‘The Upshaws’ is a Comedy That Gets Better With Each Season [REVIEW + VIDEO]

the upshaws review

The Upshaws is not just another show, but a must-watch experience that keeps getting better with each season.

Season four has landed, and I’ve got to say, there’s something special about this show that keeps pulling me in. I won’t pretend that I was head over heels right from the start. When “The Upshaws” first graced our screens, it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The chemistry seemed a bit off, and while the potential was there, it wasn’t fully realized.

The constant stream of profanities didn’t sit well with me, especially from the kids (and this coming from a kid who cursed).

The jokes felt a bit excessive, lacking that authentic touch. But let’s fast forward a bit. I’m happy I gave it a chance because not every episode was a miss. Granted, a couple were cringeworthy, but not all of them. So, I thought, why not give it a shot? You see, when it comes to shows made by us and for us, I try to lend my support as much as I can tolerate. There are limits, of course – some things are just a no-go. But generally, I believe in backing our stories.

Now, the beauty of “The Upshaws” lies in its evolution. Season by season, it’s been growing, getting better, and that’s something to appreciate. Season one was good, but it was Season two that really turned the tide for me. Everything clicked – the laughs, the authenticity – it all just fell into place. And then there’s Season four – probably one of the best seasons so far. This show breaks the mold because it’s not often you find a series that improves with each passing season. Most often, for me, it’s the other way around.

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Jenifer Lewis stepping into the role of a therapist. It’s a bold move, and it’s high time we normalized mental health conversations in our community. That’s why when I see it portrayed authentically in our stories, like on “The Upshaws,” it hits differently. Oh, and shoutout to Marsha Warfield as Benny’s mom – she adds a whole new layer of flavor.

Can we pause and talk about that monologue by Kim Fields in Season four, Episode two. It’s real, it’s raw, and it’s a moment I hope they continue to build upon. The breakthroughs in therapy? They’re portrayed so genuinely, and it’s refreshing to see. Plus, Kim Fields? A legend in her own right.

So, for those still hesitant, my challenge is simple: Give it another chance. Skip a few episodes if you need to, start at Season two, and let the magic unfold.

And finally, let me shoutout Regina Y Hicks and Wanda Sykes for bringing “The Upshaws” to life. I’ll admit, I wasn’t an instant fan, but I’m grateful to be proven wrong. It’s a show of representation, authentically, and I’m all for it. This show keeps improving, reminding me that quality always triumphs. So, if you’re not tuned in, I’m genuinely curious – let’s chat in the comments. Until then, keep supporting and keep watching.

Here’s my full review below.

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