TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Divorced dad rebuilds life in not-quite-funny-enough show.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Dealing with divorce is central to the show. So is the importance of family and friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rel is a good man but doesn't always make ideal decisions when it comes to dating. His father and brother don't always offer the best advice, either.


Strong innuendo and sexual language in jokes.


"Hell," "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character is a former drug dealer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rel is a situation comedy about a man trying to cope with a recent divorce with the help of his family and friends. It contains some sexual innuendo (like references to infidelity and being "loose"), a few salty words ("damn," "hell"), and some occasional social drinking (beer, hard liquor). One character is a convicted drug dealer, and references to cocaine, ecstasy, and related topics are frequent in some episodes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLyric300 October 21, 2018


Give it a go it's actually funny and it doesn't come on to late AWESOME!!
Adult Written byAnthony78941 October 14, 2018

Vety adult life topics at family time

Very dry humor and adult humor that is poor taste.Adult prostitution is and one night stand and I’m going noon and lady’s name and then getting a award for is... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJHopReloaded December 7, 2018

What's the story?

REL is a comedy series about a West Chicago nurse who finds himself trying to pick up the pieces after his wife leaves him. Rel (Lil Rel Howery) was surprised to find out that his wife was having an affair with his barber, and was more surprised that everybody knows it. Now that his wife is gone with the children and he's the butt of jokes around town, he has to find a way to rebuild his life. Rel's best friend, Brittany (Jessica "Jess Hilarious" Moore), tries to give him sound advice, while his former drug-dealing brother, Nat (played by Jordan L. Jones), and his judgmental father (Sinbad) support him as best they know how. It isn't easy, but from talking to his kids through phone chats to going out on dates, he's doing his best to keep going.

Is it any good?

This lighthearted show highlights the difficult process of coming to terms with a divorce and trying to restart a new life after. The story centers around Rel's efforts to cope, but a big part of the story is the important role his extended family plays in this process. Lil Rel Howery fans will enjoy his signature brand of comedy, which occasionally includes playing multiple characters in a single show. But despite the cast of comedians that joins him, the punchlines lack sufficient energy to be very funny. Nonetheless, Rel has some positive messages that viewers might appreciate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about comedy. What makes something funny? Who gets to decide?

  • What messages does Rel send about divorce? Is poking fun at a failed marriage appropriate? Or is it helpful to talk about complicated family issues? 

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