The Lowdown on ‘The Upshaws’ from stars Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields

Posted in Interviews, Netflix, TV, What's Streaming? by - May 12, 2021
The Lowdown on ‘The Upshaws’ from stars Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields

Need a good laugh? Well, look no further than the new comedy-series  The Upshaws now streaming on Netflix.

Similar to beloved family sitcoms like, One Day at a Time and Fuller House, Netflix’s The Upshaws is a sitcom focused on the daily struggles of a messy, but well-meaning, multigenerational family.

The Upshaws feature a working-class Black family in Indiana full of different personalities with light-hearted struggles who strive for a better life and a happy home Trying to avoid the mistakes of his past, the family’s patriarch steps up to the plate by becoming a better husband and father to his beautiful family. There may be a couple of bumps and bruises along the way, but this dad and his family will overcome them all.

Netflix has yet to announce if The Upshaws will return for Season 2, but according to some early reviews the reaction has been nothing but positive for this new and relatable sitcom family.

Co-created by Wanda Sykes and Insecure producer Regina Y. Hicks, The Upshaws follows Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps), a working-class mechanic in Indianapolis who’s trying his best to care for his big, complicated family. That blended family includes his wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters Aaliyah (Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins) and Maya (Journey Christine), their son Bernard Jr. (Jermelle Simon), and Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), the teen son he fathered with another woman the year Aaliyah was born. Sykes plays Lucretia, Bennie’s sister-in-law who knows just how to get under Bennie’s skin. The constant banter between the two characters is consistently hilarious and is a huge reason the show works.

Our Bonnie Laufer spoke with Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps and Kim Fields via ZOOM about working on the show and why we ALL can relate to this family in one way or another.



  • Release Date: 5/12/2021
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