2022. Retrieved January 16, 2023.
  7. ^ a b Humphrey, Julia (April 5, 2023). "'The Upshaws' Season 4 Sets Late Summer Release Date". Collider. Retrieved May 25, 2023.
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2023). "Netflix Renews 'The Upshaws' for Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 1, 2023.
  9. ^ "Shows A-Z – The Upshaws on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 28, 2022.
  10. ^ Mack, Justin (May 12, 2021). "Mike Epps' new Netflix sitcom is set in Indianapolis. Here's how the city is portrayed". Indianapolis Star.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (March 4, 2020). "'The Upshaws': Kim Fields Joins Wanda Sykes & Mike Epps In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (December 2, 2020). "'The Upshaws': Gabrielle Dennis, Page Kennedy Among Six Cast In Netflix Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  13. ^ "The Upshaws: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  14. ^ "The Upshaws: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved September 11, 2021.

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