A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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.