The Upshaws stick around for more family hijinks.
Netflix announced Thursday that the sitcom about a working-class black family has been renewed for season 2. The new season will feature 16 episodes – an increase from the number of 10 episodes in Season 1.
“We are so excited to be able to bring this incredible show back for a second season, and grateful that Netflix has seen and felt all the love we have for this wonderful family,” co-creator and showrunner Regina Hicks said in a statement. . “I can’t wait to bring more joy from Upshaws to everyone who has fallen in love with them.”
Created by Hicks and Wanda Sykes (who also serve as showrunners), the series follows Bennie Upshaw (played by Mike Epps), a well-meaning mechanic from Indianapolis who does his best to take care of his family. His semi-unconventional family unit includes his wife Regina (Kim Fields), eldest son Bernard (Jermelle Simon), younger daughters Aaliyah and Maya (Khali Spraggins and Journey Christine) and teenage son Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), who he fathered with another woman named Tasha (Gabrielle Dennis).
A man with a complicated past, Bennie works hard to be there for his family and tolerate his sarcastic sister-in-law Lucretia (Sykes) while pursuing success. Season 1 ended when the family came together to support Regina, who failed her big test.
Just as things were starting to return to normal, a young girl showed up at the Upshaw’s door pretending to be her daughter. Bennie will have a lot to answer when the series returns next season.
“Wanda and Regina have created a new entry in the lore of black sitcoms that is real, relatable, full of heart and incredibly funny,” added Tracey Pakosta, Comedy Director of Netflix. “We’re excited to see where they, with their talented cast, are taking the Upshaws in season two.”