If you haven’t seen The Upshaws, then I have no idea what you’re waiting on. The sitcom, which stars Mike Epps (Bennie) and Kim Fields (Regina) as the Upshaws, a working-class Indianapolis family trying to move up in the world despite the challenges faced in the workplace and the home. Parents to two young daughters Aaliyah and Maya (Khali Spraggins, Journey Christine) and first-born son (Jermelle Simon), Bennie works as a mechanic at a shop co-owned by his sister-in-law Lucretia, played brilliantly by Wanda Sykes. Bennie and Regina, a healthcare administrator turned student, have their ups and downs like every couple where the love is deep but the road to happiness is bumpy.
Despite major missteps like Bennie having a teen son Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), conceived with messy hairstylist Tasha (Gabrielle Dennis) while the Upshaws were on a break, they manage to keep it together as they stumble along the path of greater success in life, love and the workplace. The chemistry between Epps and Fields along with funny, understated performances, make the Upshaws fun while dealing with real issues.
Season 4 has the Upshaws trying to find their new normal after a health scare sends Regina out of the home and adds the iconic Jennifer Lewis (Black-ish) as a straight-no-chaser therapist in a guest starring role. Comedienne Marsha Warfield (Night Court) also makes an appearance during Season 4.
Make sure you have your Netflix login information and check out Season 4 of The Upshaws on Netflix, beginning Thursday, August 17, 2023.
This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on social media @Ntellectual.