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TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
Reba TV Poster Image
Family comedy finds laughter in trying situations.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 35 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Strength, survival, family, and friendship are major themes in the show. Marriage, infidelity and divorce are also prominently discussed. One episode focuses specifically on helping the victims of Katrina.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong women are in the forefront, but there is a limited presence of ethnic/racial minorities. A teen character gets pregnant; other characters have a history of infidelity.


Light pushing, shoving, and pinching occur during rare catfights. One specific episode features a violent Halloween prank (but no blood or gore is shown).


Occasional kissing and hugging is visible. Dating is frequently discussed. Issues like pregnancy, infidelity, etc. are not discussed in a sexual manner.


Reba says "crap" sometimes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The consumption of wine, beer, and mixed drinks are visible. One cast member develops a drinking problem and goes to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Several episodes feature adult characters getting drunk. The use of anti-depressants is also discussed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main character, Reba, has gone through a divorce prompted by her husband's affair with a co-worker. Marriage, infidelity, and divorce are often discussed. Over the years issues like teen pregnancy, alcoholism, and depression also become major themes in the show. Reba herself can have a sharp tongue (“crap”), but her heart is always in the right place.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byTsion June 4, 2010
REBA was on for six seasons, from 2001 to 2007, but somehow I had never seen it. I caught it on cable a while ago and was instantly hooked. REBA is a show tha... Continue reading
Adult Written byMrCrocodile April 29, 2013

What I Really Love About This

What I really love about this compared to other shows like this is it is actually funny, even though the show teaches you things and even the consequences of a... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana January 14, 2011


me and my parents and my 15 and 13 year old friend love this show. its hilarious and really good.watch it
Kid, 10 years old December 11, 2010

Common Sense reviewed this show WRONG.

Me and my mother love this show.. and it's not that bad. Case closed. ;)

What's the story?

In REBA, Reba McEntire plays a sassy divorced mom trying to make peace with her circumstances while raising her kids, taking care of business, and not allowing her ex's affairs to get her down. The winning nature of the supporting cast, including daughter Cheyenne (Joanna Garcia), her dopey husband Van (Steve Howey), Reba's ex-husband Brock (Christopher Rich), and his loopy wife Barbara Jean (played for laughs by Melissa Peterman), also make for some lively and funny moments.

Is it any good?

Reba plays to an audience that can relate to, or even feel comforted by, her less-than-perfect situation by offering a down-home view of Middle America, complete with cluttered kitchens, cheating men, old-fashioned ideals, and divorce. It also incorporates some very modern humor, and features a few characters that reflect a more contemporary southern heritage, thus giving it wider viewer appeal.

It’s definitely funny, but it also touches on some serious topics like teen pregnancy, alcoholism, and depression, in a way that is both thoughtful and responsible. As a result, the overall series offers a fun and positive experience that reminds you that laughter may not fix your problems, but it may help you survive them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what survival means. How does Reba make her situation work for her, and how is her hardship evident? Does laughing in the face of problems like teen pregnancy, alcoholism, and misfortune really help?

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